215 Chrystie Street -- image via Bowery Boogie

215 Chrystie Street [Bowery Boogie]: Ian Schrager’s mixed-use project at 215 Chrystie Street is finally seeing action. A green plywood fence has been erected in addition to an on-site rendering revealing the glassy, 28-story tower. With a targeted completion date of 2016, the first 18 floors will be a hotel, while the remainder will be residential.

52 Lispenard Street [Curbed]: Developer Murat Bugdaycay is constructing a seven story townhouse at 52 Lispenard Street in the Tribeca East Historic District. The townhouse will have “seven units, ranging from 2,500 to 4,700 square feet,” accompanied by a triplex penthouse. Bugdaycay is also restoring a five-story townhouse at 54 Lispenard.

388 Bridge Street [Brooklyn Daily Eagle]: Construction has finished at 388 Bridge Street in Downtown Brooklyn, resulting in never-before-seen views of the city – and people are taking note, with the building “renting at a rate of one [unit] per day”. 388 Bridge won’t stay in the spotlight for long, as a plethora of nearby skyscrapers are already rising, or will soon sprout.

21-16 44th Drive [The Court Square Blog]: A rendering has been posted on-site at the recently demolished 21-16 44th Drive, in Hunter’s Point. Depicted is a “seven-story mixed-used project,” with an anticipated completion date of mid-2015. Since demolition, no activity has been reported, and construction permits have yet to be filed.

121 Plymouth Street [Brownstoner]: Demolition permits have been submitted for the parking garage at 121 Plymouth Street under the Manhattan Bridge in Dumbo. Developer BBP is going to construct a park facility to accommodate their “new section of waterfront green space”. The facility will eventually contain “restrooms, community meeting space and an environmental education center”.

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Construction Update: 388 Bridge Street

388 Bridge Street

The Stahl Organizations’s 388 Bridge Street is almost ready to open, and the tower’s exterior is now complete. Rising 590 feet, the building is now the tallest skyscraper in Brooklyn, edging out ‘The Brooklyner‘ – which is just a block away – to take the title.

Designed by SLCE, 388 Bridge Street is a nice enough addition to the Brooklyn skyline, which lacks height and bulk; as an enormous market-rate development – the kind that New York needs more of – 388 Bridge goes a long way towards benefiting the borough. Beyond its strong form and glassy facade, the building sits on a prime Downtown Brooklyn lot, and will provide another jolt to the up-and-coming neighborhood.

Located just a short walk from the Fulton Mall, 388 Bridge has a total of 378 units. Though the tower is Brooklyn’s tallest for the moment, it will soon be topped by 100 Willoughby Street, which will rise across the road; that building will only rise a few feet taller, and have similar massing and bulk.

The abundance of new market-rate towers are a great sign for Brooklyn’s real estate market, which is once again booming; 388 Bridge is just the first major tower of the current development cycle, which will finally give Downtown Brooklyn a first-rate skyline – though it is still a long way from competing with either Midtown or Lower Manhattan in terms of visual prominence.

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Construction Update: 388 Bridge Street

388 Bridge Street

388 Bridge Street has taken the title of Brooklyn’s tallest building, surpassing The Brooklyner. Topping-out is now imminent, at which point the tower will rise 590 feet. If 388 Bridge were in Manhattan it would be nearly invisible, but given it’s Downtown Brooklyn location, the tower is prominent—especially from the nearby Fulton Mall, which is the booming neighborhood’s prime retail corridor.

The tower is the first of several to push the boundaries of the Brooklyn skyline. Around the corner from 388 Bridge the Avalon Willoughby West is about to begin rising, and ‘The Hub’—designed by Dattner Architects—is also in the vicinity; both developments will push the 600-foot mark.

With a total of 377 units, the tower will feature both rentals and condominiums. Winick Realty’s site has the details on the commercial space at 388 Bridge, which could potentially total over fifty-thousand square feet, a major compliment to the building’s commercial surroundings.

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Construction Update: 388 Bridge Street and Avalon Willoughby West

388 Bridge Street is making rapid progress, and the residential towerBrooklyn’s future tallest, at 590 feetis well over halfway to topping-out. The skyscraper will take the borough’s ‘tallest’ title from The Brooklyner. Aesthetics are large, simple, and mass-market; it’s an inoffensive glass box, and more buildings like 388 Bridge would help ease New York’s housing affordability issues.

Blank concrete rises along 388 Bridge’s lot-line walls, but at least the concrete ends mid-way up the tower. So far, the project’s overall look bears a slight semblance to Long Island City’s One Court Square, though 388 Bridge is much less monolithic and much more attractive.

Construction is also about to begin on the Avalon Willoughby West, which is set to surpass 388 Bridge Street by six feet. Demolition of the site’s former buildings is almost finished, which means the 596-foot tower should be going vertical by the end of 2013.

When taken together, 388 Bridge and the Avalon Willoughby will have a dramatic impact on both the street-scape and the skyline of Downtown Brooklyn. The influx of residents will go a long ways towards transforming ‘DoBro’ into a 24-hour neighborhood, and changing the formerly sterile office district into a thriving and vibrant communitythese two towers alone will deliver 1200 new units.

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388 Bridge Street, Image from NY Rebel

388 Bridge Street Brooklyn
388 Bridge Street, Image from NY Rebel

388 Bridge Street Brooklyn
388 Bridge Street, Image from NY Rebel

Avalon Willoughby Demolition, Image from NY Rebel

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Construction Update: 388 Bridge Street Rising, Brooklyn’s Future Tallest

Brooklyn’s future tallest building (though it will hold the title briefly) is now well above ground level, and beginning its advance into the borough’s skyline. The 350-unit tower by SLCE will rise just over 50 stories and actually have a decent amount of bulk to the design, unlike many recent projects in Brooklyn.

