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February 11th, 2002, 12:09 PM
City Green Lights 330,000-SF DUMBO Project

By Glen Thompson (GLOBE ST)
Last updated: Feb 11, 2002 *08:42AM

NEW YORK CITY-A major mixed-use project slated for DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass) has received the city approvals required to move the development forward. Dubbed Light Bridges, the development is a 330,000-sf condominium/retail property.
Located in the industrial-chic Brooklyn neighborhood sandwiched between the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges, Light Bridges is being developed by a partnership of Brooklyn-based Cara Development and Jeffrey M. Brown Associates.

“We’ve been doing business in DUMBO for many years, and we love the area,” said Charlie Cara, President of Cara Development. “We’re thrilled to be able to bring quality housing and visionary architecture to downtown Brooklyn.”

The property will include between 135 and 170 luxury condominiums on top of commercial and retail space. Architectural firm Shop/Sharples Holden Pasquarelli is designing the building, which will be situated on a 35,000-sf site along the Brooklyn waterfront.

The building will have a four-floor retail and commercial base supporting two 20-story apartment towers. The property also will feature parking for 280 vehicles, replacing the number of spaces currently on the site and adding adequate parking for tenants.

The architects on the project have collaborated with DUMBO residents throughout the design phase of the building, resulting in a plan that blends contextually with the neighborhood while satisfying the developer's needs. “It’s a unique example of how an architect and a developer can work well with the local community,” said architect Greg Pasquarelli. “We met on numerous occasions with neighbors here in DUMBO, and we have implemented many of their suggestions.”

Jeffrey M. Brown Associates has served as construction manager, general contractor and consultant for a variety corporations, institutions, and developers since 1984. Its projects include Plaza 4A of the Harborside Financial Center in Jersey City, NJ; Federal Express City Station in Manhattan; and Host Marriott World Trade Center.

Cara Development has been doing residential restoration projects in downtown and brownstone Brooklyn for more than 50 years. The developer has restored numerous historic buildings in the area and has completed two loft conversions in DUMBO in the last 10 years.

The DUMBO area and the Manhattan Bridge (http://www.wirednewyork.com/bridges/manhattan_bridge/default.htm).


February 11th, 2002, 01:51 PM

January 7th, 2005, 11:53 AM
there has been an immens amount of nimby-ism around here about this tower...i believe it was shortened???

January 7th, 2005, 02:45 PM
Nope, redesigned and enlarged. Now the J Condo at 31 floors and 331 ft.

January 8th, 2005, 12:31 AM
That building looks great. Almost like the Gehry in Prague, with the torqueing going on and such.

January 21st, 2005, 11:16 AM
O yes, mybad, i was thinking about the Walentas building that was near the BK bridge. This building looks awsome, does anyone know when construction will start?

January 21st, 2005, 11:16 AM
In fact, i think i just might go down there given the fact that i live in the area. Anyone know the adress and cross streets?

January 21st, 2005, 07:58 PM
100 Jay Street at York Street. Construction supposed to be starting any day now.

January 22nd, 2005, 12:34 AM
Good look, i think i might just check it out when A) it gets warmer, B) when i have a day off from school

Im so glad...this is right near me :D :D :D

February 21st, 2005, 02:27 AM
J Condo
100 Jay Street
31/33 stories 337 feet
Gruzen Samton Architects
Dev-Hudson Companies Incorporated
Residential Condominiums
260/267 units 407,129 Sq. Ft.
Proposed 2005-2006

A post on this project is here. http://www.wirednewyork.com/forum/showthread.php?t=5828&page=2&pp=15

February 21st, 2005, 01:56 PM
I really like the J Condo...any idea if its near approval?

June 4th, 2005, 08:32 AM
Originally posted by NYGuy at SP.


Giant planned for Jay Street sparks debate


A rendering of 100 Jay St. depicts a 33 story tower.

By Jess Wisloski
The Brooklyn Papers

The groundbreaking this week for a new high-rise condominium at 100 Jay St. has re-ignited concern about what will be built there.

Last Monday, bulldozers took to the site — formerly occupied by an outdoor parking lot and bounded by Pearl, York, Front and Jay streets — tearing up pavement and gouging a hole for the foundation of what is being called the J Condo. At 33 stories, it would be the tallest building in DUMBO.

