9 DeKalb Avenue Steadily Rising Toward 1,066-Foot Pinnacle in Downtown Brooklyn

9 DeKalb Avenue. Rendering by SHoP Architects

Construction is ascending steadily at 9 DeKalb Avenue in Downtown Brooklyn, the first supertall project in the outer boroughs. The reinforced concrete superstructure currently stands around 28 stories tall, more than one-third of its 73-story total. Designed by SHoP Architects and developed by JDS, the 1,066-foot-tall skyscraper will yield 425 rental apartments and 150 condominiums.

9 DeKalb Avenue. Photo by Michael Young

9 DeKalb Avenue. Photo by Michael Young

9 DeKalb Avenue. Photo by Michael Young

Recent photos show the degree of progress that has occurred since our last update in July, when construction had just begun to rise above the podium. The hexagonal massing is becoming more prominent as the superstructure rises higher, and the safety cocoon is shifting up in step as each pour of concrete for the columns, walls, and floor plates settles.

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, metal clips are now in position on the edges of the floor plates above the four-story podium in preparation for the curtain wall installation, which consists of dark stainless steel, reflective floor-to-ceiling glass, and aluminum.

9 DeKalb Avenue. Photo by Michael Young

9 DeKalb Avenue. Photo by Michael Young

9 DeKalb Avenue. Photo by Michael Young

The landmarked Dime Savings Bank of Brooklyn stands preserved to the west of the main tower and will be used as a retail space.

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

At the current pace of construction, 9 DeKalb Avenue will eclipse the height of Brooklyn Point, the borough’s current tallest building, in the next several months or so. Progress should accelerate as the building rises, as subsequent setbacks will reduce the size of each floor plate as work nears the pinnacle.

9 DeKalb Avenue. Photo by Michael Young

9 DeKalb Avenue. Photo by Michael Young

9 DeKalb Avenue. Photo by Michael Young

YIMBY also received word that the first curtain wall panel had just begun to be installed on the northern corner today. The sleek lines, trims, and richly dark color will certainly make a bold impact on the skyline as more pieces arrive and are put into place.

The first panel of 9 DeKlab Avenue. Photo courtesy of JDS Development.

9 DeKalb Avenue is anticipated to be finished around 2022.

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19 Comments on "9 DeKalb Avenue Steadily Rising Toward 1,066-Foot Pinnacle in Downtown Brooklyn"

  1. Back to the ‘Big Leagues’

  2. Wow! I did not know this tower has gotten so far already! This is just why you can’t deny that 9 DeKalb Avenue is just an absolutely amazing skyscraper. The design is just so beautiful, just like its sister tower of Manhattan, 111 West 57th Street. I just love the setbacks on the hexagonal footprint and then how it tops out with a very nice crown. And of course the fact that it’s located in Brooklyn. What a feat of New York City construction. I can’t wait for when 9 DeKalb Avenue tops out. But, considering the current rate of progress, I don’t think it should be too long before that happens.

  3. LOVE how they are incorporating the iconic Dime Savings Bank into this soon to be awesome looking building. Simply gorgeous and classic. Thanks to Michael Young for getting us some great shots of the progress!

  4. I don’t live in the City anymore, but I know the City like the back of my hand (I was a “hack” for a time and keep up with YMBY). I started as a brand new lawyer in downtown Brooklyn in 1974. It was “drek” to say the least, other than Brooklyn Heights proper. Had I been told then was is now visible, I would not have considered it in the realm of what could have been possible. Yet, 46 years later, it’s here. And the best part is that Junior’s is still here and will remain so “forever.”

  5. All the makings of a masterpiece and hats off to SHoP for the design and to the owner too for accepting the additional cost of stainless steel over aluminum for the cladding. A class decision. And hats off also to the guy or gal who came up with the masterstroke of putting the pool on the roof of the landmarked building. Well done all round.

  6. With this tower and the Domino buildings, SHOP is adding some icons to the Brooklyn skyline.

  7. Great n Beautiful
    Another Building for the Upper
    Middle class
    How many low income apt
    Genfication at its best

    • Whose taxes do you think go to pay for the gigantic pile of free stuff handed out in New York City to the “low income” people?

      • Steve Ettlinger | November 9, 2020 at 10:43 pm | Reply

        And where do the low income people who work in the building get to find reasonably priced apartments that are not so far away that commuting becomes like another job? Low-income housing, placed nearby, benefits the super rich and the middle class directly. (And I’m not sure it is a gigantic pile of free stuff handed out, either….that kind of subsidy is hard to come by and attracts way more applicants than there are apartments (cf Pacific Park stats).

  8. Soon this beautiful building will be the most iconic building in Brooklyn!
    Reminds me of a Batman movie building or from Fifth Element.

  9. Steve Ettlinger | November 9, 2020 at 10:39 pm | Reply

    So sad to see the excess height, making the Manhattanization of Brooklyn accelerate. Downtown, yes, a good place for big and new structures, but this reduces Brooklyn’s appeal as being different from Manhattan, just by another slice (not of pizza!).

  10. A building for the ages…thx M. Young

  11. Thank God the dime savings bank and Juniors restaurant will survive this monstrosity … for now ….

  12. Tim Prendergast | December 1, 2020 at 8:47 pm | Reply

    Easily the most spectacular tower under construction anywhere right now. An instant landmark…I’ve been looking forward to this project for years. What a gorgeous tower.

  13. With so many vacancies in Manhattan for top properties, who in their right minds would buy in the outer-boroughs…

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