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  1. #31


    I like all the projects, especially the last one. Any idea why Scarano & Associates are so popular in Brooklyn?

  2. #32


    I wonder the same thing. It seems like only 3 firms design all the new luxury buildings in Bk. Scarano (the good), Karl Fischer Architect (the bad), and Bricolage Designs (the ugly)

  3. #33

    Default 20 Bayard Street

    Project # 4

    20 Bayard Street
    16 stories 201 feet
    Karl Fischer Architect
    Dev-Bayard Development Group
    Residential Condominiums
    64 units 82,654 Sq. Ft.
    Under Construction 2004-2006


    Air War
    Brooklyn developers aim to build high before zoning-law shift; groundling locals in uproar.

    By Will Doig

    Future sites of a sixteen-story “finger building”? (Photo credit: Donald Bowers)

    Developers are scrambling to Manhattanize Williamsburg’s and Greenpoint’s low-slung skyline before the city changes the local zoning laws. The new rules, which could go into effect as soon as May, will allow for high-rises by the river. But they would cap most inland buildings at four to six stories, says the Department of City Planning’s Howard Slatkin. That said, he adds that a foundation alone can grandfather a new building: “You can’t pull the rug out from someone who’s already developing.”

    So architect Karl Fischer, whose firm converted an old factory into Williamsburg’s luxury blockbuster, the Gretsch (home to Busta Rhymes), says he wants to be sure his 200-foot tower at 20 Bayard Street has poured concrete. Down the block, thirteen stories of condos are rising. “It’s all views!” says developer Isaac Haager. And at 55 Eckford Street, a 154-foot residential tower is under way. Such projects have been dubbed “finger buildings” by locals (for what they’ll be giving the neighborhood), who are fighting back. At a recent community meeting, developer Mendel Brach unveiled a scale model of a sixteen-story tower to be built on a site next to the Bedford Avenue L-train stop. The room gasped.

    A mobilized opposition soon sussed out that no one had obtained the MTA’s permission to build near the tunnel. A stop-work order was issued. And on January 4, the Buildings Department sent an intent-to-revoke-permits letter, citing fifteen objections. Brach’s architects have ten business days to present new plans.

    “It reminds me of Iraq,” he says. “Are you trying to terrorize me? Just because you don’t like [a project], I think this is unacceptable.” But for now, the community’s efforts to keep this finger from extending seem to have paid off.

    :::shakes head::::
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  4. #34


    Quote Originally Posted by Derek2k3
    I wonder the same thing. It seems like only 3 firms design all the new luxury buildings in Bk. Scarano (the good), Karl Fischer Architect (the bad), and Bricolage Designs (the ugly)
    I guess it's kind of like Manhattan with 3 firms designing all the new residential buildings; Kondylis (the mediocre), SCLE (the bad), and HTO (the bad). The fact that Brooklyn has three different architects designing all its buildings is further claim to it being a city of its own.

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    HTO is not bad, he's unthinkable horrible. There's a difference.

    Add Felix Pustylnik and Anno Mundi 2928 to the very active BK residential firms. The first mediocre, the second bad.

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    90 Meserole Street
    4 floors, 57 ft
    13 units
    Architect: Strange & Vella

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    Daily News
    Condos are booming in Williamsburg
    By Lore Croghan
    March 7, 2005
    The Real Thing

    Among the many new condominium projects in the Williamsburg area of Brooklyn are buildings 61, 63 and 69 Stagg St.
    Call it condo row. Seven new low-rise condominium buildings are shaping up on a single block in East Williamsburg.

    The neighborhood is dominated by tidy three-family houses and small rental buildings. But that's starting to change - because just a few blocks west, in the hip part of Williamsburg, condos are in hot demand and construction sites are few.

    "There's not much land to be had there - so this is the natural progression," said developer Alan Messner.

    He decided the time was right to buy a vacant lot at 406 Lorimer St., on the corner of Stagg St., where he's now putting up a four-story building with eight apartments. The seller was a man who lived in a trailer that was parked on the lot.

