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Mapping the development boom transforming Crown Heights

The Brooklyn neighborhood is home to boutique condos, new rentals, and—soon—landscape-changing megaprojects

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Crown Heights has been a neighborhood in transformation for more than a decade, but it’s only been within the last few years that the development has been cranked up a notch.

First came the big rental buildings—341 Eastern Parkway (63 unis, opened in 2014), 505 Saint Marks Avenue (147 units, 2016), the Dean at 608 Franklin (120 units, 2017), the Olmstead and Frederick buildings on St. John’s Place (193 units, 2017) to name a few—and now the neighborhood is seeing a wave of condos. The majority are boutique developments with less than 10 units, but work on the area’s first luxury condo projects, 111 Montgomery and the Museum House, is underway.

And next up will be the megaprojects: There’s the long-awaited Bedford-Union Armory development, and a handful of still-in-planning huge apartment complexes on Franklin Avenue south of Eastern Parkway, including two 39-story towers that the Brooklyn Botanic Garden is currently fighting.

This map takes a look at the current development landscape of Crown Heights; these 12 projects are either on the market, about to hit the market, or under construction.

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1. The Bergen Collection

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753 Bergen St
Brooklyn, NY 11238

At the northwest corner of the neighborhood near Washington Avenue, a three-townhouse collection with nine units will be ready for residents this fall. Designed by Rybak Architects, the duplex condos feature private outdoor space, white oak hardwood floors, and Bosch appliances, including a washer/dryer. The kitchens have Nagad cabinets and Caesarstone counters, and the bathrooms are outfitted with marble walls and floors. Three units are in contract, including a $1.495 million 2,252-square-foot five bedroom with a 698-square-foot garden, and a 2,030-square-foot six-bedroom with a roof terrace asking $1.695 million.

A living room with a gray couch, a wood side table, and large windows. Katherine Marks

2. 496 Prospect

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496 Prospect Pl
Brooklyn, NY 11238

Construction wrapped earlier this year on this six-unit project, which replaced a one-story building on Prospect Place near Classon Avenue. All of the units are full-floor two-bedrooms measuring 1,131 to 1,258 square feet with interiors by Pennie Kim and private keyed elevator access. Two units are in contract, and there are two active listings: the second floor unit asking $1.325 million and the fourth floor unit asking $1.435 million (both prices got a bump at the beginning of September). Level One Holdings is the developer.

A dining room, with a table and three chairs, wood floors, and a big window. Katherine Marks

3. 529 Park Place

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529 Park Pl
Brooklyn, NY 11238

Sterling Town Equities is developing a five-story, eight-unit condo project on Park Place near Classon Avenue. It’s been in the works for four years, and its one-, two-, and three-bedroom units are expected to launch sometime this month. Prices will start at $700,000. Shared building amenities include a fitness room, rooftop deck, and storage. 

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4. 530 St. Marks Avenue

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530 St Marks Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238

An empty lot adjacent to the Franklin Avenue shuttle tracks will be home to an eight-story, 16-unit building. Work began last year, and has been somewhat slow. Permits indicate that the total residential space will measure 11,960 square feet, for an average apartment size of 748, so they will likely be rentals. DK Real Estate Group is the developer.

An empty lot surrounded by a fence. Google Maps

5. 906 Prospect Place

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906 Prospect Pl
Brooklyn, NY 11213

Just east of New York Avenue in the neighborhood’s historic district, there’s a new 22-unit, five-story condo building by Nexus Development. Sales launched in June, and available units run the gamut from a 500-square-foot alcove studio ($550,000) to a 1,400-square-foot penthouse with three bedrooms and a nearly 400-square-foot terrace ($1.845 million). Residents without private outdoor space can take advantage of a shared rooftop deck.

6. 800 Park Place

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800 Park Pl
Brooklyn, NY 11216

On Park Place between Rogers and Nostrand avenues, a new six-story building hit the market with eight condos earlier this summer, two of which are in contract. They range from a 660-square-foot one-bedroom to a 1,362-square-foot two-bedroom, with prices starting at $550,000 and topping out at $1.15 million. Finishes skew a little more luxury rental than condo, but many units have private outdoor space.

7. 852 St. John’s Place

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852 St Johns Pl
Brooklyn, NY 11216

Plans were first filed for this small development near Nostrand Avenue at the end of 2014, and it’s finally nearing the finish line. Designed to passive house standards, the building is highly sustainable and doesn’t require much energy to heat or cool. The full-floor units all feature private outdoor space and keyed elevator access. Two of its apartments are currently on the market, including a 1,130-square-foot two-bedroom asking $950,000.

