Meet the Belvederes!

May 22, 2007 by
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

The recent discovery of “Belvedere 28” made me (finally) realize exactly how many of these buildings blight the Greenpoint landscape. To apply cold deductive reasoning, if there is a “Belvedere 28” there must be a “Belvedere 27”, “Belvedere 26”, etc., etc. The previous gave me an idea; why not track down all these buildings, document them and place them on a handy map? Last weekend I commenced my quest. Here are my findings.

Belvedere 28
Location: 137 Java Street

Belvedere 28

Belvedere 12
Location: 150 Java Street

Belvedere 12

Sure it hasn’t been built yet, but the sign clearly (if illiterately) indicates this will be the location of “Belvedere 12”. It should be noted that I found something rather unusual at this site.

Belvedere 12 Portal

Looks like some type of portal. Does the Belvedere Empire employ an open door policy for felines or is this the worker’s entrance for non-union elfin employees? I for one hope it is the previous, not the latter.

Belvedere 22
636 Leonard Street

Belvedere 22

They were having an “Open House” when I took this picture last Sunday. Didn’t see any takers, though. Perhaps noise from the illegal weekend contruction being conducted inside kept potential clients at bay?

Belvedere 8
Location: 116 Calyer Street

Belvedere 8

Arguably, this has got to be the ugliest of the lot (so far). Its location (near McGuinness Boulevard) isn’t exactly stellar either.

Belvedere 6
Location: 114 Calyer Street

Belvedere 6

Immediately next door to “Belvedere 8”, #6 makes one wonder where “Belvedere 7” is located. Miss Heather will find this phantom condo. Next time…

Miss Heather


4 Comments on Meet the Belvederes!

  1. lisacat on Tue, 22nd May 2007 7:06 am
  2. Ugh, I think there’s one on my block. Mediocrity rules, but if it is a “Belvedere” I must admit the owner/builder did built it slowly and methodically, unlike the sloppy scarano-specials left open to the elements and trashing up the sidewalks and skyline.

  3. ntodd on Tue, 22nd May 2007 2:21 pm
  4. Maybe this will help, I have come across these sites regarding the Belvederes.

    I look forward to your findings and comments.
    These buildings are atrocious.

  5. missheather on Tue, 22nd May 2007 2:31 pm
  6. Thanks “ntodd”. The thought of consulting their web site(s) had crossed my mind. Especially regarding Belvedere “XXX”. I’m all over that shit.

    Otherwise, yes these buildings are “atrocious” —but what gets me more than anything is how damned many of them there are here.

    I was making a statement when I turned the Williamsburg Savings Bank into a “Belvedere”: since these condos are confined to Greenpoint no one seems to care. The general mentality seems to be “Who cares, it’s only Greenpoint.” I disagree. If one of these fuckers was being built in Park Slope, Fort Greene or Clinton Hill you’d hear about it. They’d be crying holy hell about it. I bet it would even find its way onto Brownstoner or the Brooklyn Record.

    But since it’s only Greenpoint (which is already “ugly” to most people anyway) no one seems to mind. I won’t even go into my rant about affordable rental housing. I am in a fairly good mood right now and would like to stay that way.

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