What a difference a few windows can make! Or, in this case, a lot of windows.
The remarkable transformation of the Navy Yard’s Building 77 is nearly complete on the exterior, as this photo above from a Brownstoner reader shows. To the uninitiated, the building pictured may look pretty ordinary — a no-frills storage facility — but consider its past — and future.
Extremely large at 1 million square feet, the former Navy storage facility had no windows on most of its floors, making it “essentially uninhabitable for non-vampiric workers,” as we put it last year.
Now the windows look like they’ve always been there. As our reader said, “it’s almost better than a rendering.”
The revamp is part of the Navy Yard’s effort to create more low-cost space for the borough’s creative makers.
When finished, Building 77 will add 1,000,000 square feet of workspace and an estimated 3,000 jobs — expanding the Navy Yard’s workforce by more than 40 percent.
Leading the makeover is architect firm Beyer Blinder Belle, which specializes in repurposing historic buildings for new uses. The transformed building will open in 2017 and house a food manufacturing facility, offices and a food hall with iconic Lower East Side appetizing speciality shop Russ & Daughters.
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