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Mapping Crown Heights' Crazy Residential Building Boom

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For many lifelong New Yorkers, Crown Heights is still associated with riots, despite the fact that they occurred more than two decades ago. Things are much, much different today. The neighborhood is one of the hottest and fastest changing areas of Brooklyn (there are more than a few trend pieces about it), drawing dozens of new shops, restaurants, and oh yes, plenty of new residential developments. Crown Heights seems to be developers' new favorite playground—there are dozens of new developments popping up all over the 'hood. To keep track of the changes, we mapped 23 new residential projects in Crown Heights. A few of these were complete within the last year and a few are almost ready to hit the market, but most are still under construction or in development, so residents should brace themselves for the next wave of change. Know of one we missed? Leave a comment or send a note to the tipline and we'll gladly add it to the map.


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1. 267 Rogers Avenue

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267 Rogers Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11225

A church on Rogers Avenue between Crown and Carroll Streets is currently being demolished to make way for a 165-unit, five-story building designed by Think Architecture and Design. The owner is listed at Dia Onizawa of Heights Advisors, and the building should be complete by fall 2015.

2. 341 Eastern Parkway

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341 Eastern Parkway
Brooklyn, NY 11216

The lot at the corner of Franklin Avenue and Eastern Parkway has been in development for a long time (i.e. seven years), but the new apartment building is finally nearing completion. The finished product, designed by the Meshberg Group and developed by BlueJay Management, will hold 65 rental apartments and a Capital One bank on the ground floor. The 2/3/4/5 Franklin Avenue subway stop is located directly in front of the building.

3. 954 Bergen Street

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954 Bergen Street
Brooklyn, NY 11216

Plans for developer Boaz Gilad's latest project were recently revealed for 954 Bergen Street near Franklin Avenue. It's his classic looks-like-two-buildings-in-one design, created by architects Isaac & Stern, and it will have 38 units and 19 parking spaces. The current two-story building on the site is now being demolished. [Photo]

4. 834 Sterling Place

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834 Sterling Place
Brooklyn, NY 11216

Hello Living is on a building spree in Brooklyn, and the developer's next structure to reach the finish line will likely be 834 Sterling Place near Nostrand Avenue. It will hold 46 condos. Pricing information has yet to be released, as the developer is still waiting on approval from the Attorney General.

5. 820-822 St. Johns Place

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822 Saint Johns Place
Brooklyn, NY 11216

A neighboring pair of three-story rowhouses on St. Johns Place are being converted into apartment buildings. Both are getting two-story additions. No. 820 will expand from a two-unit building to a seven-unit structure, while no. 822 will go from two to nine units. Work is supposed to wrap up this summer. [Photo]

6. 564 St. Johns Place

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564 Saint Johns Place
Brooklyn, NY 11238

Karl Fischer designed this eight-story, 172-unit building that's set to swallow a large chunk of St. Johns Place between Franklin and Classon Avenues. The developer is the Rabsky Group, one of the city's most prolific developers. Here's hoping it actually looks semi-decent and not incredibly cheap.

7. 505 Saint Marks Avenue

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505 Saint Marks Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11238

The bix, bland, boxy buildings that have plagued North Brooklyn for years seem to be moving southward into Crown Heights. Renderings were recently revealed for this 100,000-square-foot structure on Saint Marks Avenue between Franklin and Classon Avenues. Designed by Isaac and Stern, it will hold 172 units. [Photo]

8. 1444 Bedford Avenue

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1444 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11216

On Bedford Avenue near Park Place, there's a four-story, eight-unit building rising on formerly empty lot. The facade is an odd mix of different colored materials, and it should be ready for occupants this fall.

9. Fox Savoy Theater

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1515 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11216

The neo-classical Fox Savoy Theater, which originally opened in 1927, is, sadly, being demolished to be replaced by an apartment building. No renderings have been revealed yet, but the new building will not be near as lovely as the old one, as it's being designed by Isaac and Stern architects. It will be 10 stories tall and hold 114 units.

10. 500 Sterling Place

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500 Sterling Place
Brooklyn, NY 11238

Silverstone Property Group is currently building a 77-unit market rate rental building on Sterling Place between Washington and Classon Avenues. ND Architecture and Design created the building shown in the rendering. Hopefully it will look nicer in real life. [Photo]

11. Nassau Brewery

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947 Bergen Street
Brooklyn, NY 11216

Part of an old brewery on Franklin Avenue between Dean and Bergen Streets recently hit the market and is ripe for residential conversion. The owner kept the brewery building that fronts on Bergen Street, and he plans to convert it into apartments, with some affordable units and retail space on the ground floor. It's a lovely industrial brick building with arched windows, so the finished product could be very attractive, but no building permits have been filed.

