‘Burg Luxury Tower Residents Can Skip L Train Shutdown Woes With Private Shuttle

Rendering of 1N4th by FXFOWLE Architects


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.

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Photo by 1N4th

“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.

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Inside one the building’s apartments. Photo via Curbed

The FXFOWLE-designed, 434,000-square-foot high-rise currently lists a range of apartments for rent, the cheapest available a $3,500-a-month studio, the most expensive an $8,450-a-month three-bedroom.

Douglaston Development is also known for its nearby 1,100,000-square-foot condo complex, The Edge.

L Train shutdownPhoto by 1N4th

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