    Further down the street, Isaac Schwartz is putting the finishing touches on 61, 63 and 69 Stagg. He's also completing 52 Ten Eyck St., on the northern edge of the block.

    The apartments at 63 and 69 Stagg and 52 Ten Eyck are on the market - and selling "extremely well," said broker Highlyann Krasnow of The Developers Group.

    They're priced at $495,000 to $710,000 per apartment - or $500 per square foot. In the chic section of Williamsburg, condos are $650 to $700 per square foot.

    "That's a difference of $200 per square foot for one more stop on the L train," Krasnow said.

    The 11 apartments at 78 Ten Eyck go onto the market at the end of the month. The new building, by developer Lipe Gross, sits on the corner of Leonard St. The apartments have 16-to-25-foot ceilings, said broker David Maundrell of

    The seventh project is on the other end of the block at 418 Lorimer St.

    Developer Shea Lefkowitz plans to put up a four-story, eight-unit building there.

    All four developers hired Robert Scarano's architecture firm, a Brooklyn-based shop, to design their projects.

    "He's got a lock on the neighborhood," Messner said of the architect. "His designs have a modern look that's a hit with buyers."

  8. #38

    Default Tower 78

    Project #6

    Tower 78
    78 Ten Eyck Street
    Scarano & Associate Architects
    Dev-Lipe Gross
    4 stories 55 feet
    11 units 14,645 Sq. Ft.
    Under Construction 2003-2005

    Scarano & Associate Architects

    This building lot is located on the corner of two prominent residential streets in an upcoming area on the Williamsburg border of Brooklyn. An L-shaped lot with one part on the public street and the other towards the private interior portion of the lot.

    The building is four stories high with the first floor covering the entire lot to create a parking garage for the owners. The upper floors cover 80 % of the lot and a private terrace is created rear of the second floor. The building has a total of 14,000 gross square feet and there is a mix of different types of units including studios, one and two bedroom loft style apartments, each of them having a mezzanine and double height living/dining areas.

    The exterior appearance makes an emphasis on the street corner, by forming a “tower”, which is separated from the rest of the buildings facade by a thin window strip.

    The exterior is masonry with large openings of curtain wall type windows, exposing the loft-style interior to the outside. The upper portion of the building is capped by a mansard roof.
    The color of the roof forest, green, is complementary to the brick red color of the masonry.

    Ten Eyck & Leonard Streets
    Williamsburg, Brooklyn

    The aptly named Tower 78 literally “towers” the corner of Ten Eyck and Leonard Streets—at the core of the culturally-rich neighborhood of Williamsburg, just a few minutes from the Lorimer L train stop. The building’s exterior combines complementary green and red hues: the upper portion is capped by a forest green mansard roof, and the lower portion is a gorgeous red brick. The massive rectangular windows are the highlight—not only were they conceived for practicality, they were conceived architecturally as an integral part of exceptional design. Inside the residences, the windows also take center stage—the incredible curtain walls of windows allow in golden sunlight and glorious sky.

    European Kitchens with a stunning combination of Dark Wood and White Laminated Steel-Framed Cabinets; Contemporary-Designed Stone Bathrooms

    Within the mix of apartment layouts are two duplex apartments, six bi-level lofts and three penthouse tri-level lofts (ranging from studios to one- and two-bedrooms). Residences are crafted for total space optimization, allure and function. All apartments enjoy mezzanine levels, and many boast ceiling heights of nearly 25 soaring feet. Some feature decadent rooftop terraces with all-encompassing views of Manhattan—Downtown to Uptown.

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  9. #39

    Default The Stagg

    Project #7 & 8

    The Stagg I
    63-69 Stagg
    4 stories 55 feet
    Scarano & Associate Architects
    Dev-Isaac Schwartz
    Residential Condominiums
    8 units 10,849 Sq. Ft. (x3)
    Completed 2003-2005

    The Stagg II
    52 Ten Eyck Street
    4 stories 55 feet
    Scarano & Associate Architects
    Dev-Isaac Schwartz
    Residential Condominiums
    8 units 10,849 Sq. Ft.
    Completed April 2004

    Developers Group: The Stagg

    69 Stagg Street Brooklyn, NY 11206
    A beautiful exterior that is only surpassed by the amazing interior design of the individual condominium units. A glass façade lets natural sunlight permeate every section of the units. No detail has been overlooked including giving every unit private outdoor space including the gardens and the private roof decks that offer astonishing NYC skyline views. Located right off the second stop on the L train surrounded by some of the best restaurants and shops. Scarano and Associates Architects.

