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North Brooklyn Neighborhoods Make List of Areas Most Eyed for Development

41 Blue Slip, one of the towers that form part of the Greenpoint Landing development, the neighborhood’s largest project. (Photo: Nathaly Pesantez)

Sept. 18, 2018 By Nathaly Pesantez

Surprise, surprise—North Brooklyn neighborhoods are still abuzz with potential development.

Greenpoint, Williamsburg, and Bushwick have once again been recognized for their development frenzy, with a new list by, a website that offers data on all city addresses, showing that the three neighborhoods are among 20 in the city that have the most building applications filed, but not yet approved, in the last year.

Greenpoint came in second on the list behind Long Island City, the leading development hot bed, with 1,493 units proposed within 29 projects that have yet to be granted building permits from July 1, 2017 to July 1, 2018.

Developments in the neighborhood under this category include a 410-unit building on West Street (one of Halcyon Management’s waterfront buildings), along with a proposed 470-unit project on India Street. Smaller projects, like a 12-unit building on McGuinness Boulevard and a couple of seven-unit projects on Eagle Street, are also factored into the list.

Williamsburg came in eighth on the list, between Bed-Stuy and East Harlem, with 923 proposed units yet to receive permits in the same time frame.

Bushwick came second to last on the top 20 list, with 663 units proposed in the last year.

via says the projects, while without permits, show that developers are continuously interested in building within these neighborhoods—and are potentially bound for a new wave of development.

“These projects are not yet under construction and may be delayed for an indeterminate amount of time,” the website said. “But these numbers indicate that activity is brewing in these neighborhoods.”

The website also notes that Greenpoint had the third highest number of units with approvals granted in 2015, and is now beginning to see the developments come to fruition, as is the case with the open waterfront esplanade as part of the massive Greenpoint Landing development.

The list, in addition, is made up mostly of Brooklyn neighborhoods, with 10 areas on the list stretching from North Brooklyn to Flatbush and East New York.

As far as the top 20 neighborhoods with approved units within the last year, Williamsburg and Bushwick also make the cut at 10 and 11, respectively, with Greenpoint missing from the list for now. Long Island City came at the top again, with 1,436 approved units, followed by East New York with 1,200 units.

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So lets rename Brighton Beach, Sheepshead Bay, Bensonhurst, Bayridge…..South Brooklyn then. Maybe then all those hipsters, millenials, young professionals and Real Estate Brokers can go to the new and upcoming SB! (They like acronyms…newbies) Typical response from someone who doesn’t know the neighborhood.

Save the Robots

Hipsters aren’t known to be particularly bright, which is why they need “Brooklyn” in the name, otherwise they’d get lost on their way home.


That Right This will Alway Be Greenpoint in Brooklyn. With it now become a place For The Homles shelter on clay street. And Another In
McGuisnness Blvd And Clay st. BY The Bridge Can Not Forget Greenpoint Hotel. MORE SHELTER PEOPLE


Stop calling it North Brooklyn morons! Its GREENPOINT! Saying North Brooklyn is just a way of telling hipsters, millenials it’s got the word “Brooklyn ” in it. If they hear Greenpoint they wouldn’t be so interested in renting, buying or living here….you just say it to get more people to see your website. Moron.

Madeline Lozano

I agree…I was born in Green point…as were my parents…who were born and raised there….North Brooklyn… No its Greenpoint, and will always be Greenpoint!!!

stan chaz

Greenpoint is actually western Long Island.
Our very own “far western Hamptons”, you might say.
Or you might not….
By the way, the CAPTCHA here can be a frustrating & very time-wasting effort. The website should fix it.


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