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Front & York roof terrace (Williams New York) Front & York roof terrace (Williams New York)
The Manhattan skyline is one of the most iconic in the world, and the best place to see it is from across the river in Brooklyn. The odd Downtown Brooklyn supertall notwithstanding, these neighborhoods aren’t reaching such stratospheric heights that skyline views are getting blocked out. If anything, some neighborhoods’ zoning requirements and/or locations in historic districts dictate what types of buildings can and cannot be built, thus further protecting the views.
While unobstructed skyline views are one reason developers of new Brooklyn buildings have incorporated roof decks into their amenity packages, it is by no means the only one. With the majority of luxury buildings closing their indoor amenities at the height of the pandemic as part of the effort to slow the spread, outdoor amenities experienced a whole new appreciation among residents. As such, developers and designers have made a point of including them in their new buildings.
Lounge, grilling, and dining areas on the roof have become de rigueur, but some buildings are taking it several steps further with outdoor workout areas, children’s playgrounds, cinemas, or especially creative landscaping. We take a look at Brooklyn buildings with the most well-thought amenities and the best city views as backdrops.

229 9th Street
10 stories | 39 units
2 availabilities from $1.999 million

229-9th-Street-01 LUNA (Douglas Elliman)
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The massive arched windows and lush landscaping of LUNA's terraces is evident from the local streetscape. At the top of the building, residents can enjoy breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline and New York Harbor as they dine, work, or relax - the roof terrace is furnished to accommodate all manner of activities.

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From the Listing: The spacious and airy Penthouse is a light-drenched 3-bedroom, 2.5-bath gem with impeccably finished interiors, and three private terraces providing an additional 800+ square feet for lounging and entertaining against a backdrop of breathtaking views. The apartment lives like a work of art with custom-built arched windows accented by hand-crafted wood trim and solid brass hardware, elegant wide-plank white oak flooring, a warm mix of high-end materials, high ceilings, and a rich color palette. Lounge and entertain in the stunning open living-dining room with a massive arched window overlooking cityscapes, with doors opening to the enormous terrace See floor plan and full details here.

288-Water-Street-01 288 Water Street (Serhant)
288-Water-Street
As of this writing, half of the condos at boutique building 288 Water Street have entered contract. Between only two units per floor, larger-than-usual floor plans with minimalist interiors, private outdoor space in every home, and an address in excellent proximity to DUMBO, perhaps it is little wonder. The aesthetics of the roof terrace were inspired by the building's Zen garden, and offerings include a wildgrass border, sustainably designed BBQ grills, and views of the Lower Manhattan skyline.

288 Water Street
From the Listing: Residence 2A at 288 Water Street is a 1,625-square-foot 3-bedroom, 2.5-bath floor through residence with 403 square feet of private outdoor space, Manhattan skyline views to the north and tranquil garden views to the south. Bright sunlight throughout the day illuminates the Great Room, a stunning entertaining space with floor to ceiling windows and a step out balcony. The custom-designed, Italian made kitchen is open to the Great Room and is outfitted with White Oak cabinetry, Calacatta Borghini stone countertops and large format backsplash, a full suite of Gaggenau integrated appliances, wine refrigerator and a stainless-steel sink with custom Watermark faucet. See full details here.

6 stories | 9 units
No current availabilities

550-Metropolitan-Avenue-01 550 Metropolitan Avenue (Serhant)
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550 Metropolitan Avenue brings a sleek new boutique building to the cusp of Williamsburg and Bushwick. The base-level commercial space is home to wine bar Kini, but residents of the condos on top can take a bottle of wine to the roof deck, pair it with a meal to be prepared in the roof deck's summer kitchen, and toast the Manhattan skyline views.

185 18th Street
11 stories | 73 units
No current availabilities

185-18th-Street Arbor Eighteen (Brown Harris Stevens)
185-18th-Street
Arbor Eighteen is situated between Prospect Park and Green-Wood Cemetery, but there is significant greenery to be found at the building itself. Nearly half of the apartments have private outdoor space, and the amenities include a Zen garden and a planted roof deck where groves of trees frame Manhattan skyline views.

