Second mention I've seen of this development in the month of August, so I feel ok getting excited now. So excellent for Vinegar Hill.
The John Street site should remain public — a great open space to see the Manhattan and Brooklyn bridges together on the waterfront. With the power plant closing this year, we should be looking at this site in its entirety up to the Brooklyn Navy Yard and not be thinking about the immediate real estate greed of the present administration.
For the longest time, the precious waterfront from Jay Street to the Navy Yard has been the site of a large and ugly electric power plant owned by Con Edison. It used to be the major source of steam heat for much of Manhattan. None of the new buildings in Manhattan use steam heat, and the need for this plant has diminished.
Believe it or not, Con Ed is going to tear that old rattletrap down, much to the delight of Vinegar Hill residents.
Park leadership has had some preliminary discussions with Con Ed about the site. No one is saying anything right now. It will take awhile to dismantle the plant; environmental surveys will surely have to be done, and finances will have to be calculated.
So, yeah. I'm happy to see this go. That said, the only thing putting more park here does is prop up the values of DUMBO homes by preventing new construction. The city as a whole would benefit from more housing options here at a lower cost. Put the park around on the water, and give it public access, but this should all be built out along with the rest of DUMBO. This is a neighborhood begging for additional density (there's still too many surface lots). Again, don't let the residents bar the door after they get through.
On a lighter note, I'm planning a walk-around of DUMBO to hit on all the current work going on. TONS of new Belgian block on Washington St as well as massive progress on is it 205 Water? And the Carousel Pavilion too.
Oh, the new belgian block is in on Wash. Holy crap. I can't even begin to imagine how many millions over even plain block it cost. I'll try to grab photos at some point, but it's just gorgeous. Clocktower was heavily featured on the newest Selling NY as well.
I saw that as well, could you believe the brokers acting as if Brooklyn was some foreign land.
I 'like' that: and the apartment is amazing too!
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^^ That carousel permanent or a temporary attraction?
Followup on the Belgian Block. The city just put aside an ADDITIONAL $20m for more of it. I don't know how much of the rest of DUMBO that'll do, but you could probably pave the entire neighborhood with fresh asphalt for less than the additional $20m. I don't mind, but I find it intriguing. Our street just got milled and repaved, and apparently it used to be truly gorgeous belgium block up until the streetcar terminus (also gone). Repaving it was, though. Came out pretty nice all the same.
This is a grand lobby. Looks like a hotel.
Inside one of New York City's best lobbies
DUMBO’s 220 Water St. has a grand entrance and spacious apartments
By Jason Sheftell / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Published: Friday, May 4, 2012, 12:40 PM
Updated: Friday, May 4, 2012, 12:40 PM
Jeff Bachner for New York Daily News
Ceilings as high as 30-feet create a soaring lobby at 220 Water.
It’s rare for a lobby to seal the deal, but the soaring 30-feet ceilings under a glass atrium at DUMBO’s 220 Water St. make this one of New York City’s grandest entrances. At 100 by 40 feet, with gray limestone floors, it echoes.
Developed by GDC Properties and designed by New York-based Perkins Eastman, the conversion of this 135-unit loft rental building on the eastern edge of the neighborhood stretches across two distinct structures separated by an old courtyard. Rather than keep the outdoor space at the 1893 Hanan & Son shoe factory, the architect and developer decided to turn it into a giant amenity.
Jeff Bachner for New York Daily News
Adam Ginsburg of GDC Properties.
The lobby has a coffee bar, wall-mounted water feature, full-service concierge, free WiFi and lounge area. Light gray limestone tiles, original brick and vaulted windows give the feel of being ¬inside an old candy factory. Because of the long hallways and distinct layouts, some with home offices, all with high 12-foot ceilings and industrial windows, there is a sense of adventure when touring the building. If an Oompa Loompa had jumped out, we wouldn’t have been surprised.
“This is actually two structures built at two different times by the same company,” says Adam Ginsburg, co-chairman of GDC Properties, the project’s developer. “As a result, half the building is concrete construction, the other half is wood construction. Both make for great lofts. The original construction is so solid you can’t hear a thing when you’re in these apartments.”
Jeff Bachner for New York Daily News
The loft apartments feature ample kitchen layouts.
Units are spacious. The hallways are double-wide, and with white walls, hardwood floors, beamed ceilings, walk-in closets and concrete columns, all the homes feel like true lofts. DUMBO, though, is not inexpensive. Studios rent for $3,175, one-bedrooms for $3,450 and two-bedrooms for $5,700. Amenities include a gym, child’s room and roof deck with Manhattan views and barbecues with a working fireplace. The harbor views are better than most, especially at this relatively low height.