12. 655 Franklin Avenue

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655 Franklin Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11238

A new four-story building on Franklin Avenue near Saint Marks Avenue should be coming to market soon. When Brownstoner passed by the site more than six months ago, it looked nearly complete. It will have eight units, but they have yet to materialize as listings.

13. 807 Washington Avenue

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807 Washington Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11238

On the western edge of the neighborhood, a two-story townhouse will be replaced by a seven-story, seven-unit building. Unfortunately, the developer is Boaz Gilad's Brookland Properties and the architect is his go-to, Isaac & Stern. No renderings yet, but it probably won't be pretty.

14. 991 Eastern Parkway

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991 Eastern Parkway
Brooklyn, NY 11213

Oh look, yet another ugly development by Boaz Gilad. This one is a conversion (if you can call it that) and expansion of a Romanesque Revival church on Eastern Parkway between Troy and Schenectady Avenues. Permits to expand the structure to seven stories are currently pending approval from the Department of Buildings. The new building would have 17 units, including a duplex penthouse.

15. 90 Sullivan Place

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90 Sullivan Place
Brooklyn, NY 11225

The building at 90 Sullivan Place near Bedford Avenue was stalled by a Stop Work Order for nearly five years, but new permits were recently filed and work seems to have re-started. The building isn't in the best location—it's sandwiched between a gas station and an auto shop, across the street from the giant Ebbetts Field complex—so it will be interesting to see how the 28 units do when they finally come to market.

16. 609 St. Johns Place

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609 Saint Johns Place
Brooklyn, NY 11238

A vacant building on St. Johns Place is being renovated and expanded to become a four-story, 13-unit apartment building. Permits, filed by the Building Solution, list the owner as Joseph Emergi. [Photo]

17. 1705 Dean Street

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1705 Dean Street
Brooklyn, NY 11213

Plans were filed last September for a five-story, 25-unit building on a vacant lot at 1705 Dean Street near Utica Avenue. Empire State Management is the developer and the architect of record is DJLU Architects. [Photo]

18. 622 Grand Avenue

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622 Grand Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11238

Once upon a time a Robert Scarano-designed building was planned for 622 Grand Avenue, but that never came to be. Brownstoner noticed that work restarted at the site last September, and new permits for a four-story, 10-unit building were approved in February. The new architect of record is listed as Julien Flander, and the owner is the Sterling Group.

19. 250 Utica Avenue

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250 Utica Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11213

Not all development happening in the neighborhood is market rate—there are a handful of affordable housing developments as well. One of these is a large 16-story mixed use project at Utica Avenue and Lincoln Place. The first four-stories will be commercial, while the rest of the building will hold 87 studio, one-, two-, and three-bedroom units, most of which will be targeted at families making 60 percent of the area medium income. It's being developed by the well-respected L&M Development Partners, and it will seek LEED-certification. [Via Brownstoner]

20. 1552 Bergen Street

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1552 Bergen Street
Brooklyn, NY 11213

Another affordable housing development is also rising near Utica Avenue. This one is a seven-story, 35-unit project being developed by Concern for Independent Living. It will also feature a community center with a meeting space, computer room, lounges, and a fitness center.

21. 818 Dean Street

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818 Dean Street
Brooklyn, NY 11238

A few projects have come to market within the last year, which gives an indication of what we can expect in regards to pricing of these new developments. Last May, the Scarano-designed rental building at 818 Dean Street finally came to market, with rents ranging from $2,400 for a one-bedroom duplex to $4,500 for a two-bedroom with a private garden. This is on the western edge of the neighborhood, closer to Prospect Heights, so these prices are probably on the higher end of the scale for new projects. That said, the prices did seem some chops (that $4,500 unit dropped to $4,333), but only two units remain on the market.

22. 355 Saint Marks Avenue

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355 Saint Marks Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11238

Also on the western edge of the neighborhood, there's 355 Saint Marks Avenue, a four-unit condo building. Greenstone designed the building with eco-friendly features, and two of the units, which all feature private outdoor space, sold to sponsors. The available units are a 1,655-square-foot 3BR/2.5 asking $1.75 million, and a 2,372-square-foot 3BR/2.5 asking $2.375 million. Given that you can buy a townhouse in the neighborhood for that amount, the prices seem a bit ridiculous.

23. 875 Saint Marks Avenue

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875 Saint Marks Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11213

The new-to-market units at 875 Saint Marks Avenue, about a mile east of no. 355, are much more reasonably priced. The building is a stately old mansion across the street from the Brooklyn Children's Museum, and it features six brand new one- and two-bedroom condos. Prices start at $449,000, and the most expensive unit is a 1BR/2BA duplex asking $659,000. Two units have private outdoor space, and they are listed for $499K and $475K.

