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Not only has Brooklyn experienced a new appreciation among New Yorkers in recent years, but the borough has captured the world’s attention: In a recent Dezeen poll, design enthusiasts from all over the world named The Brooklyn Tower, the borough’s first supertall, the best skyscraper from the past year. It won by a comfortable margin and was trailed by 11 Hoyt and Eagle + West. It is, perhaps, a sign of the times – Brooklyn had only one building over 500 feet high in the early 2010s, now there are more than 25 finished, underway, and on the drawing board.

Below is a full list of all of Brooklyn's finished and planned skyscrapers. Due to restrictive zoning and height limits, there are very few neighborhoods in Brooklyn where tall towers can be built as-of-right —mostly the area in and around Downtown Brooklyn and the Williamsburg-Greenpoint waterfront. Both areas are belted by vibrant and beloved low-rise communities whose residents are staunchly opposed to the encroachment of very tall buildings. Also, it is interesting to note that the vast majority of Brooklyn's towers are residential, which speaks to the need for new housing all over the city and the growing appeal of Brooklyn.

↓ #25. 100 Flatbush Avenue, Downtown Brooklyn-Boerum Hill
44 stories | 510 feet high | Rental | 440 units
Developed and designed by Alloy Development
Completion estimated for 2024

100-Flatbush-Avenue-01 Rendering via Alloy Development
(Alloy Development)
Well before the New York City Council banned the use of gas in new buildings, 100 Flatbush Avenue had garnered attention for its intention to be the city's first all-electric skyscraper. As the first tower in "Alloy Block," the developer's multi-building plan, the sharp-edged tower will host energy-efficient market-rate and affordable rental apartments on floors 3-41 that are finished with thoughtfully sourced and natural materials. Construction topped out earlier this year.

This first phase will comprise the apartments, two new public schools, and 30,000 square feet of retail space. Residential amenities are to include includes a fitness center, flexible workspace, and a rooftop pool, but conspicuously not parking; Alloy says this is part of an effort to encourage alternative transportation methods.

↓ #24. One Hanson Place, Fort Greene
37 stories | 512 feet high | Condominium | 175 units
Developed by Dermot Company and The Canyon-Johnson Urban Funds. | Design by Halsey, McCormack and Helmer
Finished in 1929/Converted to condos in 2006
3 available listings from $1,075,000

1-Hanson-Place-01 (Loopnet)
One Hanson Skylight The landmarked banking hall is available to rent for events via Skylight
For more than 80 years, the Williamsburg Savings Bank Tower stood as the tallest and only skyscraper in Brooklyn. Opened in 1929, the 512-foot-tower remains the borough’s most recognizable building as it rises alongside the borough's busiest intersection at the junction of four iconic New York City neighborhoods. The building was designated a city landmark in 1977.

In 2006, the office tower once home to many dental clinics was mostly converted into residential condos by The Dermot Company and The Canyon-Johnson Urban Funds. All units feature large windows and premium fixtures, and amenities include a gym, full-time doorman and concierge, a children’s playroom, a business center, bicycle and stroller storage, and a sky lounge and terrace. The building's distinctive clock tower and gilded dome were also beautifully restored and its glorious ground-floor banking hall is used as an event space/marketplace.

↓ #23. Brooklyner, 111 Lawrence Street, Downtown Brooklyn
51 stories | 514 feet high | Rental | 491 units
Developed by The Clarett Group | Design by GKV Architects
Completed in 2010
17 available listings from $3,524/month

The Brooklyner is a homely 514-foot, 51-floor skyscraper adjacent to MetroTech, built by the Clarett Group and designed by GKV Architects. It opened in 2010 and was the first to usurp the Williamsburg Savings Bank Tower, which had been the tallest in Brooklyn since 1929. The slab-shaped tower became notable for its unappealing design which features an array of vomit-patterned panels and untreated concrete walls. Not long after its completion, one blogger claimed the building was "devoid of any positive aesthetic character whatsoever." The tower holds 491 rental units with amenities that include a weight room, yoga room, lounges, and a dog-washing station. Given its prominent location in the Downtown Brooklyn skyline, most apartments have spectacular views.

