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Rendering via Woods Bagot; Photo credit Tectonic Rendering via Woods Bagot; Photo credit Tectonic
Brooklyn’s Jay Street Residences at 203 Jay Street (120 Nassau) have steadily risen skyward since breaking ground in early 2015. But the block-sized junction at DUMBO is now giving way to a 33-story, 320,000-square-foot, mixed-use development. Recent shots from photographer Tectonic show that Woods Bagot's first New York high-rise will be more than half-way up, at roughly 22-stories. It will exhibit richly textured facade of glass, stone and metal with a fully enclosed 8-story podium, which Woods Bagot call “an intelligent facade of transforming density [that] responds to privacy and views while changing in-depth to optimize solar shading."
Photo looking north up Jay Street. Courtesy of Tectonic
Revised permits from the Department of Buildings show that the 119-room hotel, initially planned along its Jay Street wing, has been switched out for offices. The developers, AmTrust Realty, may be banking on the area’s hot office market which has attracted lucrative tenants to nearby conversions, like WeWork to Kushner’s nearby DUMBO Heights conversion.
The office podium will be topped by a setback floor of residential amenities and the residential tower rising towards the center of the site will accommodate 270 units in all. The 367-foot tower will be fronted by an open plaza and garden on the south and a porte-cochere to the north. Per Woods Bagot’s webpage, the development aims to reconnect the disparate area between DUMBO and Downtown Brooklyn and the garden will provide “a sense of place, community and identity for the project.”
Lounge within amenity floor; Renderings via Woods Bagot
Lounge areas
The area surrounding the tower has been eyed for both public and private urban renewal upgrades. WXY's Brooklyn Strand Action Plan hopes to remediate the urban realm, bringing in new public spaces and improving transit connections. And across Jay Street, at 90 Sands Street, a 30-story Jehovah Witness dormitory was traded into the hands of Jared Kushner. The New York Post reported last year that Kushner will also be working with Ian Schrager to convert the tower into a new “iconic” Public hotel of up to 600-rooms, observatory-like restaurant at the top, and 60,000 to 100,000 square feet of food-and-beverage services and conference facilities.
Meanwhile, Brooklyn Navy Yard starts construction on a new office building named Dock72 (which will be anchored by WeWork) and the popular supermarket chain Wegman's hopes to open its first NYC location along Brooklyn Navy Yard's Admiral's Row in 2018.

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