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1. 267 Rogers Avenue

267 Rogers Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11225

A church on Rogers Avenue between Crown and Carroll Streets is currently being demolished to make way for a 165-unit, five-story building designed by Think Architecture and Design. The owner is listed at Dia Onizawa of Heights Advisors, and the building should be complete by fall 2015.

267 Rogers Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11225

2. 341 Eastern Parkway

341 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY 11216

The lot at the corner of Franklin Avenue and Eastern Parkway has been in development for a long time (i.e. seven years), but the new apartment building is finally nearing completion. The finished product, designed by the Meshberg Group and developed by BlueJay Management, will hold 65 rental apartments and a Capital One bank on the ground floor. The 2/3/4/5 Franklin Avenue subway stop is located directly in front of the building.

341 Eastern Parkway
Brooklyn, NY 11216

3. 954 Bergen Street

954 Bergen Street, Brooklyn, NY 11216

Plans for developer Boaz Gilad's latest project were recently revealed for 954 Bergen Street near Franklin Avenue. It's his classic looks-like-two-buildings-in-one design, created by architects Isaac & Stern, and it will have 38 units and 19 parking spaces. The current two-story building on the site is now being demolished. [Photo]

954 Bergen Street
Brooklyn, NY 11216

4. 834 Sterling Place

834 Sterling Place, Brooklyn, NY 11216

Hello Living is on a building spree in Brooklyn, and the developer's next structure to reach the finish line will likely be 834 Sterling Place near Nostrand Avenue. It will hold 46 condos. Pricing information has yet to be released, as the developer is still waiting on approval from the Attorney General.

834 Sterling Place
Brooklyn, NY 11216

5. 820-822 St. Johns Place

822 Saint Johns Place, Brooklyn, NY 11216

A neighboring pair of three-story rowhouses on St. Johns Place are being converted into apartment buildings. Both are getting two-story additions. No. 820 will expand from a two-unit building to a seven-unit structure, while no. 822 will go from two to nine units. Work is supposed to wrap up this summer. [Photo]

822 Saint Johns Place
Brooklyn, NY 11216

6. 564 St. Johns Place

564 Saint Johns Place, Brooklyn, NY 11238

Karl Fischer designed this eight-story, 172-unit building that's set to swallow a large chunk of St. Johns Place between Franklin and Classon Avenues. The developer is the Rabsky Group, one of the city's most prolific developers. Here's hoping it actually looks semi-decent and not incredibly cheap.

564 Saint Johns Place
Brooklyn, NY 11238

7. 505 Saint Marks Avenue

505 Saint Marks Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11238

The bix, bland, boxy buildings that have plagued North Brooklyn for years seem to be moving southward into Crown Heights. Renderings were recently revealed for this 100,000-square-foot structure on Saint Marks Avenue between Franklin and Classon Avenues. Designed by Isaac and Stern, it will hold 172 units. [Photo]

505 Saint Marks Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11238

8. 1444 Bedford Avenue

1444 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11216

On Bedford Avenue near Park Place, there's a four-story, eight-unit building rising on formerly empty lot. The facade is an odd mix of different colored materials, and it should be ready for occupants this fall.

1444 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11216

9. Fox Savoy Theater

1515 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11216

The neo-classical Fox Savoy Theater, which originally opened in 1927, is, sadly, being demolished to be replaced by an apartment building. No renderings have been revealed yet, but the new building will not be near as lovely as the old one, as it's being designed by Isaac and Stern architects. It will be 10 stories tall and hold 114 units.

1515 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11216

10. 500 Sterling Place

500 Sterling Place, Brooklyn, NY 11238

Silverstone Property Group is currently building a 77-unit market rate rental building on Sterling Place between Washington and Classon Avenues. ND Architecture and Design created the building shown in the rendering. Hopefully it will look nicer in real life. [Photo]

500 Sterling Place
Brooklyn, NY 11238

11. Nassau Brewery

947 Bergen Street, Brooklyn, NY 11216

Part of an old brewery on Franklin Avenue between Dean and Bergen Streets recently hit the market and is ripe for residential conversion. The owner kept the brewery building that fronts on Bergen Street, and he plans to convert it into apartments, with some affordable units and retail space on the ground floor. It's a lovely industrial brick building with arched windows, so the finished product could be very attractive, but no building permits have been filed.

947 Bergen Street
Brooklyn, NY 11216

12. 655 Franklin Avenue

655 Franklin Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11238

A new four-story building on Franklin Avenue near Saint Marks Avenue should be coming to market soon. When Brownstoner passed by the site more than six months ago, it looked nearly complete. It will have eight units, but they have yet to materialize as listings.

