55 Poplar Street

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55 Poplar Street

Exterior of 55 Poplar Street
Building Information
Number of Units 57
Number of Floors 6
Year Built 1883
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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Brooklyn, NY
Distance to Public Transit Within one block
Region New York City
Municipality New York City
Zoning R8
Title of Land Condominium



55 Poplar Street is a historical building in Brooklyn that was originally constructed in 1883. The building now serves as a residential condominium building of 6 floors and 57 residences. The building was originally used as The Brooklyn Newsboys' Lodging House, and was also utilized as a warehouse during its life.

Street View of 55 Poplar Street

Now, this historical building exudes the same old-world, historic charm as the Brooklyn Bridge, just outside its windows. The building is considered a Beaux Arts gem with its red brick exterior and its situation on the tree-lined, gas-lamp lit street. Poplar Street is one of the only streets left in the area to feature gas-lamp lighting, creating even more of a one-of-a-kind feel for the residents at 55 Poplar Street.

The building also features many modern, new-world amenities that include an award-winning, lush private garden for the exclusive use of the residents. The garden provides a wonderful, oasis-like space for barbecues and entertaining guests. The building is pet friendly, with recently updated common areas including a modern lobby, and also has a live-in Super. Nearby attractions include many outdoor areas for dog walking, shops and boutiques, and easy access to Manhattan, by bus, subway, or water taxi.[1]


Situated just to the west of the Brooklyn Bridge in Brooklyn's sought after neighborhood of Dumbo, 55 Poplar Street offers a central yet quiet neighborhood to its residents. Although the area offers convenient access to downtown Manhattan and the surrounding areas of Brooklyn, such as Brooklyn Heights, Williamsburg, and Vinegar Hill, Poplar Street itself is a quiet, quaint, and tree-lined street.

Access to the subway is just two blocks southeast of the building, which takes residents directly over the Brooklyn Bridge and into Manhattan. Many other bus stations are located within the vicinity, making the building a practical residence for those who do not drive a vehicle on a daily basis.

Other nearby outdoor attractions include Hillside Park, Anchorage Plaza, Brooklyn War Memorial, and Whitman Park. Brooklyn Bridge Park, which is a nice green area located on the shore of the East River, is located just two blocks west of the building. Wallabout Bay is also just a short block east of the residences.

Nearby schools include Plymouth Church School, Freedom Academy High School, and Brooklyn International High School. Many restaurants, bars, shopping, coffee houses, and grocery stores are located within walking distance. Car and bike share programs are also located in the area, providing an accessible alternate option to public transit.[2]


55 Poplar Street has a very interesting design, and at first glance appears to be three separate buildings with different architectural designs.

The main portion of the building features clean architectural lines, a flat roof, and a bright red brick exterior with a beige concrete base. The middle portion of the building which seems to connect the two major ends is slim and is distinguished by its lighter, and less striking, brick exterior. The opposite end of the building is also a striking red brick color, but has less clean architectural lines and features many peaks in its roof line, as well as alternating color schemes.[3]

Layout and Features

55 Poplar Street features a variety of unique floor plans, ranging in size from studios to two bedroom duplexes. Many of the layouts of soaring ceilings of above-standard heights, as well as many windows that create bright spaces and offer views of the Brooklyn Bridge and the East River. Mezzanine loft spaces are well suited for sleeping areas or home offices; many of the offered layouts are one level, but still offer high ceiling heights.

Kitchens offer custom wooden cabinetry, granite counter tops with stone back splashes and under mount sinks, gas stoves, and stainless steel appliances. Gas fireplaces are also found in the majority of the floor plans, and gas is included in the common monthly charges of the building.

Each residences also features new updated central air conditioning and heating systems, as well as in-unit laundry. Many of the homes have updated, modern wood floors, but some still have their original parquet-style hardwood floors. Some of the layouts feature cast iron spiral staircases that lead up to the second level, while others feature more modern staircases.


Floor Plans

33 floor plans are available. Here is brief overview.


Amenities offered at 55 Poplar Street include:

  • Roof Deck with views of the water and downtown Manhattan
  • Updated lobby
  • Common garden
  • Updated common areas
  • Central air conditioning
  • Bicycle storage
  • Storage lockers


55 Poplar Street Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No
Barbecues Yes

  • 55 Poplar Street is a pet-friendly building
  • Rentals are allowed in the building
  • There are no age restrictions on ownership
  • Barbecues are allowed on the roof deck or common garden


With a concrete construction of 1883, 55 Poplar Street is a sturdy and sustainable building that continues to find a purpose in each century. Sustainable materials are used in the building, such as its exterior brick and interior wooden floors.

More recent upgrades to the building include the following eco-friendly additions:

  • Energy-star rated appliances
  • Energy-efficient lighting
  • Energy-efficient double-pane windows
  • Faucets and fixtures with water-conservation measures

Other sustainability features of living at the building include the easy access to public transportation routes, as well as car and bike share programs.


Dumbo, Brooklyn

Looking into this historically rich building, one might wonder what the area of Dumbo had to offer in its historical time. One might also wonder where the name "Dumbo" was derived from.

Dumbo is an acronym for the very literal description of "Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass." The area of Dumbo is famous for being the home of the invention of the card board box, which was discovered in the Robert Gair building on Washington Street. In the late 1800s, around the time the 55 Poplar Street building was built, the area of Dumbo was largely made up of factories and warehouses. The then manufacturing district houses plants that made machinery, paper boxes - card board boxes - and Brillo soap pads.

Before being deemed with the ingenious name and acronym of DUMBO, the area was known as Fulton Landing, which was a name derived from the existence of the ferry stop that connected the area to Manhattan (prior too the Brooklyn Bridge being built).

Artists began taking up residence in the area, seeking out the lofty and artistic residential spaces left behind by the old warehouse. The acronym Dumbo was discovered in 1978, when a group of residents came up with the name in the hopes that its unattractive connotations would help deter developers from buying up the land.

Needless to say, they seem to have failed on that mission, since Dumbo is now one of the most sought-after areas of Brooklyn. At least there are still buildings like 55 Poplar Street standing.[5]


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