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Old May 7th, 2013, 03:45 AM   #21
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I was initially worried when it was mentioned that these towers were going to be brick clad. To me these actually look much better than the previous design. More unique.
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I hoped to see how this whole area look from above with these new changes. Honestly, despite my usual skepticism about all glass buildings, previous design was more to my liking. It was more futuristic and more of a reflection of Manhattan across the river. I am not so sure that these memories of a huge lumberyard, that was there, are such a cherished memory needed to be preserved in a new design. Canopies over the stores are generally a good idea, but all brick buildings.... kinda makes it look less attracting. Just an opinion.
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Old May 7th, 2013, 06:57 AM   #23
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This isnt all brick. It has a large amount of glass, especially facing the waterfront. A building doesnt need all glass to look nice. In fact, the majority of all glass buildings are either ugly or bland. This development has a good mix of materials.
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This isnt all brick. It has a large amount of glass, especially facing the waterfront. A building doesnt need all glass to look nice. In fact, the majority of all glass buildings are either ugly or bland. This development has a good mix of materials.
well I need to see the new master plan. generally I like brick and sandstone/limestone sidings. it is way more splendid than glass imho. But this particular one is just... anyways I need to see the whole picture before I say my final words.
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Nice towers and all, but the bridge what a rip off.
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Old June 5th, 2013, 09:04 PM   #26
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The bridge is rip of of what? It's design by Santiago Calatrava, and that bridge design is his bread and butter.
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NIMBYs Attack!

Greenpoint Residents Will Sue City Over 12 Waterfront Towers



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Residents of North Brooklyn have never been pleased with the Bloomberg's insatiable desire to populate their waterfront with glass towers, and now they are fighting back. Brownstoner reports that a group of Greenpoint residents and City Councilman Stephen Pierson plan to file a lawsuit against the city to halt the development of 12 buildings between 30 and 40 stories tall. The suit argues that the projects—the colossal Greenpoint Landing and 77 Commercial Street—used an outdated, incorrect environmental impact study that said the developments would have no negative effects. Even if the lawsuit doesn't stop the projects altogether, Pierson hopes it will delay them until " potentially more sympathetic mayoral administration" takes office.
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Old September 11th, 2013, 10:20 PM   #28
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Greenpoint Board Nixes Waterfront Towers



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Community Board 1 voted no on the proposed high-rise developments Greenpoint Landing and 77-87 Commercial Street on Monday night, which together would bring 6,100 new units to Greenpoint and increase the population in the area by about a third, DNAinfo reported. Above, a rendering of the proposed development at 77-87 Commercial Street.

The board said it would support the complexes if developers make the affordable units more affordable and add 100 units specifically for seniors. Some members of the board and community wanted to reject the towers unconditionally, but the chair of the land-use committee said if the board did so, its vote would be ignored. The vote is not binding, and the city already overrode the board in the 2005 rezoning of the waterfront, which paved the way for towers as high as 40 stories. The developers said they would consider the board’s recommendations. Greenpoint Landing already plans to include a school.

“This is our last chance for real affordable housing,” said Del Teague, the chair of the land use committee. “We have a waiting list of seniors that’s so long, they’re dying before they get housed.” The board listened to testimony at the public hearings; those who testified said they were “desperate” for affordable housing, Teague said. She added she considered the height of the towers “disgusting.” Another public hearing is slated for September 17.
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Closing Bell: Marty Says Yes to Controversial Greenpoint High Rise Projects



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Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz has officially approved the two massive and controversial developments at 77 Commercial Street and Greenpoint Landing, near the mouth of Newtown Creek, Brooklyn Paper reports. Markowitz greenlighted the project on condition the developers build a 640-seat middle school and increase bus and G train service to the neighborhood. Greenpoint Landing will have 10 towers and 5,500 apartments over 22 acres on the waterfront, and 77 Commercial Street will include two towers rising 30 stories with720 apartments.

Markowitz also backed the affordable housing part of Greenpoint Landing, mandating 70 units out of the 431 affordable ones be reserved specifically for senior citizens and the disabled who don’t earn more than 30 percent Area Median Income, according to his report. The Beep’s vote is just the latest hurdle in the land-use review process, which also requires the approval of the City Planning Commission, City Council, and the mayor’s office.
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The controversial proposals will each add a residential tower of as many as 40 stories to the north Brooklyn waterfront and will be among the last big projects approved under the Bloomberg administration.

Wednesday November 6, 2013

The City Planning Commission unanimously approved Wednesday morning a pair of big, controversial residential projects slated for the Greenpoint, Brooklyn, waterfront.

Now that the commission has given its blessing to about 700 of the roughly 5,500-units in the Greenpoint Landing project, along with the 720-unit 77 Commercial St. development, eyed for the northernmost section of the Brooklyn's East River shoreline, the City Council now has 50 days to make the final call.

Greenpoint Landing is proposed by developer Park Tower Group under the name Greenpoint Landing Associates, while 77 Commercial is a separate project that is being advanced by Chetrit Group under the name Waterfront at Greenpoint. Should they gain ultimate approval, the projects, which include multiple towers of 30-to-40 stories, would be among the final significant changes to the city's waterfront approved under the Bloomberg administration.

