WILLIAMSBURG?Michael Idov's highly entertaining story in New York this week about the hipsters vs. hasids battle for South Williamsburg includes a recap of the somewhat forgotten controversy surrounding the Gretsch Building?the pioneering South Burg luxury loft building on Broadway that many Orthodox neighbors rallied against, to no avail (but the sexy pool was canceled). Now the Gretsch residents have become the activists, and they want to protect their views from the lurking behemoth known as New Domino. Building residents have received a flyer urging them to show up at a meeting tonight to make some noise about the Domino plan. [CurbedWire Inbox]
WILLIAMSBURG?Speaking of the South Williamsburg waterfront, Rose Plaza was approved by the City Council today following the last-minute agreement between the developer of the triple tower mixed-use project and the local councilman. The Archpaper has more details on the developer's concessions, including the downsizing to 754 units and the elimination of an "urban beach" from the design. [CurbedWire Staff]
MIDTOWN?The glassy new ground floor of 530 Fifth Avenue, aka the Plywood Monster of Fifth Avenue, was partially revealed today.
It's still a work in progress, but the transaction fees are already piling up. Here's the rendering. [CurbedWire Inbox]