“We’re design-conscious,” says Ginsburg. “We pay attention to what to put on a roof, where to place an outlet, and walk-in closets. We hold on to our properties. We have to build them right. The ultimate goal is to attract quality residents and make it hard to leave.”
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The lobby also has a water feature.
This part of DUMBO, near Vinegar Hill, has never been a destination location. The luxury developers stayed away. Until now. Toll Brothers’ 205 Water, from its City Living division, has seen fast and steady sales. Kirkman Lofts around the corner attracted buyers with a strong American theme. One-bedrooms there are available for $755,000. There are warehouse buildings ripe for conversion, and a full-block empty lot owned by the Jehovah’s Witnesses church.
Some say it’s far from DUMBO proper or Brooklyn Bridge Park. We like the distance. It feels like Tribeca or the Meatpacking District 15 years ago. Look at those prices now. Go to 220water.com for more.
Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/life-styl...#ixzz1twkM1Oh8
Wanted: developer for historic Dumbo site
After legal battle, the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corp. is finally issuing a request for proposals to develop the long-vacant Empire Stores along the waterfront.
By Amanda Fung
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Developers will finally get a chance to transform Brooklyn Bridge Park's historic Empire Stores, a group of former coffee warehouses along the Dumbo waterfront, into a bustling commercial and retail development.
The Brooklyn Bridge Park Corp., the entity responsible for overseeing the planning, building and maintaining the park, will issue a request for proposals Friday seeking a developer to redevelop the long vacant site comprised of seven contiguous brick and timber buildings on a 72,000-square-foot plot of land. The buildings, which contain roughly 327,000 square feet of space and range from four to five stories high, are bounded by Water, Main and Dock streets and Empire Fulton Ferry Park. Jane's Carousel operates nearby. Submissions are due Dec. 10, and a winner is expected to be selected during the summer of 2013.
"The adaptive reuse of the warehouses is something very important to us," said Regina Myer, president of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corp. "It has been vacant for over 50 years, and that is a shame because it is a historical resource. We want to put in place a long-term plan to preserve the building."
The selected developer will sign a 96-year lease. A developer would be able to add 70,000 square feet to the existing structures and build one-to-two stories up, according to David Lowin, vice president of real estate at Brooklyn Bridge Park Corp., adding that significant interior work would have to be done. That includes installing new floors and bringing the property up to city building codes.
Revenue generated from the redeveloped Empire Stores will go toward the overall maintenance of the entire 85-acre park. Annual upkeep of the park is estimated to cost $16 million once it is complete. "It is one of our goals to ensure we have funds to operate the park," Ms. Myer said.
Development of the Empire Stores and nearby Tobacco Warehouse only became possible earlier this year when the city settled a lawsuit filed by preservationists and community groups over the legality of taking parkland. Under the settlement, new parkland would be created below the Manhattan Bridge and added to Brooklyn Bridge Park allowing for the development of the two sites. A few months after the deal was reached, a state law to remove it as parkland was signed in July, and now the National Park Service is reviewing the development plans for final approval. Ms. Myer expects the green light to come in before a developer is selected; the winning developer won't be able to sign the lease until such approval is granted.
This will be the second time Empire Stores, which was owned by the Arbuckle Brothers who used it for coffee bean storage in the 1920s, will be poised for redevelopment. In the early 2000s, when the site was still owned by a state entity, developer Shaya Boymelgreen, who ran into trouble in the recent real estate collapse, was selected to revive the site, but he decided to focus on projects outside of the city so plans were dropped. The warehouses have been left vacant and in disrepair since the 1950s.
Here are 10 Proposals for Dumbo's Empire Stores Buildings
by Sara Polsky
The Empire Stores coffee warehouse buildings on Dumbo's Water Street are headed for a makeover so that they can contribute to the filling of Brooklyn Bridge Park's coffers. The park issued an RFP in late September for developers interested in leasing, restoring, and running commercial/retail spaces in the seven landmarked buildings, and a winning plan will be chosen this summer. In the meantime, Brownstoner spotted the RFP responses on the Brooklyn Bridge Park website; there are 10 major proposals (with no developer names given, alas).
The warehouses contain about 398,760 square feet of space that can be used once the buildings are redeveloped, and the developer must respect "the architectural and historic significance of the resource." The plans show everything from restaurants and cafes to a gallery to sports, home design, and apparel retail to offices and event spaces. Check out the renderings from each team in the gallery above.
Proposals for Historic Empire Stores Are Online ['Stoner]
Project Approvals and Presentations [Brooklyn Bridge Park]