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Renderings and photos of 144 Greenpoint Avenue via PBDW Architects for Landmarks Preservation Commission Renderings and photos of 144 Greenpoint Avenue via PBDW Architects for Landmarks Preservation Commission
Updated with details and results of the Landmarks hearing

From 1961 until it closed in 2013, the building at 144 Greenpoint Avenue served as Polonaise Terrace, a banquet hall that enjoyed popularity as a large-scale wedding venue among Greenpoint’s Polish population. When the Brooklyn Night Bazaar took over the space in 2016, they embraced as much of its kitschy aesthetic as possible amidst a renovation. However, its newest owner has a more subdued plan in mind for the space. As it is located just within the boundaries of the Greenpoint Historic District, the plan cannot go forward without the approval of the Landmarks Preservation Commission (“Landmarks”).
When 144 Greenpoint Avenue was listed for $11.75 million in March 2019, amidst Brooklyn Night Bazaar’s inability to reach a new lease agreement, marketing materials touted its potential as a hotel, retail space, banquet hall, or community facility. An entity dubbed 144 Point Break LLC ultimately bought the building for $6.25 million in July 2021. The Landmarks docket for Tuesday, November 15 says, “Application is to demolish the building and construct a new building,” but a closer look at the plans show a call for a gut renovation, enlargement, and installation of a new facade (h/t Brownstoner). Indeed, the team seeks to keep as much of the existing structure as possible.
144 Greenpoint Avenue Current site conditions
144 Greenpoint Landmarks Facade details
A presentation by PBDW Architects shows renderings of a four-story commercial building with three ground-floor retail spaces and offices with a rooftop terrace. While taller than its nearest neighbors, the new building’s height is nevertheless respectful of its surroundings; additionally, the gray brick is decidedly modern but was specifically chosen to go with the surrounding buildings. The presentation also shows the many ways the 125-year-old building has been modified over the years; because of this, architect Ray Dovell, consulting partner of PBDW Architects, said, “It’s very hard to make sense of it.”
While the Historic Districts Council described Polonaise Hall as "an unofficial landmark in Greenpoint and a visual anchor of the neighborhood," the Victorian Society of New York and many commissioners did not object to the loss of the old building. There were some concerns about the size, height, cornice, and signage of the new one, though, and Landmarks did not sign off on the new building. Chair Sarah Carroll said, "We're almost there" and encouraged the team to return soon.
Commissioner Frederick Bland was of the opinion that the new building was more sophisticated than its surroundings, but pointed out that Greenpoint is changing. Indeed, the hearing fell at a time when many more than five families live in Greenpoint, as compared to the neighborhood’s population around the time of the Revolutionary War. A map in the presentation shows that a number of mixed-use commercial and residential buildings are located in the Greenpoint Historic District alone, and the area’s building boomlet spurred by the Greenpoint Landing mega-development shows no sign of slowing down. We take a look at new buildings currently selling and leasing, as well as future projects reshaping the area.
Greenpoint Historic District Greenpoint Historic District map

Now Selling
68-North-Henry-Street-01 68 North Henry Street (Compass)
Greenpoint condos 68 North Henry Street, #PH (Compass)
Greenpoint views
68 North Henry Street offers a collection of seven two- and three-bedroom units with private terraces down the street from Monsignor McGolrick Park. Residences are reached via private elevator access, and all interiors boast high ceilings, hardwood floors, kitchens with quartz countertops and stainless steel appliances, and in-unit washer/dryers. The building offers private storage space for each residence as well as a rooftop terrace, bike storage, and on-premises parking for purchase.

44-Box-Street-01 44 Box Street (Douglas Elliman)
Greenpoint condos
Brooklyn condos
44 Box Street brings a tasteful residential building to an empty lot in a prime location near Greenpoint institutions like Saint Vitus Bar, Milk and Roses, Le Fanfare, and Glasserie. The 16 apartments comprise 10 one-bedrooms and six two-bedrooms, all of which feature feature open-plan layouts, oversized double-paned windows, wide plank white oak flooring, kitchens with Fisher & Paykel appliances, in-unit washer/dryers, and at least one private balcony.