Katherine Marks

8. 1511 Bedford Avenue

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1511 Bedford Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11216

Move-ins started earlier this year at one of the newest and biggest rental buildings in Crown Heights. Located at the corner of Bedford Avenue and Lincoln Place—the Fox Savoy Theater was razed to make way for it—this 10-story development brought 142 new apartments (including 29 affordable units) to the neighborhood. There’s a mix of studios, one-, and two-bedrooms, and there are five active listings, the cheapest of which is a $3,300/month one-bedroom.

9. 409 Eastern Parkway

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409 Eastern Pkwy
Brooklyn, NY 11216

Here’s another big new rental building on the scene. This one, on the corner of Eastern Parkway and Bedford Avenue, has 186 apartments that are being leased in stages. The first phase is fully rented, but new units will come online September 1, to be followed by the Penthouse Collection, which accounts for more than 30 units in the building. Amenities include a co-working space, a landscaped rooftop with a hammock lounge, cabanas, bocce ball court, wet bar, and dining area with barbecue stations. There’s also a fitness room, pet spa, and private parking available. Rents started at $2,225 for a studio.

10. The Museum House

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805 Washington Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238

A stone’s throw from the Brooklyn Museum, there’s a nine-story 37-unit condo building aptly named the Museum House that evidently wishes it was on the other side of Washington Avenue—all marketing materials claim that the building is in Prospect Heights. The developer is Happy Living Development, while Aldo Andreoli and Claudio Delmonte are responsible for the design. Units have white oak herringbone floors, Poliform kitchens, and Carrara marble bathrooms. The priciest, and largest, unclaimed option is a 1,715-square-foot four-bedroom corner unit with a 405-square-foot terrace asking $2.599 million. If it sells for that price, it will be the most expensive condo ever sold in Crown Heights.

11. 1548 Bedford Avenue

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1548 Bedford Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11225

Architecture firm ODA New York is designing this 100-room hotel on Bedford Avenue, which will have amenities like a publicly accessible rooftop terrace; a rooftop bar; a ground floor restaurant; and a cafe.

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12. 1000 Union Street

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1000 Union St
Brooklyn, NY 11225

Construction is underway on a seven-story, 20-unit building at 1000 Union Street between Franklin and Classon avenues. There’s a partial stop work order on the property, but new work permits were filed earlier this month. A brick townhouse was demolished to make way for the new project, which is being developed by Gal Nagar of HML Developments.

An empty lot surrounded by a green construction fence. Google Maps

13. Bedford Union Armory

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1579 Bedford Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11225

In all, the redevelopment of the Bedford-Union Armory will create nearly 400 rentals, of which 250 will be affordable apartments. Plans also call for a recreational center with a swimming pool and basketball court, as well as offices. Members of the community have long fought the project, which was initially due to have condos and fewer amenities for neighborhood residents. Plans for two of its rental buildings were filed in 2018.

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14. 931 Carroll Street

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931 Carroll St
Brooklyn, NY 11225

Along with 40 Crown Street, this site close to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden could give way to two 16-story mixed-use buildings with 518 residential units (a chunk of which would be affordable), and 15,000 square feet of retail. Developers Cornell Realty and Carmel Partners successfully petitioned the city to rezone the site, although affordable housing commitments that City Council member Laurie Cumbo says were made have since been questioned. While the project has received backlash because of its proximity to the garden and what opponents say is its potential to block sunlight, the City Planning Commission found the rezoning would “have no significant impact on the environment.”

15. 54 Crown Street

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54 Crown St
Brooklyn, NY 11225

A positively massive development with nearly 600 apartments has been proposed for a site near the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Developer Carmel Partners—which is working on another contested proposal nearby—filed plans for the enormous project earlier this year.

16. 111 Montgomery Street

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111 Montgomery St
Brooklyn, NY 11225

The neighborhood’s first luxury condo, a 12-story building on Montgomery Street between Washington and Franklin avenues, hit the market in May. Developed by CIM Group and LIVWRK and designed by Fischer+Makooi and Mesarch Studio, the project will add 163 condos, mostly one- and two-bedrooms, to the neighborhood’s housing stock when it opens in 2020. Prices start at $499,000 for a 480-square-foot studio. Nearly three-quarters of the units have some sort of private outdoor space (thought for many, that translates to just a Juliette balcony), and buyers get a one-year membership to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

An aerial view of buildings and trees. In the distances is the New York City skyline. It is sunset and the sky is pink and purple. Creative Soldier

17. 960 Franklin Avenue

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960 Franklin Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11225

Another enormous development near the Brooklyn Botanic Garden has been proposed, with two buildings that would bring more than 1,500 apartments to the area. Of those, around 473 would be deemed affordable, with 60 percent of the affordable apartments would be earmarked for extremely low-income, very low-income, and low-income New Yorkers making less than 80 percent of the area median income. Developers Continuum Companies and Lincoln Equities are seeking a rezoning for the project, but the garden has thrown its weight behind the local opposition efforts.

