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41 Blue Slip rendering captured on-site 41 Blue Slip rendering captured on-site
Just as leasing for the first Greenpoint Landing tower gets underway, the plan's second high-rise has erupted out of the ground. Rising directly across a cul-de-sac from its nearly finished sister building, One Blue Slip, Two Blue Slip (aka 41 Blue Slip) will climb 38 floors, 400-feet-tall above the Greenpoint waterfront.
Developed by Brookfield Properties and the Park Tower Group, the market-rate tower will accommodate 421 apartments according to building permits filed in 2015. Handel Architects is responsible for the design and a new drawing posted on-site shows a factory-inspired exterior of gridded windows atop a brick base. The uppermost floors are recessed and will be wrapped in a curving glass facade.
Two-Blue-Slip-03 Two Blue Slip several floors above ground as of late July 2018 (CityRealty)
Like its sister building, nearly all apartments will have water views. Permits note that the building will have ground-floor retail, bike parking, an amenity floor, and a shared outdoor terrace. Also listed is an underground parking garage for 190 cars - a sad necessity for the transit-starved neighborhood. Older renderings of Greenpoint Landing have hinted that ferry service may be coming to the project, but no official announcement has been made. Currently, there is a NYC Ferry slip six blocks south on India Street that provides easy (and cheap) commutes up and down the East River.
41-Blue SLip-30 Earlier depictions of the tower. Axonometric drawing from 2015 ZD-1 diagram (NYC DOB)
Recapturing land formerly used for parking and light-industrial uses, the plan will include a public waterfront park and esplanade designed by Field Operations with sweeping views of the Manhattan skyline. The two Blue Slip buildings rise near the eastern end of the 22-acre master plan. Just inland, there are three completed affordable-housing buildings totaling roughly 300 units. Back in May, the developers announced an additional two towers with 1,240 apartments coming to a cost of $1 billion. Thirty percent of the apartments will be designated affordable and construction is set to begin in 2019.
41-Blue Slip-03 (Handel Architects)
Greenpoint Landing-03 Aerial view of Greenpoint Landing area (Handel Architects)
Greenpoint-Landing-04 Greenpoint Landing site plan with One and Two Blue Slip highlighted (Handel Architects)

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