“We thank the City Planning Commission for their decision to approve this application, which brings us one step closer to delivering multiple benefits to the Greenpoint community,” a Greenpoint Landing spokesperson said in a statement.

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Community Board 1 had recommended that City Planning disapprove the project, while Borough President Marty Markowitz recommended the opposite, however, both attached a list of conditions that largely dealt with strains on public transportation and the affordable housing component of the project, which the developers said they would explore.

But community outcry over the height and density of the developments technically do not apply to the current land-use application. The impetus for building along the shoreline was actually a 2005 rezoning that not only cleared the way for massive projects like the two being proposed, but also set aside space for park land.

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Old December 11th, 2013, 11:25 AM   #31
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Closing Bell: Votes on Greenpoint Landing, Domino Today

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Today is a big day for the Williamsburg-Greenpoint waterfront. The City Council planned to vote earlier today on the 10-tower Greenpoint Landing complex, and the full board of Community Board One is voting tonight on Two Trees’ Domino proposal.

The City Council has set a date of December 19 for its postponed vote on 77 Commercial Street to give Council Member Steve Levin more time to try to broker an agreement with developer The Chetrit Group.
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Old December 11th, 2013, 09:38 PM   #32
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Approved by the city council!
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Council Passes Greenpoint Landing, Local Board Votes Yes on Domino

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...yesterday, the City Council passed the 10-tower Greenpoint Landing proposal after extracting promises from developer Greenpoint Landing Associates and the city concerning schools and transportation. The whole complex can be built as of right, so the vote affected only portions of the development. The developer and the city agreed on plans for a K through 8th grade public school, open space, and transportation, according to a press release sent out by Council Member Stephen Levin, who helped negotiate the agreement.

The developer will provide a site for the school and will run a free shuttle between the complex and public transportation, and the city will create a transportation plan. The developer agreed that an additional 431 affordable units in the complex will be permanently affordable and available to families earning from 40 percent to 120 percent of area median income. Greenpoint Landing Associates will also donate an additional $3,000,000 (bringing its total donation to $5,500,000) to expand Newtown Barge Park.
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Mapping Greenpoint's Towertastic Waterfront Of The Future



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Earlier this week, the City Council voted to green light the ever-contentious Greenpoint Landing project, whose centerpiece is 10 controversially-rendered tall towers that'll house some 5,000 units. Despite significant community opposition, the project is going ahead, and developers have made concessions to area residents that include construction of a K-8 school, money for a park, shuttle buses to bolster public transit, and a promise to keep 400+ apartments "permanently affordable."

Greenpointers has an in-depth look at the ays, nays, and rocky road to approval, and it includes a map of the area that gives the clearest picture yet of what could go where. (Click for big; find an even bigger PDF here: http://gwapp.org/wp-content/uploads/...ng-Diagram.pdf)

The buildings lettered A through H are towers, and it shows where proposed parkland, affordable housing, and the school could go.
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Park Tower files for permits on Greenpoint mega-project



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Updated at 3:10 p.m: Developer Greenpoint Landing Associates, an affiliate of the Manhattan-based Park Tower Group, has filed building permits for two affordable residential apartments in Brooklyn.

The two affordable buildings, at 21 Commercial Street and 33 Eagle Street, are being developed in a joint venture with L&M as part of the gigantic waterfront development Greenpoint Landing. They are the first in a series of buildings Park Tower plans to build there.

The Commercial Street building has 93 units in total, while Eagle Street has 98. Both are being designed by Gary Handel of Handel Architects.



The towers are controversial and drew rage from neighborhood activists who hope de Blasio will put a stop to them.
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Future site of Greenpoint Landing. You can see why the NIMBYs are so desperate to save it from the developers.

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Greenpoint Landing building gets new rendering


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Greenpoint Landing Associates, an affiliate of Park Tower Group and L+M Development Partners, unveiled a full-building rendering for part of the megadevelopment Greenpoint Landing planned for the Brooklyn neighborhood’s waterfront.

The six-story building at 21 Commercial Street is set to hold 93 affordable housing units. The developers received approval last month for the 82,000-square-foot property, which will hold more than 2,500 square feet of ground-floor commercial space.
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Let the pile driving begin! Greenpoint Landing starts construction



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Greenpoint’s got a new kid on the block and he’s entered the hood with a bang. For anyone who has seen the mounds of excavated dirt, or the felt the head-splitting thunderous claps of wooden piles being driven into the ground at 7 am, knows Greenpoint Landing has officially arrived.

Greenpoint Landing’s construction crew, which quietly set-up shop at the end of Commercial Street in July, are now laying down the foundation at 21 Commercial Street–a low-rise, affordable residential building with approximately 98 units. Phase 1 of the Commercial Street construction will involve digging trenches, along with upgrades and relocation of combined sewage overflow pipes (CSO’s).

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Work permits have been approved by the Department of Buildings and the Department of Environmental Protection. Remediation efforts will be overseen by the Mayor’s Office of Environmental Remediation and the State Department of Environmental Conservation.
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