As Brooklynites continue to fret over a possible L train shutdown, at least one of the area’s luxury towers has come up with a tony alternative for its residents in the case of public transit deprivation.
“As uncertainty abounds about an L train closure, residents of 1N4th can rest assured knowing that they will have alternative options once the closures begin,” a representative of building developer Douglaston Development told Brownstoner in an email.
They’re getting a private shuttle.
The 40-story, 510-unit megatower at 1 North 4th Place (formerly the third Northside Piers tower) is one of a handful of glassy towers on the rezoned Williamsburg waterfront. The building broke ground in 2012 and started leasing in 2014 — boasting renderings of an indoor lounge with library, outdoor pool and a happy, heavily tattooed man holding a baby.
Now, the tower’s residents have a new reason to be pleased.
“Douglaston Development is planning to take action for residents at 1N4th,” the representative told Brownstoner.
If ‘Burg residents’ worst fears are realized and the L train shuts down, the developer will provide shuttle buses from 1N4th’s front door to the Marcy Avenue JMZ station — more than a mile from 1 North 4th Place (as opposed to the Bedford Avenue L stop, which is a mere seven blocks away). The shuttle will operate during peak hours in the morning and evening on weekdays.
“1N4th residents won’t miss a beat during an otherwise inconvenient time,” the representative’s email reassures.
The shuttles, which will be contracted out, will pick up residents from a private driveway directly outside the front door, ensuring that only building residents get aboard. In a phone interview, Douglaston Development President Steven Charno noted it’d be “pretty obvious” if nonresidents tried to hitch a ride.
Douglaston Development is also known for its nearby 1,100,000-square-foot condo complex, The Edge.
Photo by 1N4th
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