Condo Builds Going up in Brooklyn Heights

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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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