Home is my White Castle: W’burg fast-food joint to become housing

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We can only hope the leases include a side of chicken rings.

A month after the White Castle on Metropolitan Avenue in Williamsburg closed abruptly, a developer has revealed it plans to build an eight-story apartment building in its place. The news was not welcomed by a neighbor, who said that the area has been taxed by new luxury housing enough already.

“More apartment buildings are the last thing we need in this neighborho­od,” said Carl Sargent, who lives a few blocks away.

The developer bought the land under the fast-food joint known for its late hours last year. At the time, the eatery’s operators said they didn’t know when it would close, and it finally did without warning at the end of September.

The developer Adamamerica plans to build an 81-unit complex with retail space on the ground floor, taking up the area currently occupied by the fast-food fortress and its parking lot. The new building is also set to include a gym and rooftop access. The developer plans to offer one fifth of the apartments for below-market rates.

The family-run White Castle chain, which has been a Brooklyn institution since the 1930s and served as the muse for many early Beastie Boys songs, opened the little white eatery at Humboldt Street in 1992, but did not own the land underneath it.

Reach reporter Danielle Furfaro at or by calling (718) 260–2511. Follow her at
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Tim from Coney Island says:
It takes ten years for policies to fully go into effect. The previous administrations love of condo development sadly will be a frequent story in the news.
Dec. 2, 2014, 3:05 am
The Chef of the Future from Halsey Street says:
Make that a dozen murder burgers to go !!
Dec. 2, 2014, 4:11 am
Mike from Williamsburg says:
“More apartment buildings are the last thing we need in this neighborhood,” said Carl Sargent, who believes this city has a glut of empty housing.

I shouldn't pick on Carl Sargent. He's no stupider than most people around here. He should be on the Community Board.
Dec. 2, 2014, 9:58 am
Mark from Williamsburg says:
Anybody "picking" on anybody looks pretty darn stupid, stupid.
Dec. 2, 2014, 12:37 pm
ty from pps says:
The city has a 3% vacancy rate... where, exactly, is this "glut of empty housing"?!
Dec. 2, 2014, 2:30 pm
ty from pps says:
(I wasn't challenging your characterization, Mike. I think these NIMBY's like Carl Sargent really need a bit of perspective.)
Dec. 2, 2014, 2:35 pm
Vini from Greenpoint says:
Soooooo glad DEATH CASTLE is gone! Would love to see a yummy vegan eatery open up if they have a store front.
Dec. 2, 2014, 2:57 pm
dre santos from sunset park says:
It is sad man!!
Dec. 2, 2014, 3:21 pm
"Interloper" from Kent Ave says:
Can't they just put the White Castle in one of the commercial spaces on the ground floor?
Dec. 3, 2014, 4:22 pm

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