7. The Tallest Building in Brooklyn Will be Built in Early 2019
Brooklyn’s future is looking up—1,066 feet up, that is. Renderings for a bona fide skyscraper, to be built starting in 2019, have been released. The skyscraper is going to be 73 stories and 1,066 feet tall, making it twice the height of the borough’s current tallest structures. Its developers are JDS Development Group in tandem with Chetrit Development, who are able to build such a tall building because they purchased the neighboring Dime Savings Bank and its 300,000 feet of air rights for $90 million in 2015.
The building’s designers are SHoP Architects, who designed the nearby Barclays Center and several Pacific Park/Atlantic Yards buildings. The new skyscraper, located at 340 Flatbush Avenue, will be built from a combination of white marble, bronzed metal, and blackened stainless steel, and its design is a tribute to the historic Dime Savings Bank, part of which will have to be demolished so the skyscraper can be constructed. It will house 417 rental apartments and its base will be used for retail.
The building has had mixed reviews: some see it as a marker of progress for Brooklyn, and others see it as an ominous sign of “Manhattanization.”