Two Trees Grows In Brooklyn
The new Domino Sugar refinery will redefine the skyline of Williamsburg’s southside and potentially create 3,000 new jobs in the residential area, but its retail tenants will hew closely the neighborhood’s famed (and, at times, mocked) indie mindset, Two Trees Management Company Principal Jed Walentas told a crowd yesterday at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
Two Trees, which helped make Dumbo what it is today, will stress “small-scale independent” retail at the project. One slide in a Power Point presentation of the Domino site presented by Mr. Walentas had “No Big Box” spelled out in big letters. Two Trees is aiming for dynamic merchants that will increase the all-hours livelihood of the area. “If you build more Duane Reades,” Mr. Walentas said, “you’ll only bring in people who need to buy toothpaste.”
Food & Drink
On Sunday, just three months after its grand opening, the 11,424-square-foot Williamsburg dance club Output will officially debut its roughly 2,500-square-foot penthouse and rooftop bar. The underground party promoter ReSolute will break in the space atop 74 Wythe Avenue, with Kiwi house DJ Recloose, along with resident talent, providing the soundtrack.
“It’s in the heart of Williamsburg with an amazing skyline view, and we have a feeling that we’re all going to [be] spending lots of time there this summer,” reads the ReSolute announcement. Plans for a penthouse and roof deck were included in the original Department of Buildings application filed by David Cutler, of Hustvedt Cutler Architects, in September of 2010.
The Brooklyn Army Terminal plays only a peripheral role in Last Exit to Brooklyn, Hubert Selby Jr.’s dystopian 1964 novel about the Sunset Park and Bay Bridge neighborhoods of Brooklyn. But the compound—still an active base in the book—is the fulcrum around which Mr. Selby’s panoply of broken soldiers, hookers, junkies and hoods circulates.
Last month, the rejuvenated B.A.T. won a major tenant. The artisanal chocolatier Jacques Torres signed for 39,000 square feet in the 95-year-old compound that served as the United States Army’s port of embarkation during World Wars I and II.
“The building has soul,” Mr. Torres said. “When you go there, you touch history. When I visit, I get that cold chill going through me.”
The ghosts of army grunts and the military-industrial complex are not the only historical vestiges that haunt the 4.1-milion-square-foot B.A.T. and the Sunset Park neighborhood that surrounds it. There’s also a residual perception of the forlorn squalor and grit that permeated Mr. Selby’s novel.
“You know, it’s actually not a bad neighborhood,” Mr. Torres said. “You can go there and not get shot.”
To enter the Pacific Street office of the commercial brokerage firm TerraCRG, visitors must buzz reception and walk a few yards through a parking garage before hanging a right.
There’s Sena, an African hair-braiding salon, next door, and beyond that is a row of brownstones that, with minimal touchups, could be airlifted to Park Slope and go unnoticed.
But TerraCRG also sits practically in the shadow of the Barclays Center, and the eye travels to that rusty bird’s nest as you wait for the welcoming buzz.
This location at the traffic, geographic, demographic, architectural and developmental crossroads of Brooklyn suits TerraCRG, a firm launched by Ofer Cohen in 2008 that keeps a strict focus on the ascendant borough’s commercial real estate market.
Vice President of Retail Services Geoff Bailey joined TerraCRG in June of 2010, with previous experience in Brooklyn from five years in sales at Massey Knakal, where he had worked with Mr. Cohen. Mr. Bailey specialized in southeast Brooklyn back then, but thought there was untapped real estate potential throughout the borough.
On the Market
Two floors encompassing 92,000 square feet of retail space at the luxury residential conversion 185 Wythe Avenue in Williamsburg are on the market.
The leasing agency, TerraCRG, claims in the listing that this is the largest contiguous available retail block in the north Brooklyn neighborhood. Asking rents are at $50 per square foot for minimal divisible lot sizes of 5,000 square feet.
After spawning enough trend pieces last summer to merit its own styles section, Wythe Avenue in northside Willliamsburg continues to churn out high-profile nightlife openings.
The next promising arrival is Output, a 452-person-capacity nightclub at 74 Wythe Avenue opening in the next few weeks that looks to give the neighborhood’s discerning electronic dance music contingent a place other than legally dubious warehouses and lofts to check out its favorite deejays.
A source familiar with the project told The Commercial Observer that Output will be one of two venues operating under separate leases at the 11,424-square-foot building (up from 7,324 square feet after the construction of a second floor). The main club (and restaurant) will be joined by a back room and roughly 2,500 square feet of outdoor rooftop space, together accommodating up to 348 people.
For more than five years, an exodus of the young and hip from the aluminum-siding-studded homes of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, has been flowing southeast into neighboring Bushwick.
But now a nascent 80,000-square-foot retail and nightlife complex at 82 Bogart Street threatens to cement the neighborhood’s imminent transformation from underground hipness to mainstream retail success once and for all.
First it was the hipsters. Then it was China. And now the city’s largest office landlord, SL Green Realty Corp., is finally seeing promise in the residential development of Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
The real estate investment trust and commercial real estate giant announced this morning that it has agreed to purchase a newly completed, vacant residential building in the hip-turned-posh Brooklyn neighborhood — the company’s first foray into Brooklyn’s residential market.
Information in a prepared statement sent by the company suggests that the address is 250 Bedford Avenue, though it was not specified.
Imperium Capital, a real estate investment company, has acquired a roughly 16,000-square-foot building in Williamsburg for $3.4 million, the company’s principals revealed to The Commercial Observer. The firm bought the building in partnership with Great Point Properties, another investment firm.
The property, 174-180 North 11th Street, sits on a parcel that can accommodate about 36,000 square feet of development the firm’s executives said, though they said they plan on operating the existing building there for the foreseeable future in large part because of its retail space.
“We are very bullish on Williamsburg, especially the northern end near McCarren park,” Sam Schneider, a managing partner of the company, told The Commercial Observer. “We love that area specifically for residential and retail.”
The Edge, one of Williamsburg’s newest condominium buildings and fastest selling apartments in the city, just signed three new retail tenants to occupy their ground floor spaces: Fabbrica, Ride Brooklyn, and the Brooklyn Harvest Market.
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The Domino Sugar factory is for sale a little more than a year after the development team that controls the 11-acre site that the landmark building sits on won a hard fought battle in the City Council and the Department of City Planning to erect a series of mixed use towers on the large waterfront parcel.
According to several people with knowledge of the offering, the Community Preservation Corporation and partner, the Katan Group, have been shopping all or portions of the potentially $2 billion multi-building development to potential buyers.
Joe Chetrit is leading a partnership of investors in the acquisition of 77 Commercial Street, a development parcel in Greenpoint, Brooklyn that can accommodate about 270,000 square feet of residential development.
It’s not clear what Mr. Chetrit has negotiated to pay in the deal, but the property was being marketed by a Massey Knakal team led by the company’s chairman, Robert Knakal, that sources said was aiming to net a purchase price in the high $20 millions.
Raw fish is a dish we generally prefer with a side of irony. Thus, in our second-favorite reason this week to mock BroBillies, the nabe is getting that snooziest of cuisines, an Asian fusion restaurant.
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The transformation of the massive Domino sugar refinery into an even bigger condo development has passed its last hurdle–besides finding financing, of course–as a New York Supreme Court judge dismissed a suit seeking to stop the project.
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Don’t be fooled by the potbellies and mustaches, Williamsburg residents haven’t gone soft yet.
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