12 stories | 163 units
17 availabilities from $525K

111-Montgomery-Street-01 111 Montgomery Street (CityRealty)
111-Montgomery-Street-02 Rooftop terrace (Compass)
Across the street from the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, 111 Montgomery Street brings a new level of luxury to its Crown Heights neighborhood. From the moss wall in the lobby to the treetop views of Prospect Park from the roof terrace, aspects of nature have been infused into the building's amenities.

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From the Listing: This 2-bedroom, 2--bath home is well appointed with an L-shaped kitchen which leaves plenty of space for cooking and entertaining with a beautiful muted gray color palette. Floor-to-ceiling windows in every room of this bright and cheery residence bring the sunlight in. The extra large primary bedroom has an ensuite bathroom and walk-in closets. Sit on your beautiful 195-square-foot patio while overlooking the vast greenery of the park. See floor plan and full details here.

199 Conover Street
3 stories | 22 units
4 availabilities from $925K

199-Conover-Street-01 The Conover (Compass)
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The Conover's height and aesthetic are congruous with its immediate surroundings, and yet the building brings a new level of luxury to its Red Hook neighborhood. The crowning glory is a 5,000-square-foot roof terrace designed by RKLA Studio to make the most of beautiful New York Harbor views. Lush landscaping, BBQ grills, and dining and lounging areas make for appealing options close to home.

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From the Listing: Residence 2C is an open-design two-bedroom, two-bathroom with a winged layout providing privacy and functional living. The kitchen features custom millwork, and Fisher Paykel appliances with matching panels for a seamless look. The large kitchen island has stain and heat-resistant quartz countertops that complete the high-end design. The primary en-suite bathrooms are a resident’s very own spa-like retreat with a ceramic tile feature wall, Caesarstone vanity countertops, and ivory porcelain wall and floor tile. See floor plan and full details here.

575-Fourth-Avenue-01 575 Fourth Avenue (Douglas Elliman)
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Down the street from Prospect Park, 575 Fourth Avenue offers more than 12,000 square feet of residents-only outdoor space. This includes an expansive roof terrace with outdoor showers, grills, multiple seating areas, and Manhattan skyline and New York Harbor views.

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From the Listing: Presenting 10C, a stunning, western facing 1,292-square-foot, three-bedroom, two-full and one-half bathroom home with custom floor-to-ceiling, double-paned, Italian windows, 7" European oak wood flooring, and ample closet space throughout. Just past the jeweled powder room with Waterworks fixtures, a custom oak vanity and Statuary Venatto Classico textured accent wall, the custom kitchen with seated island and adjacent entry-way coat closet generously unfolds to the living and dining room, offering flexibility and grandness of space. See floor plan and full details here.

58 Saint Marks Place
21 stories | 100 units
5 availabilities from $995K

58-Saint-Marks-Place Saint Marks Place (Grain London)
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The amenity spaces at Saint Marks Place, a new development condominium on the cusp of Boerum Hill and Park Slope, are divided into four distinct areas. Among them is The Canopy, a rooftop terrace with outdoor cinema, lounge seating, dining areas, and Lower Manhattan views.

58-Saint-Marks-Place Saint Marks Place, #PH1201 (Caukus Consulting LLC)
From the Listing: Introducing PH1202, a 1,817-square-foot 3-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom home with south and east exposures, 10’ ceilings, and a 931-square-foot terrace with a built-in outdoor kitchen and grill, electric and water outlets. Interiors feature carefully detailed finishes and fixtures. 7" White Oak floors with sound canceling insulation, solid core interior doors, and double glazed windows provide a quiet and serene environment. Thoughtful touches include independent thermostatic controls for each room provided by a split-system HVAC, pre-wired built-in shade pockets and junction boxes in the living, dining, and bedrooms. See floor plan and full details here.

11 stories | 165 units
11 availabilities from $795K

98-Front-Street-01 98 Front Street (Triumph Property Group)
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The ODA-designed 98 Front Street brings an avant garde-style building to its DUMBO block and over 100 unique layouts to the apartments inside. To literally top it all off, the 7,000-square-foot roof terrace offers an outdoor workout facility, screening capabilities, outdoor kitchens, and amazing skyline views.

