The most unusual construction project on this block by far is the 'styrofoam house' at #337. Once the site of a one-story garage, permits for a new 4 story, 4 unit building were first approved by the NYC Department of Buildings in 2009. It was only in 2011 that construction fences were erected and construction began.
Progress on the new building has stopped for quite a while now. A full stop work order was issued by DoB in February 2014 and the Borough Commissioner revoked the application "due to contractor withdrawal." At the time, it was noted that only 35% of the work had been completed.
Since then, a partial permit was re-issued in October 2014.
The original architectural firm, Darrin Krumpus of Boro Architects, is still listed on the permit.
This construction system is not widely seen here in Carroll Gardens.
It may yet be a while before this new building is completed.
Interestingly, the original house at #337 DeGraw was once the home of John Dwyer "a rough, well known to police" who murdered someone with a billiard cue in a bar on Atlantic Avenue in 1880. Read more about it in this 1880's article from the New York Times Archive.
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