Can a former gas station inspire the design for a new home? It sounds far-fetched, but to those who drew the blueprints for a new condominium in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, it did. “Everyone knows the site was a gas station for a long time, which meant the corner was open,” said Harry Kendall, a partner…

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“Words cannot describe what we’ve done,” said Thierry W. Despont, referring to the interior design of the apartments at 53W53, a condominium building rising beside the Museum of Modern Art in Midtown Manhattan. But a reporter can at least try. Mr. Despont, a French-born, New York-based architect and designer who has outfitted private homes for…

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Mr. Ezra, 34, is a founding principal of Avery Hall Investments, a residential developer focused on Brooklyn. The company, which was started in 2013, is working on several projects, including residential and mixed-use developments in Boerum Hill, Cobble Hill and Park Slope. Mr. Ezra grew up in Park Slope.

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For apartment hunters who think that Brooklyn has become too glassy in recent years, with some buildings that look like as if they had floated up from South Florida, a new condominium in Boerum Hill may come as a relief, particularly its lower floors.

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