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Spitzer's Skyscrapers to Dominate Brooklyn Skyline

Posted by Staff Reporter on Apr 27, 2016 09:47 AM EDT
Developer Plans Transformative Waterfront Project In Williamsburg, Brooklyn more big
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 04: New apartment buildings stand along the waterfront in the rapidly developing neighborhood of Williamsburg on April 4, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Two Trees management, which owns the closed Domino Sugar factory, has unveiled new plans for the site that will include more than half a million square feet of office space, 228,000 square feet of open space and 2,284 apartments and retail space. The plan is a continuation of the rapid development of the Williamsburg waterfront which offers Manhattan views and water taxis to other parts of New York City. (Photo : Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Three residential skyscrapers are now under construction at the Williamsburg Waterfront district in Brooklyn. The area, once dotted by factories and industrial buildings, is now being developed by former governor now real estate developer Eliot Spitzer.

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The development, which resembles a stack of uneven boxes according to a report from Forbes, would have studio, one and two bedroom residential units. The total number of residences available for lease would be 857, where one fifth would be allotted as affordable housing units.

The completion date was set for 2018 where 77,000 square feet of outdoor space would be available. The complex would feature two swimming pools as well as a contiguous esplanade by the East River. This continued block would be a riverside park as well as the link between Kent Avenue and the waterfront area.

The designers of the area named 420 Kent is the architectural firm of ODA New York.  In a report from Dezeen.com, the blueprint provides for three sixteen storey apartment towers appearing as irregular stacked boxes. There would be corner unit apartments carved out of the main box with additional protrusions to create more floor space for the unit.

In a statement from the firm, it said, "By using two standard floor plans - mirrors of each other- and flipping them in different directions around the central axis of each tower's mass, the result is three distinct, multi-dimensional facades, each filled with mid-floor 'corner' units."

With the design, there would be sweeping views of the Williamsburg Bridge, the Manhattan skyline and the East River.

ODA founder Eran Chen further added, "The vast majority of towers in NYC are extruded rectangles. As population density in New York increased, our habitats borrowed from the corporate archetypal towers and took on a similar two-dimensional structure. ODA has challenged this hierarchy by designing a tower where (nearly) every dwelling unit is a corner apartment."

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