Over-the-Top On the Park: Ikon Party Recap

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The opening party that The Developers Group threw for the Karl Fischer-designed Ikon, one of the new additions to condo row on Bayard Street in Greenpoint, was over the top to say the least, but we guess that was the point. Valet parking, velvet ropes, slinkily clad hostesses, you get the idea. Despite a visit from DOB and some glitches with the elevator, the club music kept pumping and, more importantly to the hosts, wealthy prospective buyers kept shlepping through the model apartment. Whether all the glitz will pay off in the form of sales at the 58-unit development remains to be seen. If it does, it will be due in no small part to the much talked-about views (see below), which are pretty spectacular, especially if you’re a soccer fan. We haven’t seen any prices yet. Anyone heard anything?

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  • Those views won’t be quite the same when the finish building all the 40 block towers along Kent Ave. and the Bushwick inlet.

  • Sounds like another night of clubbin’ at the Gansevoort. How many Hummers were there lined up for the valet?

  • “especially if you’re a soccer fan” — well done mr. brownstoner, well done.

  • I saw an Ikon ad on t.v. last night that showed the same views (think it was on vh1).

  • VH1? So they are selling to the wealthy Flavor Flav fan base. Makes total sense.

  • 9:43, the only people who would buy these units are wealthy people with no taste.

    Precisely the demographic who watches VH1 reality shows.

    I have an investment banker friend who has her bank buddies over on Sundays so they can all watch reruns of “I Love New York”.

  • this is the same garbage that’s trying to invade Hall/Washington. pure crap. keep the garbage out!

  • Yes, let’s keep this modern design crap out of Brooklyn.

  • almost more than that lets keep this type of person out

  • I used to hate the nice stuff too and was a hater. then i made some money, now i like the nice stuff and bought a lux condo. What can i say, i guess i grew up, and was able to invest in something that i knew was going to retain its value, and hopefully increase.

  • Are you calling Ikon “nice” 1:39?

  • i’m an artist that used to have a studio in that building, and I knew I was really big trouble (about four years ago) when i left for the day, got into my car, and in right infront of me, a huge Mercedes SUV pulled up to the building with the license plate “RLSTATE”

  • Why so many haters out there? Did you prefer the creepy rundown New Jack City vibe of the former building? You people are ridiculous. And the person who wrote about the views is totally wrong since Kent Ave hi-rises are going to be too far south of the sightlines from this building, so it actually won’t affect it. You know-it-alls don’t seem to know very much about the area you’re talking about.

  • FYI dumbassess: That’s McCarren park directly north and northwest of this building. Kent ave is not even in the field of view!

  • Bushwick inlet is in the line of sight, as is the area along the waterfront in Greenpoint which has been re-zoned for hi-rise also. You clearly (a) know less than you think or (b) have an interest in not telling the truth

  • logical – why don’t you take a reading class. Kent ave is betwen Ikon and the city – its the city views that will be locked, not the views of the crummy soccer field.

  • Yes but you’ll still be able to see the Greenpoint sewage works

  • Billyburg racists making disparaging comments about Greenpoint. What a surprise!

  • Actually, no. The city views won’t be blocked because the towers you speak of are not starting the far up near the inlet. It’s further down along Kent Ave. And I wouldn’t worry about Greenpointe just yet. No one’s building luxury condos next to Radiac!

  • in the skyline pic, you can see that the view of the current/future skyline is severely interrupted by the ballfield lights, beyond the soccer field. I think this is the unforeseen circumstance that has so far killed sales at the Manhattan / Driggs monstrosity: all of their views are of the glare, not the city. I wonder how the Ikon will fare (I guess they shouldn’t have open houses at night).

  • i actually went to the party last night. i wanted to see what all the hoopla was. the entire thing was more buzz than substance. the materials are not the top of the line and spaces were tiny and poorly laid out–absolutely not worth the $1.5 million price tags that they were going for. i pretty much call bullshit on the event and entire development. including the way-too-shiney brokers and shitty frozen hors d’oeuvres that they were trying to pull-off as gourmet. as to who would buy this shit? doucehbags! and there were plenty of them last night. pretty much dumb people with small penises who drive hummers and would buy anything if you stroked their egos enough–lord knows what they would do if they actually had something else to be stroked.

  • Radiac is in Williamsburg on Kent Ave and Grand Street where the higher cancer rates are. That can be verified at http://www.nyc.gov. Greenpoint has higher property values. That can be verified at the NYC Dept of Finance. Racist Williamsburgers can lie all they want about Greenpoint to try to cover up the fact that they are living in NYC’s dumping ground. Trying to turn crap property into gold isn’t easy. Nice try.

  • As for luxury condos, Magic Johnson’s luxury condos are being built as we speak on Green Street in GREENPOINT. I guess he knows where the real quality is.

  • there were no units for sale last night for over $1 million. period. these units were priced quite well. i heard 20 bayard is going to open soon at rip-off prices!!
    I’ll probably go to the open house on sunday to consider a 1-bed.

