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All renderings via Field Operations and Bjarke Ingels Group for Two Trees Management All renderings via Field Operations and Bjarke Ingels Group for Two Trees Management
The Williamsburg waterfront has seen increased activity in recent years and a new master plan tentatively called River Street is set to transform a key section of the neighborhood's shoreline. It was recently announced that Con Edison, represented by JLL Capital Markets, sold a 3.2 acre assemblage at One River Street to Two Trees Management for $150 million. Renderings and details released late 2019 detail an ambitious plan for the site tailored by the designers at Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) and James Corner Field Operations ("Field Operations"). The now mostly-cleared site was previously the home of a fuel storage complex.
The project features two buildings to be designed by BIG which will be centered around six acres of open space designed by Field Operations. A new waterfront park will enhance visitors' connectivity to the waterfront by way of an amphitheater, tidal pools, a salt marsh, a fishing pier, a boating cove, and community kiosks to be used for educational/artistic installations, kayak rentals, and other aquatic activities.
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According to a press release from December 2019, the curving slope of the new residential buildings was to limit view obstructions from the neighborhood and the Metropolitan Avenue view corridor. Of the 1,000 apartments to be built within the two buildings, 250 will be designated affordable. Additionally, the public and community spaces have been tailored through direct community input. There will be 30,000 square feet of retail space, 57,000 square feet of office space, and a 47,000-square-foot YMCA with a waterfront aquatic center that will offer subsidized swimming lessons for youth in need.
The master plan is set in a particularly evolving section of the East River waterfront. The plan is situated a stone’s throw from Williamsburg’s NYC ferry stop at the foot of North 6th Street. Earlier this week, the city reported that ridership is up 32 percent in 2019. The site is just north of Two Trees'-own Domino Sugar Factory site, which already has open a new park and two buildings leasing: 325 Kent Avenue and One South 1st Street. In fact, when combined with Two Trees’ Domino Park, the developer is poised to bring more than eight acres of accessible public space to the East River waterfront.
1-River-Street-7 The River Street site with Austin Nichols House to the left (CityRealty)
Manhattan skyline views View from Williamsburg to Manhattan
River-Street-03 The River Street site
Some question the wisdom of a new waterfront project when the sobering realities and devastating consequences of climate change can no longer be ignored. Climate scientists have predicted a six-foot sea level rise in the next 80 years, which would bring regular flooding and intense storm surges to New York’s shoreline. Given that the world’s leaders have failed to mobilize around climate change as yet and show no signs of changing that, this is no longer a question of if, but when.

“Resilient design needs to become the rule, not the exception for coastal development” - Lisa Switkin, Senior Principal, James Corner Field Operations

One-River-Street-2 Master plan map via Bjarke Ingels Group and Field Operations
However, the project’s developers and designers remember the devastation of Superstorm Sandy and approached this with ideas from models used in the Netherlands, which has come to grips with rising waters. It will not include walls and hard surfaces that appear to block water but ultimately accelerate storm surges. Rather, its berms, breakwaters, marshes, and wetlands are designed to reduce flooding and erosion risk. A new tidal basin is capable of holding four million gallons of water and designed to flood, which will mitigate damage from receding waters. An expanded shoreline with wave breaks will attenuate the impact from severe storms and create calmer waters.
Two Trees principal Jed Walentas acknowledges that the land use review process for this project could take as long as two years, and construction is estimated to take another five years.

As we wait for the latest updates on the new master plan, we take a look at other recent and upcoming buildings on the neighborhoods waterfront. For the handful of residential towers that are finished, some of their apartments will offer front-row seats of the waterfront's revitalization, not to mention spectacular views of the skyline and access to some of the city's most manicured open spaces.
Williamsburg waterfront The NYC Ferry landing with Northside Piers, Level, and The Edge beyond (CityRealty)

34 North 7th Street and 22 North 6th Street
Developed by Douglaston Development | Design by Stephen B. Jacobs Group

30 stories | 565 units | Delivered in 2008

22-North-6th Street-1 All images of The Edge South Tower via Compass
22-North-6th-Street-2 Living room
22-North-6th-Street-3 Dining area and kitchen
22-North-6th-Street-4 Bedroom
The Edge is an amenity-rich waterfront condominium complex with fitness centers, pools, steam rooms and saunas, children's playrooms, screening rooms, and lounges in both towers. But as its LEED Gold certification shows, it is not all style and no substance. This corner condo faces northwest, and a private balcony is the perfect place to enjoy spectacular sunset views. The kitchen is outfitted with quartz countertops, beautiful cabinetry, and high-end appliances. The master suite occupies its own wing for optimal privacy and boasts ample closet space and bath with a walk-in shower and a large tub. See floor plan and full details here.
The Edge North Tower has 2 available listings from $1.3M-$1.9M.