↓ #22. The Paxton, 540 Fulton Street, Downtown Brooklyn
43 stories | 530 feet high | Rental | 327 units
Developed by Jenel Real Estate | Design by Marvel Architects
Completed in 2021
7 available listings from $3,321/month

540-Fulton-Street-01 The Paxton
Downtown Brooklyn's transformation is well encapsulated at The Paxton, a mixed-use tower that combines office space with 327 rental units on top, the better to make the most of sweeping city views. The offices will enjoy soaring ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows, and communal terraces. The residential units will benefit from panoramic views, a lounge, a business center, package and laundry rooms, parking for 11 bicycles, a ninth-floor gym, and a roof deck. A rent-stabilized lottery took place earlier this year, and market-rate leasing is now underway.

↓ #21. 570 Fulton Street, Downtown Brooklyn
45 stories | 534 feet high | Rental | 139 units
Developed by Yitzchok Katz | Design by Hill West Architects
Completion estimated for 2025

570-Fulton-Street-01 Rendering via Hill West Architects
It's incredibly wise for the city to pack in as much density close to mass transportation as possible, and the site of a forthcoming tower at 570 Fulton Street plans to do as such. An approved 200,000-square-foot, 45-story tower is planned for a small triangular lot a stone's throw from nearly every major subway line in the city. The plan calls for small-scale office space on lower floors, so as to attract local businesses and boutique-sized firms, and 25 residential units on top according to the latest permits. Thirty percent of units will be affordable. Demolition permits were filed for the three-story building currently on-site in July 2021 and construction permits a short time later. Demolition was complete in time to quality for the 421a tax abatement; however, after changing hands for the second time in February 2023, it's unclear how this will affect the construction timeline.

↓ #20. 360 Fulton Street, Downtown Brooklyn
45 stories | 538 feet high | Residential | 421 units
Developed by Extell Development | Design by SLCE Architects
Completion TBD

360-Fulton-Street-01 Early rendering of 360 Fulton Street (SLCE Architects)
Next to Gage & Tollner, one of Brooklyn’s oldest restaurants and New York’s third-ever space to be designated an interior landmark, plans are afoot for a new development to rise on a four-parcel portfolio. Developer Feil Organization bought the portfolio of low-rise buildings for $32.5 million in April 2021, and demolition permits were filed six months later.

According to Brownstoner, filings proposed a development with 421 residential units, lower-level parking, and street-level retail. However, Extell Development bought the site for $85.9 million in June 2022, and there have been no further details since then. Moreover, the original developer had hoped to make the most of 421a and provide affordable housing, but the tax break expired shortly after the sale.

↓ #19. One Domino Square, 346 Kent Avenue, Williamsburg
550 feet high | Residential
Developed by Two Trees | Design by Selldorf Architects
Completion estimated for spring 2024

346-Kent-Avenue-01 Rendering of One Domino Square (Selldorf Architects)
One Domino Park is rising from 'Site D,' the parcel in the Domino Sugar Factory redevelopment closest to the Williamsburg Bridge, overlooking the new but already beloved Domino Park and the forthcoming Domino Square, a one-acre extension that will be used as event space. The two towers – one measuring 550 feet high, the shorter measuring 450 feet high – will rest on a seven-story podium, and amenities on the fourth through sixth floors are set to include a fitness center, aquatic suite, outdoor loggia, sports simulators, children’s playroom, and outdoor terrace with grills and outdoor pool. The Architect's Newspaper reported that construction of both towers is at full height, and an iridescent, porcelain-like facade is on the way up.
346-Kent-Avenue-02 One Domino Square, September 2023 (Nicholas Venezia/Courtesy Selldorf Architects)

↓ #18. Brooklyn Crossing, 18 Sixth Avenue, Prospect Heights
51 stories | 551 feet high | Rental | 858 units
Developed by The Brodsky Organization | Design by Perkins Eastman
Completed in 2022
3 available listings from $3,392/month

