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Brooklyn Point with Ryan Serhant atop its infinity pool roof deck. The condo is among numerous new options to purchase in Downtown Brooklyn Brooklyn Point with Ryan Serhant atop its infinity pool roof deck. The condo is among numerous new options to purchase in Downtown Brooklyn
With so much new development news coming out of Downtown Brooklyn, it's little surprise that it has emerged as one of the "it" neighborhoods in recent years. However, careful planning will keep this from being a passing fad. In addition to new residential buildings that have taken all of New York by storm, we look at new dining, schools, and green space that should prove instrumental in keeping the area on buyers' radars for years to come.

138-Willoughby-Street-01 (l-r) Rock-climbing wall via CityRealty; rooftop pool via Williams New York
Between its soaring height and over 40,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor amenities, one could easily reach the conclusion that Brooklyn Point has truly taken luxury to new heights in the borough. Occupancy has begun for the first buyers, who will be able to take advantage of one of the last 421-A tax abatements in New York City.

As Brooklyn Point welcomes its first residents, the building is also putting the finishing touches on its much-touted amenities. The rooftop infinity pool, which is the Western Hemisphere's highest in a residential building, is set to open next summer. Residents will also be able to enjoy a state-of-the-art fitness center, indoor pool and spa area, double-height rock-climbing wall, terrace bar, chef's kitchen, wine library, indoor/outdoor children's playground, and screening name but a few!

11-Hoyt-Street-01 Rendering of 11 Hoyt Street via Binyan Studios
Closings have recently commenced at 11 Hoyt Street, the first residential New York tower designed by Studio Gang. The building is immediately distinguished by its soaring height and scalloped facade, which translates to dramatic bay window with built-in seats in the apartments, the better to enjoy spectacular views of brownstone Brooklyn and the Manhattan skyline.
Interiors also feature high-tech Latch door locks and Ecobee thermostats, high ceilings, open chef’s kitchens with high-end appliances, and abundant closet space throughout. Residents have a choice of two finishes: Classic features pale wood, white, and cream finishes, and Heritage features dark wood, cool grey, and sage green finishes.
Over 55,000 square feet of amenities include a private park, private driveway, private dog run, outdoor hot tubs, state-of-the-art fitness center, squash court, pool, sauna and steam room, co-working lounge, children's playroom, game room, screening room, and Sky Lounge with library, music rehearsal studio, virtual game room, and dining room with catering kitchen.

Moreover, FirstService Residential has been named property manager. The company consulted with developer Tishman Speyer when the building was in pre-development; more recently, it helped the building implement new safety protocols in light of the coronavirus pandemic. These include enforced mask policy in all common areas, mandatory health assessment forms for guests and movers, limits on large congregations within the property, and hand-sanitizing stations placed near high-touch areas including entrances and elevators.

76-Schermerhorn-Street-01 Renderings of The Symon via Volley Studio
Closings are underway at The Symon, a 13-story luxury condo located on the cusp of Brooklyn Heights and Downtown Brooklyn. The building was named in honor of the patriarch of the Schermerhorn family--it is located on their namesake street--and designed inside and out by New York-based design firm Studio DB with the historic neighborhood as an inspiration.
A significant number of listings has entered contract, and a collection of model residences has recently been unveiled. Like all units at The Symon, they feature custom detailing and finishes, gracious entry foyers, crown molding accents, graciously proportioned kitchens and baths, and oversized divided-light windows.
Residential amenities include a children’s playroom, state-of-the-art fitness center, hotel-like private lounge, and landscaped roof terrace with panoramic views of New York Harbor and the Manhattan skyline. Between the building’s on-site automated parking spaces, bike room, and close proximity to seven subway lines, there is no shortage of ways to get around.

10-Nevins-Street-01 All images of The Brooklyn Grove via Halstead
Just as Brooklyn Grove’s stark, imposing facade by ODA Architects makes a statement in the local streetscape, so the recently completed building is making a statement in the local real estate landscape. Closings are coming in at an average price of $1,178 per square foot, and a handful of units is still available for immediate occupancy.
All units feature interiors by ODA, 7.5-inch-wide Ashland Oak plank floors, insulated double-pane windows, kitchens with rift oak cabinetry, Caesarstone countertops, antique brass hardware, and an appliance package by Bosch. Select units have private outdoor terraces.
Residential amenities include an attended, Japanese-inspired lobby, a party room, a pet spa, a children’s playroom, a conference room, and a furnished roof deck with grills and sweeping city views. The building also offers a fitness center with yoga room and skylit indoor pool, but the especially athletic will be happy to live just around the corner from Chelsea Piers’ first Brooklyn outpost.

