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Buildings in Downtown Brooklyn have long extolled views of the Manhattan skyline, but recent years have seen this neighborhood sprout a new skyline of its own with skyscrapers like The Brooklyn Tower, Brooklyn Point, and 11 Hoyt. The latest entrant, The Brook, is also the tallest currently rising on the Brooklyn skyline. In the coming weeks, it is expected to top out at 52 stories and 601 feet high. As we await this milestone, we check in on the construction of this mixed-use project.

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The Brooklyn Tower, 9 DeKalb Avenue
The Brooklyn Tower, 9 DeKalb Avenue Downtown Brooklyn
The Brooklyn Grove, 10 Nevins Street
The Brooklyn Grove, 10 Nevins Street Downtown Brooklyn

↓ Soaring from a very prominent corner, at the intersection of the Fulton Street Mall and Flatbush Avenue Extension, the 52-story, 601-foot tower rises a block south of troubled Brooklyn Tower and directly north of a bland new rental, The Paxton.

↓ The nearly 600,000-square-foot, mixed-use project is being steered by heavyweight developers Witkoff and Apollo Global Management Inc. who closed on $388.4 million in financing for its construction from Bank of America in mid-2022.

↓ The 575-foot tower will be the sixth-tallest building in Brooklyn upon completion, which is estimated for 2025. It also fills a gap in the skyline between The Brooklyn Tower and 11 Hoyt from certain viewpoints such as from the harbor.

Downtown Brooklyn skyline from New York Harbor in May 2024

↓ The Brook's lower floors will have 41,000 square feet of commercial retail space. There will be amenities and 591 mixed-income apartments above.

↓ Over a dozen lots were assembled to create The Brook's massive two-wing footprint. Several landmark-worthy structures were unfortunately destroyed.

↓ However, most of the assemblage's demolished buildings were tired eyesores. Also, a pre-existing subway entrance had to be reinforced to avoid any impact while laying the foundations.

Demolition proceeding in May 2020

↓ Project architect Beyer Blinder Belle drew design inspiration from proportions and color palettes of historic Brooklyn architecture.

↓ The site's angular shape and its visible location influenced Beyer Blinder Belle to create a building that accentuates the prominent intersection.

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↓ Set back from the sidewalk, the tower sits atop the retail podium, enhancing the visual spaciousness at ground level while providing an amenity terrace above the podium.

↓ The picture-window facade and tower-on-podium massing are meant to better harmonize with the surrounding neighborhood.

↓ The chamfered glass retail area adds a range of accessible public space and provides an attractive base for stepped garden terraces above.

↓ The tower features a curtain wall system that utilizes a blend of champagne- and bronze-colored metal panels. However, the gigantic monotonous facade is not dissimilar to the monoliths on Water Street in the Financial District (Looking at you New York Plaza)

↓ The project broke ground in June 2022, just before the state's old 421-A tax abatement program expired. Approximately 177 of the 591 forthcoming units are designated as affordable housing and those households will benefit from below-market rents.

↓ Complementing the apartments will be 30,000 square feet of resident amenities, that include several lounge and co-working areas, a library, a fitness center, an outdoor swimming pool, a basketball court, and communal landscaped terraces.

↓ Because of a mid-block 'holdout' prevented a full block assemblage, a separate low-rise retail building will rise at the parcel at Dekalb Avenue and Fulton Street containing approximately 14,000 square feet of retail space.

↓ The spectacular Dime Saving Bank and imposing Brooklyn Tower stand across Dekalb Avenue.

↓ The Brook is also taking shape catty-corner to the newly reopened Paramount Theatre. The tower is also close to the new Abolitionist Place, Fort Greene Park, City Point, and numerous subway lines.

Brooklyn Paramount Theatre Brooklyn Paramount
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