Sunday, October 26, 2014

Around 15th

Back in the summer I read an interesting comment on a South Slope News post about development at 470 Fourth.  It concerned rumors of a twelve story building in the works for Fourth Avenue five blocks farther south.  Apparently this would involve the demolition of six of the ten buildings that comprise the block between 15th and 16th Streets.  By June, when I learned about the news, three buildings (553, 551, 547) had been recently sold.  Looking online today, I saw that two more - 543 and 545 - were sold in September for $1,975,00 and $2,100,000.  If this really is a six building parcel, then 549 will be the last piece of the puzzle, though maybe they'll hold out for 541, and the south-east corner of 15th.

With development in the works at the former Strauss Auto site on the north-east corner of 15th (539), to include 141 rental apartments, a nine-storey rental building in place at the north-west corner of 15th (548), and a thirteen-storey building to rise at the south-west corner of 15th ( 550 - 554) where the now-closed Brooklyn's Finest supermarket stands), this is a hellish concentration of new construction.  I'm a naive soul, but the sheer scale of neighborhood destruction, year after year, block after block, still takes my breath away.

Two-bedroom apartments at 548 Fourth start at $3,800.  The Ideal Properties listing for the building is quite something.  One struggles to adequately describe it.  Here's an extract.

548 4th, the most eagerly anticipated rentals from your favorite local developer passionately committed to sustainable building practices... are finally here. . ..Reaching higher by several stories than its neighbors, 548 4th has made a wonderful bedfellow of that glorious, brilliant ball in the sky. A calm dawn will accentuate breathtaking panoramas of the Brooklyn Manhattan skylines reflected of the surface of the East River and Brooklyn Harbor. One struggles to adequately describe the sunsets with just words in a gorgeous living environment where polarized shades are a must. ...Amenity packed and stress-free Brooklyn living with a rock-star worthy view.  Come and see for yourself how moonlight plays off of the new Freedom Tower and make 584 Fourth Ave, Park Slope Brooklyn your new home.

Around the corner, 139 15th Street, a favorite of mine, is still standing, though there are permits in place for a 4+ Penthouse number.

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