Construction Update: Greenpoint’s first skyscraper tops off
Rendering: Neoscape; Construction photo: Will Femia
Greenpoint’s new waterfront skyline is quickly taking shape, as CityRealty reports the neighborhood’s first skyscraper has just topped off. The tower, measuring 400 feet, will be Greenpoint’s tallest, stretching 39 stories above the characteristically low-slung neighborhood now dominated by squat residential buildings and warehouses. With a somewhat uninspired name, The Greenpoint (as it will be known) will bring 95 high-end condos and 287 rental apartments to a block-long stretch of the area.
Looking from West and India Street (top); looking down Huron Street (bottom). by CityRealty
The glassy structure replaces an old warehouse building at 21 India Street and is just one of several new glass towers and residential developments coming to the sleepy waterfront. As CityRealty points out, sales launched just last week at 50 Greenpoint Avenue and 170-174 West Street, where two- and three-bedrooms are asking hefty seven-figure sums.
Image: Top of the tower, by Will Femia
Mack Real Estate Group, Palin Enterprises and Urban Development Partners are backing the project with developer favorite Ismael Leyva helming the design of the tower. Leyva’s design is an elegant form that harkens back to the NYC skyscrapers of the 1920s and 30s, with a material palette well suited for the waterfront site. There is also a five-story building being erected in part behind the tower, this “clad in more traditional materials that parallel the neighborhood’s built environment.”
When construction wraps in 2018, the new skyscraper will offer apartments ranging from studios to three-bedrooms, many of which will boast river and city views and their own private outdoor terraces. Building amenities will stretch over 30,000 square feet and include a fitness center, a swimming pool, children’s playroom, a library, business center and 12,00o square feet of shared green space. There will also be on-site parking and a porte-cochère. Commuting residents will also get the perk of living right next to the East River Ferry’s Greenpoint stop and a few long blocks from the G train.
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