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A New Futuristic Hotel Coming To Williamsburg

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The upcoming futuristic hotel named "The Level Hotel" is set to be built at 55 Wyth Ave between North 12 and 13 Streets. Only two years after the Wyth Hotel opened up its doors in Williamsburg, the 320.000 Sq ft colossal is rumored to feature 183 "luxury" rooms and plenty of retail space. Adding to its space-like image the hotel will feature a 20,000 sq ft farm on the rooftop providing fresh produce. To give it more of a cultural feel, On July 1st artists who reside or work in Brooklyn, and submit their sculptures via  website to have a shot at a $200,000 budget to create their work that will displayed in the hotels lobby. The time tables may change but "The Level Hotel" is aiming to be completed by the end of this year.

Ace Hotel May Find A New Home In Downtown Brooklyn.

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Ace Hotel seems to have had their sights on the Downtown Brooklyn area for a while now. GFI Capital Resources is in talks with sealing the deal on opening a new Ace Hotel in Downtown Brooklyn near the infamous Barclay's Center. According to the Commercial Observer GFI Capital Resources, the company that developed the Ace Hotel in Manhattan currently located at 20 West 29th street will build another hotel on the corner of Schermerhorn and Bond Street. A few other hotels are set to be built in the area such as the 13-story EVEN Hotel at the intersection of Nevins Street and the Holiday Inn located at 300 Schermerhorn. Will this impact the ever growing dowtown brooklyn area? More details here.

Volant Studios

Volant Studios

Located in the heart of New York City's  Tribeca Area. Volant Studios is a state-of-the-art recording facility providing both vintage and modern equipment. Launched in 2013 following a major refurbishment by Horacio Malvicino of Malvincino Design Group and Larebour Inc , this facility is a complete reworking of a previous space. You may access the studio via a keyed elevator service leading to a private lounge area ensuring that you studio time will not be disturbed. Aiming to provide optimal service Volant Studios is equipped with a endless Analog CLASP24 system allows recording to tape with a speed and ease of workflow that matches in-the-box. Going on the market soon, the owner is motivated and will sell together or separate but think the real value is purchasing both floors. Head over to our properties page for more info.

Starbucks To Replace Bleecker Street Records This Summer

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For more than two decades vintage record store Bleecker Street Records on has been home to local music lovers and NYU students alike. That all may change soon with the reports of rent being increased to a substantial $27,000 a month at the 1,500-square-foot  239 Bleecker St location forcing them the relocate. Fortunately the long-lived independent business will not meet an end due to this new arrangement. Bleecker Street Records will be relocating nearby on West 4th street between sixth and seventh. Angering some local individuals, Another Starbucks will be replacing Bleecker Street Records which already boasts over 280 locations in the city alone.

Plans To Expand On Cast Iron Building On Duane Street

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There goes the neighborhood, Back in 2008 there were plans to spruce up the cast iron building located within the Tribeca West Historic District on Duane Street with a reported four story expansion turning the old establishment into a mansion. Vincenzo Polsinelli, the architect that proposed turning the building into a 8,000-square-foot single-family megamansion plans came to a screeching halt being shot down by the Landmarks Preservation Commission, leading the owner to rent the place to known rapper and hip hop pioneer Damon Dash. Since then the rapper has vacated the cast iron building, prompting the owner to once again explore the idea of turning the landmark into a mega mansion. The new architect of record is Christian Zambrano of Sibertekture Architects.

Barclay's Center Getting A Greeen Roof Overhaul

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The logo-emblazoned roof of the Barclays Center is going from white to green. The developer of the arena is bringing back a plan to cover the top of the structure with a 130,000-square-foot green roof. The green roof, currently being designed by SHoP Architects, will also help to muffle loud concerts.You can find the story here

Ever Changing Brooklyn

espo-downtown-brooklynThe image of the new Brooklyn has, “with remarkable speed,” almost entirely displaced the image of the old Brooklyn, wrote New York Times movie critic A.O. Scott apropos of Spike Lee’s now notorious rant against gentrification at a Black History Month event in February. In movies, television, books and real life, the old Brooklyn was a melting pot of ethnic communities from which the ambitious fled. The new Brooklyn shares much with Portlandia, said the story.

 

City to replace boilers in Sandy-damaged public housing

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New York City public housing boilers damaged during Hurricane Sandy will be replaced using a $100 million cash infusion from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The funds will go to 60 boilers in 110 NYCHA buildings, where temporary installations were made following the hurricane at a cost to the city of around $56 million. You can check out more info on this story here

 

Get Ready! South Williamsburg is Booming!

South Williamsburg Is Booming!
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South Williamsburg is teeming with new development, said a story in The New York Post. The 40-story hotel going up at 159 Broadway next to the beautifully restored South Williamsburgh Savings Bank will break ground “in a year,” said a manager involved in the project. With new businesses and buildings sprouting up and at least a dozen or sizable developments in the works “the neighborhood has changed more in the last eight to nine months than in the last eight years,” said a decade-long resident. More on this story here

Harlem Tragedy Strikes

Harlem Tragedy Strikes

Explosion Causes Two Buildings To Collapse In Manhattan's East Harlem Neighborhood

 

“It takes time to do investigations, document and voucher evidence and continue with forensics,” said FDNY spokesman Jim Long. The explosion that caused fatal buildings to collapse in Harlem drew attention to the aging pipes beneath city streets and the role various agencies play in monitoring and fixing deteriorating conditions. It was a very gloomy day in Harlem today. The smoke from the explosion of two buildings which collapsed due to a gas leak spread all the way over to the west side. Prayers goes out to the victims who was killed and hurt in this explosion. Details here

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