Will Brooklyn’s Williamsburg ever going to stop getting so much attention? Uh, probably not. Because as long as this dynamic neighborhood keeps changing, and people keep opening interesting new restaurants and stores and movie theaters and galleries, and especially, if people keep building new Williamsburg apartments, we are going to keep talking about it. A few Williamsburg rental apartment-related stories recently caught my eye, all having to do with how growth and development in North Brooklyn continues apace.
So, then, a Williamsburg rental apartment round-up, if you will:
A long-stalled project on the site of the old Beach Russ Factory (demolished some four years ago!) on Union Street seems to have been given new life, in the form of a 98-unit Williamsburg rental apartment building designed by Karl Fischer (of several-other-Williamsburg-properties fame). The Union (another Karl Fischer design) with 96 units is located just down the block, and is slated to open in September of 2011.
Coincidentally, The Union was also built on the site of a fallen factory, in this case the Manhattan Chocolate Factory.
Meanwhile, one of the glassy luxury Williamsburg rental apartment buildings over by the river is due to start leasing soon, this at 111 Kent Avenue (pictured at top). Like the Beach Russ Factory job, 111 Kent was once envisioned as a condo project, but with the rental market so strong, many developers have changed direction mid-build. And work continues on the 14 story-, 160-unit Williamsburg rental apartment building at 11 Broadway (above), which is looking more traditional and bricky than most of the new buildings in this part of town. L+M Development promises that this Williamsburg rental apartment building will be on the market by the end of next year.
If you’re looking at Williamsburg apartments and want something luxury brand new, these buildings will probably be your best bet when they open.
In non-residential news, it looks like construction on the much-anticipated, seven-screen Williamsburg Cinemas has begun on the corner of Grand and Driggs Avenues. This is exciting news–the owner promises a mix of small/foreign films, family fare, and Hollywood stuff–and is not to be confused with the Nitehawk Cinema, which recently opened its doors on Metropolitan Avenue and which serves restaurant-quality food at your seat both before and DURING the movie, which, in my opinion, can’t be anything but annoying and distracting and potentially gross (depending upon table manners) for your fellow movie-goers.
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