As the Downtown Brooklyn development boom enters its second decade, the most notable projects that have risen into the borough’s skyline have all been residential, like 388 Bridge Street, the AVA Willoughby, and 333 Schermerhorn Street, each of which temporarily took the title of Brooklyn’s tallest. While developers continue their race upwards, there has also been a proliferation of somewhat less obvious infill, like 620 Fulton Street, aka the Hotel Workers Healthcare Center and Office Building, which is now complete, per the latest from Tectonic.
As New York City’s supertall boom spreads beyond Manhattan, the first site in the outer boroughs that should yield a tower exceeding the 1,000-foot mark will be 9 DeKalb Avenue, in Downtown Brooklyn. YIMBY has reported extensively on the evolution of the project, beginning with the initial DOB applications back in June of 2014, and continuing through the full reveal at the LPC last April. Now, machinery is on-site, and excavation work appears to be getting underway for the 1,066-foot-tall tower.
Among New York City’s developers, Extell has perhaps been the most active in building projects that soar sky-high. With the firm’s supertall at 217 West 57th Street well under construction and 252 South Street even farther along, work is now advancing on the company’s first Brooklyn skyscraper, which will become Citypoint’s third, and tallest, tower. The latest photos of progress come from YIMBY Forum user Streetscaper.
Across the street from the latest towers rising as part of the Atlantic Yards redevelopment (now known as Pacific Park), another small building is just about to reach the finish line. The facade is mostly up and the structure has topped-out at 470 Dean Street, which stands eight floors in all, and the latest photos of progress come from Tectonic via the YIMBY Forums.
UPDATE: According to the developer, JEMB Realty, the below represents the latest iteration of the design of 420 Albee Square when it was with KPF Architects. KPF is no longer the architect on record and the developer will be introducing a new architect and concept soon.
The development site at 420 Albee Square has seen several twists and turns, with initial plans for the assemblage consisting of a 65-story tower that would have risen almost 700 feet. That iteration was shelved by the end of 2015, when YIMBY reported on a height chop down to 35 floors. By the end of last year, we had additional confirmation of what was happening thanks to the EDC’s continued efforts, with a rendering by Kohn Pedersen Fox finally appearing. Now, YIMBY has the official reveal for the project.