Supertall 9 DeKalb Avenue Begins Long-Awaited Ascent in Downtown Brooklyn

9 DeKalb Avenue. Rendering by SHoP Architects/JDS Development

Construction is finally about to go vertical at 9 DeKalb Avenue, the first supertall skyscraper in the outer boroughs. Designed by SHoP Architects and developed by JDS, the Downtown Brooklyn residential tower will stand 1,066 feet above the neighborhood.

Recent photos shot through the construction fence shows construction above street level. Workers were observed placing steel rebar in preparation for the concrete pours that will form the ground-floor columns and core walls of the 73-story skyscraper. The yellow construction crane was constantly in motion delivering materials to the site as crews put up the temporary metal formwork to support the ground-floor ceiling.

9 DeKalb Avenue. Photo by Michael Young

9 DeKalb Avenue. Photo by Michael Young

9 DeKalb Avenue. Photo by Michael Young

9 DeKalb Avenue. Photo by Michael Young

9 DeKalb Avenue. Photo by Michael Young

9 DeKalb Avenue. Photo by Michael Young

9 DeKalb Avenue. Photo by Michael Young

9 DeKalb Avenue. Photo by Michael Young

9 DeKalb Avenue. Photo by Michael Young

Meanwhile, the 160-year-old landmarked Dime Savings Bank of Brooklyn stands awaiting its complete restoration and integration into the 9 DeKalb Avenue project.

Looking at the front of the Dime Savings Bank of Brooklyn. Photo by Michael Young

Looking at the front of the Dime Savings Bank of Brooklyn. Photo by Michael Young

9 DeKalb Avenue will yield a total of 425 rental apartments and 150 condominiums, along with amenities including an outdoor terrace and a rooftop pool on top of the Dime Savings Bank. The domed edifice will serve as an entrance to the development’s 120,000 square feet of retail space along Flatbush Avenue, greeting visitors with its beautifully ornamented and richly colored former bank interiors. The southern corner of the parcel will retain the famous Junior’s Restaurant and Bakery, which is operating within a two-story structure. This is the only section of the land that was left untouched.

The closest subway trains are the B, Q, and R trains to the north at the DeKalb Avenue station; the the 2, 3, 4, and 5 trains to the south at the Nevins Street station; and the A, C, and G trains to the west at the Hoyt-Schermerhorn Streets station.

9 DeKalb Avenue is anticipated to be finished around 2022.

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26 Comments on "Supertall 9 DeKalb Avenue Begins Long-Awaited Ascent in Downtown Brooklyn"

  1. That’s a LOT of rebar

  2. Breaking news update: Construction is on hold indefinitely.

    New theory: Michael Young was abducted by aliens about 2-3 week ago, but he had already scheduled dozens of cheerful posts with only slightly outdated photos for publication. Boy is he in for a surprise when the aliens dump him back in the city!

    • Jack Arkitekt | April 6, 2020 at 12:04 pm | Reply

      Except residential and essential construction. Doomsday instead in China now where communist hides true first about their 22 millions dead comrades from that CCP/WHO Virus Schemes, second they have Virus part 2 beginning. And add to this now completely isolated country who nobody want to trade with them anymore, overproduction bigger than we have over whole Great Depression period, and millions other chinese citizens who want their country back and down communist regime, plus hang them on all lamp post there!!!

    • Nikolai Fedak | April 6, 2020 at 12:23 pm | Reply

      I think you have been abducted by aliens. We are taking photos once a month at the moment in batches.

      • David in Bushwick | April 6, 2020 at 7:18 pm | Reply

        This might be the best designed new crop of supertalls, and I hope it happens.
        But please clarify the City’s policy with buildings currently under construction. Is this and other YIMBY covered buildings allowed to have construction crews working in April of 2020?

        • Nikolai Fedak | April 6, 2020 at 8:10 pm | Reply

          Honestly, I have no idea. From what I understand, the caveats re: “essential construction” are broad enough to include most new development sites (i.e., if a building has ANY affordable housing, etc). Beyond that, I am fairly sure the fine for not following the shutdown is $10K. While that may sound like a lot to a layperson, for construction, it is peanuts.

          Today, we shot all Manhattan sites for the upcoming 30ish days. This post is pretty popular so I am going to just leave that here. It is rather impossible to know the shutdown status for each building, we are just writing the updates on work as our previous updates on all projects impending in next 30+ days were all from 3 months ago+ (or so). But hopefully my explanation ^ makes sense!

  3. It’s about time we see a design that stands out with artful aesthetics as opposed to buildings that are straight up and down. This one, in particular, tends to represent the old art-deco era with a modern twist. Beautiful!

  4. Why are you posting Fake News? All nonessential construction was halted by Gov. Cuomo last week. This is not a medical facility, road or bridge so why are you posting lies?
    If construction is occurring at this site it should be reported to the proper authorities for immediate shutdown. And hefty fines!

    • Jack Arkitekt | April 6, 2020 at 12:17 pm | Reply

      Are you commie repeated bill blasio commie doomsday propaganda??? Real Doomsday now in China with 22 dead comrades, complete isolated from world communist concentrated camp now infected second time from that CCP created WHO introduced COVID 19, China Originated Virus Infection Destruction (of World)!!! Failed and Communist China is Doomed!!!

    • Nikolai Fedak | April 6, 2020 at 12:23 pm | Reply

      We take photos of sites every 3-4 months, so yes there has been progress regardless of whether there has been a shutdown or not, and if you don’t like viewing progress, stop reading YIMBY.

  5. Jack Arkitekt | April 6, 2020 at 12:22 pm | Reply

    22 million dead comrades in Communist China, and here in United States communist turned Democratic Party appease China deadly regime and his paid controlled WHO!!! Nothing would stop construction in USA and in NYC!!!
    Communist Bill Blasio and crony Cuomo would fail again, again, again, and again!!!

  6. WOW!
    I dub thee “Blade Runner Plaza”!
    Looks like something right out of that futuristic movie. All that’s missing is the dark misty night.
    😨

  7. Why all the angry political commentary? Jack you are very confused so temper your anti-Democratic diatribes. Now, regarding this skyscraper and its architecture – it appears to be a sad building clad with all that bronze-colored skin. 9 DeKalb looks about to cry.

  8. Randall Lavern | April 6, 2020 at 6:03 pm | Reply

    I think if you are a fan of architecture, skyscrapers ( old term ) supertalls and YIMBY .kNOCK OFF THE POLITICS! I’ve been enjoying these e-mails for years. Yes that is a lot lot of rebar! You Go Go YIMBY.

  9. This tower contains affordable housing, therefore is not covered under the current construction restrictions. Any residential structure containing an element of non-market housing is exempted.

  10. Finally somebody making sense…This should be a great building & they even managed to not demolish the bank!

  11. these morons still haven`t completed the 111 57th street disaster yet and someone hired them to continue there malpractice. Amazing.

  12. I am just happy that it will be a super tall. So many other US skyscrapers have been shortened to below super tall status.

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