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(l-r) Rendering of 65 Private Drive via Cooper Robertson and sister buildings at 37 and 23 West Street by SLCE Architects. (l-r) Rendering of 65 Private Drive via Cooper Robertson and sister buildings at 37 and 23 West Street by SLCE Architects.
Construction has topped out at 40 stories high on 65 Private Drive, the tallest tower in a new master plan transforming a formerly industrial section of the Greenpoint waterfront (not that one, but Greenpoint Landing is less than a mile away). A recent site visit saw the building at its full height and the reflective glass facade by SLCE Architects on the way up. Upon completion, the new tower will offer 500 mixed-income units and amenities that include a basketball court, bowling alley, screening room, music room, fitness center, indoor pool and spa area, children’s playroom, indoor dog run, and outdoor recreation area.
Calyer Place Master Plan Schematic rendering of the Calyer Place Master Plan designed by Cooper Robertson
Greenpoint affordable housing lottery via NYC Housing Connect (
65 Private Drive is part of a four-building complex planned by Cooper Robertson for Brooklyn-based developer Halcyon. Other buildings in the complex include 37 West Street and 23 West Street, where a lottery for 205 affordable units is currently taking place (details and criteria may be found here). The fourth tower, located further inland on West Street, will be built in a later phase of construction. The complex will ultimately include approximately 1,000 new housing units, 10,000 square feet of retail space, over 7,000 square feet of community space, and a new pedestrian network with connections to riverfront open space. In an acknowledgment of the realities of climate change, the master plan also enhances storm resiliency.
65-Private-Drive-02 65 Private Drive circa March 2022 via CityRealty

“The North Brooklyn waterfront has seen a major renaissance over the past 15 years, and the realization of mixed-use projects like this with extensive open space shows the tremendous potential of New York’s waterfront districts” — Donald Clinton, AIA, MRAIC, LEED AP, Partner, Cooper Robertson

Eagle and West Greenpoint Eagle & West in mid March 2022
The complex is taking shape on one of the largest development sites affected by the 2005 rezoning that allows for more residential development in a once-industrial area. This particular development is taking shape on a site that was formerly occupied by Consolidated Freight, a national freight forwarding company that declared bankruptcy in 2002.

indeed, more housing is on the way to the area. The site is just up the street from Eagle & West, whose two-towered design by OMA Architects transforms this part of the Brooklyn skyline. Few details are available about the apartments, but amenities are set to include an attended lobby, coworking center, workshop, game room, children’s playroom, fitness center, indoor lap pool, and rooftop terrace with outdoor pool, bocce court, and BBQ grills. Completion and a leasing launch are expected later this year.
While much of the news coming out of this section of Greenpoint has been related to residential development, the rezoning also calls for 27 acres of public green space. In December 2021, New York City announced a $75 million investment towards the development of Bushwick Inlet Park, which is taking shape on a parcel once occupied by CitiStorage and located just down the street from the new complex. This comes on top of $17 million previously allocated and $1 million in discretionary funding from the City Council; while the deal was announced in the last days of the de Blasio administration, community officials remember current Mayor Eric Adams as an advocate for the park.
As of this writing, 3.5 acres of Bushwick Inlet Park are open to the public, offering a multi-purpose field and a building with a green roof that doubles as a seating area. A pop-up park is currently open at 50 Kent, and completion of this section is estimated for later this spring, bringing new seating areas, gathering area, expansive lawns, an overlook with picturesque views of the City, and water play features. Upon completion, Bushwick Inlet Park will create continuous public green space from the Bushwick Inlet to Marsha P. Johnson State Park in Williamsburg.
The Calyer Place complex is also close to Monitor Point, which developer Gotham Organization describes as an “intergenerational mixed-income residential community.” This project is set to include approximately 900 residential units - which would include senior housing and 25 percent of units set as permanently affordable - retail space, a new facility for the MTA Emergency Recovery Unit, a new site for the NYCT Mobile Wash Unit, a permanent home for the Greenpoint Monitor Museum, and public green space. Renderings of a design by FXCollaborative show a tiered tower with multiple outdoor terraces.
40-Quay-Street-01 Monitor Point rendering via FXCollaborative

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