View Full Version : Brooklyn construction/views 6/03 - usual and more

June 5th, 2003, 06:43 PM
Atlantic Terminal - Some facade is up on the mall part facing Atlantic Center. A crappy shot of it is below. The lower bricks are very nice, while the highest layer is glazed something or other. A small piece of glass is now present from the Flatbush Ave side.


^View of the building with another construction site in foreground (5 story residential).

53 Boerum Place - Not much new. A picture from afar because nothing changed.

NIC - (No Idea Construction) I don't know what these are called. They're in Sunset Park/Ft Greene and I shot this from the car. They're very nice buildings, and they take up almost the whole block.

Gallery at Metrotech Tower - Brooklyn's new tallest.

June 5th, 2003, 08:21 PM
I like that last building. The Atlantic terminal is a cool building.

June 5th, 2003, 09:08 PM
That rendering is looks pretty good, except for that thing jutting out of it on the left above the base. Somebody care to explain what that is?

If they stick to quality surface components, Brooklyn should be proud to have it in its skyline.

It reminds me of a hotel on the beach from GTA: Vice City :)

June 5th, 2003, 09:27 PM
That thing I would guess is the hotel segment. Odd place for it. As the design progresses I hope they change that a bit.

June 5th, 2003, 10:21 PM
A few more.

I think this is low income housing. It's on Atlantic Ave, there was an article about in in the NYT a while ago.


And something I've never noticed before - 'portholes' right beneath the dome of the WSB.


TLOZ Link5
June 6th, 2003, 09:20 PM
I love Big Willie. *I remember that in Anger Management, Adam Sandler's boss had an office which overlooked the skyline of Brooklyn; it was definitely a view that did it justice.

June 6th, 2003, 09:51 PM
The low-income housing beats the upscale one, maybe because the former can afford less subterfuges.

June 7th, 2003, 08:46 AM
Anyone could tell me who is the architect of Metrotech Tower ? That's a good bldg. It reminds me (a little bit of course) the Cesar Pelli's project for the NYTimes competition. The small house with silver balconies is really a great masterpiece. Elengance, proportions, very clear design, details... It seems thought in Aldo Rossi style (the use of bricks and stell). Masterpiece. Anybody know the architect ?

June 7th, 2003, 11:41 AM
The architect of the tower is most probably KPF, although an article said there were three architects competing.

I don't know about the smaller one. It was an article in the NYT a while ago.

June 8th, 2003, 01:09 PM
KPF. Thanks. It's a good bldg. It could be nice and important for Brooklyn...

June 10th, 2003, 09:22 AM
Atlantic Terminal continues to impress me. *Bruce Ratner has done wonders for Brooklyn and he does not seem to be skimping or cutting any corners on this building. *I think he knows that, if Brooklyn is to continue its development surge, a high quality transportation hub is necessary. *With the masonry and now the glass curtain wall going up simultaneously, it is hard to find fault with the design. *Another project that exceeds my expectations.

It still is not clear if a plaza is in the design as the station/mall portion has yet to have all steel in place. *I do hope there is an outdoor component. *Also, I hope there is a pull in for taxi's and cars for drop off pick up as well as BoNY after hour car service. *

June 22nd, 2003, 05:20 PM
I figured it's still June so I'll keep it in this thread.

Pictures from a rainy day.

The tower facade has begun. The mall facade is less than pretty though.

From the Atlantic Center side

Curtainwall is rising on the opposite side.

And this is a picture through a windshield of a new development on 4th Avenue, just to give an example. There are countless other projects being built in the area.

June 22nd, 2003, 06:05 PM
Do you think you could post some pictures or the addresses w/ story count for these smaller developments.
Is the address of that building on 4th Ave 343 Fourth Avenue?

June 22nd, 2003, 06:14 PM
I really don't know. Sorry. I should really take a thorough walk around that area and I probably will within a month. But there are maybe 10 projects I've seen with my own eyes, including multistructural ones including whole blocks of new rowhouses.

June 23rd, 2003, 12:22 AM
3th ave in Park Slope is ready to really boom. Wasn't it just up-zoned for up to 12 stories, while many of the lower-rise midblocks heights were reduced to keep the overall feel of the area? *I like it, a lot. *The sam is being (or will be) done for East Harlem - taller on the ave's and low-rise mid block. *Both areas should boom.

Ernest Burden III
June 23rd, 2003, 01:27 PM
3th ave in Park Slope is ready to really boom

Maybe this is nit-picking, but since when is 3rd Avenue Park Slope?

I lived in Park Slope for 16 years, beginning about 1983 and lived in every apartment in the neighborhood at least once--but the boundry when I moved there was 5th Ave. *Realtors managed to push it to 4th Ave, and I did live on 3rd St. between 4th and 5th for a few years. *But 3rd Avenue? *There is a park and its up a slope (a LONG way up) but it ain't Park Slope.

June 23rd, 2003, 02:11 PM
Sorry, I meant 4th ave. *

Anyway, the BONY building will be great all around, and across the street the building is going to be redone in glass. *Anybody have picks of the rendering?

I wonder if they can platform the portion on Atlantic that has the buses, and make towers and condos. *That would really complete the area.

TLOZ Link5
June 23rd, 2003, 05:29 PM
In the next few years, Brooklyn should be a financial rival to Jersey City--with an equally competetive skyline.

June 23rd, 2003, 06:10 PM
Downtown Brooklyn is amazing. *Jersey City doesn't really compare to the vitality of BK, it seems too fake. *The only districts in the metro area to beat BK are Midtown and Downtown in my opinion. *Anyway, grabbed some shots of the courthouse construction. *I forget which is which so...






