The first renderings for the mixed-use rental development planned for 525-545 Broadway in Brooklyn’s East Williamsburg neighborhood were released this week, showing a creative reimagining of the 20th century Lincoln Savings Bank. As CityRealty learned, the project’s developers Blesso Properties and Bravo Builders, plan on building a 27-story, 298-foot tall building with offices and retail on the lower floors and 218 rental properties above it. The plan also calls for 37,000 square-feet of landscaped space, a food hall, nightlife venue and a wellness center.
It may not be easy being green but it sure is pretty. The new owner of Matthew Blesso’s famously renovated Noho Penthouse at 684 Broadway would likely agree. Blesso purchased the penthouse apartment back in 2006 from architect Hugh Hardy, then he proceeded to gut renovate the entire thing with the help of Joel Sanders Architect. Ow. Blesso’s vision was to create a pad sustainable enough to draw Thoreau himself to the concrete jungle.
The apartment, listed by the Corcoran Group, is definitely in tune with mother nature with FSC-certified wood throughout, including its hardwood floors. Floor-to-ceiling windows keep it connected to the outside world, and just looking at the place makes you want to do a sun salutation. Well, if tables made from fallen trees and an original mural by artist Doze Green isn’t enough to convince you of the commitment of this apartment to green living, the roof deck definitely will.