  • If you look at a map, the view above is generally over Bushwick Inlet, which is slated to be a park. So roughly from the ESB and left will be clear. To the right of the ESB will be blocked by Greenpoint towers. The Williamsburg towers (really only three blocks worth) would probably be a little off frame left in the above photo. So the ESB view is probably safe, but little else (assuming, as someone noted above, that the Greenpoint towers get built – that’s not a given *today*).

    But does it really matter? That view is not exactly to die for. ESB is almost 3.5 miles away. You can get the same view for free from the Kosciuszko Bridge. If you’re paying for the view, you’re much better off on the Williamsburg waterfront, or Greenpoint when it happens (which actually will have the best skyline views).

    8:01 – you must have a lot invested in Gpt to be so wrong about so much in so few words!

  • Radiac is in Williamsburg on Kent Ave and Grand Street where the higher cancer rates are. That can be verified at http://www.nyc.gov. Greenpoint has higher property values. That can be verified at the NYC Dept of Finance. I stand by my facts. I’m only invested in the truth. Dear wBer, where was I mistaken?

  • Williamsburg isn’t what it’s constantly being packaged as. Stop drinking the kool-aid. Every slumlord neighborhood in New York over the past 15 years gets hyped, hawked and sold to glassy eyed morons consuming every line of crap printed in Time Out or New York Magazine. Those slumlords you are making rich are more than likely related to the editors and authors of those articles. The emperor has no clothes. Open your eyes.

  • 8:01 – Please show me where on nyc.gov they list cancer rates.

    I know a lot more people in Gpt with auto-immune disorders, strange cancer clusters, etc. That’s just anecdotal, but its what I see and hear.

    Greenpoint (& north Williamsburg) historically had a lot more petro industry. Greenpoint has a lot more waste transfer stations, and the sewage plant. Gpt & north Wb had tons more of the “black arts” – glass making, petroleum production, iron smelting, etc. As a rule, the industry in that area was far more toxic than in southside.

    We all have enough enviromental nightmares to go around, but I have never seen anything linking Radiac in particular to a higher cancer rate in that section of Wb. In fact, I’ve never seen any data indicating relative cancer rates by block, census tract, zip code, etc. If you’ve got it, please share.

  • that is some scary shit!

  • 10:40

    wburg and greenpoint actually have lower cancer rates than park slope, brooklyn heights and many other bklyn neighborhoods.

    but overall, greenpoint has some of the lowest cancer rates in all bklyn and even nyc/nys. go figure.

    http://www.nyhealth.gov/statistics/cancer/registry/pdf/volume1nycneighborhoods.pdf

  • There are countless blog, articles, videos all being created in Williamsburg publishing lies about Greenpoint trying to scare people away. Curiously, it started just after Greenpoint fought against the wishes of Community Board 1 and local brooklyn politicians to get its East River waterfront rezoned for residential use.

  • 12:07

    quite the contrary, It’s my impression the greenpointers involved in the exxon-mobil lawsuit are trying to push this misinformation for their own benefit since the facts cannot support their case.

  • 12:25
    I guess you have not visited the blogs lately. Although, you are probably right about the handful of residents looking to make some cash, the blogs and vice magazine are Williamsburg based. Only six residents joined the Riverkeeepers lawsuit. None of them live above the spill. One is a Williamsburg resident. Many of them including Laura Hoffman were against the residential rezoning. Connect the dots. All these lies started after Greenpoint was able to get its East River waterfront rezoned.

  • “the entire thing was more buzz than substance. the materials are not the top of the line and spaces were tiny and poorly laid out–absolutely not worth the $1.5 million price tags that they were going for”

    Umm, were you at the right building?? The Kitchen is outfitted with subzero and Miele appliances. The floors are Brazilian walnut. The bathrooms are lined in limestone and all fixtures are either Hansgrohe or Kohler. Plus the actual structure of the building is much more solid than most new development because it is the conversion of a former factory. Thats all pretty much as good as it gets. And for the record, no I am not a broker. I did, however, purchase a one bedroom after looking in Williamsburg for roughly a year. Oh and lets not forget the touch screen that comes in every apartment with smart home technology. And there wasn’t anything for over a million dollars. Almost everything was less than $750 per sq ft.

  • That is interesting. The same group sold the buidling next door and at the time they were saying that the IKON would much more expensive.

    Are any of the units 2000 sq feet or more?

    Is the parking indoors or outdoors?

  • Yawn boring condos. Potential homebuyers go to Queens already. Stop the madness.

  • the whole yuppie greenpoint vs yuppie williamsburg is very funny, sad, sick. Wake up! Both nabes need to fight for the things they need in common>

  • Greenpointers have been supporting Williamsburg stores and restaurants for years. Greenpointers do not have countless blogs taking cheap shots at Williamsburg. Greenpoint does not have countless not-for-profit’s working to hurt Williamsburg. It’s not Greenpoint vs. Williamsburg in the hearts of Greenpointers. But it seems the Billyburgers suffer from a mean case of low self esteem, considering their inability to spread the love.