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1. The Bergen Collection

753 Bergen St, Brooklyn, NY 11238
A living room with a gray couch, a wood side table, and large windows. Katherine Marks

At the northwest corner of the neighborhood near Washington Avenue, a three-townhouse collection with nine units will be ready for residents this fall. Designed by Rybak Architects, the duplex condos feature private outdoor space, white oak hardwood floors, and Bosch appliances, including a washer/dryer. The kitchens have Nagad cabinets and Caesarstone counters, and the bathrooms are outfitted with marble walls and floors. Three units are in contract, including a $1.495 million 2,252-square-foot five bedroom with a 698-square-foot garden, and a 2,030-square-foot six-bedroom with a roof terrace asking $1.695 million.

753 Bergen St
Brooklyn, NY 11238

2. 496 Prospect

496 Prospect Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11238
A dining room, with a table and three chairs, wood floors, and a big window. Katherine Marks

Construction wrapped earlier this year on this six-unit project, which replaced a one-story building on Prospect Place near Classon Avenue. All of the units are full-floor two-bedrooms measuring 1,131 to 1,258 square feet with interiors by Pennie Kim and private keyed elevator access. Two units are in contract, and there are two active listings: the second floor unit asking $1.325 million and the fourth floor unit asking $1.435 million (both prices got a bump at the beginning of September). Level One Holdings is the developer.

496 Prospect Pl
Brooklyn, NY 11238

3. 529 Park Place

529 Park Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11238
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Sterling Town Equities is developing a five-story, eight-unit condo project on Park Place near Classon Avenue. It’s been in the works for four years, and its one-, two-, and three-bedroom units are expected to launch sometime this month. Prices will start at $700,000. Shared building amenities include a fitness room, rooftop deck, and storage. 

529 Park Pl
Brooklyn, NY 11238

4. 530 St. Marks Avenue

530 St Marks Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238
An empty lot surrounded by a fence. Google Maps

An empty lot adjacent to the Franklin Avenue shuttle tracks will be home to an eight-story, 16-unit building. Work began last year, and has been somewhat slow. Permits indicate that the total residential space will measure 11,960 square feet, for an average apartment size of 748, so they will likely be rentals. DK Real Estate Group is the developer.

530 St Marks Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238

5. 906 Prospect Place

906 Prospect Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11213

Just east of New York Avenue in the neighborhood’s historic district, there’s a new 22-unit, five-story condo building by Nexus Development. Sales launched in June, and available units run the gamut from a 500-square-foot alcove studio ($550,000) to a 1,400-square-foot penthouse with three bedrooms and a nearly 400-square-foot terrace ($1.845 million). Residents without private outdoor space can take advantage of a shared rooftop deck.

906 Prospect Pl
Brooklyn, NY 11213

6. 800 Park Place

800 Park Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11216

On Park Place between Rogers and Nostrand avenues, a new six-story building hit the market with eight condos earlier this summer, two of which are in contract. They range from a 660-square-foot one-bedroom to a 1,362-square-foot two-bedroom, with prices starting at $550,000 and topping out at $1.15 million. Finishes skew a little more luxury rental than condo, but many units have private outdoor space.

800 Park Pl
Brooklyn, NY 11216

7. 852 St. John’s Place

852 St Johns Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11216
Katherine Marks

Plans were first filed for this small development near Nostrand Avenue at the end of 2014, and it’s finally nearing the finish line. Designed to passive house standards, the building is highly sustainable and doesn’t require much energy to heat or cool. The full-floor units all feature private outdoor space and keyed elevator access. Two of its apartments are currently on the market, including a 1,130-square-foot two-bedroom asking $950,000.

852 St Johns Pl
Brooklyn, NY 11216

8. 1511 Bedford Avenue

1511 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11216

Move-ins started earlier this year at one of the newest and biggest rental buildings in Crown Heights. Located at the corner of Bedford Avenue and Lincoln Place—the Fox Savoy Theater was razed to make way for it—this 10-story development brought 142 new apartments (including 29 affordable units) to the neighborhood. There’s a mix of studios, one-, and two-bedrooms, and there are five active listings, the cheapest of which is a $3,300/month one-bedroom.

