Interesting Development

These 8 Images Show What a Stronger, Sexier LES Waterfront Might Look Like

What the East River Park would look like with an added berm and moved bike path.

One vision for the future of East River Park. (Renderings courtesy of Rebuild by Design).

The East River waterfront is in for a dramatic transformation in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Today, several visions of just what that transformation might look like were presented at a standing room-only meeting led by Rebuild By Design, a project of President Obama’s taskforce to rebuild the city after Sandy.
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Just How Sweet Is the Domino Deal?

Yesterday we reported that the city had struck a deal with the developer of the Domino Sugar factory site that would bring some 700 units of affordable housing to the Williamsburg waterfront. Here now is our handy-dandy chart showing differences between the previous developer’s plan, the current developer’s Bloomberg-era plan, and the plan that will be put to the City Planning Commission’s vote this week.
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Bedford Avenue Is Looking Pretty Vacant, and Oh So Pretty to Manhattanites

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Bedford Avenue hasn’t seen as much recent turnover as Grand Street has, but that may be about to change. If you’ve walked down Williamsburg’s main drag in the past few weeks, you may have noticed an uptick in shuttered storefronts and signs saying “We’ve Moved.” Meanwhile Manhattan transplants like a gluten-free pizzeria and a foreign-language bookstore have moved in, and brokers say more of them are coming.

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Here’s Why There Was a Papier-Mâché Carrot at Last Night’s Domino Hearing

Colin Miles (left) and the dangling carrot. (Photo: Ryan Porush)

Colin Miles (left) and the dangling carrot. (Photo: Ryan Porush)

Friends and foes of the plan to redevelop the Domino Sugar refinery once again had their say last night — and what would a Williamsburg community board meeting be without papier-mâché?
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For PS122, a $31 Million Groundbreaking and Some Groundbreaking Performances

150 First Avenue, at right.

150 First Avenue, at right.

Councilwoman Rosie Mendez, Borough President Scott Stringer, and a slew of officials visited the East Village yesterday to kick off the second phase of a $35 million city-funded project that will bring a new home to Performance Space 122.

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Two Trees at Packed CB Meeting: Domino Development Will Be Very Much ‘of Williamsburg’

(Rendering courtesy of Shop Architects/Two Trees Management)

(Rendering courtesy of Shop Architects/Two Trees Management)

With the line to get in stretching out the door, the Swinging Sixties Senior Center in Williamsburg looked more like a concert venue than the site of the first public hearing of a Uniform Land Review Process to evaluate plans to develop the Domino Sugar refinery on the East River waterfront.
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Dis-Astor Averted! John Jacob’s Row House Is Set to Be Landmarked

(Photo: Courtesy of Friends of the Lower East Side)

(Photo: Courtesy of Friends of the Lower East Side)

An unassuming Grand Street row house built in 1833 was designated a landmark Tuesday, following a five-month push from neighborhood preservation activists.

The Landmarks Preservation Commission voted unanimously to landmark the three-and-a-half story building at 339 Grand Street. According to the Commission, the row house is one of a row of five constructed by John Jacob Astor, a German immigrant who was the richest man in the United States at the time of his death in 1848. Astor Place was named in his honor.
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Will Kent Avenue’s Hidden Mini Mall Be ‘Better Than Chelsea Market’?

Jacqueline Yu in her specialty hat and jewelry shop, Oat

Jacqueline Yu in her specialty hat and jewelry shop, Oat

“We’re still debating on names. It’ll be either Kent Avenue Market, Kent Avenue Shops, or Shops at 240 Kent,” says Renée Cecris, owner of Renée New York, a “girly” boutique in the newish, yet-to-be-named market near Williamsburg’s waterfront. The retail space is bright and airy, with dozens of little shops and businesses to wander through, and outgoing designers and shop owners to boot.
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Domino Developers Ask City to Change Affordable Housing Rules

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Demolition of the Domino Factory is just about underway, and Two Trees has every permit and rezoning it needs to move forward with construction of its waterfront apartments. But on Friday afternoon, the Department of Housing Preservation and Development held a hearing about a rule change proposed by Two Trees that would affect the tax breaks for developers who create affordable housing. This has agitated activists who oppose the “poor door” measures that some recent developments are accused of taking, from The Edge to Northside Piers to the impending Greenpoint Landing.
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