  • yeah 6:59 keep spreading the hipster-critcal GP love.

  • “Umm, were you at the right building?? The Kitchen is outfitted with subzero and Miele appliances. The floors are Brazilian walnut. The bathrooms are lined in limestone and all fixtures are either Hansgrohe or Kohler.”

    congratulations! you know how to read a brochure! and you bought into all the buzzwords. first of all, not all brazillian wood is pricey. second, why do you need a subzero fridge, wolfgang puck?! and thirdly, just because something is imported from germany doesn’t mean it’s automatically the best. i guess since you bought the damn thing, you’ll have plenty of time to spot the unflushed molding and bad spackling jobs that you’ve chosen to ignore. and, how is $750/ sq feet “reasonable” for an outter borough apt in a neighborhood that nobody wants you in (btw, thank you condo buyers for beating us in the unwanted-in-the-neighborhood dept). you’re in for another treat once the mccarren pool shows start. enjoy your STEAL of an apt!

  • Thank you 10:40 for posting the nyc.gov list of cancer rates. i too would like to see it broken down further by block, especially since williamsburg/bushwick seems like a pretty wide area for comparison. I’ve only been living in williamsburg for 4 years, but now i have lupus and my husband has multiple myeloma, a rare cancer that is extremely rare for a 31-year old. i’m not saying the neighborhood caused it, i’m just sayin… and obviously this affects both rich and poor, buyers and renters.

  • Reading this blog is like driving past a bad car accident on the road, it’s so terrible that I just can’t help but continue reading. People need to grow up.
    Arguing over views and cancer rates. It’s all Brooklyn…and anyone that lives in the area knows that it would take quite a sky scraper to affect that view from Kent.

    For those people who can’t afford the Ikon, stop hating on it. The materials are top notch and expensive and anyone who has done any sort of rennovating knows that. The build quality may be poor, but regardless of whether you need a sub-zero…it’s still an expensive appliance. Now I wouldn’t waste the money or live on that ghetto park where the local kids come and hang out until all hours like it’s the local 7-Eleven.
    And the summer concerts bringing in all the pseudo-hipsters and other new Yorkers slumming it in Brooklyn for the evening. But to trash the Ikon for the sake of trashing it…you people need to grow up and get with the times. Stop judging human beings on a real estate purchase, it’s ignorant. Do you really care? Does it really matter? Are you that upset that some people with a little more money are moving into Brooklyn to start a new life in a new neighborhood? Are they less entitled because they bought in a luxury condo?

    Ask yourselves…is life that miserable for you all? Or do you just like trash blogging that much?

  • How is being concerned about cancer “trash blogging”? views of manhattan are one thing, cancer is another and i don’t know how one could equate the two in a sentence – trust me, it sucks, and even if you live through cancer, it does make life pretty tough, if not “miserable”. Efforts to get to the bottom of how the environment is affecting people’s health should be supported because it affects everyone equally.

  • wburg and greenpoint have lower cancer rates than park slope, brooklyn heights and many other bklyn neighborhoods.

    but overall, greenpoint has some of the lowest cancer rates in all bklyn and even nyc/nys. go figure.

    http://www.nyhealth.gov/statistics/cancer/registry/pdf/volume1nycneighborhoods.pdf

  • “brokers and shitty frozen hors d’oeuvres”
    The kosher version was pretty lame. You can not stop progress. I need a place to buy…The prices in the hood are very high…lots on brokers on this blog are pushing AGENDA….It’s great that some are able to make money from this…if you are buying into the hood petition to reopen the fire houses, bring a decent super market with affordable price, better/more schools & more banks

  • why are people here so foolish? BOTH williamsburg and greenpoint have had for years huge outsized toxic risks!! The locals who grew up here be they Polish, PR or Italian know the truth…they know all the family friends and neighborswho have died or sick from illnesses thought ties to the toxic exposures they have had…The

    wburg and greenpoint have lower cancer rates than park slope, brooklyn heights and many other bklyn neighborhoods. There have been much analysis of the study you cite…there are problems on multiple levels with the study its methodology etc.. the real issue is that the City and State and Feds have not done the TYPE of studies they need to do to find out exactly what is going on here and why there are infact such high rates of illnesses….and for anyone with kids its well document with the kids b/c neighborhood groups though poor got moblized with help of the old school artists here (NOT the new faux trust fund hipsters!)in the 1990′s and started to get more tracking data on the kids— Williamsburg has amuch higher risk of asthma …and asthma itself causes other health risks…and verifies high pollution which is related to increased heart problems among other things…..

    What kind of fool spend $1 mil on some condo and comepletely ignores such health risks to them and their family? I have lived here for several years and incurred health problems since, I am looking to move to Park Slope now though the old williamsburg had its charm, the health risks are just to great.

    http://www.nyhealth.gov/statistics/cancer/registry/pdf/volume1nycneighborhoods.pdf