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    Default North Brooklyn leap year special

    Construction like you wouldn't believe. I didn't. I thought I was on a large movie set.

    It's friggin f*cking unbelievable how much is going up in Williamsburg. The photos I took show only a fraction.

    It's late now, so most of them go up tomorrow, but here's a couple of teasers.




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    All of BK is booming right now. I was in Williamsburg and Greenpoint, seems like a new condo on every block.

    As for South Williamsburg, the heavy Jewish section that was just rezoned from industrial... amazing. While the designs are all pretty much the same, height, stone, etc., it's like a new city is being built. You can go on some blocks where every building is new or being built, with a lot more coming. Amazing how much money is being invested... and made.

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    The rest now.

    DUMBO:

    110 Jay Street: Addition to the building by Scarano.





    Building on Jay&Front, site of Light Bridges/100 Jay at left



    Williamsburg/Clinton Hill

    The Spencer







    Building going up on the same block



    ?: off the BQE



    Middle Income apartment towers (there were 2 more behind these)



    @Flushing and Bedford



    Down the block



    Orthodox housing



    Two u/c on this block (and yuppies in the foreground carrying wood planks)



    More Orthodox housing



    Really nice looking sans the pseudoroof thing



    Entire block of new construction



    One side



    Corner building



    Older building on Rodney and Marcy



    Other areas

    @BQE/Red Hook/Columbia Heights





    229 Parkville Avenue - a city development much nicer than most city developments









    Church at BQE/Brooklyn Heights (with crooked cross)



    Billy B Bank and Atlantic Terminal from Gowanus Expy



    Downtown Brooklyn and Brooklyn Heights skylines, with the tragedy of Lowe's in foreground





    Prospect Park skyline



    Relic of Navy Yard past



    St. Rose of Lima (same block as 229 Parkville): the inside was beautiful, but I didn't feel right bringing the camera in.








    A bunch of these were taken from the car, so I apologize for odd angles or smudgyness.

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    Thanks for the photos. As always, these are fantastic. I live in East Williamsburg, within walking distance of the ever-expanding Hasidic construction zone. I should probably get photos of the most ridiculous area of construction- there's a formerly vacant zone adjacent to Woodhull Hospital that must have 15 buildings under construction in 4 blocks. This area started rising just a few months ago. There's also a giant construction zone along Flushing Avenue, near the Flushing G station (across from the Marcy Houses).

    Hasidic construction has now crossed Myrtle Avenue, which is amazing. Parts of Myrtle Avenue are without question in Bed Stuy. I wonder if (10 years from now) Bed Stuy will be considered a Hasidic neighborhood. Considering the hipster population of Williamsburg is pushing the Jewish population south and east, it's not inconceivable.

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    It is really wild. Bushwick is becoming both hip and more Jewish at the same time.

    Is all this construction done by 1 or 2 builders? They all look pretty much the same. Is this some religious requirement?

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    Wow, nice job Gul. I know of no one else who covers Brooklyn construction so thoroughly.

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    Billy, the overall style isn't a mandate. But there are some elements which need to be present. Buildings constructed specifically for orthodox Jews must have balconies in alternating positions so each apartment has a sukkoh with a clear path to the sky. In addition, most orthodox construction has bars on many windows, necessary due to the many young children in each apartment.

    And thanks, NYK :wink:

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