18-Sixth-Avenue-01 Rendering of Brooklyn Crossing via Perkins Eastman/Brodsky Organization
Green, chunky, and 551 feet high, Brooklyn Crossing is the tallest tower in the Pacific Park master plan. It will bring a whopping 858 rental units online. Twenty percent, or approximately 280 units, were designated affordable, and all residents have access to amenities that include a fitness center, screening room, and rooftop terrace with an outdoor swimming pool and 360-degree views from the Manhattan skyline to Rockaway Beach. The bloated tower stands directly behind the Barclays Center, giving its occupants unparalleled proximity to concerts and Brooklyn Nets games. All in all, it has proven popular: Only a small handful of availabilities are currently on the market.

↓ #17. 1 Willoughby Square, Downtown Brooklyn
34 stories | 552 feet high | Commercial
Developed by JEMB Realty | Design by FXCollaborative
Completed in 2021

1-Willoughby-Square-01 Image via FXCollaborative
Finished in 2021, 1 Willoughby Square is Downtown Brooklyn's tallest commercial building and the first ground-up office development in decades. FXCollaborative designed the project and was so invested in the project that it decided to move its headquarters from Manhattan into the new building. The office space starts at the podium setback, above a new, 300-seat school occupying floors 2-6. Amenities include outdoor terrace space and an underground parking facility. The City Point shopping center and the long-planned Willoughby Square Park are adjacent to the site.

↓ #16-15. Domino Sugar Factory Redevelopment Site B, Towers I and II, 2 Grand Street, Williamsburg
50 stories | 560 feet high | Rental | 680 units
Developed by Two Trees | Design by SHoP Architects
Completion TBD

Domino-Sugar-Factory-01 Rendering via Two Trees
It's donut-shaped from above too!
To provide much more public open space, the Domino Sugar Factory buildings are to rise much higher than pre-existing zoning allowed.
Back in 2013, a shorter more crowded vision for the Domino Sugar Factory redevelopment was tossed out for a more cutting-edge master plan that traded in taller towers for more open space. Since then, two buildings in the plan have opened (1N4th and 325 Kent) and the waterfront Domino Park has been universally deemed as a paradigm of park design.

The plan's development sites are stepped back from the waterfront and the scheme's architects, SHoP, called for slender, porous buildings that leave some waterfront views intact for the low-scale South Williamsburg neighborhood behind. The tower massings, which conceptual renderings depict as a pow wow of Tetris pieces, are to be designed by differing architects. The donut-shaped tower to rise from 'Site B' will most likely be the most iconic of the bunch (aside from the refinery building of course) and is drawn up to stand 560-feet high with two 55-foot wide legs set 120-feet apart and joined at the top. Preliminary permits have been filed but Two Trees has not announced a date when they will begin construction.

↓ #14. The Ashland, 250 Ashland Place, Downtown Brooklyn
52 stories | 568 feet high | Rental | 586 units
Developed by Gotham Organization | Design by FXCollaborative
Completed in 2016
2 available listings from $2,929/month

250-Ashland-Place-01 The Ashland via Gotham Organization
The Ashland One of several common terrace areas at The Ashland
When it was completed in 2016, The Ashland set new standards for height and luxury among Downtown Brooklyn rentals. Developed by the veteran firm Gotham Organization, all units feature panoramic views from floor-to-ceiling windows, Black Absolute granite counters in kitchens, wide-plank oak floors, and in-unit Bosch washers/dryers. Amenities feature several indoor and outdoor common areas (including a lounge and deck at the top of the building), a fitness center, a billiard room, a children’s playroom, screening areas, and bike storage. Residents also receive special access and discounts at the Gotham Market at The Ashland, located on the ground floor. The building is close proximity to BAM venues, basically every subway line, LIRR, an Apple Store, Whole Foods, and the Barclays Center.

