The Landmarks Preservation Commission just approved the controversial preservation of 20 buildings in Downtown Brooklyn. Known as the Borough Hall Skyscraper Historic District, it had been opposed by local landlords and a co-op board who feared it would make renovations and new storefronts expensive to construct and maintain.
Trendy twenty-something travelers who are still hanging on to their college days will love the new, so-edgy-it’s-almost-painful Aloft hotel at 216 Duffield Street in downtown Brooklyn, which had its official opening last night.
Tim King, managing director of residential real estate brokerage CPEX, said that “downtown Brooklyn now has more college students than Cambridge, Mass.,” according to The Real Deal‘s Twitter feed, which is running from a so-called summit today on Brooklyn real estate.
Downtown Brooklyn might not be the most enticing neighborhood for some, but perhaps college students Read More
Polytechnic Institute of New York University, the private engineering college in downtown Brooklyn, is nearing a deal for approximately 9,000 square feet of office and administrative space at Metrotech Center, sources familiar with the process told The Observer yesterday.
Currently occupying space at the Forest City Ratner-owned 5 and 6 MetroTech as well as nearby Read More
As president of the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, the local development corporation, Joe Chan has overseen an ambitious plan to revive the business district known to many as the land of law firms, courthouses and offices. Mr. Chan, 39, talked about plans for new public space and thousands of square feet of fresh retail-and Read More
The real estate boom reshaped the New York skyline considerably, but few places saw the impact like downtown Brooklyn, where a half-dozen new apartment towers sprung up in recent years following the area’s 2004 rezoning.
Only one of these towers was terribly remarkable, the SOM-designed Toren, which The Observer named one of the best Read More
The most talked about rezoning of the Bloomberg/Burden era has to be the 2005 transformation of Williamsburg and Greenpoint from gritty industrial backwater to haute condo clusterfuck. And yet the one that has had a far greater impact on Brooklyn, or at least its skyline, is the one undertaken a year prior in Read More
Wednesday’s pro-Atlantic Yards rally was a bit Read More
In a marked departure from original plans, City Point, the glass-clad, multi-use complex that was to be downtown Brooklyn’s own Time Warner Center, will now be built in two phases, according to sources familiar with the developer’s intentions.
The developer plans to build the first phase at the east end of Fulton Mall, on the Read More
Rupert Murdoch will consolidate some of the offices of his weekly newspaper chain into one 18,000-square-foot space in Bruce Ratner’s One Metrotech Center, the 24-story Class A building at 70 Myrtle Avenue, according to an annoucement released this morning.
The group of newspapers, called, appropriately enough, the Community Newspaper Group, includes the Bronx Times Reporter, Read More