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Loftology - 285 Driggs Avenue

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This 8-story residential condominium building at 285 Driggs Avenue on the northeastern corner of McCarren Park in the Greenpoint section of Brooklyn is known as Loftology and it is one of the simpler and more attractive designs by Robert M. Scarano Jr., one of the most prolific architects in the city.

It is adjacent to another Scarano project, Manhattan Park, at 297 Driggs Avenue, which is also 8 stories high.

The two towers are separated by a few feet but seen from an angle they are similar in visual effect to the two much taller residential towers at 980 and 985 Fifth Avenue that were developed separately and were designed by different architects but which appear to compliment each other by way of sharply contrasting façades but related masses.

Loftology is a sheer tower but its façade Driggs Avenue is rhythmically modulated by its frontage being divided into two major sections separated by a narrow setback with some balconies. This façade is further punctuated by deeply setback balconies adjacent to narrow juliet balconies accessed by sliding full-height glass doors accenting the vertical subdivision with thin floor plates.

The effect is a "delicate" Brutalism. Brutalism was an important architectural style in the 1960s and 1970s best exemplified by the Whitney Museum of American Art by Marcel Breuer and Chatham Towers by Davis Brody, both in Manhattan. Brutalism is essentially pronounced and bold geometric structural emphasis so "delicate Brutalism" is a bit...

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Features & Amenities

  • Post War
  • Central AC
  • Garden
  • Intercom
  • Roof Deck
  • Video Intercom
  • Washer/Dryer in building
  • Elevator


  • Overlooks McCarren Park
  • Very few apartments
  • Attractive balconies
  • Garden
  • Intercom
  • Central air-condiitioning
  • Roof Deck


  • No fireplaces
  • No fitness center
  • No doorman
  • No concierge

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