↓ #13. The Brook, 585 Fulton Street, Downtown Brooklyn
52 stories | 575 feet high | Rental | 591 units
Developed by Witkoff, and Apollo | Design by Beyer Blinder Belle
Completion estimated for late 2024

585-Fulton-Street-01 The Brook (Witkoff Group)
Plans for The Brook date back to 2012, when Brooklyn developers RedSky Capital and JZ Capital began building a massive assemblage at the cross-section of Fulton Street, DeKalb Avenue, Bond Street, and Flatbush Avenue Extension. However, the project’s loan went into default in March 2020, and Witkoff joined the project in early 2021 (h/t The Real Deal). The New York Post notes that as the groundbreaking took place right before 421a expired, the project still qualifies for a 35-year tax break in exchange for making 30 percent of the 591 units affordable. It will also feature 42,000 square feet of retail space.

Most recently, a teaser site for the building has gone up. All studio through two-bedroom apartments will have interiors by Bonetti Kozerski, and 30,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor amenities will include an outdoor pool, cabanas, basketball court, gym, library, club room, lounges, outdoor terraces, BBQ grills, children’s playroom, pet spa, and dog run.

↓ #12. 388 Bridge Street, Downtown Brooklyn
51 stories | 590 feet high| Condominium | 378 units
Developed by The Stahl Organization | Design by SLCE Architects
Completed in 2014
3 available listings from $725,000

388-Bridge-Street-01 388 Bridge Street via SLCE Architects
388 Bridge Street is a sleek tower comprising a mix of condos and rental units. Residents of both components enjoy panoramic views of major New York City landmarks, and amenities include a fully attended lobby, lounge/party room, fitness center, children's playroom, outdoor terrace with grilling deck and separate children's playground, and rooftop viewing terrace. While the tower's metal and glass facade is no longer novel, its roof features a vertical turbine and is one of the most notable illuminated crowns on the Brooklyn skyline.

↓ #11. River Ring A, 218 River Street, Williamsburg
600 feet high | Rental
Developed by Two Trees | Design by Bjarke Ingels Group
Completion estimated for 2027

River-Ring-01 River Ring via Two Trees
In December 2021, the New York City Council unanimously approved the proposal for River Ring, which will transform the Williamsburg waterfront with a pair of striking mixed-use residential buildings, a public park with a circular esplanade, and a YMCA facility with a full-service community swim program. The sheer height of the new buildings will allow for spectacular neighborhood and river views, and the slope will make the most of them. 263 of the 1,050 new units will be permanently affordable at an average of 60% area median income. Not only will they take shape with resilient design features, but the center of this master plan is a resilient waterfront park with a new tidal basin, an expanded shoreline, berms, breakwaters, marshes, and wetlands.

↓ #10. Hub, 333 Schermerhorn Street, Downtown Brooklyn
55 stories | 610 feet high | Rental | 750 units
Developed by Steiner NYC LLC | Design by Dattner Architects
Completed in 2017
4 available listings from $3,885/month

333-Schermerhorn-Street-01 Hub via Dattner Architects
Being the tallest of anything is among the most ephemeral of titles and few buildings know that better than HUB. Similar to how the world's tallest Chrysler Building was surpassed by the Empire State Building in a matter of months after finishing, HUB was surpassed by Avalon Willoughby Square (see below) in the same year it opened. Nevertheless, the massive 750-unit venture holds a prominent place in the Downtown Brooklyn skyline, granting the majority of its rental residences gorgeous views of the cityscape. According to its designer, Dattner Architects, 75% of its apartments boast corner windows.

The building's slab shape and cascading massing are not unlike the great 30 Rockefeller Plaza and its sizeable podium allows HUB to house one of the most comprehensive amenity packages in Brooklyn. The 40,000-square-foot amenity suite includes a sunlit, 75-foot-long pool that looks out onto a spacious, planted roof deck. several lounges, party rooms, screening areas, and grilling cabanas.