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From the Listing: The ideal combination of family, work, entertainment and creativity that motivates your life can be accommodated in luxurious surroundings. The great room and kitchen work together for seamless daily living and entertainment, while meticulously curated spaces and multiple closets throughout enhance the efficiency of daily life. Your copious private outdoor space allows residents to stretch out on a different platform and unwind. Natural light pours in from oversized insulated sound-attenuated 8 feet 8 inches windows by ALUMIL, which provide the sanctuary you need from the world outside. The 5’ White Oak floors throughout further illuminate the space. High ceilings are made of polished concrete prepared for easy lighting fixture installation. See floor plan and full details here.

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1-Prospect-Park-West Roof deck (Evan Joseph)
Across the street from Prospect Park, a former Knights of Columbus clubhouse has been transformed into a luxury condominium with interiors that combine prewar elegance with modern appliances. The amenity-rich building's roof terrace is the first landscape-only commission from ODA Architecture and features an apple orchard, tables of all sizes, an outdoor kitchen, and sweeping views of Prospect Park and the Manhattan skyline.

1-Prospect-Park-West One Prospect Park West, #2C (Douglas Elliman)
From the Listing: Introducing Residence 2C, a 1,544-square-foot, two-bedroom, two-bathroom home with southwest and northwest exposures. Featuring ceilings soaring up to 13’ and meticulously preserved original details, this residence captures the spirit of 1920s architecture and pre-war minimalism. Upon entry, you are greeted by a Frank Stella-inspired pattern using the hand-laid reclaimed heart pinewood flooring that is found throughout the home. In the kitchen, honed Estremoz marble countertops and backsplash are surrounded by custom-designed cream lacquer cabinetry by Workstead and a fully integrated appliance package by Wolf and Sub-Zero. See floor plan and full details here.

85 Jay Street
21 stories | 732 units
26 availabilities from $995K

85-Jay-Street-01 Front & York (Williams New York)
85-Jay-Street
In summer 2022, Colombian coffee roaster Devoción opened an outpost in the base of full-block development Front & York. Locals and visitors enjoy the light-filled and lushly landscaped interiors, not to mention the fresh coffee and specialty food items. However, residents of Front & York can get their coffee to go and enjoy it on the roof deck, which features an outdoor pool, cabanas, and views of the DUMBO neighborhood and the Manhattan skyline.

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From the Listing: Residence 10B-YORK is a 1,212-square-foot light-filled two bedroom, two and a half bathroom home offering a generously proportioned layout and immense divided light windows that frame picturesque partial views of the bridge and New York City skyline. Elegant and refined interiors are graced with approximately 10’ ceilings and chevron-patterned white oak flooring. The custom designed chef’s kitchen seamlessly integrates with the living room and is equipped with a large pantry and a full suite of state-of-the-art Gaggenau appliances adding luster to the custom Morris Adjmi designed white oak cabinetry in a tobacco finish and hand-selected Caldia marble counter tops and back splash. Now offering one year of common charges paid by sponsor. See floor plan and full details here.

138 Willoughby Street
57 stories | 458 units
10 availabilities from $935K

138-Willoughby-Street-01 Brooklyn Point (Extell)
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Brooklyn Point may have been dethroned as the tallest building in Brooklyn by The Brooklyn Tower, but the building is still home to the highest infinity pool in a residential building in the Western Hemisphere. The rooftop also offers an outdoor screening area, but it's hard for movies to compete with the views of the Manhattan skyline, the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges, Brooklyn, and even the Atlantic Ocean.

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From the Listing: A pristine residence nestled in the prestigious Brooklyn Point development, this stunning 1-bedroom, 1-bathroom home is a portrait of contemporary Brooklyn living. Features of this 769-square-foot home include beautiful wide plank stained oak floors, floor-to-ceiling windows with southern exposure and panoramic views of Brooklyn, an in-home washer/dryer, and a harmonious light wood color palette with satin copper fixtures and finishes designed to accentuate space and natural light. A welcoming foyer adorned with a walk-in coat closet flows into a spacious open-concept living room, dining room, and kitchen saturated with natural light. See floor plan and full details here.

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