But unlike other big development projects in the predominantly low-rise former manufacturing district, the rezoning the city granted to the developer of the J Condo site was for a very different, and much shorter, project.

That project, called “Light Bridges” by developer Cara Development, would have built twin 18-story buildings joined by a common two-story base with an interior courtyard. The twisting, triangular glass-and-steel design also called for ground-floor retail. That plan required a zoning change to allow the residential and retail uses in the manufacturing district. With approval from Community Board 2, the borough president and the City Planning Commission, the City Council in January 2002 approved the site-specific zoning change.

The 18-story building would have stood 200 feet tall, with 375,000 square feet of space.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation, which reviewed the project’s environmental impact statement, said it “will not have a significant adverse environmental impact.”

Light Bridges, however, never saw the light of day.

The J Condo, also being built by Cara Development, will stand 337 feet tall, with 267 one- to three-bedroom condo apartments with just over 407,000 square feet of space in total, and ground-floor retail.

J Condo marketers tout its being the tallest building in DUMBO and adding an “easily recognizable icon to the Brooklyn skyline with its dramatic, curved, sail-like facade of floor-to-ceiling windows,” according to an advertisement on the Web site of the building’s managing agent, The Hudson Companies Inc.

Repeated calls to the property’s owner, Charles Cara, were not returned, and neither were calls to The Hudson Companies.

The city’s Department of City Planning, however, said all the changes to the plans were legitimate, and would not require any further review by the city in the urban land use review process (ULURP).

“The short answer is that the 100 Jay St. project was approved by the City Planning Commission,” said Rachaele Raynoff, spokeswoman for the Department of City Planning.

“Developers changed. New developers are building as-of-right,” she said, explaining that the application that passed the city’s Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP) rezoned the site from manufacturing (M1-5) to high-rise residential (R9-1), meaning that the building would be capped at a 280-foot height with an additional 40-foot-tall tower allowed at the top, set back from the building’s edge.

“The CPC and Council approved [this] rezoning,” Raynoff said. And even though the new project features a different design and additional 10 stories, Raynoff said it would not need to be re-submitted for review, even though it is 17 feet taller than the limits she cited.

“A development pursuant to that zoning does not require another ULURP or EIS. If the 100 Jay St. plan did not comply, [the Department of Buildings] would have indicated that further review was necessary,” she said.

“We have no complaints on record, that says something as well,” said Buildings Department spokeswoman Jennifer Givner. “Normally, when the community has a problem with something being overbuilt they call in and complain, but on record, we have nothing to date.

“We have the ability to issue something called a reconsideration that basically only comes form the top advisors that say something like you can’t do ‘X’, but you can do ‘X’ if you do something else that makes it just as safe,” she said.

A principal at Gruzen Samton, the architecture firm designing the J Condo, referred a reporter’s questions to Cara Development.

What makes J Condo an oddity is not only the height, but the seeming bait-and-switch pulled by the developer to obtain the rezoning based on a shorter project, which in turn set a precedent that may facilate other large-scale developments in DUMBO and Vinegar Hill.

DUMBO’s look as a turn-of-the-century city by the sea between the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges has over the past year or so given way to more Manhattan-esque development.

Developer Shaya Boymelgreen has two high-rise apartment buildings under construction, the 11-story Beacon Tower luxury condominium at 84 Front St. and a 23-story residence at 85 Adams St., on the other side of the Manhattan Bridge overpass from the J Condo site.

“That went through because quite honestly there was a sort of naivete of the community members involved,” said Marcia Hillis, a DUMBO resident who reviewed the Light Bridges project as a member of the CB2 Land Use committee, noting that the community board got the application for review just a month after the tragedy of Sept. 11, 2001. She said most members probably didn’t think that by approving the R9 zoning for the site they were opening it up to other designs.

“Unfortunately, we didn’t put any restrictions on the developer,” Hillis added, such as restricting the approval to the project as described or requiring a re-approval to change the plans.

Ursula Hahn, a non-CB2 member of the its Land Use committee who also saw the original model presentation by Cara Developers and then-architects Sharples Holden Pasquarelli (SHoP Architects), said the plan the board approved was already setting a precedent for height in the area.

“They showed this dazzling, undulating light tower, and I think we noticed that this was going to be very high, but we were also very enamored with this building,” said Hahn in a recent interview with The Brooklyn Papers.