655 Franklin Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11238

13. 807 Washington Avenue

807 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11238

On the western edge of the neighborhood, a two-story townhouse will be replaced by a seven-story, seven-unit building. Unfortunately, the developer is Boaz Gilad's Brookland Properties and the architect is his go-to, Isaac & Stern. No renderings yet, but it probably won't be pretty.

807 Washington Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11238

14. 991 Eastern Parkway

991 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY 11213

Oh look, yet another ugly development by Boaz Gilad. This one is a conversion (if you can call it that) and expansion of a Romanesque Revival church on Eastern Parkway between Troy and Schenectady Avenues. Permits to expand the structure to seven stories are currently pending approval from the Department of Buildings. The new building would have 17 units, including a duplex penthouse.

991 Eastern Parkway
Brooklyn, NY 11213

15. 90 Sullivan Place

90 Sullivan Place, Brooklyn, NY 11225

The building at 90 Sullivan Place near Bedford Avenue was stalled by a Stop Work Order for nearly five years, but new permits were recently filed and work seems to have re-started. The building isn't in the best location—it's sandwiched between a gas station and an auto shop, across the street from the giant Ebbetts Field complex—so it will be interesting to see how the 28 units do when they finally come to market.

90 Sullivan Place
Brooklyn, NY 11225

16. 609 St. Johns Place

609 Saint Johns Place, Brooklyn, NY 11238

A vacant building on St. Johns Place is being renovated and expanded to become a four-story, 13-unit apartment building. Permits, filed by the Building Solution, list the owner as Joseph Emergi. [Photo]

609 Saint Johns Place
Brooklyn, NY 11238

17. 1705 Dean Street

1705 Dean Street, Brooklyn, NY 11213

Plans were filed last September for a five-story, 25-unit building on a vacant lot at 1705 Dean Street near Utica Avenue. Empire State Management is the developer and the architect of record is DJLU Architects. [Photo]

1705 Dean Street
Brooklyn, NY 11213

18. 622 Grand Avenue

622 Grand Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11238

Once upon a time a Robert Scarano-designed building was planned for 622 Grand Avenue, but that never came to be. Brownstoner noticed that work restarted at the site last September, and new permits for a four-story, 10-unit building were approved in February. The new architect of record is listed as Julien Flander, and the owner is the Sterling Group.

622 Grand Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11238

19. 250 Utica Avenue

250 Utica Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11213

Not all development happening in the neighborhood is market rate—there are a handful of affordable housing developments as well. One of these is a large 16-story mixed use project at Utica Avenue and Lincoln Place. The first four-stories will be commercial, while the rest of the building will hold 87 studio, one-, two-, and three-bedroom units, most of which will be targeted at families making 60 percent of the area medium income. It's being developed by the well-respected L&M Development Partners, and it will seek LEED-certification. [Via Brownstoner]

250 Utica Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11213

20. 1552 Bergen Street

1552 Bergen Street, Brooklyn, NY 11213

Another affordable housing development is also rising near Utica Avenue. This one is a seven-story, 35-unit project being developed by Concern for Independent Living. It will also feature a community center with a meeting space, computer room, lounges, and a fitness center.

1552 Bergen Street
Brooklyn, NY 11213

21. 818 Dean Street

818 Dean Street, Brooklyn, NY 11238

A few projects have come to market within the last year, which gives an indication of what we can expect in regards to pricing of these new developments. Last May, the Scarano-designed rental building at 818 Dean Street finally came to market, with rents ranging from $2,400 for a one-bedroom duplex to $4,500 for a two-bedroom with a private garden. This is on the western edge of the neighborhood, closer to Prospect Heights, so these prices are probably on the higher end of the scale for new projects. That said, the prices did seem some chops (that $4,500 unit dropped to $4,333), but only two units remain on the market.

818 Dean Street
Brooklyn, NY 11238

22. 355 Saint Marks Avenue

355 Saint Marks Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11238

Also on the western edge of the neighborhood, there's 355 Saint Marks Avenue, a four-unit condo building. Greenstone designed the building with eco-friendly features, and two of the units, which all feature private outdoor space, sold to sponsors. The available units are a 1,655-square-foot 3BR/2.5 asking $1.75 million, and a 2,372-square-foot 3BR/2.5 asking $2.375 million. Given that you can buy a townhouse in the neighborhood for that amount, the prices seem a bit ridiculous.

355 Saint Marks Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11238

23. 875 Saint Marks Avenue

875 Saint Marks Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11213

The new-to-market units at 875 Saint Marks Avenue, about a mile east of no. 355, are much more reasonably priced. The building is a stately old mansion across the street from the Brooklyn Children's Museum, and it features six brand new one- and two-bedroom condos. Prices start at $449,000, and the most expensive unit is a 1BR/2BA duplex asking $659,000. Two units have private outdoor space, and they are listed for $499K and $475K.

875 Saint Marks Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11213