Construction Update: 388 Bridge Street

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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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