BIG’s Two-Towered River Ring Secures Approvals, on Williamsburg Waterfront

River Ring. Rendering by James Corner Field Operations

The proposed two-skyscraper development River Ring, designed by Bjarke Ingels Group and developed by Two Trees Management, is closer to fruition after Community Board 1 approval. The 3.5-acre project would bring 1,050 homes with 263 affordable housing units, a six-acre circular waterfront park designed by James Corner Field Operations, a YMCA community facility, 2,000 construction jobs, and more than 500 permanent jobs to the Brooklyn waterfront in Williamsburg.

River Ring. Rendering by James Corner Field Operations

River Ring. Rendering by James Corner Field Operations

As reported by Bisnow, the board voted 20-15 Tuesday to support River Ring, with the condition of increasing the affordable housing component from 25 to 50 percent.

River Ring is proposed for a pair of vacant rectangular parcels bound by North First Street, North Third Street, and River Street. The waterfront park consists of three acres of public open space and three acres of protected in-river access, as well as the creation of two new beaches. The design of the waterfront park would protect the complex and other inland properties from future storm surges, reducing the possibility of flooding.

River Ring. Rendering by James Corner Field Operations

River Ring. Rendering by James Corner Field Operations

Next in the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure process, the proposal will go to Eric Adams, the Brooklyn borough president and then the city’s Planning Commission. The borough president will hold a public meeting later in September to allow for community feedback. River Ring is estimated to be completed by 2030.

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10 Comments on "BIG’s Two-Towered River Ring Secures Approvals, on Williamsburg Waterfront"

  1. BUILD BABY BUILD!

  2. David : Sent From Heaven. | September 17, 2021 at 9:14 am | Reply

    It is both a tall building and a dam blocking the waves crashing into the shore. It’s a good thing to have this trend: Thank you.

  3. David in Bushwick | September 17, 2021 at 9:37 am | Reply

    All in all, a very solid design and project. The people at the “beach” are wisely not going into the water.

  4. I biked the waterfront from the Ed Koch (59th Bridge) to the Williamsburg Bridge yesterday. The River Ring will be a very welcome capstone to complete the LIC-Williamsburg esplanade. But 2030? I hope I am still biking by then! The ULURP process is interminably slow and no one likes it. I hope the next mayor can streamline the process.

  5. Looks like the entire Queens riverfront will be gobbled up by megaprojects

  6. Great project.

  7. Fantastic!

  8. Hopefully they will make that beach.

  9. Would be great location for + pool

  10. I am Interested

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