You know the funny triangular piece of land Junior’s sits on, at the intersection of Flatbush Avenue Extension and Dekalb? One of the bidding teams on Junior’s site, developers Michael Stern and Joseph Chetrit, has purchased an adjoining parcel at 340 Flatbush Avenue Extension. If they also buy air rights from Chase for the landmarked Dime Savings Bank on the block, zoning would permit them to build a 1,000-foot tower, The New York Times reported.
It would be the tallest building in Brooklyn, although not in New York. “The new edifice would replace one as synonymous with Brooklyn as Whitman himself: Junior’s Restaurant, the two-story neon-lit establishment where until now the only things towering were the slices of cheesecake and the Reuben sandwiches,” said the story.
Bidding begins this week and will be over by July. If Chetrit and Stern don’t win, it’s likely another team would buy 340 Flatbush Avenue Extension from them to build a tower.
A customer at Junior’s said she didn’t like the idea. “They’re trying to make Brooklyn the new Manhattan, and we don’t need two,” she said.
At Junior’s Site, Bidders See Brooklyn, Too, as a City of Spires [NY Times]
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