    High Speed Internet
    washer & dryer hookups in every unit
    central HVAC

    Scarano & Associate Architects

    Finding the perfect mix of unit size and exterior style can make one project a successful seller over another. Constructed in an area of small multifamily mid rise masonry buildings this uniquely designed structure houses eight families in a condominium complex of three buildings.

    With two apartments on each of four floors, including duplexes on the first floor, and multi height apartments with mezzanines on the second, third and fourth floors, each unit has front and rear exposures. The concept for the plan layout was achieved by interlocking and reversing a mirrored geometry, which helped maximize the square footage per room in each apartment.

    This concept also fostered the undulating masonry façade pattern that is key to the clean look of the building. By expanding the height to the maximum limits permitted by the New York zoning resolution this small building makes a big statement.
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  10. #40

    Default 12th & Park

    Project #9

    12th & Park
    232-236 North 12th Street
    4 stories 60 feet
    Bricolage Designs
    Residential Rental
    12 units 8,106 Sq. Ft.
    Completed 2003-2005

    Brand-new loft residences with spaciousness galore, soaring ceilings and generous amounts of sunlight. Located steps to the Bedford Avenue L train and directly across from McCarren Park. Unit layouts include expansive open lofts, mini studio-like lofts, and incredible duplex lofts with tons of eye candy: spiral staircases, views of Manhattan and McCarren Park, massive terraces and walls of windows.

    • 14' Ceilings
    • Views of NYC
    • Stainless Appliances
    • Right on the Park
    • Elevator
    • Light-Filled
    • Washer/Dryer
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  11. #41

    Default 26 Broadway & Broadway Riverview

    Project #10

    26 Broadway
    Kutnicki Bernstein Architects
    7 stories 70 feet
    Dev-Lois Silverman
    Residential Condominium
    30 units 59,254 Sq. Ft.
    Under Construction 2006

    Photo Credit: Kutnicki Bernstein Architects

    Project #11

    Broadway Riverview
    20 Broadway
    Kutnicki Bernstein Architects
    Dev-Broadway Riverview LLC/East Coast Construction Co.
    5 stories 76 feet
    Residential Condominiums
    14 units 20,529 Sq. Ft.
    Under Construcion 2005

    Photo Credit: Kutnicki Bernstein Architects

    New York Metro

    Built in the 1920s as a hotel, the seven-story, 14-unit Broadway Riverview at 20 Broadway in Williamsburg has recently been converted to one- and two-bedroom five-star condo lofts, ranging in size from 950 to 1,300SF. The two duplex penthouses offer sprawling sunny-all-day rooftop terraces and outstanding vistas (most of the other homes have gardens or balconies). There’s immeasurable appeal everywhere—from the soaring ceilings to kitchens with custom Anigre wood cabinets, Costa Esmeralda green granite counter tops and Viking appliances. Bathrooms come with slate walls, limestone floors, glass mosaic tiles and custom-pear wood vanities topped with Cascais stone or Montauk black slate. When the sales office opens on Dec. 2, prices will range from the low $500,000s to just over $1 million. Occupancy is set for late winter 2005.

    26 Broadway will rise in the center walled off lot and 20 Broadway is to to the right. Photo from December.
    Last edited by Derek2k3; March 8th, 2005 at 02:59 AM.

  12. #42

    Default Open Lot on Broadway

    Anyone have any clue about what's in the works for the lot where the fish market on Broadway used to stand - next to Marlow & Sons?

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    What are some nearby streets?

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    The lot is on Broadway between Berry and Wythe, on the north side of the street

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    97 Broadway
    5 floors, 60ft
    Unknown use, app says community facility
    Architect: Karl Fischer

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