Condo Builds Going up in Brooklyn Heights

Over the weekend the Times examines all the changes coming to Brooklyn Heights in the form of new developments. Among them are 20 Henry Street (which is “more like a Dumbo project, except it’s in Brooklyn Heights,” because it’s so modern, according to managing director of Stribling Marketing and Associates Steven Rutter); 30 Henry Street, the old Brooklyn Eagle site that will become a five-story, five-unit condo building; the conversion at 72 Henry Street; and 70 Henry Street, the Brooklyn Heights Cinema building that will be demolished to make way for a 15- to 17-unit rental building. The article also mentions the restoration of the Hotel Bossert and the huge looming plans for residential and hotel development at Brooklyn Bridge Park. The article makes it sound as if the historic area is a total stranger to new construction, but in fact the Heights has a number of modern apartment buildings already. But the paper concludes these projects will not necessarily bring too much traffic to the area or alter the neighborhood’s character. Our friend Robert Perris, district manager of Community Board Two, gets the last word on the changing landscape: “It’s true that Brooklyn Heights is very much of a community in which people belong to the same institutions, like the casino and the Brooklyn Heights Association. On the other hand, these new projects don’t necessarily destroy that. In a way, they simply expand the size of the pie.”
Luxury Brooklyn Condos, Some Cloaked in Tradition [NY Times]

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  • Slow news day when an undistinguished five-unit building like 30 Henry Street makes the section front! A picture of their robotic parking machine would have been nice, though.

    The quotes from the architect of 70 Henry Street are a little over the top. “We really want to do the right thing in this neighborhood, and that wouldn’t be a 50-story glass tower.” Well, duh, there’s a 50-foot height limit, silly!

    Also, rather optimistic of him to assume construction could start in the spring when they haven’t even had their first LPC hearing. I think the commission is unpredictable when it comes to a proposal for demolition of a building in an historic district….Now, if the reporter had intel on a back-room deal among the commissioners, staff, BHA, etc. on what would be acceptable, that would be newsworthy. I’m not sure if the prior “deal” to relocate the cinema in a new build is germane to the commission’s consideration of preserving the structure itself. Again, that would’ve been worth talking about…not filler about glass towers.

  • Maybe the NYT said this location is “more like a Dumbo project” because it’s almost on top of the Brooklyn Bridge on ramp and the BQE.

  • Northheights: exactly my thought (what a nice, guy, not doing what he’s not allowed to do anyway), and I fired off a comment to the guy, with a copy to the BHA.