1511 Bedford Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11216

9. 409 Eastern Parkway

409 Eastern Pkwy, Brooklyn, NY 11216

Here’s another big new rental building on the scene. This one, on the corner of Eastern Parkway and Bedford Avenue, has 186 apartments that are being leased in stages. The first phase is fully rented, but new units will come online September 1, to be followed by the Penthouse Collection, which accounts for more than 30 units in the building. Amenities include a co-working space, a landscaped rooftop with a hammock lounge, cabanas, bocce ball court, wet bar, and dining area with barbecue stations. There’s also a fitness room, pet spa, and private parking available. Rents started at $2,225 for a studio.

409 Eastern Pkwy
Brooklyn, NY 11216

10. The Museum House

805 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

A stone’s throw from the Brooklyn Museum, there’s a nine-story 37-unit condo building aptly named the Museum House that evidently wishes it was on the other side of Washington Avenue—all marketing materials claim that the building is in Prospect Heights. The developer is Happy Living Development, while Aldo Andreoli and Claudio Delmonte are responsible for the design. Units have white oak herringbone floors, Poliform kitchens, and Carrara marble bathrooms. The priciest, and largest, unclaimed option is a 1,715-square-foot four-bedroom corner unit with a 405-square-foot terrace asking $2.599 million. If it sells for that price, it will be the most expensive condo ever sold in Crown Heights.

805 Washington Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238

11. 1548 Bedford Avenue

1548 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11225
Via ODA

Architecture firm ODA New York is designing this 100-room hotel on Bedford Avenue, which will have amenities like a publicly accessible rooftop terrace; a rooftop bar; a ground floor restaurant; and a cafe.

1548 Bedford Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11225

12. 1000 Union Street

1000 Union St, Brooklyn, NY 11225
An empty lot surrounded by a green construction fence. Google Maps

Construction is underway on a seven-story, 20-unit building at 1000 Union Street between Franklin and Classon avenues. There’s a partial stop work order on the property, but new work permits were filed earlier this month. A brick townhouse was demolished to make way for the new project, which is being developed by Gal Nagar of HML Developments.

1000 Union St
Brooklyn, NY 11225

13. Bedford Union Armory

1579 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11225
Max Touhey | www.metouhey.com

In all, the redevelopment of the Bedford-Union Armory will create nearly 400 rentals, of which 250 will be affordable apartments. Plans also call for a recreational center with a swimming pool and basketball court, as well as offices. Members of the community have long fought the project, which was initially due to have condos and fewer amenities for neighborhood residents. Plans for two of its rental buildings were filed in 2018.

1579 Bedford Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11225

14. 931 Carroll Street

931 Carroll St, Brooklyn, NY 11225

Along with 40 Crown Street, this site close to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden could give way to two 16-story mixed-use buildings with 518 residential units (a chunk of which would be affordable), and 15,000 square feet of retail. Developers Cornell Realty and Carmel Partners successfully petitioned the city to rezone the site, although affordable housing commitments that City Council member Laurie Cumbo says were made have since been questioned. While the project has received backlash because of its proximity to the garden and what opponents say is its potential to block sunlight, the City Planning Commission found the rezoning would “have no significant impact on the environment.”

931 Carroll St
Brooklyn, NY 11225

15. 54 Crown Street

54 Crown St, Brooklyn, NY 11225

A positively massive development with nearly 600 apartments has been proposed for a site near the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Developer Carmel Partners—which is working on another contested proposal nearby—filed plans for the enormous project earlier this year.

54 Crown St
Brooklyn, NY 11225

16. 111 Montgomery Street

111 Montgomery St, Brooklyn, NY 11225
An aerial view of buildings and trees. In the distances is the New York City skyline. It is sunset and the sky is pink and purple. Creative Soldier

The neighborhood’s first luxury condo, a 12-story building on Montgomery Street between Washington and Franklin avenues, hit the market in May. Developed by CIM Group and LIVWRK and designed by Fischer+Makooi and Mesarch Studio, the project will add 163 condos, mostly one- and two-bedrooms, to the neighborhood’s housing stock when it opens in 2020. Prices start at $499,000 for a 480-square-foot studio. Nearly three-quarters of the units have some sort of private outdoor space (thought for many, that translates to just a Juliette balcony), and buyers get a one-year membership to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

111 Montgomery St
Brooklyn, NY 11225

17. 960 Franklin Avenue

960 Franklin Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11225
Hill West Architects

Another enormous development near the Brooklyn Botanic Garden has been proposed, with two buildings that would bring more than 1,500 apartments to the area. Of those, around 473 would be deemed affordable, with 60 percent of the affordable apartments would be earmarked for extremely low-income, very low-income, and low-income New Yorkers making less than 80 percent of the area median income. Developers Continuum Companies and Lincoln Equities are seeking a rezoning for the project, but the garden has thrown its weight behind the local opposition efforts.

960 Franklin Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11225