Empire Stores, City Point and Ford Amphitheater Among Winners of 2017 Building Brooklyn Awards


    Major Brooklyn developments Empire Stores, City Point and Ford Amphitheater are among the winners of this year’s Building Brooklyn Awards.

    The awards, organized by the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, recognize development projects that enrich the borough economically, culturally, and aesthetically. This year, winners were chosen across 15 categories, including community arts, adaptive reuse, and affordable housing.

    Empire Stores won the award for adaptive reuse. Empire Stores is a landmarked 1860s warehouse complex in Brooklyn Bridge Park that is being converted into retail, office and community space.

    “Every year, we’re faced with a tough choice when it comes to picking the winners,” said Ofer Cohen, president of TerraCRG, a Brooklyn-based commercial real estate brokerage and a judge on the panel that selects the winners. “The last few years there’s been booming development in Brooklyn, and that’s created a situation where we had a lot of amazing projects that have launched within the past year. When we choose the winners, we’re not just looking for design and urban context, we’re looking for meaningful impact on the neighborhood or borough as a whole. This year’s winners had that factor.”

    There were 15 award winners this year, up from last year’s 10.

    Ford Amphitheater in Coney Island has already played host to music legends Peter Gabriel and Sting in its first year of existence. It won for Destination Arts. City Point, a huge retail and apartment complex under construction in Downtown Brooklyn, won for Economic Impact.

    Other winners this year include NYU Tandon MakerSpace for the Education category, also in Downtown Brooklyn, and the Marcus Garvey Apartments in Brownsville, an affordable housing complex built in the 1970s that won for historic preservation.

    As for Empire Stores, it’s a “testament to the power of adaptive reuse to bring new life to a historic building,” said Cayetana Nicanor, marketing director at S9 Architecture, which designed the redevelopment. The previously fortress-like building was adapted to connect Dumbo, Brooklyn Bridge Park and the waterfront.

    Projects are eligible for this year’s awards if they were completed mostly in 2016. The winners are selected by a panel of independent architects, city planners and other business leaders. The winners will be honored at a reception on July 28.

    Read on for more details about all the winners of this year’s Building Brooklyn Awards below. Award categories are in bold.

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    Empire Stores. Photo by Susan De Vries

    Adaptive Reuse: Commercial
    Empire Stores
    Address: 53-83 Water Street
    Neighborhood: Dumbo
    Developer: Midtown Equities
    Architect: S9 Architecture
    Builder: HH Builders
    Structural Engineer: Robert Silman Associates
    Empire Stores, part of the landmarked Fulton Ferry Historic District and Brooklyn Bridge Park, is a massive 1860s warehouse complex on the waterfront in Dumbo. It is being adapted to house stores, offices and community space.

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    The courtyard at 51 Jay Street. Photo via Building Brooklyn Awards

    Adaptive Reuse: Residential
    51 JAY
    Address: 51 Jay Street
    Neighborhood: Dumbo
    Developer: Adam America LLC and Slate Property Group
    Architect: ODA Architecture
    Landscape Architect: Steven Yavanian Landscape Architecture PLLC
    Builders: Hudson Meridian Construction Group and Danya Cebus LLC
    51 Jay Street comprises 75 condos in a converted and landmarked 1905 factory building.

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    Dwana Smallwood Performing Arts Center. Photo via Jordan Parnass Digital Architecture

    Community Arts
    Dwana Smallwood Performing Arts Center
    Address: 857 Lexington Avenue
    Neighborhood: Bed Stuy
    Developer: Dwana Smallwood Performing Arts Center, Inc.
    Architect: Jordan Parnass Digital Architecture
    Builder: Supreme General Contracting
    The Dwana Smallwood Performing Arts Center is a dance education center, located in an adapted industrial building, whose backers include the Oprah Winfrey Foundation. Inspired by dance, enhancements include an eye-catching modern red metal canopy and entrance, built-in seating and shelving, cloud-like sound baffles on the lobby ceiling and a mosaic tile mural.

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    Ford Amphitheater and Seaside Park. Photo via Building Brooklyn Awards

    Destination Arts

    Ford Amphitheater and Seaside Park
    Address: 3052 West 21st Street
    Neighborhood: Coney Island
    Developer: iStar Financial, Inc. and NYC Economic Development Corporation
    Architects: Gerner Kroik & Valcarcel and Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates
    Builder: Hunter Roberts Construction Group
    Project Manager: Newbanks
    Engineers: Arup, Cerami & Associates, CFS, Mueser Rutledge, Stantec, WSP Cantor Seinuk
    Environmental Impact: Philip Habib & Associates
    AV Designer: TADAssociates
    Lighting Designer: Domingo Gonzalez Associates
    The Ford Amphitheater, part of Coney Island’s Seaside Park, is an outdoor performance venue. It seats 5,000 and has played hosts to acts such as Peter Gabriel and Sting.

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    The NYU Tandon MakerSpace. Rendering via the NYU Tandon School of Engineering

    NYU Tandon MakerSpace
    Address: 6 Metrotech Center
    Neighborhood: Downtown Brooklyn
    Developer: New York University
    Architect: Gensler
    Builder: Skanska USA
    The NYU Tandon MakerSpace is an engineering lab that helps students in engineering disciplines use the latest tools of the trade in a high-tech, collaborative environment. It’s a 10,000-square-foot, open plan, bilevel space with modern design.

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    Marcus Garvey Apartments. Photo via Building Brooklyn Awards

    Historic Preservation: Affordable Housing
    Marcus Garvey Apartments
    Address: 353 Chester Street
    Neighborhood: Brownsville
    Developer: L+M Development Partners
    Architect: Curtis + Ginsberg Architects
    Builder: L+M Builders Group LLC
    The Marcus Garvey Apartments were originally built in the 1970s. They were fully renovated to include modern amenities such as new appliances and common outdoor spaces, and are reserved as affordable.