↓ #9. 98 Dekalb Avenue, Fort Greene
49 stories | 612 feet high | Rental | 569 units
Developed by Rockrose | Design by SLCE Architects
Completion estimated for 2025

98-Dekalb-Avenue-01 Image via NYC Department of Buildings
In spring 2020, permits were filed for a mammoth new tower with grade-level retail space and 569 apartments from the second floor up. Over a year later, demolition permits were filed for the buildings on-site. SLCE Architects is listed as the architect of record and a published zoning diagram shows a wide slab-like design with little formal articulation. We hope the façade will be nothing short of stunning.
The low-rises in the foreground are being demolished for Rockrose's new tower

↓ #8. 11 Hoyt, 11 Hoyt Street, Downtown Brooklyn
51 stories | 626 feet high| Condominium | 481 units
Developed by Tishman Speyer Properties | Design by Studio Gang
Completed in 2021
21 available listings from $1,295,000

11-Hoyt-Street-01 11 Hoyt via Studio Gang (Photo credit: Tom Harris)
11 Hoyt Street completion Photo credit l to r: Tom Harris and Bilyana Dimitrova
The second-most popular Brooklyn building in the Dezeen poll, Studio Gang's first New York residential building is distinguished by its gleaming scalloped facade. On the outside, it forms an organized rippling pattern that animates the building as light hits it at all hours of the day. On the inside, it enhances the views for its nearly 500 condo residences and provides built-in window seats to enjoy them.

Amenities include a double-height lobby, a tree-lined porte-cochere, a private park, driveway, dog run, and outdoor hot tubs. Other perks include a state-of-the-art fitness center, sports courts, pool, sauna and steam room, co-working lounge, children's playroom, game room, and screening room.

214-Duffield-Street-01 Avalon Willoughby Square via
At Avalon Willoughby Square, a blue and turquoise glass facade adds character to the imposing tower, which has achieved LEED Silver certification. All units feature floor-to-ceiling windows, modern kitchens with stainless steel appliances, and in-unit washer/dryers; select apartments have private outdoor space. The building is well situated near popular Downtown Brooklyn cafes and nightlife but is home to an AVA Brew coffee shop with coffee, tea, craft beers, and wines. Additional amenities include a fitness center with a movement studio, a private dining room with a demonstration kitchen, a forest-themed children’s playroom, a WAG pet spa and outdoor dog run with big and small dog play areas, and a 58th-floor rooftop with indoor and outdoor lounge areas.

↓ #6. 205 Montague Street, Brooklyn Heights
700+ feet high | Residential
Developed by Midtown Equities
Completion TBD

205-Montague-Street-01 Rendering via Cushman & Wakefield
In 2015, Crain's reported that major developer Midtown Equities wanted to sell its prime Brooklyn Heights development site at 205 Montague Street, which comes with 300,000 square feet of development rights. To help market the site, the developer and the commercial brokerage Cushman & Wakefield developed conceptual plans envisioning a 44-story and a 62-story tower with a portion of the existing commercial building at the site intact.

Midtown Equities originally sought more than $200 million for the site, but Acris indicates that it sold for $45 million in August 2022. The buyer conducted the transaction through an LLC and plans have not been announced. However, with much of Brooklyn Heights in a historic district and readily-available development sites hard to come by, it would not surprise us to hear new plans for this site in the coming years.

↓ #5. Brooklyn Point, 138 Willoughby Street, Downtown Brooklyn
57 stories | 720 feet high| Condominium | 458 units
Developed by Extell | Design by Kohn Pedersen Fox
Completed in 2021
13 available listings from $1,215,000

138-Willoughby-Street-01 Brooklyn Point via Extell
Credit: Cody Boone
Brooklyn Point Evan Joseph Credit: Evan Joseph
While The Brooklyn Tower outstripped it as the borough's tallest building, Brooklyn Point retains its status as having the highest rooftop infinity pool in the Western Hemisphere. The tower rests above the City Point shopping center and Dekalb Market Hall, which curates residents-only culinary experiences. The Extell-developed building also offers a state-of-the-art fitness center, indoor pool, spa and sauna area, rock-climbing wall, indoor basketball court, game lounge, pet spa, and private dining room with a demo kitchen.

All apartments feature contemporary interiors by Katherine Newman and most mid- and high-floor homes feature sweeping views of the city and waterways. The renowned high-rise designers of KPF designed the building which features a checkered facade and an angled roofline.

