Exterior work is complete on The Wheeler, a mixed-use development at 181 Livingston Street in Downtown Brooklyn. Designed by Perkins Eastman and Shimoda Design Group and developed by Tishman Speyer, the project involved the construction of modern 14-story, 256-foot-tall addition atop a historic Art Deco building containing a Macy’s department store. The steel-framed addition yields 843,830 square feet of new commercial space above the Macy’s, which spans the first four floors. Offices take up the remaining 90,000 square feet and feature 16-foot-tall ceiling heights. The property is also addressed as 422 Fulton Street.
The only exterior section still awaiting finishing touches is the metal-clad arched opening with revolving doors on the southern elevation facing Livingston Street. From afar we can see that the rest of the superstructure is done, and makes a modest impact over the surrounding neighborhood. The upper levels have floor-to-ceiling glass panels that are angled downward toward street level, creating a profound contrast with the traditional red masonry walls below.
YIMBY last reported that The Wheeler will provide floor plates that gradually reduce in size from 60,000 square feet at the lower levels to 34,00 square feet below the parapet. There are setbacks throughout the external massing that make way for outdoor terraces, along with a 10,000-square-foot landscaped rooftop deck. Amenities include 30 bicycle storage units, a shower and locker room, and new recreational space complete with food and beverage stations.
The nearest subways are the 2 and 3 trains at the Hoyt Street station, located at the corner of Hoyt and Fulton Streets; the A, C, and G trains at the Hoyt-Schermerhorn station, just around the corner to the south; and the A, C, F, and R trains at Jay St-MetroTech to the north.