1080-Lorimer-Street-01 1080 Lorimer Street (MNS)
Greenpoint apartments
Greenpoint condos
As the residential conversion of the office annex of Greenpoint Savings Bank shows, redevelopment of longstanding properties is not uncommon in the Greenpoint Historic District. Landmarks unanimously approved the redesign in May 2016, and sales are underway on the newly created apartments inside. All units feature oversized casement windows, high ceilings, white oak flooring, kitchens with natural stone countertops and Bosch appliances, and built-in USB outlets. A rooftop lounge looks out on views of the bank's fish scale-shingle dome, and additional amenities include video doorman service, a package room, private storage, a bike room, and a fitness center.

120-Java-Street-01 120 Java Street (Nest Seekers International)
Greenpoint condos
Brooklyn condos
Over the past few decades, 120 Java Street has gone from the parish house for the Episcopalian Church of the Ascension to a relief spot during Superstorm Sandy to a newly converted condominium. The design by Rawlings Architects keeps the original brick exterior walls and associated detailing intact, but replaced the interiors with exposed heavy timber construction.. All units feature restored red brick walls, double-paned windows, LED lighting with dimmers, high-end appliances in the kitchen, and pristine baths. Select units have private terraces, and all residents have access to amenities like private storage lockers, a gym, a bike room, a children's playroom, and a common roof deck with grilling stations and views of the Manhattan skyline.

183-McGuinness-Boulevard-01 Parker House (Serhant)
Greenpoint condos
Brooklyn boutique condos
A short distance from local favorites like Peter Pan Donut & Pastry Shop, Oxomoco, and Film Noir Cinema, Parker House brings a tasteful yet relaxed new development to the neighborhood. All feature high ceilings, double-paned floor-to-ceiling windows, open-plan living and dining areas, kitchens with soft-close cabinetry and high-end appliances, well-thought baths, Aiphone intercoms, and washer/dryer hookups. Rooftop cabanas and parking are available for purchase, and additional amenities include a package room, and bike room.

112-India-Street-01 112 India Street (Compass)
Greenpoint condos
Brooklyn boutique condos
Boutique buildings are nothing new for Greenpoint, but 112 India Street takes that to a new level with only three units: a triplex garden unit, a one-bedroom with a private balcony and a private roof terrace, and a triplex penthouse with a private roof deck. All interiors feature oversized windows, wide-plank quarter-sawn oak floors, kitchens with custom European cabinetry and fully integrated Liebherr appliances, and baths with handmade tiles and accent slabs by Porcelanosa of Spain. It is well situated between the shopping and dining of Manhattan Avenue and Franklin Street.

Now Leasing

Eagle + West, 1 Eagle Street

40 stories | 438 units
183 availabilities from $3,220/month
Reduced security deposits and move-in specials

1-Eagle-Street-01 Eagle + West (Brookfield Properties)
Greenpoint rentals
Brooklyn rentals
Along Greenpoint Landing's waterfront esplanade, the two towers that comprise Eagle + West have been described by designer OMA Architects as "a ziggurat and its inverse," and are angled to make the most of natural light and waterfront views. Oversized windows fill every unit with natural light, and interiors boast wide plank white oak floors, decorative open shelving, kitchens with custom cabinetry and stainless steel appliances, baths with floor-to-ceiling tiled walls, and in-unit washer/dryers. An extensive amenity package includes an attended lobby, a state-of-the-art fitness center with skyline views, an indoor lap pool, a coworking center, an indoor/outdoor workshop, a fully equipped game room, a dining room and catering kitchen, a lounge with fireplace and terrace access, a children's playroom with terrace access, and a rooftop terrace with an outdoor pool, a bocce court, BBQ grills, lounge and bar seating, and skyline views.