↓ #4. River Ring B, 218 River Street, Williamsburg
750 feet high | Rental
Developed by Two Trees | Design by Bjarke Ingels Group
Completion estimated for 2027

River-Ring-02
When River Ring is complete, it will bring 1,050 new housing units, a state-of-the-art YMCA facility, a three-acre public park with in-water recreational activities, and a $100 million investment in resiliency infrastructure to the former site of a Con Edison fuel storage complex on the Williamsburg waterfront. Two Trees bought the site for $150 million in an auction in late 2019, and construction is expected to commence in 2024.

↓ #3. Pacific Park Site 5, 590 Atlantic Avenue, Park Slope
Up to 785 feet high | Mixed-Use
Developed by Greenland Forest City
Completion TBD

Concept design for towers to rise from Site 5 towards the far left.
Across from the Barclays Center on the west side of Flatbush Avenue, developer Greenland Forest City has floated plans to build the largest office building in Brooklyn. From a large irregularly-shaped site home to an underbuilt P.C. Richard & Son store and a shuttered Modell’s Sporting Goods store, the developer plans to erect a two-tower complex sharing a retail podium amounting to 1.5 million square feet of space and soaring up to 785 feet high.

In October 2021, PincusCo. reported that after years of litigation, the developer has settled with P.C. Richard & Son, buying the site outright for an undisclosed sum. However, legal woes were not the only challenge with this site; another was presented with the Atlantic Yards train tracks, but in August 2023, The Real Deal announced that the developer reached a deal with the MTA that would allow construction to proceed. Construction is estimated to take 36 to 40 months, but a start date has not yet been announced.

↓ #2. 80 Flatbush Avenue, Downtown Brooklyn
69 stories | 840 feet high | Rental | 900 units
Developed and designed by Alloy Development
Completion estimated for 2025

80-Flatbush-Avenue-01 Rendering via Alloy Development, credit Andrew Nelson
While the approved plans for 80 Flatbush Avenue represent a 146-foot reduction from the originally proposed height, it will nevertheless be the taller of the two towers planned for “Alloy Block” and one of the tallest in the borough. Renderings of the design depict a soaring tower with softly rounded corners and an open-air cylindrical top.

Upon completion, 80 Flatbush Avenue will hold 640 new housing units, 200 of which have been designated affordable at an average of 60 percent of the area median income. It will also house retail space and commercial space. Construction is expected to commence after the first phase is complete (estimated for 2024) and to take three years.

White tt took a few appearances before the New York City Council and some legal wrangling with local activists, but Downtown Brooklyn's future second-tallest building is approved to proceed. The entire project will include office space, retail space, a new elementary school, new high school classrooms, and approximately 900 residential units, 200 of which will be permanently affordable.

↓ #1. The Brooklyn Tower, 9 Dekalb Avenue, Downtown Brooklyn
93 stories | 1,066 feet high | Rental/Condominium | 417 units
Developed by JDS Development | Design by SHoPArchitects
Completed in 2023
10 available listings from $965,000

9 Dekalb Rendering credit Binyan Studios via JDS Development
The Brooklyn Tower is the first supertall skyscraper (300+ meters) outside of Manhattan. To host a mix of condo and rental apartments, the limber tower has become the focal point of the borough's skyline, and its sumptuous cladding of glass and bronze beautifully captures the depth and spirit of its mighty borough. Others are less than impressed, comparing it to a villain's headquarters or the Eye of Sauron.

As part of the scheme, the 115-year-old Brooklyn Dime Savings Bank is undergoing a thorough renovation and restoration that received the Landmarks Preservation Commission's blessing. The adaptively-reused space will be used as retail/event space, and the bank's Gustavino-tiled dome will be sided by a landscaped outdoor deck with a pool, hot tub, lounge areas, and BBQ grills. Additional amenities will include state-of-the-art health and fitness spaces as well as outdoor loggias.

The condo units start 500 feet up, and floor-to-ceiling windows present buyers spectacular views of the Manhattan skyline, the East River bridges, the Statue of Liberty, and even the Atlantic Ocean. Interiors by Gachot Studios feature soaring ceilings and richly layered materials and finishes. The first move-ins are expected to take place this fall.
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