500 Fourth Avenue
500 Fourth Avenue, Brooklyn, New York City, NY
|500 Fourth Avenue|
Exterior of 500 Fourth Avenue
|Number of Units||156|
|Number of Floors||12|
|Type of Roof||IRMA|
|500 Fourth Avenue, Brooklyn, New York City, NY|
|Distance to Public Transit||Within two blocks|
|Region||New York City|
|Municipality||New York City|
|Title of Land||Condominium|
In the Brooklyn neighborhood of Park Slope, 500 Fourth Avenue is a condominium development which was completed in 2008 and designed by architect Robert Scarano, who is said to be Brooklyn's most controversial and innovative architect.
This project creates a contextual structure that is reminiscent of the character found in the surrounding areas of Park Slope. Home to the widely-known landmark of Prospect Park, this area lends an attractive and affordable residential neighborhood outside of the bustling Manhattan atmosphere. Developed by Isaac Katan, this 12 story building was constructed after an rezoning of the neighborhood, and now offers 156 luxury residences.
The modern building offers a full-time doorman and hotel-style concierge service, attended on-site parking, a residents' lounge, business area, home-theater that can be utilized for private screenings, an entertainment area with a pool table and a 2,500 square foot common terrace.
Neighborhood landmarks nearby include Prospect Park, The Brooklyn Museum, Grand Army Plaza, as well as the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens. There are over ten different public transportation routes nearby, including the F, M, and R train lines just two blocks away which is just two stops from one of the city's largest transportation hubs. The Long Island Railroad is another transit option for residents at 500 Fourth Avenue.
Nearby schools include Silas B Dutcher School, Henry Bristow School, William Alexander Middle School, Hellenic Classical Charter School, and Al-noor School. Outdoor attractions that are within walking distance from the building include Ennis Park, Terrapin Playground, Washington Park and Slope Park.
In a November, 2008 article, it was revealed that a prominent developer in the area, Dominic Tonacchio, believe that the economic downturn would hinder the transformation of Fourth Avenue but he still believed that it would become "the next Park Avenue."
Being included in the transformation that is said to be "Brooklyn's answer to Park Avenue," 500 Fourth Avenue has maintained a modern and unique design that stands out even among its neighboring mid-rise residential buildings. Described by Borough President Marty Markowitz as “a grand boulevard of the 21st Century,” Fourth Avenue has become a sought-after residential area since its rezoning in 2003.
This concrete building features exposed concrete, glass, and many glass-paneled balconies at its intricate exterior facade. The color scheme of the building is light and dark grey.
The building also offers an attractive lobby entrance which features a double-height, glass entry way which fully exposes the modern lobby and interior lighting. The entrance is situated on Fourth Avenue, and this exposure of the building features the most windows and balconies. The side of the building which is nestled next to a historic building features mainly concrete with some small windows.
Ben Fried stated in a February 6, 2008 article that "when the City Planning Commission upzoned Brooklyn's Fourth Avenue in 2003, it was hailed by some as a breakthrough" continuing that the "residential development would reshape this urban speedway, the thinking went, from a pit stop for cabs to a stately corridor of mid-rise residences - Brooklyn's answer to Park Avenue."
While 500 Fourth Avenue was under construction, articles speculated that the building would steal the looming Novo building's thunder as the biggest condominium on the strip of Fourth Avenue. During construction, the building's developer, Isaac Katan, stated that he would consider making the building a rental as a worst-case-scenario option. "We'll have Manhattan-style service because it's a large-scale development," Katan said, also noting that the building will have ground-floor retail. Although some observers have said that the Avenue's six lanes are too overwhelming as a residential strip, its key benefits include more sun and privacy in the buildings that flank its sides.
Layout and Features
There are many different layouts offered at 500 Fourth Avenue, including one to three bedrooms, many of which have balconies. Other features include large entrance foyers in the larger units, formal dining rooms in some of the layouts, large balconies, and pass-through kitchens that are great for entertaining. The interiors feature large windows and sliding glass doors for lots of natural light.
The interiors are modern and offer chef kitchens with high-end Viking appliances, brands including Fisher Paykel and Bosch, as well as Calacatta honed marble counter tops with under mount sinks, grey oak custom cabinetry, Honey Onyx and frosted glass back splashes. Spa-like bathrooms feature Gaudi marble flooring with Lagos gold honed limestone walls and mosaic glass accents, as well as Zuma deep-soak tubs. Larger units feature bathrooms with double sink vanities, separate Zuma soaking tubs and frame-less glass showers.
The building also offers a full range of luxury amenities, some of which include a fully-equipped fitness center, a yoga and dance solarium, a children's playroom, and a 2,500 common landscaped terrace with seating. There is a 24 hour concierge and doorman who welcomes guests and residents into the double-height lobby with limestone flooring, back-lit white onyx and suede-wrapped paneled walls with a fireplace. There is also on-site parking and cold and dry storage for residents.
The Club 500 Lounge offers a perfect entertaining and lounging area for residents to enjoy, which is complete with a large LCD television, kitchenette, a gaming area and a pool table. 
There are more than 120 floor plans available for 500 Fourth Avenue. Here is a brief overview.
Amenities offered at 500 Fourth Avenue include:
- Swimming Pool
- Fitness Center
- Roof Deck
- Children's Play Room
- On-site Parking
|500 Fourth Avenue Bylaws|
- Pets are allowed
- Rentals are allowed
- There are no age restrictions for ownership
This newly built structure has been built to energy-efficient standards, including the materials used in the construction of the building as well as the interior materials, finishes, and double-pane, soundproof windows.
The building also offers many large windows, and as the building is set on a wide street, this is an ideal residence for natural lighting. The ample amounts of natural light help to reduce the need for electric lighting during the day, thereby creating an overall more energy-efficient building.
500 Fourth Avenue also offers many amenities, most of which do not consume high amounts of energy, and thereby creates a community of residents who are more likely to stay at home as opposed to finding amenities elsewhere.
There are public transit routes within walking distance, however, residents at this Brooklyn location are likely to commute with their vehicles when travelling into Manhattan.
Sustainable features in the interiors are:
- High-end, energy star appliances
- Low-energy lighting
- Energy-efficient windows
- Sustainable hardwood and marble materials
- Efficient bathroom fixtures
Robert Michael Scarano, Jr., is a well-known architect who has stirred up much controversy in the real estate sphere of New York, and who is also responsible for the design of 500 Fourth Avenue among many others. Prior to opening his own firm, Scarano Architects PLLC in 1985, Scarano worked for the noteworthy architectural firms of HLW Architects, SLCE Architects, Liebman & Liebman Architects and Costas Kondylis Architects.
In 2006, Scarano turned in his self-certification privileges to the City of New York due to alleged building code and zoning violations. The subject of much criticism, the architect and his work have been popular subjects on New York City architecture and real-estate blogs.
Many of the buildings designed by Scarano’s firm are said to be recognizable due to their large sizes compared to neighboring buildings. This is often due to double-height spaces and mezzanine levels that are frequently utilized is his project designs which maximize the buildings' heights, floor area, and lot coverage. It has been alleged that many of Scarano's projects go against the city's building codes. Under the New York City building codes, mezzanines are not included when calculating the square footage of a building. In February 2006, Scarano was charged with "violating zoning or building codes on 25 projects in Brooklyn, including several cases in which it alleged that new buildings he designed were larger than they should have been."
Although there has been much ongoing controversy and lawsuits surrounding many of Scarano's building projects, his firm still remains as one of the most prominent in the city.
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