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    The Livingston Street building, which is to grow four glass-and-steel floors taller, will house 300 condominiums.
    Hope they size the structure for at least ten additional floors they can add later; fourteen is better than four.

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    A rendering of 110 Livingston Street in downtown Brooklyn.

    This looks like a rooftop addition done right! From the renderings it almost seems as if the glass and steel was apart of the original design. Let's just hope it turns out this great when complete

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    Quote Originally Posted by ablarc
    Hope they size the structure for at least ten additional floors they can add later; fourteen is better than four.
    Perhaps they maxed out their FAR's already?

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    Quote Originally Posted by antinimby
    Perhaps they maxed out their FAR's already?
    If so, it demonstrates FAR's questionable value.

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    Yup. There are definitely flaws in the FAR system. Just look at the new 808 Columbus Ave. on the UWS with the block-long one-story base.

    That's also a result of FAR's and the developer's natural tendency to try to concentrate much of it in one tower and so the rest of the plot is a dumb base that may not fit in with the neighborhood.

    ablarc, we've had this discussion so many times before, so this is just another example of how we are correct.

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    New Super-Group Plans a World-Class Downtown
    DUMBO ORGANIZATION ALSO MAKES ITS DEBUT


    by Dennis Holt
    06-23-2006

    DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN — It is called the New Partnership for Downtown Brooklyn, a culmination of sorts of the ongoing effort to build a new Downtown.

    Beginning as soon as various legal matters are completed, the partnership will be responsible for coordinating, leading, and planning all relative efforts for the continued evolving of creating a world-class Downtown.

    Rumored for weeks, the establishment of this unit, which will report directly to the Deputy Mayor for Economic Development in the Mayor’s Office, was announced at the combined annual meetings of the Downtown Brooklyn Council, the Fulton Mall Improvement Association and the MetroTech Business Improvement District, held yesterday morning.

    It was also announced the night before at the first meeting of the DUMBO Improvement District, a new BID without the word “business” in its title.

    At both meetings, Josh Sirefman, the new president of the city Economic Development Corporation, made the announcement. Sirefman became known in Brooklyn for being on the planning team to create Brooklyn Bridge Park.

    The executive director of the partnership will be Joe Chan, who lives in the Sweeney Building in DUMBO and formerly worked for the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce. Lately he has been the senior policy advisor in the Deputy Mayor’s Office.

    In explaining why the new organization was created, Sirefman noted all the development going on in Downtown Brooklyn, and said that “it is time that these various efforts, and those yet to come, have one place and one person to oversee all activities.” (Also, to have this function reporting directly to the mayor is not to be overlooked.)

    Technically, the new entity will be a Local Development Corporation/ Business Improvement District. It will have an initial $2 million operating budget. It will be responsible for for coordinating matters with the BIDS for general planning, for marketing Downtown Brooklyn, for design and construction, and for efforts involving the BAM cultural district.

    At the meeting that drew a sizeable number of Brooklyn’s leaders — in part because of the anticipation of announcement of the Partnership, and partly because the guest speaker was City Council Speaker Christine Quinn — it was also announced that the Fulton Mall Improvement Association, the city’s first BID, is 30 years old.


    DUMBO Meeting


    The previous DUMBO meeting on Wednesday night, at the St. Ann’s warehouse on Water Street, was the first meeting of this new organization. It was presided over by Tucker Reed, the organization’s new executive director.

    He pointed out that most BIDs stress the business element — making it more appealing to shop within their areas — over others. In DUMBO, however, everybody is in the same boat, businesses, residents and visitors.

    He highlighted some of the area’s needs — the buildings are old, and the infrastructure is out of date. Two critical situations that can cause floods have been documented by the Department of Environmental Protection. A study is being completed on public parking needs. While Sanitation pickup is only three days a week, a throwback to the industrial days, it will soon go to six days.

    The MTA admits that the High Street and York Street subway stations need a complete overhaul, but this can’t be undertaken until 2010 at the earliest.

    Beginning this fall, however, Washington Street will be completely overhauled with new sewer lines, new sidewalks, and new Belgian block street paving. Reed said that he hopes this will be “an example of what we can expect for other streets here in the future.”

    The DUMBO organization will come under the new umbrella of the Partnership.

    At the Thursday morning meeting, District Attorney Joe Hynes summed up where things were by saying, “In 1989, the bad old days for Downtown Brooklyn, no one thought we would be talking about such a bright future.”