Michelle Whetten, president of the DUMBO Neighborhood Association (DNA), said she had not yet seen the plans for the J Condo.

“I can’t say we’ve exhausted all our options,” said Whetten, whose DNA raised concerns early on about the precedent a building of Light Bridges’ height might set. Whetten became president of the group this year.

Robert Perris, district manager of CB2 who was working as a community board liaison for the borough president’s office at the time the Light Bridges plan was passed, suggested that the mistake board members made in their approval of that project was “unfortunate” but, he said, it was a common ruse used by developers seeking spot rezonings.

“They’re voting on a zoning, not a building,” he said. “Unfortunately, this happens all the time.”

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June 4th, 2005, 08:50 AM
Inappropriate for DUMBO.

June 5th, 2005, 01:39 PM
Inappropriate for DUMBO.

What is? the proposed Zoning? or the developements?

June 10th, 2005, 02:24 PM
Brooklyn Papers
Excavation for 33-story DUMBO Building Begins
by Linda Colins (), published online 05-26-2005


Previous design:
SHOP Architects


T. Jason Anderson

June 10th, 2005, 07:32 PM
WHAT? Is this 'thing' the building? I thought this was going to be the great J Condo?

June 10th, 2005, 07:57 PM
No, he wrote previous design. I'd rather that than the bland J though.

June 10th, 2005, 09:51 PM
Ah, Good. I like the J Condo.

January 27th, 2006, 11:18 AM

May 17th, 2006, 11:39 AM
This is up to ten floors as of today.

May 23rd, 2006, 12:40 AM
plemeljr's Photostream (http://www.flickr.com/photos/plemeljr/)

July 15th, 2006, 01:29 PM
I took this on July 4th from a rooftop party.

July 16th, 2006, 08:53 AM
I guess with modern soundproofing technology you can put a building right up against transportation like that. Can't say the view's not dynamic.

July 16th, 2006, 09:45 PM
Walking from Manhattan to Brooklyn over the Brooklyn Bridge J-Condoi and Beacon Tower are the first spikes in the skyline north of the Bridge. Now, we'll start seeing the holes in the skyline filledin and Brooklyn's skyline becoming more of a cohesive mass. It should look better than Jersey City, because it does have older towers to balance all the new stuff out. But, Brooklyn still aaits its supertall iconic skyline building. Joe Sitt still all talk and NO action. The guy is a one bag of hot air sitting on prime property all over Brooklyn.

August 8th, 2006, 02:11 AM
I think the perfect place (skyline-wise) for a supertall is that fat, squat, building across from the Marriott, adjacent to Borough Hall.

adlin's photostream
August 4, 2006 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/66576516@N00/)

The color of the brick fits in well.

August 8th, 2006, 05:03 PM
Up close this building looks a little cheap, but from a distance it has a great shape and nice height. It looks better than the Beacon Tower and adds a great element to the skyline.

August 8th, 2006, 05:06 PM
The profile of this one reminds me of a similarly cheesy building in Queens right off the Triborough Bridge. Im sure somebody knows what building I'm talking about.

August 8th, 2006, 05:58 PM
I can't wait for the glass to go up. Hopefully it will look much better.

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December 20th, 2006, 12:26 AM
Ho-hum building but here are some pics I took of it today. (12-19-2006)
Click links for a bigger size.











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December 20th, 2006, 02:04 PM
Awsome shots Derek2k3! You capture the building from every angle. I actually like the building. At first I wasn't sure.

I can't say the same for the Beacon tower though. I don't seem to like it that much.

February 3rd, 2007, 09:07 AM
Has anybody been into the actual building to preview units? We live in Manhattan and we're very interested in this building. Are there any models for preview? I was wondering about the materials they're using and whether they're cheap or not?

Any feedback would be great. We've made an appointment to view actual units in the building but have to wait a few weeks as there is a waiting list for weekend Appointments.

February 3rd, 2007, 09:21 PM
I'd be interested in how loud the trains on the bridge are from the inside. I wouldn't put a cent down until they demonstrated the sound proof claims to you.

September 29th, 2007, 08:49 AM
Yesterday evening...

October 3rd, 2007, 07:46 AM
Wow! That's nice. So, if Dorothy had REALLY gone over the rainbow, and had not just been on some mid-west, acid induced headtrip, she would have landed on East 128th Street.