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    The Williamsburg Hotel. Photo via Building Brooklyn Awards

    The Williamsburg Hotel
    Address: 96 Wythe Avenue
    Neighborhood: Williamsburg
    Developer: Heritage Equity Partners, Lichtenstein Group
    Architect: Michaelis Boyd Associates, Karl Fischer Architects and Albo Liberis
    Builder: Mint Development
    Engineer: Eckersley O’Callaghan
    The Williamsburg Hotel is an eight-story, 150-room boutique hotel constructed of brick, glass, and Corten steel. It has three bars, a restaurant and a rooftop pool. Rooms have high ceilings and industrial touches such as subway tile.

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    95 Evergreen. Photo via Fogarty Finger Architecture PLLC

    Neighborhood Catalyst
    95 Evergreen
    Address: 95 Evergreen Avenue
    Neighborhood: Bushwick
    Developer: Savanna Fund
    Architect: Fogarty Finger Architecture PLLC
    Builder: Sweet Construction
    95 Evergreen is a retail and office development in the old Schlitz Brewery building — another example of adaptive reuse in Brooklyn.

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    Beyond at Liberty View. Photo via Building Brooklyn Awards

    Beyond at Liberty View
    Address: 850 3rd Avenue
    Neighborhood: Sunset Park
    Developer: Salmar Properties and Bed Bath & Beyond
    Architect: Zambrano Architectural
    Builder: Phoenix Network LLC
    Engineer: MG Engineering D.P.C
    Lighting Design: Essential Lighting
    Lobby Design: Nelson
    Restaurant Design: Crème
    Restaurant Equipment Engineering: Jacobs Doland Beer
    Beyond at Liberty View is a shopping complex in Liberty View Industrial Plaza that houses Bed, Bath and Beyond and three sibling stores under one roof. The complex also includes event space. Other stores include Buy Buy Baby, Face Values, and Cost Plus World Market.

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    Livonia Commons. Photo via Building Brooklyn Awards

    Residential: Affordable
    Livonia Commons
    Address: 491 and 491 Sheffield Avenue, 494 Georgia Avenue, 481 Williams Avenue
    Neighborhood: East New York
    Developer: Dunn Development Corp. and L+M Development Partners
    Architect: SLCE Architects
    Landscape Architect: NV5
    Builder: L+M Builders Group
    Engineers: De Nardis Engineering, Rodkin Cardinale, PC
    Sustainability Consultant: Steven Winters Associates
    Nonprofit Partner: Housing Partnership Development Corporation
    Social Services: CAMBA, The Center for Family Support
    Livonia Commons is an affordable housing complex that is home to a mix of 278 rental apartments, retail and community spaces.

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    One John Street. Photo via One John Street

    Residential: Condominium
    One John Street
    Address: 1 John Street
    Neighborhood: Dumbo
    Developer: Alloy
    Architect: Alloy Design LLP
    Builder: Monadnock Construction
    1 John Street is a 12-story, 42-unit condo building overlooking the East River adjacent to Brooklyn Bridge Park. It is a new, ground up construction with a glassy exterior.

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    The Oosten. Photo via Building Brooklyn Awards

    Residential: Condominium
    The Oosten
    Address: 429 Kent Avenue
    Neighborhood: Williamsburg
    Developer: 421 Kent Development LLC
    Architect: think! architecture and design
    Builder: Wonder Works
    Engineer: Edwards & Zuck
    The Oosten is a condo development in Williamsburg, with design by well known Dutch designer Piet Boon. It’s an unusual hybrid development that features townhouses as well as apartments and lofts grouped around a central courtyard. Some of the units have private patios with mini pools, and the building sports floor to ceiling glass on all four corners.

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    300 Ashland. Photo via Building Brooklyn Awards

    Residential: High Rise
    300 Ashland
    Address: 300 Ashland Place
    Neighborhood: Fort Greene
    Developer: Two Trees Management Co.
    Architect: Enrique Norten at TEN Arquitectos and Ishmael Levya Architects
    Builder: Two Trees Management Co.
    300 Ashland, also known as BAM South, is a 35-story, 379-unit apartment building notable for its unusual faceted front.

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    Pierhouse and 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge Park. Photo by Mark Wickens

    National Grid Award for Energy Efficiency
    Pierhouse and 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge Park
    Address: 60, 90 and 130 Furman Street
    Neighborhood: Brooklyn Heights
    Developer: Toll Brothers
    Architect: Marvel Architects PLLC
    Builder: Hudson Meridian Construction Group
    Pierhouse is a condo and hotel development in Brooklyn Bridge Park. The complex, notable for controversy it stirred over blocking views from the Brooklyn Heights Promenade, has a stepped facade of limestone piers, copper-toned metal panels and glass.

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    The Flatbush Avenue entrance to City Point. Photo by Susan De Vries

    Economic Impact
    City Point
    Address: 445 Albee Square
    Neighborhood: Downtown Brooklyn
    Developers: Acadia Realty Trust, Washington Square Partners, The Brodsky Organization, BFC Partners
    Architects: COOKFOX, Gensler, SLCE Architects LLP
    Landscape Architect: Diaz Weintraub
    Builder: ZDG
    Engineers DeSimone and Cosentini
    City Point is a massive, borough-changing retail and residential development in Downtown Brooklyn. Tenants include Target, Alamo Drafthouse, Century 21, Trader Joe’s and DeKalb Market Hall.

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