Brooklyn rental apartments continue to be a hot commodity here in New York City, being fed primarily by Brooklyn new development. This is happening both to the north (Williamsburg, Greenpoint) and south (DUMBO, DoBro, Park Slope, etc.), and as a couple of articles pointed out recently, the supply, thanks to a seemingly inexhaustible building boom, is only going to increase over the next few years. By at least 14,000 units!
So if I seem a little preoccupied with Brooklyn new development of late–and, most important, the Brooklyn neighborhoods within which they stand–well, it’s because everyone keeps building new stuff, and opening cool things, and moving their lives and families there.
So then, here are a few bits of news that caught my eye that will potentially have a big impact on three Brooklyn communities: the still-industrial but slowly-changing Gowanus; the head-spinningly rapid development of the Downtown Brooklyn area known as MetroTech; and, of course, the part of town that never DOESN’T make Brooklyn rental apartment news, Williamsburg.
So let’s get to the Williamsburg rental apartment story first. The New York Post did a nice round-up at the end of last year about what we can expect from the apparently unstoppable boom in rental apartment development in the north Brooklyn neighborhood.
Aside from the recently on-the-market condos-gone-rentals (The Driggs on N 9th Street, for example, with 113 Williamsburg rental apartments), there are also some potentially enormous projects in the works, including hundreds of new units in three separate buildings coming up in 2013, and, biggest of all, the 500-unit luxury Williamsburg rental building–complete with swimming pool, roof deck, fitness center, etc–at Northside Piers.
And it seems as though there will be no shortage of first-rate places to eat for all of these new Williamsburg residents, as there’s been an influx of popular Manhattan-based (and, more specifically, East Village- and Lower East Side-based) chefs and restaurants setting up shop across the river.
Joining the already-world-class Williamsburg restaurant scene in recent months: the Meatball Shop, Max, Caracas Arepas Bar, Mama’s Food Shop, Momofuku Milk Bar, Isa, Betto, and on and on. Kind of takes the sting out of those weekends when the L train is “closed for service”!
To the south, the food news for residents of Gowanus, Carroll Gardens, and even Park Slope rental apartments is less straightforward, as the battle over the proposed–and, at 58,000 square feet, quite enormous–Whole Foods supermarket has been heated.
Whole Foods plans to build it’s mammoth mart on the vacant block of 3rd Street and 3rd Avenue; some Gowanus residents, both creative types with studios in the area as well as local factory owners, are fighting the high-end national chain, saying that rents in the area would shoot up, the neighborhood’s unique balance of entrepreneurs and artists would be destroyed, and the community would be inundated with traffic.
Sounds like a typical NYC David and Goliath-y story to me. It looks like Goliath has won this battle, with the City Council just recently giving approval, and construction moving forward.
Finally, a look at the somewhat forced but nonetheless increasingly popular “micro-neighborhood” of MetroTech, where several luxury rental apartment buildings have sprouted in recent years.
Even though, as one MetroTech resident puts it, “we’re kind of a 10-minute walk to everything–in the middle of nowhere,” this area of Downtown Brooklyn near the Fulton Mall has seen a population surge of young professionals and families willing to sacrifice a sense of local community for getting newly constructed apartments near several subway lines, so getting to work (or other neighborhoods in which to hang out) is a breeze.
And there are many MANY more MetroTech rental apartments in the works, including what will be the two tallest buildings in the borough, a 53-story condo/rental tower on Bridge Street, and a 57-story, 861-unit rentals-only colossus just one block away, the Avalon Willoughby Square. It looks like Brooklyn new development will be keeping up with the influx of new residents expected over the next few years.
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