The Edge South Tower has 1 available listing for $1.999M.

184 Kent Avenue
Developed by LIVWRK Holdings, Kushner Companies, and Rockpoint Group | Design by Cass Gilbert and Morris Adjmi Architects

7 stories | 338 units | Delivered in 2017

184-Kent-Avenue-1 All images of Austin Nichols House via Nest Seekers
184-Kent-Avenue-2 Living room
184-Kent-Avenue-3 Kitchen
184-Kent-Avenue-4 Bedroom
Originally built in 1915, Austin Nichols House has a rich history as a grocery warehouse, a bourbon distillery, and now a waterfront condominium. This incredible two-bedroom faces north and boasts soaring beamed ceilings, herringbone oak flooring, and in-unit washer/dryer. The open chef's kitchen comes outfitted with a breakfast bar, white lacquered custom cabinetry, Caesarstone countertops, and state-of-the-art appliances. Over 30,000 square feet of residential amenities include a gym, lounge and catering kitchen, music practice rooms, Zen garden with fire pit, and landscaped courtyard and roof deck. See floor plan and full details here.
Austin Nichols House has 13 available listings from $950K-$2M.

440 and 446 Kent Avenue
Developed by BFC Equity Partners, L&M Equity Participants, and Allstate Realty Associates LLC | Design by Karl Fischer

25 and 15 stories | 210 units | Delivered in 2006

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440-Kent-Avenue-2 Interior images of Schaefer Landing North via Compass
440-Kent-Avenue-3 Kitchen
440-Kent-Avenue-4 Bedroom
Exquisite waterfront development enjoys a location directly adjacent to the East River Ferry and a 421a tax abatement with 13 years remaining. This spacious unit looks out on protected city, river, and bridge views from oversized windows. The chef's kitchen features a walk-around island, a breakfast bar, granite countertops, and stainless steel appliances. The master suite boasts a walk-in closet and marble bath with double vanity and deep soaking tub. Residential amenities include a state-of-the-art fitness center, a lounge, a library and business center, a landscaped roof deck and esplanade, a bike room, and a parking garage with multiple Zipcars. See floor plan and full details here.
Schaefer Landing North has 3 available listings from $1.4M-$2.2M.

1 Northside Piers and 164 Kent Avenue
Developed by Toll Brothers, RD Management, and L&M Development Partners | Design by FXCollaborative

29 and 30 stories | 449 units | Delivered in 2008-2009

1-Northside-Piers-1 One Northside Piers via Douglas Elliman
1-Northside-Piers-2 Interiors via The Corcoran Group
1-Northside-Piers-3 Kitchen
1-Northside-Piers-4 Bedroom
Every apartment in this Williamsburg waterfront condominium complex enjoys spectacular views of the East River and the Manhattan skyline. This unit faces east for incredible natural light and Brooklyn views, and its spacious floor plan holds a walk-in closet and an in-unit washer/dryer. The island kitchen is outfitted with stone countertops and top-of-the-line appliances. The amenity-rich development boasts a waterfront esplanade, concierge service, luxury fitness centers, a heated pool, children's playrooms, and residents' lounges. See floor plan and full details here.
One Northside Piers has 1 available listing for $3,700/month.

Two Northside Piers has 1 available listing for $9,500/month.

