The northeastern Bronx is still a bastion of small market-rate development. Yesterday, plans surfaced for a six-story, market-rate apartment building at 3545 White Plains Road in Williamsbridge, a couple blocks east of Woodlawn Cemetery and the Bronx River.
The first residential high-rises in Long Island City’s Court Square neighborhood rose along Purves Street about a decade ago. Today, the block-long street forms the borough’s densest high-rise canyon. The cul-de-sac is built out from end to end, except for the roughly-triangular plot at its southern terminus. A seven-story, 33-unit residential building was proposed for the lot early last year. Though the site was cleared for construction, 44-46 Purves Street has not seen any activity in a year, in contrast to bustling construction activity along the rest of the block. As we await news of further progress and building renderings, the site’s pivotal location as a neighborhood gateway gives the developer an opportunity to present an architecturally notable design.
New construction doesn’t happen often in Ditmas Park, because the city has protected most blocks from development with zoning that only allows the construction of one- or two-family homes. But near the border with Flatbush, new apartment buildings are allowed to sprout.
All over Bed-Stuy, little row houses are giving way to apartment buildings. The latest example comes to us from the neighborhood’s western borderlands with Clinton Hill, at 169 Lexington Avenue.
A small ivy-covered wood frame house bit the dust last year on Quincy Street between Malcolm X Boulevard and Patchen Avenue in Bedford-Stuyvesant. Now a small apartment building is set to rise in its place, and YIMBY has a rendering of the project.