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Development Notebook: Bedford Ave. Scarano Has Big Walls

February 16th, 2009 · 5 Comments

Check out this Robert Scarano masterpiece with lots of wall on at 1056 Bedford Avenue at Clifton Place. The building has been slow coming along and was hobbled for a time by a partial Stop Work Order. The complaints lodged during construction of the building also make for interesting reading and include “chunks of falling […]

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Tags: Architecture · Bed-Stuy

Radusky’s 574 Fourth Avenue Revealed: How’s He Doing?

February 12th, 2009 · 4 Comments

[Click to enlarge rendering to full size] We’ve taken our share of shots at architect Henry Radusky and his firm, Bricolage Designs, over the years, so we were surprised yesterday to find several comments from one of the architect’s colleagues and an offer to send us a rendering of his latest building going up at […]

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Tags: Architecture · Fourth Avenue

Robert Scarano’s Latest Fourth Ave. Giant Semi-Revealed

February 9th, 2009 · 8 Comments

A work of architectural genius? Or the most grotesque thing yet to show up on Fourth Avenue? There will be varying opinions but this is Robert Scarano’s at Fourth Avenue and 13th Street. This 12-story building being developed by Isaac Katan will have 135 units. (Anyone want to take bets on whether it’ll be a […]

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Tags: Architecture · Fourth Avenue

Rent in Richard Meier’s GAP Bird Killer for $4K/Month Furnished

February 6th, 2009 · Comments Off on Rent in Richard Meier’s GAP Bird Killer for $4K/Month Furnished

So there you have it. At least one owner at Richard Meier’s signature Grand Army Plaza building (which was first reported as a possible bird killer by Brookynian, a post we picked up and then made headlines in the New York Post, which seemed to discover the story on its own) is renting. And not […]

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Tags: Architecture · Grand Army Plaza

Carroll Street & Fourth Ave. Corner of Horrors Looking Nice

January 31st, 2009 · 9 Comments

On the left, we have what we call The Shaft, a product of Henry Radusky and Bricolage Designs. On the right we have The Big Ass Box from Christo the shop of Armand Quadrini, who is also known as the bench warmer for Robert Scarano because he has replaced the King of Brooklyn Architects on […]

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Tags: Architecture · Fourth Avenue

Lettering Grows in Brooklyn

January 23rd, 2009 · Comments Off on Lettering Grows in Brooklyn

A kind GL reader sent us a link to an absolutely fascinating article taking a looking a the different kinds of lettering found on different kinds of buildings in various Brooklyn neighborhoods. It’s from AIGA Design Archives and was just published. An excerpt: In Brooklyn, commercial and industrial neighborhoods are the best places to find […]

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Tags: Architecture

Nominate Robert Scarano for a Building Brooklyn Award!!!

January 22nd, 2009 · Comments Off on Nominate Robert Scarano for a Building Brooklyn Award!!!

In July (7/15) the 9th Annual Building Brooklyn Awards, presented by the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce and the Real Estate & Development Committee, will be at Steiner Studio’s Stage 6 in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. But now’s the time to submit nominees for recognition of nineteen different categories of the bettering of the Brooklyn community […]

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Tags: Architecture

Manhattan Bridge Dumbo Arch Renovation Unveiled

September 9th, 2008 · Comments Off on Manhattan Bridge Dumbo Arch Renovation Unveiled

The arch under the Manhattan Bridge was reopened to the public yesterday with some minor fanfare and Dumbo NYC had full coverage of the event. The new design from Rogers Marvel appears above. The goal is to have the renovation complete by 2009 when the bridge hits the century mark, but fundraising for improvements and […]

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Tags: Architecture · Dumbo

Breaking: DOB Files Charges Against Robert Scarano

June 12th, 2008 · 5 Comments

The Department of Buildings has filed internal administrative charges against architect Robert Scarano, alleging that he made false or misleading statements on applications for buildings at 158 Freeman Street and at 1037 Manhattan Avenue. Mr. Scarano is alleged to have improperly divided a zoning lot into two smaller lots for the two new buildings. Acting […]

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Tags: Architecture · Construction Issues

Burg’s Green Bathroom Tile Building Almost Complete

May 9th, 2008 · Comments Off on Burg’s Green Bathroom Tile Building Almost Complete

This is the Decora, a building on N. 10 Street in Williamsburg that we have watched with fascination. The finish on the oval elements of the structure was supposed to be gold in some early renderings, but has turned out to be a kind of bathroom-like green tile. One thing we can say is that […]

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Tags: Architecture · Williamsburg

Bolt of Enlightenment: Gowanus Bunker is "Satori"!!!