1 North 4th Street
Developed by Douglaston Development | Design by FXCollaborative

40 stories | 510 units | Delivered in 2014

1-North-4th-Place-1 1N4th via Clinton Management
1-North-4th-Place-1 Interiors via Citi Habitats
1-North-4th-Place-3 Master bedroom
1-North-4th-Place-4 Bath
This lofty tower was an early rental arrival to the Williamsburg waterfront, but is now surrounded by several new neighborhoods. This luxurious home enjoys postcard-perfect views of the East River and the Williamsburg Bridge through oversized windows. Additional features include grey oak flooring, kitchen with stone countertops and stainless steel appliances, in-unit washer/dryer, and personal safe. Residential amenities include a fourth-floor courtyard, state-of-the-art fitness center, outdoor pool, expansive lounge, and roof deck with outdoor theater. See floor plan and full details here.
1N4th has 1 available listing for $3,800/month.

2 North 6th Place
Developed by Douglaston Development | Design by Stephen B. Jacobs Group

40 stories | 554 units | Delivered in 2017

2-North-6th-Place-1 LEVEL via Clinton Management
2-North-6th-Place-2 Interiors via Douglas Elliman
2-North-6th-Place-3 Kitchen
2-North-6th-Place-4 Bedroom
Residents of LEVEL enjoyed panoramic river views from the get-go, and the recently opened North Williamsburg ferry stop proved an unexpected bounty. This spacious apartment enjoys a high-end kitchen, in-unit washer/dryer, two large bedrooms, and endless closet space. An impressive array of amenities includes an indoor pool with skylight and whirlpool, a state-of-the-art fitness center, a lounge with game tables and catering kitchen, and concierge service. See floor plan and full details here.
LEVEL has 4 available listings from $5,200-$7,500/month.

Developed by Two Trees Management | Design by SHoP Architect
16 stories | 522 units | Delivered in 2018

325-Kent-Avenue-1 325 Kent Avenue circa November 2019 via CityRealty
325-Kent-Avenue-2 Interiors via Citi Habitats
325-Kent-Avenue-3 Kitchen
325-Kent-Avenue-4 Bedroom
This doughnut-shaped rental is in the heart of Two Trees' transformation of the Domino Sugar Refinery site. Inside, apartments boast oversized windows looking out on spectacular city and river views. The kitchens are outfitted with Caesarstone countertops and stainless steel appliances, and an in-unit washer/dryer is especially helpful. Amenity offerings include a fitness center, lounge, fourth-floor courtyard, roof deck with grilling stations, and shuttle service to the subway. See floor plan and full details here.
325 Kent Avenue has 10 available listings from $2,530-$5,000/month.

Developed by 351 Kent Realty LLC | Design by Workshop DA
6 stories | 8 units | Delivered in 2019

349-Kent-Avenue-1 Rendering of 349 Kent Avenue via Workshop DA
349-Kent-Avenue-2 Interiors via Real Street
349-Kent-Avenue-3 Kitchen and dining area
349-Kent-Avenue-4 Bedroom
Just off the Domino Sugar Refinery site, this new rental makes the most of its views with windows in every room and private wraparound terraces encircling every unit. This apartment is reached by private elevator and boasts large soundproof windows, hardwood oak floors, and spacious custom closets throughout. The custom kitchen is outfitted with Caesarstone countertops, custom cabinetry, and stainless steel appliances. It comes with a private storage unit and bike space, and additional amenities include virtual doorman and in-unit washer/dryer. See full details here.
349 Kent Avenue has 1 available listing for $4,370/month.

Developed by Spitzer Enterprises | Design by ODA New York
22 stories | 857 units | Delivered in 2019

420-Kent-Avenue-1 All images of 420 Kent Avenue via Citi Habitats
420-Kent-Avenue-2 Living room
420-Kent-Avenue-3 Kitchen
420-Kent-Avenue-4 Bedroom
420 Kent comprises three multi-dimensional glass towers on the Williamsburg waterfront. All apartments boast enormous windows, incredible natural light, and smoky hardwood floors. The kitchens are outfitted with polished concrete Caesarstone countertops, custom Italian cabinetry, and Bosch appliance suites. Over 100,000 square feet of residential amenities include rooftop pools, spacious fitness centers, outdoor yoga pavilions, co-working lounges, dining rooms and catering kitchens, and a sunken tranquility garden, to name just a few. See floor plan and full details here.
420 Kent Avenue has 17 available listings from $2,599-$5,630/month.