The Bayard, 150 Bayard Street

6 stories | 46 units
5 availabilities from $4,900/month
Two months free rent on an 18-month lease

150-Bayard-Street-01 The Bayard (Nooklyn)
Greenpoint rentals
Brooklyn rentals
Down the street from McCarren Park, The Bayard brings a collection of new studio through two-bedroom units, several of which feature private outdoor space. All interiors boast oversized windows, high ceilings, hardwood floors, modern kitchens, and central air conditioning. Residential amenities include a gym, coworking space, laundry room, bike room, parking, and roof terrace. An affordable lottery is currently in effect for 14 units, and market-rate leasing is underway.

30-Kent-Street-01 30 Kent Street (The Development Marketing Team)
Greenpoint rentals
Brooklyn apartments
Down the street from Greenpoint Landing, 30 Kent Street offers waterfront views and close proximity to WYNC Transmitter Park. One-bedrooms and larger come with in-unit washer/dryers; select units have private balconies; and all interiors feature floor-to-ceiling windows, wide plank hardwood flooring, kitchens with custom cabinetry and integrated appliances, and baths with Porcelanosa tiles. Amenities include The Loft, a coworking spot with separate work areas and spectacular waterfront views; The Garden, which centers on activity with a gym, outdoor recreation area, and patio; and The Deck, a roof terrace.

Coming Soon
29-Huron-Street-01 Rendering of The Huron (Morris Adjmi Architects)
For this two-towered condo development, the context-sensitive Morris Adjmi Architects drew inspiration from Greenpoint's history for the brick podium and glass and steel towers. However, amenities like a fitness center with locker rooms and saunas, an indoor saltwater pool overlooking the Manhattan skyline, a fully equipped residents' lounge, co-working spaces, a private dining room, a media room, a children’s playroom, an outdoor playground, a music practice room, and a roof terrace with BBQ grills were conceived with today's buyers' needs in mind. Interiors are to feature high ceilings, 7" white oak hardwood floors, kitchens with Italian Dolit honed marble countertops and backsplash, and natural stone primary baths.

65-Private-Drive-01 Rendering of 65 Private Drive (Cooper Robertson)
A four-building complex is set to transform a formerly industrial section of Greenpoint, and 65 Private Drive is one of the taller towers in it (another high-rise will be built in a later phase of construction). Amenities are set to 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. Construction topped out earlier this year.

77-Commercial-Street-01 Rendering of Waterview at Greenpoint (CetraRuddy)
Just northeast of Greenpoint Landing, a three-building complex is taking shape on the former site of a two-story warehouse. Waterview at Greenpoint will comprise a seven-story podium, a 40-story tower, and a 30-story tower. Residential amenities are set to include fitness centers, accessory terraces, a children's playroom, a swimming pool, and a library. Of the 720 rental units planned, 200 will be affordable. In addition to the new housing units, Waterview at Greenpoint will feature a 300-space underground parking garage, approximately 25,000 square feet of retail space, and community outdoor space set to connect to Greenpoint Landing through an esplanade.

16-Dupont-Street-01 Rendering of 16 Dupont Street (Rockefeller Group)
While earlier phases of 16 Dupont Street depicted renderings of a masonry-heavy tower, the newest look shows a multi-story podium with stepped setbacks, a glassy, vertically striped facade, and a shallow setback near the top of the building. As part of the Affordable New York housing program, 114 units will be set aside for low- and middle-income New Yorkers. Work is currently underway on the corner site overlooking the East River and Newtown Barge Park.

40-Quay-Street-01 Rendering of Monitor Point (FXCollaborative)
In October 2021, Gotham Organization announced plans for Monitor Point, a mixed-use waterfront community planned for a NYC Transit Mobile Wash Division site. At the heart of it is a 40-story building overlooking Bushwick Inlet Park. Pending city and community approvals, the community will comprise 900 rental apartments (25 percent of which will be permanently affordable), new retail, new commercial space, a waterfront promenade connecting Williamsburg and Greenpoint, and a permanent home for the Greenpoint Monitor Museum.

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