June 23rd, 2003, 06:26 PM

The first one is the Federal Court which should have been finished a while ago. The second is 12 Metrotech, which from a distance I've realized looks a bit like a jail. It's nice from the sidewalk though.

Ernest Burden III
June 23rd, 2003, 11:27 PM
The second is 12 Metrotech, which from a distance I've realized looks a bit like a jail. It's nice from the sidewalk though.
It's looked a bunch of different ways in the final design phase--I drew it three or four times in a few months--the deco version was my favorite


Ernest Burden III
June 23rd, 2003, 11:33 PM
Sorry, I meant 4th ave.

I'm sorry to jump on you for a typo, then

4th Avenue in the Park Slope section is just a highway with sidewalks--it could use some developement. *But I hope the walkup buildings on Union Street just west of 4th Ave remain--they are so far out of plumb that its always fun to see them.

June 24th, 2003, 11:02 AM
How so?

Ernest Burden III
June 24th, 2003, 01:08 PM
How so?

Is that 'how so' a response to my post? *If so, a few more words, please.

June 24th, 2003, 02:25 PM

How are "the walkup buildings on Union Street just west of 4th Ave remain--they are so far out of plumb?"

Just curious. *Would like to swing by to check it out.

Ernest Burden III
June 24th, 2003, 04:36 PM
I don't live in Brooklyn anymore so I can't just go snap a photo. *Across 4th Avenue, looking west on Union Street there is a gas station on the NW corner. *Beyond that are a row of 4-5 storey buildings whose back end (the north end) appears to have settled so much the entire building tilts noticeably--as in A LOT.

June 24th, 2003, 05:14 PM
Which would encourage demolition. Oh well.

June 27th, 2003, 11:36 AM
Anyone got any pictures or renderings or Light Bridges? *I heard that construction of the building is currently under way. *

TLOZ Link5
June 27th, 2003, 03:24 PM
Skyscrapers.com has a rendering. *However, I can't connect at all right now for some reason.

June 28th, 2003, 04:41 PM
I'd given up on going to the site since every time I'd gone nothing had been changed. Maybe I should go next time I'm down there.

I had a dream about it though.

June 29th, 2003, 11:43 AM

The architects' site also has a street-level rendering: http://www.shoparc.com

July 1st, 2003, 01:40 PM
Has construction on Light bridges already begun? *That's what one website about brooklyn said. *If so I'd like to see some actual pictures of the site if possible. *By the way, thanks for the renderings and links guys. *

July 1st, 2003, 02:25 PM
Like I said before nobody's quite sure. On my next trip down there which should be within a week or two I'll take pictures.

TLOZ Link5
July 1st, 2003, 10:05 PM
I read on some website a few days ago about a proposal for a light rail system through Downtown, Red Hook and DUMBO. *Some of it might be old news, but here's a link anyway:

Brooklyn Historic Railway Association (http://www.brooklynrail.com/index.html)

July 2nd, 2003, 02:11 PM
Here's hoping. *How great would this be for all of DT BK. *More of this is needed in the city. *This will really grow DUMBO and Red Hook as mouch more of a business and residential desination. *

July 3rd, 2003, 07:42 PM
The light rail project was an attempt to build and operate old Brooklyn Street Cars. *It has languished and in recent months numerous nails in the coffin have been banged at. *Light Bridges has not broken ground and no site work has begun.

July 4th, 2003, 11:01 AM
There is a massive redevelopment plan in southern Downtown Brooklyn. And at all sites not including St. Joseph's and the Downtown Prison, surrounding for blocks of condemnation, demolition, and foundation works underway.

The only thing I could possibly compare it to would be radio-row in lower-manhattan, its really something to be-hold.

July 4th, 2003, 12:54 PM
What exactly are they building in southern downtown brooklyn, Stern? *

July 4th, 2003, 01:06 PM
I have not the slightest. But dont my word for it, its obvious something is happening there, its an overhaul for most of the area, being razed for something...and that's all I know.

July 4th, 2003, 01:32 PM
As far as I know it's all independent. I know what you're talking about, there are a lot of demolitions and constructions over there.

At least two of them on Atlantic Avenue are new 10-12 story residential buildings spurred by the recent rezoning, as well as one on State Street. Also, supposedly the Detention Center is also slated for reconstruction or demolition.

July 11th, 2003, 12:46 PM
The Southern Brooklyn development *of which you speek surrounds me: *there is the 22-story Brooklyn Law School dormitory (market rate apartments) on State Street between Boerum Place and Court Street; the 12-story rental building on Boerum between the jail and Friends Meeting House, Walentus is building a 12-story mixed retail (with YMCA) residential (two towers) on the corner of Atlantic and Court (where the municipal parking gargae is now coming down); there will be a smaller residential building at the corner of Court and State; a three-story Genovese drug store is being reconstructed from existing buildings at the other corner of Atlantic and Court, and a building on Schermerhorn (former church) between Court and Boerum was sold to be a 12-story condo. *Enough?

July 11th, 2003, 01:51 PM
Never. *I can't wait until they redevelop all the gas stations on Atlantic and get the new office and residential highrises built as per the new up zone and overall push to improve the area. *It is something to behold, though. *Let's not forget BB park and DUMBO as well!

July 15th, 2003, 10:27 AM
Two corner buildings were also demolished this past week at NW Corner of Court & State - opening yet another lot for development - diagonally across from B&N & the movie theater.