260 Kent Avenue
Developed by Two Trees Management | Design by COOKFOX

42 stories | 330 units | Delivered in 2019

260-Kent-Avenue-1 One South First circa November 2019 via CityRealty
260-Kent-Avenue-2 Interiors via Two Trees
260-Kent-Avenue-3 Kitchen
260-Kent-Avenue-4 Bedroom
Located in the Domino Sugar Refinery site, One South First's design was inspired by sugar crystals and designed with 3D print molds that significantly reduced waste, energy, resources, and construction time. Residents enjoy sweeping river and city views from floor-to-ceiling windows, and interiors boast open kitchens, custom closets, dimmable lighting, and in-unit washer/dryers. Amenities at this doorman building include an outdoor pool with waterfront views, a fitness center, communal work spaces, social lounges, and a roof deck with grilling stations and cabanas. Construction topped out last spring, and move-ins began in the fall.
One South First has 6 available listings from $2,983-$7,329/month.

187 Kent Avenue
Developed by CW Realty Management | Design by Input Creative Group

7 stories | 96 units | Delivered in 2020

187-Kent-Avenue-1 Rendering via Input Creative Studio
The Kent House's brick facade, dramatic arches, and industrial-inspired interiors pays tribute to Williamsburg's history. However, apartments with in-unit washer/dryers, stainless steel appliances in the kitchen, and hardwood floors and abundant natural light throughout are aligned with the needs of today's buyer. Residential amenities include a virtual doorman, fitness center, media room, co-working lounge, game room, and outdoor terrace. Trader Joe's will be the retail tenant in the commercial building across the street.

25 Kent Avenue

Developed by Rubenstein Partners and Heritage Equity Partners | Design by Gensler Architects
8 stories | Delivered in 2019

25-Kent-Avenue-1 25 Kent Avenue via Gensler Architects
With 500,000 square feet of space, 25 Kent Avenue is Williamsburg's largest ground up office development in recent history. The building encompasses an entire city block, and staggered floors create a ziggurat-esque silhouette. All office spaces feature 15' ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows, flexible floor plates, and roof decks and terraces. It has counted 29Rooms and Smorgasburg among its temporary tenants, and streetwear brand KITH has plans to relocate its Noho headquarters into the third floor of the new building.

Domino Sugar Refinery
Domino-Sugar-Refinery-01 Domino Sugar Refinery circa November 2019 via CityRealty
The iconic Domino Sugar Factory has been the cornerstone of this section of the Williamsburg waterfront for over 100 years. While its historic architecture will be carefully restored, the factory interiors are being gutted. Upon completion of the demolition, which is estimated for March 2020, a steel and glass office will go up inside the space. However, its past use is still evident - the smell of molasses is in the air, and Two Trees principal Jed Walentas noted that the walls were weeping molasses.

Bushwick Inlet Park
Bushwick-Inlet-Park-1 Aerial rendering via Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park
On the cusp of Williamsburg and Greenpoint, Bushwick Inlet Park demonstrates that Domino Sugar Refinery isn't the only onetime industrial area that can be transformed into something modern, eco-friendly, and beautiful. The heavily polluted oil tanks are gone, and the site is now home to a multipurpose sports field, a playground, and an environmentally friendly community center with a green roof. Plans are in the works to build a continuous Bushwick Inlet Park, and a pop-up park at 50 Kent Avenue is part of this effort.

Rose Plaza
470-Kent-Avenue-1 Rose Plaza site circa June 2018 via Google Earth
This 2.3-acre development site on the Williamsburg waterfront has seen many possible plans over the past 12 years. The city approved a rezoning in 2010 that would have allowed for a set of five residential towers, but the project hit several snags including, but not limited to, the financial crisis, the property's contamination with pollutants, and the untimely death of one of the developers. However, The Real Deal reported that Naftali Group entered contract to buy the site for a price between $180 and $185 million in February 2019.

500 Kent Avenue
500-Kent-Avenue-1 Rendering of 500 Kent Avenue via MOTIV Studio
To the chagrin of local preservationists, a red brick building dating back to 1905 and used as a power generation system for Con Ed until 1999 was demolished in 2009. Soil remediation work has taken place, but the site has otherwise sat empty as the area around it blossomed. However, The Real Deal announced that Hampshire Properties had acquired the site in March 2019. It spans 2.65 acres and offers 230,000 square feet of buildable square feet - can we expect anything like this possible rendering to rise on it?

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