Construction has topped out on the newly renamed Brooklyn Tower, a 93-story supertall skyscraper and the tallest structure in the Outer Boroughs at 9 DeKalb Avenue in Downtown Brooklyn. Designed by SHoP Architects and developed by JDS, the 1,066-foot-tall tower will yield 550 residences, with 150 for purchase and 400 rentals with 30 percent of which reserved at affordable housing rates, as well as a 100,000-square-foot retail podium bound by Flatbush Avenue Extension to the northeast, Fleet Street to the northwest, and DeKalb Avenue to the south. The project also includes the refurbishing and re-purposing of the landmarked Dime Savings Bank of Brooklyn, which is being incorporated into the podium. Douglas Elliman is the exclusive marketing, sales, and leasing agent.
Since our last update in September the tower has reached its final height, becoming New York’s first supertall outside of Manhattan.
“Today marks a significant milestone for Brooklyn and New York City as The Brooklyn Tower reaches its peak, continuing Brooklyn’s long history of design innovation and bold thinking,” said Michael Stern, founder and CEO of JDS Development, the developer and builder of the project. “We take great pride in the thoughtful work that SHoP and our JDS Construction team have done to create this unprecedented new tower, while carefully preserving the historic Brooklyn landmark.”
“The SHoP team is thrilled to be a part of a project that is so impactful to one of the world’s most acclaimed skylines,” said Gregg Pasquarelli, founding principal of SHoP Architects. “As more people look to move to Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn, the detail that went into the texture and shape of the structure was critical. We wanted it to remain authentic, with that baroque, Brooklyn charm, but also look crisp and modern to capture the borough’s constant state of growth and influence.”
There was a steel beam in Albee Square Plaza that people could sign before its eventual lifting.
Additional steel columns and beams are being installed around the southern corner of the retail podium facing Flatbush Avenue South.
The event at The Brooklyn Tower began in the adjacent historic bank hall. An Open House New York event was wrapping up prior to the late-afternoon tour. The columns and ceilings were colorfully illuminated and it was nice to see the interiors largely saved and continuing to be restored to their former glory.
Traveling up the exterior hoists gave views of the Financial District popping up from behind the surrounding skyscrapers. At the top, the building offers 360-degree views of all of New York City. Highlights include the Atlantic Ocean and Verrazano Narrows Bridge, One World Trade Center over the Financial District, the Empire State Building in the heart of Midtown, the ever-growing presence of massive office and residential buildings being built in Hudson Yards, One Vanderbilt’s tiered crown and spire, the supertalls of Billionaires’ Row including JDS and SHoP’s other supertall collaboration at 111 West 57th Street, and the array of new housing in Greenpoint, Brooklyn and Hunters Point, Queens going up along the East River.
We should expect the dark floor-to-ceiling glass and stainless steel and aluminum façade to reach the crown in the first half of next year, followed by the dismantling of the exterior elevator hoist and construction crane, which would eventually give us the true profile look and skinny proportions of the tower.
Also part of the design program is over 100,000 square feet of amenities such as a state-of-the-art fitness center with an elevated outdoor loggia and recreational space. Thirty percent of rentals are designated as affordable housing units, and residences for purchase start over 500 feet above street level. Residential interiors are designed by AD100 design firm Gachot Studios, with amenity interiors design lead by Krista Ninivaggi of Woods Bagot, and landscape design by HMWhite.
The Brooklyn Tower is anticipated to launch residences for sale in early 2022, residences for lease mid-2022, and open for occupancy in late 2022.