When five newly built homes open their doors this spring at 70 Henry, a saga set in historic Brooklyn Heights finally gets an epilogue. Built in 1895 as a one-story butcher shop, for many years the landmarked 70 Henry housed the Brooklyn Heights Cinema. A three-story addition had to pass muster with the Landmarks Preservation Commission.
Fortunately, the developer, Mettle Property Group, had experience navigating the LPC, having done projects in Cobble Hill and Tribeca. “We’re always sensitive to the area’s architecture,” says Joseph Baglio, COO of Mettle Property Group.
One of the first calls they made when taking on the project at the corner of Henry and Orange was to Morris Adjmi, the architect behind the High Line Building and the Wythe Hotel, among many others.
“Morris was our first choice,” says Baglio, who worked with Adjmi on the Townhouses at Cobble Hill on Congress Street, another landmark site.
Adjmi stripped the white facing from the old ground-floor cinema building, exposing the original Philadelphia red brick. LPC required a different shade of brick for the additional construction, to accentuate the historic character of the original.
All homes feature 9-foot ceilings and 7-inch-wide oak floors, four exposures, and direct elevator access. The 2,200-square-foot roof deck is exclusive to the penthouse owner.
A triplex maisonette has a separate entry on the ground floor from Orange Street that leads to a lower level English basement with a rear yard. There is also a second-floor simplex, and three full-floor residences, including the duplex penthouse.
The homes feature kitchens with Thermador appliances, and bathrooms with imported Calacatta Gold marble tile.
An abundance of bars and restaurants are nearby on the Henry Street strip (Henry Street Ale House, Bevacco, Sociale). There’s also green space across the street at Cadman Plaza Park.
Of course, you’re only a block away from A/C and 2/3 subways.
For more information, visit the building’s website.