• Let the Pile Driving Begin: Piles Arrive at Lightstone Group Gowanus Site

    The demolition of 363 Bond Street and the associated headache were nothing compared to the assault that’ll begin when Pride Builders — the group contracted by Lightstone to construct the new monstrosities — begins pile driving. The earth will shake, everything will rattle, we’ll be jolted awake every morning, we won’t be able to think all day; nothing will feel sane to the residents of Bond, 1st and 2nd Streets. That day drew ever closer this morning when two enormously big flat bed trucks arrived and unloaded impossibly long steel poles into the snow-covered construction site (top photo above, courtesy of GYFO reader miking7). A hulking pile driver already sits ready to go in the yard, awaiting its sole task of hammering these poles straight down into bedrock.

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  • Demolition Crew Breaks Water Main at Future Lightstone Group Gowanus Site


    A demolition crew tearing down 365 Bond Street between 1st and 2nd Streets to make way for the Lightstone Group’s new residential development broke through a water main earlier today. Water has filled up the entire southwest end of the site and is flowing quickly down 2nd Street and into the Gowanus Canal, bringing who-knows-what from the demolition site with them. The entire east end of the 2nd Street alley is flooded as well.

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  • Photos: Workers in Hazmat Suits Removing Asbestos from Future Lightstone Group Site

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    Workers as 363 Bond Street — one of the buildings soon to be torn down to make way for the Lightstone Group’s 700-unit apartment complex — have been performing asbestos abatement over the course of the past week. Men in full-body navy blue suits and gas masks have been spotted atop the roof during regular work hours, drilling, scraping and carting away the scraps. Langan Engineering is overseeing the asbestos remediation efforts.

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  • Demolition for Lightstone Gowanus Development Expected to be Complete by December 31, 2013

    Although preparations have been ongoing for months, demolition of the old warehouses that will be replaced by 700 units of housing along the Gowanus Canal has not yet begun in earnest. A plywood construction fence has been erected around 365 Bond St (although, curiously, not around 363 Bond St.), interior demolition has been completed inside 363 and plant life and debris have been cleared from the open-air lots behind both buildings, but the proverbial and literal wrecking ball has not yet descended. That seems as if it’ll soon change: last week several identical construction signs (pictured above) went up on the construction wall around 365 announcing an intended completion date of December 31st.

    All too fittingly, the owner of the buildings and the demolition company are based in New Jersey and Long Island, respectively. How incredibly appropriate and representative of the gentrification of Brooklyn as a whole!

    Some of the protest artwork pasted onto the walls of 365 Bond St. over the summer before the construction barrier went up is still visible through plexiglass-covered square cutouts:


    I had intended to document the entire art installation on camera, but unfortunately LJC Dismantling beat me to it.

    So, will the demolition in fact be complete by December 31st? I can’t imagine it’ll take very long once they begin, but that goal is just two months away. Get ready for the jackhammers waking you up at 7am every morning.


  • TONIGHT: Protest Against the Lightstone Group’s Gowanus Development

    Save Gowanus is hosting a rally tonight to protest the Lightstone Group’s 12-story residential development set to begin construction on the banks of the Gowanus Canal. The rally starts at 7:30 p.m. on the Carroll Street bridge. Mayoral candidate Bill Thompson will appear at the event. DNAinfo.com has the story.

    Lightstone filed plans with the city this week to start construction at 363-365 Bond Street, although when the construction will actually begin remains unclear. The city’s Planning Commission approved the development in March.

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  • Lightstone Group Begins Demolation on Gowanus Canal Development Site

    The death knell for this quiet area of Gowanus has sounded: it’s only a matter of time before pile-drivers wake up the neighborhood every morning at 7am. And only a little longer after that before 700 extra residents strain the neighborhood’s infrastructure.

    While we were on vacation last week the Lightstone Group erected a green plywood construction fence around 365 Bond St., the squat, gray building between 1st and 2nd Streets that will soon be demolished to make way for a massive condo. The building across the street at 363 Bond St, which will also be part of the development, has not yet been touched.

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  • Is Construction Set to Begin on the Lightstone Group Condos on Bond Street?

    IMG_3939 Construction marking paint

    Gowanus Your Face Off has spotted freshly scribbled construction marking paint on the road and sidewalk on the east side of Bond Street between Carroll and 2nd Streets, the two square block parcel of land set to be the site of the controversial Lightstone Group condos. Construction marking paint is used to identify below-ground utility lines to protect them from damage during excavation.

    It’s worth noting that construction marking paint appears all over the city regularly and could’ve been laid down here for any number of reasons; road resurfacing, regular utility maintenance, cable or telephone repair, etc. But the exact location of these marks is suspicious; they are confined solely to the two-block parcel of land comprising the Lightstone Group site. The timing is right, too; while previous reports indicated the Lightstone Group would not break ground on the project until “late 2013,” it’s not hard to imagine a scenario in which they decided to get an early start.

    These particular construction markings are yellow, which according to Wikipedia indicates “natural gas, oil, steam, petroleum, or other gaseous or flammable material.”

    We are absolutely dreading the sound of piledrivers, jackhammers, cranes and trucks streaming through our windows at 7am every morning six days a week once this behemoth gets underway. Say, what ever happened with Councilman Brad Lander’s threat to urge the City Planning Commission to reject Lightstone’s application?

  • Brad Lander Says Lightstone’s Development Should Be A Wash

    Carroll Garden’s Patch broke the news…

    City Councilmember Brad Lander, sent an open letter yesterday to David Lichtenstein, Chairman and CEO of The Lightstone Group, pleading with the company to withdraw its application for development of 363-365 Bond Street. 363-365 Bond Street sits right off the Gowanus Canal at a property near the Carroll Street Bridge (formerly the Toll Brothers site). Councilmember Lander refers to the large amount of flooding from hurricane Sandy as the reason why The Lightstone Group should not build their current version of a 1,000 residential condo on the banks of the Gowanus Canal.

    You know this hurricane flooding…

    As one can see in the video the water from Sandy’s storm surge easily filled the property (behind the metal fence on the left side of the Carroll St. Bridge) where The Lightstone Group’s new condo is set to be build. This particular video shows the beginning of hurricane Sandy’s wrath. Later towards the end of the storm, this area had way more water in it. The flooding from the Canal actually went up Carroll Street in both direction and could have reached four to five feet on the 363-365 Bond Street property.

    Councilmen Lander is adamant about The Lightstone Group changing or canceling their plans for the location. He says that he would be glad to work with Lightstone in the future for development in the area, but gives them a very stern warning if they continue with their current plans. In the letter he tells The Lightstone Group:

    If you choose not to reconsider in light of what we have learned from Hurricane Sandy, but instead push forward with your existing proposal unchanged, I will urge the City Planning Commission to reject your application.

    Brad Lander doesn’t seem to be playing around and looking at the video and images during and after the storm no one should be.

    Gowanus dodge a bullet with this storm. The neighborhood is actually prone to flooding when it rains and hurricane Sandy was mostly wind and flooding from the storm surge. If there had been rain mixed with Sandy this situation would have been even more devastating for Gowanus and South Brooklyn. Imagine all the water running down the streets from Park Slope and Carroll Garden’s during a huge rainfall mixed with the power of a hurricane… it would have been disastrous!

    To read all of Councilmember Brad Lander’s letter go here.



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