80 Metropolitan

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80 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn, New York City, NY

80 Metropolitan
80Met-Exterior.jpg

Artists Rendering of 80 Met Phase I
Building Information
Developer Steiner Equities
Architect Greemberg Farrow
Number of Units 123
Number of Floors 6
Year Built 2008
Construction Method Concrete
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80 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn, New York City, NY, United States
Distance to Public Transit Less than a block
Region New York City
Municipality New York City
Zoning MX-8
Title of Land Condominium


Contents

Background

Williamsburgh Village map, 1827
80 Met Phase I is located in the up-and-coming neighborhood of Williamsburg.


In 1638, the Dutch West India Company purchased the land from Native Americans. In 1661, the town was declared Boswijck.


After the English takeover of New Netherland in 1664, the town's name was referred to as Bushwick and eventually became Bushwick Shore. Several farming developments sprang up in the area. In 1802, Richard M. Woodhull acquired 13 acres which eventually became Metropolitan Avenue and was named after a United States engineer, Colonel Jonathan Williams, survey the land. In his honor, he named it Williamsburgh.


The Village of Williamsburgh (with an h at the end) was incorporated as the Town of Bushwick in 1827. Within two years it had developed a fire company, a post office, and a population of over 1000 people. In 1840, the Town of Williamsburgh separated from the Town of Bushwick and became the City of Williamsburg in 1852 (discarding the "h").


The deep waters along the East River caught the attention of industrialists. Many shipyards were built around Williamsburg where many raw materials would ship.[1]


Location

A view from the street of 80 Met

80 Met Phase I is just two blocks from the waterfront. The neighborhood was a quiet, Italian area with a waterfront factory district. Many of the factory buildings still remain although many are now closed and have been vandalized.


Williamsburg is in Brooklyn, which contains many interesting attractions. The top five attractions in the area are the Brooklyn Heights Promenade, Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and Brooklyn Bridge Park.


More than half a dozen public schools (PS) are within 3/4 of a mile of 80 Met, and dozens of other types of schools. In the mix of schools are many Catholic schools and organizations perhaps due to the strong historical Italian influence of the area. Several academies that specialize in various disciplines are near 80 Met, including a an Automotive High School. On the opposite side of the block from 80 Met, there is the Espana Streb Trapeze Academy, for those looking forward to a "high flying" carrer.


Conveniences within walking distance include Zebulon restaurant, The Shankti Shack coffee, Harvest Home groceries, and Millennium Health store. Numerous fruit and vegetable options are close and a selection of delis is also available in the immediate neighborhood.


Although the nearest subway stop is a fair distance off, the neighborhood is well served with several buses to make the necessary connections.[2]


Construction

Custom shaped brick
80 Met Phase I is composed of 114 loft residences and 9 townhouses.

Sound proofing was a very important factor in this envelope construction. Both the wall and the floors are reinforced with extra barriers to ensure sound transmission is at an absolute minimal.


Typical walls in wood frame construction are composed of interior gypsum board nailed to wall studs, with a vapor barrier in between, usually a polyethylene sheet. The stud cavities are filled with batt insulation. On the outside of the stud is sheathing, the moisture/air barrier, and then whatever cladding is desired. The batt insulation is a fairly good sound barrier due to the air gaps where sound is trapped. Sound easily travels right through the wood stud and out the wall because all the components are solid and create a continuous path from the outside to inside with no air gaps.


These walls at 80 Met Phase I, are composed of two layers of green-board (a thickened gypsum board with a wax coating,) fastened to 20 gauge steel studs, with the vapor barrier in between. Again, the stud cavities are filled with batt insulation. Then, there are another two layers of green-board. Fastened to that, is another set of wall studs.


These studs are staggered from the first set, which misdirects sound trying to pass through the solids. There is again another layer of insulation, covered with the wall sheathing, air and moisture barriers. Considering that the building has a brick facade, it is safe to assume there is then a rain-screen between the barrier membranes and the backside of the brick. This air gap also ads an additional barrier against sound.


The bricks were cast in a custom shape in order to be more water proof around door and window openings. They are an "L" shape so that water does not seep in at corner joints.[3]


Layout and Features

The suites feature ten foot ceilings, walnut hardwood flooring, washers and dryers and tons of storage space.

The kitchens have stainless steel appliances from top brands. There are marble finishes and polished Caesarstone counter tops. The cabinets are custom, and made of lacquer and glass cabinetry.

The bathrooms have mirrored medicine cabinets, marble walls, floors, and shower benches, rainwater shower heads, and vanities. [4]

Floor Plans

Amenities

Roof Top Lounge
Lobby

Amenities are second to none. They include:

  • Bike Room
  • Parking
  • Cold Storage
  • Gym and Recreation Facilities including:
    • Cardiovascular Machines
    • Weights
    • Yoga Studio
  • Swimming Pool
  • Full Time Doorman
  • Live-in Superintendent
  • Roof Deck[5]
  • Zen Garden
  • Media Lounge[6]

Bylaws

80 Metropolitan Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes



  • pet-friendly [7]
  • renting is permitted

Sustainability

Many products are marketed to be "green" whereas, they actually do more harm than good. Some advertisements and labels use big bright words that promote their product as "green", but upon closer examination, ingredients listed may include harmful ingredients.

This marketing promotion is called "greenwashing". There are seven common methods used:

1. Hidden Trade Off: promoting a green feature and ignoring a larger problem. For example, paper isn't green just because it comes from trees.

2. No Proof: there is no third party certification of a claim.

3. Vagueness: the claim is poorly defined. "All-Natural" is commonly used. Technically, arsenic, uranium, mercury, and formaldehyde are all naturally formed elements and they are all dangerous.

4. Irrelevance: it is a true claim but not relevant. Such as "CFC-Free", which is an illegal compound, so of course it should already be without it.

5. Lesser of Two Evils: promoting something that is true, but there is something else that is more dangerous in the product. An example of this would be promoting organic-cigarettes.

6. Fibbing: making environmental claims that simply are not true.

7. Worshiping False Labels: giving the impression of third party endorsement approval, when no endorsement even exists.[8]

Referring to the construction of 80 Met Phase I, one of the products used was "green-board." Many people get the immediate impression that because it has green in the name, it must mean that is is better for the environment. In reality, green-board is made exactly the same way as regular gypsum board, only it is covered in a heavier wax paper to make it slightly more water resistant. This paper is green, hence the name green-board.[9]

Trivia

Williamsburg Bridge
  • The Brooklyn Bridge is one of the oldest suspension bridges in the United States; it was completed in 1883
  • The first roller coaster built as an amusement ride was at Coney Island in 1884
  • Twizzlers candy was invented in Brooklyn in 1845 [10]
  • It is common for pasta sauce to be referred to as "gravy" in the Italian parts of New York City [11]
  • The Williamsburg Bridge, is not as well known as the Brooklyn Bridge. It took seven years to build and was completed in 1896, costing more than $24 million and 30 lives. At the time of its opening, it was the largest suspension bridge on earth. [12]


References

  1. Wikipedia - Williamsburg, Brooklyn
  2. Walk Score
  3. 80 Metroplitan
  4. City Realty
  5. Street Easy
  6. Street Easy
  7. City Realty
  8. Sins of Greenwashing
  9. Cal Finder
  10. Camput Edge BK
  11. Takimag
  12. About


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