Block-Long Residential Complex Quickly Rising on Former Jehovah’s Witnesses Parking Lot in Dumbo

Photo by Craig Hubert


Construction is moving quickly at Dumbo’s biggest development site, where a massive, block-long building has risen 10 stories.

Located at 85 Jay Street, and called Front & York, the eventual 21-story, 728-unit building will be part rental, part condo and have two swimming pools, one set aside for owners and one for renters, filings show.

85 jay street under construction

The main base of the building has reached eight stories, a recent visit revealed. An additional two stories, which will form a tower at one corner of the building’s base, were also visible from the street. In June, walls were just starting to rise, as we reported at the time.

dumbo rendering

Rendering via Morris Adjmi Architects

When all’s said and done, the building will have underground parking for 712 cars, a community facility and retail space. Designed by Morris Adjmi, the building is prominently sited on Jay and York streets on a hill near the neighborhood’s one subway stop.

85 jay street under construction

Partners CIM Group, LIVWRK and Kushner Companies bought the site, for decades a parking lot, from the Jehovah’s Witnesses in 2016 for $345 million. Kushner Companies sold its 2.5 percent stake in 2018.

The project is expected to bring thousands of new residents to Dumbo, one of Brooklyn’s most expensive neighborhoods, potentially increasing the population in the neighborhood by as much as a third and adding extra traffic to the already problem-plagued York Street subway station.

85 jay street under construction

85 jay street under construction

[Photos by Craig Hubert]

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