You might as well call Bayard Street, on the edge of McCarren Park in Williamsburg, Karl Fischer Row. The street is the focus of the first wave of luxury development in North Williamsburg-Greenpoint (grandfathered under old zoning allowing high rises in this part of the neighborhood), and it has four projects designed by Karl Fischer Architect. (Fischer graced us with the tower at 100 Luquer St. in Carroll Gardens-Cobble Hill last week.)
From left to right in this photo from the McCarren running track, there's 50 Bayard ("The Ikon") with 70 units, including a new tower in the middle of the older building. Next comes the high rise Aurora at 30 Bayard with 40 units and a height-centric sales pitch that goes "Warning: It is now illegal to get this high." To its right is the tallest of the bunch, 20 Bayard, with 56 units. (One of the Fischer buildings, at 64 Bayard, is a block north and out of the picture.) The only buildings here, in fact, that aren't Fischers are the (somehow not demolished) red brick building and the greenish number with huge windows on the far right. That one is the Lotus at 2 Bayard, which bills itself as "Urban Style. Parkside Serenity."
The Fischer buildings have interiors by Andres Escobar (Gretsch Building). And, of course, there’s that now "illegal" view.
· Development Du Jour: 100 Luquer Street [Curbed]
· Developers Group Loves Getting You High [Curbed]
· Drilling Down Into McCarren Park Development [Brownstoner]