Downtown Brooklyn developers and cooperators, with a hefty helping hand from the real estate lobby, threw everything they could at the Borough Hall Skyscraper Historic District, a new landmarking effort aimed at saving the area’s historic highrises. In the end, the preservationists won out, as a City Council subcommittee voted unanimously yesterday to approve the historic district, all but ensuring its passage by the full council on February 1.
“This is a collection of buildings that make Downtown Brooklyn, Downtown Brooklyn” Landmarks Preserveration Commission member Michael Devonshire declared in yesterday’s meeting on the Borough Hall Skyscraper Historic District. “If there’s controversy, it’s a misunderstanding of the benefits of landmarking a district.”
The area that Mr. Devonshire is referring to, is the proposed Read More
The Landmarks Preservation Commission just approved the controversial preservation of 20 buildings in Downtown Brooklyn. Known as the Borough Hall Skyscraper Historic District, it had been opposed by local landlords and a co-op board who feared it would make renovations and new storefronts expensive to construct and maintain.
Trendy twenty-something travelers who are still hanging on to their college days will love the new, so-edgy-it’s-almost-painful Aloft hotel at 216 Duffield Street in downtown Brooklyn, which had its official opening last night.
Tim King, managing director of residential real estate brokerage CPEX, said that “downtown Brooklyn now has more college students than Cambridge, Mass.,” according to The Real Deal‘s Twitter feed, which is running from a so-called summit today on Brooklyn real estate.
Downtown Brooklyn might not be the most enticing neighborhood for some, but perhaps college students Read More
Polytechnic Institute of New York University, the private engineering college in downtown Brooklyn, is nearing a deal for approximately 9,000 square feet of office and administrative space at Metrotech Center, sources familiar with the process told The Observer yesterday.
Currently occupying space at the Forest City Ratner-owned 5 and 6 MetroTech as well as nearby Read More
As president of the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, the local development corporation, Joe Chan has overseen an ambitious plan to revive the business district known to many as the land of law firms, courthouses and offices. Mr. Chan, 39, talked about plans for new public space and thousands of square feet of fresh retail-and Read More
The real estate boom reshaped the New York skyline considerably, but few places saw the impact like downtown Brooklyn, where a half-dozen new apartment towers sprung up in recent years following the area’s 2004 rezoning.
Only one of these towers was terribly remarkable, the SOM-designed Toren, which The Observer named one of the best Read More
The most talked about rezoning of the Bloomberg/Burden era has to be the 2005 transformation of Williamsburg and Greenpoint from gritty industrial backwater to haute condo clusterfuck. And yet the one that has had a far greater impact on Brooklyn, or at least its skyline, is the one undertaken a year prior in Read More
Wednesday’s pro-Atlantic Yards rally was a bit haphazard. Read More