At 590 feet in height the tower will snag the borough’s tallest title from the 515-foot Brooklyner, which opened back in 2009. While 388 Bridge will trump the Brooklyner by 75 feet, it too will also be beaten by the Avalon Willoughby Square, rising almost next door. The difference between the two will be quite slim though, as the Avalon tower is expected to rise 596 feet, giving it a mere 6 foot advantage.

All pictures are by NYRebel from Skyscraperpage, who also provided the last update on 388 Bridge Street. Comparing the two updates shows that there has been major progress over the past three months, a pace that should accelerate as the building moves beyond its base–barring bad winter weather, of course. Thanks for the photos!

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388 Bridge Street
388 Bridge Street Brooklyn New York
388 Bridge Street
388 Bridge Street NYC
388 Bridge Street

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Construction Update: 388 Bridge Street

Brooklyn’s future tallest building, 388 Bridge Street, is now above street level. The residential tower will eventually rise 53 stories and 590 feet. 388 Bridge will only hold the title of Brooklyn’s tallest for a brief moment, as Avalon’s Willoughby West project–almost adjacent to 388 Bridge–is also about to rise, and is just a few feet taller.

The residential boom in Downtown Brooklyn is just beginning. If 388 Bridge Street is any indication, developers are going taller and larger in Brooklyn than ever before–and that’s a good thing, given the neighborhood’s accessibility to transit.

388 Bridge is the first of many buildings that will redefine Downtown Brooklyn’s skyline and character, transforming it into a 24/7 destination.

Both photos were originally taken by YIMBY reader NYRebel.

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388 Bridge Street: Image from NY Rebel
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388 Bridge Street: Image from NY Rebel

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Downtown Brooklyn: Imminent Residential BOOM!

Downtown Brooklyn (in real estate-ese, ‘DoBro’) has seen a major resurgence in development since the recession, when plans for most projects were put on hold. Besides the litany of towers about to rise, the Barclay’s Center is also nearing completion. The new arena should be yet another catalyst for redevelopment, as the previously blighted Atlantic Yards area will be completely revamped with new towers.

Already under construction is 29 Flatbush Avenue, which will eventually rise 44 stories and 458 feet per DOB filings. Work continues on the building’s podium. Construction had previously been slow-going, but has sped up in recent weeks. 
Avalon Willoughby West, Downtown Brooklyn
Avalon Willoughby Square, via Edwards & Zuck
Foundation work is also underway at 388 Bridge Street, one of the largest new towers being built in DoBro. The project will be one of the borough’s tallest buildings, rising 52 stories and containing 350 new residential units. The design is nothing exciting, but the density is a welcome benefit to a neighborhood that’s still up-and-coming. 
The building’s height of 528 feet (per the DOB) will make it one of Brooklyn’s tallest upon completion, but not for long.
Right next door to 388 Bridge Street is the Avalon Willoughby Square. The architect for both projects is SLCE, and Willoughby Square will rise 57 stories. As the two projects will literally be adjacent to one another, the skyline impact is sure to be impressive. 
The only neighborhoods with multiple existing 50-story buildings abutting each other are in Manhattan, so the projects in the Willoughby/Bridge Street corridor are a definite game changer for DoBro. As 388 Bridge Street gets underway, it seems likely that the Avalon Willoughby will also follow suit. 
The Hub, Downtown Brooklyn
‘The Hub’ from the Wall Street Journal
Although work has not yet begun on the project, building permits were recently filed for The Hub, which will be a 53-story building rising 563 feet. Yet another 50 story + tower, the project is closer to the Barclay’s Center than the others discussed. The Steiner family is developing the property, and construction is expected to begin in early 2013. 
Also on the not-so-distant horizon are 313 Gold Street, 461 Dean Street, and the Citypoint development. Concrete pouring has not been approved yet at 313 Gold, but the tower will rise to 35 floors. 461 Dean will be the first of the Atlantic Yards redevelopment towers to be built, adjacent to the new Barclay’s Center. The tower will rise to 33 floors and contain 368 residential units.
Of all the developments in Downtown Brooklyn, Citypoint is definitely the most ambitious. The first phase, which comprises retail space, has already been completed. The second and third phases are much more ambitious, with submitted plans calling for three new towers. The three towers will be 19, 30, and 60+ floors, with the tallest tower reaching 680 feet. That would be almost 100 feet taller than the Willoughby Tower, which will be the tallest in Brooklyn when completed at just under 600 feet. 
The slew of new developments show great promise for Downtown Brooklyn, as the area has some of the best transit connections of any neighborhood in New York. Many subway lines criss-cross the neighborhood making it extremely convenient for commuting into Manhattan, one of the reasons for the residential boom.
Revitalizing Atlantic Yards is a secondary factor, as the blocks occupied by the Barclays Center & its future companions (residential towers, including 461 Dean Street) represent a complete transformation of a formerly derelict area. The Barclay’s Center will host one of New York’s basketball teams, and will also come with a revamped subway station for the Atlantic Yards stop. 
There is no single catalyst for the development and the neighborhood still isn’t quite like Manhattan, explaining  why Downtown Brooklyn’s development was stalled for so long following the recession. Still, things are looking up.
Citypoint, Downtown Brooklyn
Citypoint from Albee Development via The Brooklyn Eagle
No other neighborhood in New York City can claim so many residential towers rising to such heights. Although it would be nice to see more developments incorporate office components, the boom in apartments and condominiums is the best thing that could happen to this once-neglected corner of New York City. 
In sum, at least nine residential towers are slated to rise within the next few years in Downtown Brooklyn. Whether all the plans come to fruition remains to be seen, but the ambition is certainly there–and that’s something every neighborhood in New York could use. 

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