April 23rd, 2008 · 3 Comments

The Robert Scarano building on Bond Street, which we last heard from when a guard dog got loose and mauled a dog being walked, has gotten a name: Satori. It will be marketed by the Developer’s Group. The building has had an interesting history, starting with the demolition of an historic carriage house and continuing […]

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Tags: Architecture · Gowanus · Real Estate Marketing

Bklink: Rendering/Reality

April 15th, 2008 · Comments Off on Bklink: Rendering/Reality

So, which is better: the rendering of the Gowanus Condo on First Street in Park Slope or the very different reality of the now (mostly uncovered) building?–Curbed

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Tags: Architecture · Park Slope · Shortlink

Bklink: 143 Huron Impresses

April 10th, 2008 · Comments Off on Bklink: 143 Huron Impresses

To say that 143 Huron Street, a new condo in Greenpoint, makes an impression is an understatement. “I’m not too sure what ‘look’ this architect was trying achieve. If I had to take a guess I’d say Imperial Storm Trooper meets Jawa Sandcrawler with a dash of Mondrian thrown in for good measure.”–New York Shitty

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Tags: Architecture · Greenpoint · Shortlink

PM Update: Gehry Says Miss Brooklyn is Alive

April 4th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Despite all the recent headlines about the Atlantic Yards Stall and the demise of Miss Brooklyn, Frank Gehry says his signature tower is still alive. He lays the news on the Brooklyn Paper, which caught up with him at last night’s controversial Brooklyn Museum Gala. Of Bruce Ratner, Mr. Gehry says “He really does want […]

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Tags: Architecture · Atlantic Yards

Meet Toren on Flatbush Avenue

April 2nd, 2008 · 3 Comments

This is a new condo tower designed by SOM called Toren that is currently going up on Flatbush Avenue at Myrtle (150 Myrtle) that will clock in at 38 stories. A very heavy-duty marketing campaign for it has just kicked off. It’s fair to say that it’s the most distinctive tower proposed for Brooklyn so […]

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Tags: Architecture · Downtown Brooklyn

Gowanus Bunker Gets Woody

March 26th, 2008 · 4 Comments

One of the hallmarks of some of architect Robert Scarano’s work is the use of exterior wood. Among the buildings that have gotten this treatment is the one on Bond Street that we call the Bunker. (The same building with the dogs that attacked people and a small black dog last week.) The vicious attack […]

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Tags: Architecture · Gowanus

Bklink: Feddertecture

March 22nd, 2008 · Comments Off on Bklink: Feddertecture

The exemplary specimen of Feddertecture on Jefferson Street in Bushwick is not only complete, it is now tagged up. “I wonder if the developer hired someone to do this so these luxury town homes would have that built-in ‘urban’ feel?”–New York Shitty

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Tags: Architecture · Bushwick · Shortlink

"The Ugliest Building in Brooklyn"?

March 8th, 2008 · 2 Comments

Photographer Nate Kensinger, whose work we love and whose forays into places that are hard to access have brought us great visual joy, sent us some photos of a condo in Fort Greene called the Verdi on Adelphi. It has been featured many times by our friends at Brownstoner, who have not minced words about […]

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Tags: Architecture · Fort Greene

New Look 360 Smith Continues Making an Impression

February 18th, 2008 · 5 Comments

The redesign of 360 Smith Street unveiled last week at a Carroll Gardens Neighborhood Association meeting by the developer, Billy Stein, continues to elicit reaction from residents. The CORD group, which was formed after original renderings or the Robert Scarano-designed “Heavy Metal” building were posted last May, offered up a photoshopped view of Second Place […]

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Tags: Architecture · Carroll Gardens · Smith Street

Gowanus Update: Slow Going at the Bunker on Bond

February 1st, 2008 · 10 Comments

Whenever we pass by the building that we like to call The Bunker on Bond Street because of its lack of windows superior abundance of wall space, we check to see how much progress has been made. We’re not sure if it’s the slowest moving building project in Brooklyn, but that’s only because there is […]

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Tags: Architecture · Gowanus

Carroll Gardens 340 Court vs. Prague Building: Part II

January 30th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Yesterday, we posted a side-by-side comparison of the former International Longshoreman’s Building at 340 Court Street (which has an impending date with the wrecking ball) with a modernist building in Prague. This is Part II, featuring another two photos sent to us by our Carroll Gardens-Cobble Hill Correspondent. Call it the Tough Tony Anastasio Building […]

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Tags: Architecture · Carroll Gardens

Carroll Gardens 340 Court vs. Prague Bldg: Separated at Birth?

January 29th, 2008 · 7 Comments

On the left is the former International Longshoreman’s Association Building at 340 Court Street in Carroll Gardens. On the right is a building in Prague. We would love to take full credit for juxtaposing these two structures cut from the same cloth, but it actually goes to our special Carroll Gardens-Cobble Hill Correspondent who writes: […]

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Tags: Architecture · Carroll Gardens

Bklink: Nominations Please

January 17th, 2008 · Comments Off on Bklink: Nominations Please

It’s time for the 2008 Building Brooklyn awards and the Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations. Will North Brooklyn get the short end of the stick again? “The contest regulations require that a project have a temporary or final CO issued in calendar 2007. So such favorites as 20 Bayard, North8 Condos, 207-211 South First […]

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Tags: Architecture · Shortlink

What’s That Thing on Top: Ikon Growth Complete

January 10th, 2008 · Comments Off on What’s That Thing on Top: Ikon Growth Complete

We return to our very occasional series “What’s That Thing on Top?” to update the status of one of the most notable things to be put on top of any Williamsburg building: the growth added to the building on Karl Fischer Row that is now known as the Ikon. We last viewed it from behind, […]

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Tags: Architecture · Williamsburg

Meet the Nightmare on Pacific Street

January 3rd, 2008 · 5 Comments

Rarely have we seen a building that made such a swift impression as 262 Pacific Street, which we’ll be calling The Nightmare on Pacific Street (Nightmare on Pacific, for short, or Pacific Street Nightmare) or, possibly, the Pacific Penitentiary. Brownstoner started off the New Year with a bang (and possibly signified that Boerum Hill, Cobble […]

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Tags: Architecture