    © Brooklyn Daily Eagle 2006

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    Check out this new tower by Ismael Leyva architects, right near the new Gold St. towers (Also by Leyva):



    From the website ilarch.com

    85 FLATBUSH AVENUE EXTENSION
    BROOKLYN, NY


    A sharp angled lot at the intersection of Flatbush Avenue Extension, Tillary and Duffield Streets in Brooklyn is offering Ismael Leyva Architects an opportunity to exercise pure architectural geometry. An echo of the proximity to the landing of the three bridges connecting Brooklyn to Manhattan, which are not paying much respect to the pre-established regular street grid, this sharp angle reminds the amazing street configuration which generated one of the wonders of the Manhattan architecture, the “Flatiron” building.

    Ismael Leyva’s approach to this challenging situation is based on a direct response to the urban reality. Without being intimidated by the aforementioned historical example, the architect is creating a design in which the transparency of the glass is dematerializing the street walls. The fragile volume is emphasized through setbacks and repetitive balconies. The aggressiveness of the sharp intersection is sweetened through a powerful curved shape giving to the building a strong personality.

    The twenty-one story condominium building in which almost every apartment has a balcony takes full advantage of the excellent views of the Manhattan and Brooklyn skylines and of the Bridges. This glass-enclosed building consists of 108 apartments that range from studios to three-bedrooms as well as duplex units that will have fireplaces. On the ground level, there are provisions for retail establishments and community space. The residential amenities include a swimming pool, fitness center and a street-level parking facility.

    The sculptural treatment of the triangular glass tower is complemented by a triangular plaza animated by shallow waterfalls and glass pyramid-skylights above the underground swimming pool. The plaza is surrounded by landscaping well integrated in the space of the three street intersection.


    Building permits are already being worked on, height of 256 feet. Solid stuff for downtown, I really like the look of this one.

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    The design is nice but its very Miami, LA ish...

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    It looks really nice. Yeah too glassy for its surroundings but it will go well with the other new stuff coming along in Downtown Brooklyn.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stern
    The design is nice but its very Miami, LA ish...
    Hey, it's better than another 1 Carnegie Hill.

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    NEW DOWNTOWN B'KLYN 'HEIGHTS'
    FLATBUSH TOWERS




    Developer: Thor Equities
    Location: Albee Square West
    Use: Tentavtive plans for hotel, offices and condos
    Cost: Unknown
    Height: 60 stories



    By PATRICK GALLAHUE
    July 24, 2006

    Just call them the "Lords of Flatbush."

    Developers are lining up to build Downtown Brooklyn's storied main drag into a billion-dollar thoroughfare.

    At least eight new construction projects are in the pipeline for a now-gritty three-block stretch of Flatbush Avenue between Tillary and Willoughby streets, just blocks from Bruce Ratner's $4.2 billion planned complex of residential and commercial towers around the new Nets basketball arena.

    "It'll be a completely new vista of Brooklyn when you come off the [Manhattan] Bridge," said Michael Burke, of the Downtown Brooklyn Council.

    Among the projects being planned is a 60-story, multimillion-dollar hotel, office and condominium tower over a city-owned parking garage at Albee Square West, to be built by Thor Equities.

    Down the block, on Myrtle Avenue, a $450 million pair of buildings - comprising a million square feet of space - are planned, according to John Catsimatidis, who will develop the projects.

    "It's five minutes away from Wall Street and it's one-third the price of Manhattan. Why not?" said Catsimatidis, the Gristedes supermarket magnate. Catsimatidis said his tentative plans are to build just shy of the 400-foot building-height limits, with retail on the first and second floors.

    Just across the street, BFC Development is hoping to break ground later this year on a roughly $200 million, 40-story residential and retail tower, by the architectural firm Skidmore Owings and Merrill, which designed the Freedom Tower.

    "It's going to be in the area of a billion dollars between all [these] projects," said Ron Hershco, who broke ground on his own luxury 35- and 40-story buildings on Gold Street.


    Copyright 2006 NYP Holdings, Inc.

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    It's been how many years since they first announced this? Two? Three? And there's still no sign of any real development.

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    I know is so frustrading. Just like that Harlem Hotel on 125th and park avenue. I was there yesterday and there still nothing. It is used for parking of some sort.

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    The two towers on Gold St are u/c already, as is the other blue one by Leyva I posted.

    Other than that, you're right, it's been slow. However, the vast majority of new construction in the city always takes much longer than anticipated. Go to the first page of the NY Times Tower thread. When it was announced, the estimated completion date was late 2005 or early 2006, 1-1.5 years too early.

    It'll happen, it just takes time in this city.

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