112-Fleet-Place-01 All images of Alfred on Fleet via Douglas Elliman
Sales have launched at Alfred on Fleet, a ground-up 12-story condominium at 112 Fleet Place with a collection of 23 one- and two-bedroom units. At an average price of $1,253 per square foot, it is above the Downtown Brooklyn average condo price of $1,111 per square foot (figures per CityRealty data). Occupancy is estimated for the first quarter of 2021.
All 23 one- and two-bedroom units feature interiors by Sung Yu Design, floor-to-ceiling windows, white oak flooring, multi-zone split system heat and air conditioning, and in-unit Bosch washer/dryers. The open kitchens are outfitted with abundant custom cabinetry, stone countertops, and Bosch stainless steel appliances. Spa-like baths feature radiant heated flooring, porcelain tiles, soaking tubs, and Duravit and Riobel fixtures.

Apartments from the third floor on up come with private outdoor space, and all residents have access to a landscaped roof deck with outdoor kitchen, lounging and dining areas, and beautiful views. Storage is available for purchase, and the building has two parking spots.

211-Schermerhorn-Street-01 All images of 211 Schermerhorn Street via The Corcoran Group
The Downtown Brooklyn building boom has seen some architecturally adventurous entrants, but the context-sensitive Morris Adjmi Architects was at the helm of 211 Schermerhorn Street. The Danish brick facade, oversized arched casement windows, and narrow cornice present a contemporary take on classic influences.
Many apartments feature private outdoor space, and all units enjoy loft-like interiors, wide oak plank floors, in-unit washer/dryers, and incredible natural light. Minimalist-style kitchens are outfitted with white oak cabinetry, Carrara countertops, and top-of-the-line appliances.

Residential amenities include a fully-equipped fitness center, yoga room, resident’s lounge with pool table, media room, playroom, bike room, and storage. The building is well situated near Boerum Hill, Fort Greene, Brooklyn Heights, and Cobble Hill.

The Whittle School & Studios Brooklyn Campus
181-Livingston-Street-01 The Wheeler circa December 2019 via CityRealty
What's old is new again in Downtown Brooklyn, where two turn-of-the-century buildings have been beautifully restored and combined with a glassy new addition. The resulting office complex known as The Wheeler is fully leased, and Whittle School & Studios is getting ready to open its first-ever Brooklyn campus in the building on September 7, 2021. The school will occupy 10 floors and feature a gym, theater, boarding rooms, and space for advanced sports and robotics.

The Whittle School & Studios is a prestigious option, but it will be far from the only one for Downtown Brooklyn parents and children. 1 Willoughby Square, the neighborhood's first ground-up office building in decades, will house a 300-seat school on floors 2-6. The soaring new tower at 80 Flatbush will include a new elementary school and new high school classrooms. Up the street, 100 Flatbush Avenue will be the future home of a new elementary school and a new Khalil Gibran International Academy High School, both of which will be constructed to Passive House standards.

Willoughby Square Park
Willoughby-Square-Park-01 Rendering via NYC Economic Development Corporation
Prior to Downtown Brooklyn’s rezoning, Fort Greene Park and Cadman Plaza Park were the nearest green space to the nascent neighborhood. However, that’s about to change: Willoughby Square Park, a new 1.15-acre public park designed by Hargreaves Jones, was conceived as part of the Downtown Brooklyn Redevelopment Plan of 2004. A portion opened for public use in 2019 a short walk from Brooklyn Point, and completion is estimated for 2022.

Upon completion, Willoughby Square Park will feature a play area, dog run, a lawn, and several seating areas. It will also feature a permanent artwork commemorating the abolitionist history of Downtown Brooklyn. (Side note: A short walk away, the Landmarks Preservation Commission has calendared 227 Duffield Street, rumored to be a stop on the Underground Railroad, to be considered for landmark designation.)

Dekalb Market Hall
Dekalb-Market-Hall-01 Open air market via Dekalb Market Hall
As convenient as Target and Trader Joe’s outposts are, one of the most exciting parts of the City Point shopping center is Dekalb Market Hall. From morning cappuccinos at Cafe d’Avignon to craft beers at Craft & Carry, from all-American classics at Creamline to iconic New York dishes at A Taste of Katz to Thai-style street food at Thank You Come Again, there is something for everyone at every time.

Just as Dekalb Market Hall’s culinary offerings are designed to keep up with current trends and tastes, its safety protocols evolved in response to the coronavirus pandemic. An open-air market opened on July 7 thanks to the Open Streets Program, and indoor dining is able to take place in accordance with the city’s requirements. Several restaurants offer takeout and the ability to order online, but it’s just an elevator ride away for residents of Brooklyn Point. Indeed, developer Extell partnered with vendors to create exclusive themed food experiences in sunnier times.

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