NEW YORK (CBSNew York) – What will be the tallest building in Brooklyn is under construction.
When complete, it will be the Borough’s first “super tall” building, meaning it’s taller than the typical skyscraper, CBS2’s Natalie Duddridge reported Thursday.
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Look up – up! The tower at 9 DeKalb Avenue, next to Albee Square, rises to 93 floors. Duddridge took a walk for a behind-the-scenes look.
“He’s about 1,066 feet tall. There will be a series of three pools around the dome of the old bank, ”said Michael Stern, CEO of JDS Development Group.
The historic Dime Savings Bank is being incorporated into the design, bringing together the old and the new.
“Brooklyn’s Dime Savings Bank was the borough’s third largest savings bank and played a very important role in the borough’s growth and development. It was marked in 1994, recognized for its architectural significance and commercial success, ”said architectural historian Dr. Marci Clark.
The Brooklyn Tower will house 550 residences, a combination of condos for sale and rental units, of which 30% will be affordable housing. It is built by JDS Development Group and was designed by SHoP Architects.
“We really thought, like, are we bringing a Manhattan supertall to Brooklyn? And we were like no, Brooklyn is such an amazing, rich and cultural place. He needed his own icon. He needed his own Empire State Building, ”said Gregg Pasquarelli of SHoP Architects.
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Residents of downtown Brooklyn have been asked to sign the final beam that will be installed atop the building.
“I just hope this brings good things to Brooklyn,” one person said.
“I think it’s going to be a new part of the story,” said another.
The tower is the culmination of the evolution of the borough’s skyline.
“You can’t keep New York down. We have built through the depths of the pandemic and now are delivering the building and finishing it right in the middle of this amazing recovery and rebirth, ”Stern said.
The first residents should be able to move in by fall 2022.
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There will also be 100,000 square feet of retail space. Retailers will be announced soon. The first stores will open in about a year.