The second span of the Kosciuszko Bridge opened late last month, giving drivers access to five Queens-bound and four Brooklyn-bound lanes. The addition is expected to significantly cut down on traffic jams leading up to the bridge along the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway.
But it isn’t just drivers who’ll be pleased with the changes. The new span also offers a 20-foot-wide bike and pedestrian path, and there are plans to add parks under the bridge on both sides.
“These neighborhoods will be transformed by this bike path and new parks,” says Liat Halpern, an urban planner at home search platform Localize.city. “The bike lane across the Kosciuszko Bridge will make it a lot safer to travel across boroughs. And the parks will make a huge difference. The nearest park on the Queens side is almost 30 minutes away and there are no playgrounds anywhere nearby. The Brooklyn park will be much larger and really serve as a community gathering place."
"As annoying as the construction and traffic might have been, it’s going to be a whole lot nicer living in Greenpoint and Maspeth now,” Halpern says.
If you're in the market for a new place, here are five two bedrooms—including both apartments and houses—near the newly expanded Kosciuszko Bridge that could be yours for $825,000 or (much) less.
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282A Nassau Ave., #3A, Greenpoint
Listed for $825,000, this 930-square-foot condo has one true bedroom plus a large mezzanine that can be used as a second bedroom or a home office. The apartment has an open living area with 14-foot, eight-inch ceilings, an open kitchen, a Nest thermostat temperature control system, in-unit laundry, and a balcony. It’s in Mylo House, a boutique condo complex located steps from the newly expanded bridge. Common charges are $469 a month. Taxes are $554 a month.
70-09 45th Ave., #2C, Maspeth
This 725-square-foot, two-bedroom, two-bath condo has central air and a dishwasher. The unit is located in a brand-new, elevator building with a gym, on-site laundry, and parking. It’s listed for $508,000. Common charges are $310 a month. Taxes are $427 a month.
534 Graham Ave., #16, Greenpoint
Priced at $395,000, this gut-renovated two-bedroom, one-bath co-op has a railroad layout, hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances, and custom closets. Maintenance is $569 a month, and includes heat, hot water, and taxes. Pets are allowed with board approval. This is an HDFC building with income restrictions. Singles or two persons cannot make more than $52,848 a year, and families with three or more can not exceed $61,656 a year.
53-64 62nd St., Maspeth
With a recent $10,000 price drop, this renovated two-bedroom, two-bath ranch house is now listed for $779,000. The brick house has an open kitchen with a breakfast bar and stainless steel appliances, a walkout basement with space for an additional guest room suite, and a backyard. Taxes are $5,624 a month.
51-14 74th St., Maspeth
This two-bedroom, one-bath brick attached house has large rooms, but is in need of some updating. It’s listed for $739,888.
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