In February, Politico New York reported that a judge would allow Staten Island Borough President James Oddo to choose street names that signified greed and deception for a new development on the site of the former Mount Manresa Jesuit Retreat, next to the approach for the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. Now, the builders have filed plans for their sprawling townhouse project on Cupidity Drive, Avidita Place, and Fouberie Lane.
After two weeks of haphazard fits and starts and a confrontational protest with tenant activists, City Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez and the City Council Land Use Committee unanimously disapproved a plan to rezone the corner of Broadway and Sherman avenues, which would have paved the way for the construction of a 15-story apartment building known as Sherman Plaza.
A seven-story hotel on West 42nd Street between 10th and 11th avenues may bite the dust for a 39-story apartment building. The latest West Side megatower is planned for 507 West 42nd Street, a couple blocks north of the Lincoln Tunnel approach.
New loft buildings designed to look like 19th century factories have become a staple of development in North Brooklyn. Soon, another new building will join their ranks at 37 Montrose Avenue in Williamsburg.
Two years ago, developer Seth Brown of Aspen Equities demolished the “berserk-eclectic” Victorian mansion at 111 Clarkson Avenue in Prospect Lefferts Gardens. Now, two rental buildings are rising in its place, on a through-block lot between Bedford and Rogers avenues.