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Rendering of 260 Knickerbocker by ND Architecture & Design Rendering of 260 Knickerbocker by ND Architecture & Design
The first high-rise to shoulder Bushwick's Maria Hernandez Park is set to move forward and now we got our hands on the first rendering. The site, located at 260 Knickerbocker Avenue, at the corner of Willoughby Avenue is owned by Iglesia Bautista Central and was built in 1986. After an agreement with developer Yoel Werzberger, the current sanctuary will make way for an 11-story, mixed-unit structure with space for the church in the basement and office, retail, parking and 53 apartments above.

Plans for the development were disclosed in 2014 and have since been approved. Nataliya Donskoy of ND Architecture & Design is listed as the architect of record on building permits. The new building will rest upon the foundations of the existing church structure and a modern glass and metal slab will rise from within its brick walls.
260-Knickerbocker-Avenue Google Earth aerial with 260 Knickerbocker Avenue superimposed; CityRealty
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According to the NYC Department of Buildings, the major alteration will add an additional 48,592 square feet of residential space to the current two-story property and rise 125 feet tall. Given the building’s relatively low-scaled surroundings it's safe to assume that most apartments will have far-reaching views over Brooklyn and of the distant Manhattan skyline.
Upon completion, 260 Knickerbocker Avenue will be the tallest building surrounding Bushwick’s most famous urban oasis, Maria Hernandez Park. The City Council named the park in honor of a local activist who fought tirelessly to get rid of drug dealers on her block. Today, the park and neighborhood have completely turned around and for many locals the biggest fear is now being priced out.