Slap a headline like "Downtown going Williamsburg" on a story, and you have our undivided attention. In the first of two exciting BK conversion tales, the Brooklyn Paper heads to 177 Concord Street in the Vinegar Hill/Downtown Brooklyn DMZ?known to some as RAMBO?where our old archifriend Karl Fischer will turn a brick warehouse into 23 loft-style market rate units. Check out the rendering on the top left up there. A gym, recreation room, roof deck and potential cabanas may be old hat to you, but not for this nabe.
Whoosh! Now we're off to Park Slope, where the developer behind Richard Meier's Brooklyn foray OPP is converting the 120-year-old Lincoln Plaza Hotel (top right) to 10 luxury condos. The landmark Lincoln Place Victorian mansion, which was bought this year for $5.5 million, spent the '80s and '90s as a brothel, and?this being Park Slope?the locals are sorry to see it go the way of condoville. To be fair, many just want a real upscale hotel in the neighborhood, without the hourly charges and icky sheets.
· Downtown going Williamsburg [Brooklyn Paper]
· Hot sheets yield to hot prices [Brooklyn Paper]