365 Bridge Street, Brooklyn, NY
Belltel Lofts, as seen from Bridge Street
|Developer||Rudolphe L. Daus|
|Architect||Ralph Walker of Voorhees, Walker & Gmelin|
|Number of Units||250|
|Number of Floors||27|
|Type of Roof||IRMA|
|365 Bridge Street, Brooklyn, NY|
|Distance to Public Transit||Less than one block|
|Region||New York City|
|Municipality||New York City|
|Title of Land||Condominium|
Built in 1930, Belltel Lofts was originally constructed as the headquarters of the New York Telephone Company. It was designated a landmark in 2004 and was converted to residential 'boutique' condominiums in 2006. The building is considered to be one of the city's important Art Deco structures and one of the major landmarks in downtown Brooklyn.
The conversion to condominiums by Clipper Equity was designed by Frederic A. Bland of Beyer Blinder Belle. Residences maintain many original architectural details.
Belltel Lofts is also known as 97-105 Willoughby Street and 7 MetroTech Center in the "DoBro" section of Brooklyn.
Belltel Lofts is located on Bridge Street near Willoughby Street in Brooklyn, near MetroTech Center’s three-and-a-half-acre commons: home to summer concerts, public sculpture, health fairs, chess tournaments, holiday celebrations and trees. 
Belltel Lofts shines with a walk score of 98 out of 100, earning a title of "Walker's Paradise". Residents do not need a car to complete daily errands. It is two stops from Manhattan on multiple subway lines, earning it a 100 out of 100 transit score, and is located steps from the tree-lined Metrotech Commons. There are multiple restaurants, coffee shops and a grocery store nearby. There is also a high school.
The 27 storey building is comprised of iron-spotted orange brick that rises in a series of sculptural setbacks to a prominent central tower. The New York Times describes it as "mottled in color, so it reads like an undulating tapestry". It was originally designed by Ralph Walker in an Art Deco style for the New York Telephone Company.
The condominium remodelling of the building by Beyer Blinder Belle has kept many of the original features. They include ornamental metalwork on display windows and street level entrances, heritage elevator fixtures, and massive marble walls and floor in the lobby.
The building has two rooftop terraces where you can relax and enjoy the views of the city.
Layout and Features
Belltel Lofts contains 250 residences spread out over 27 floors.
There are 100 different floor plans and 58 apartments have terraces.
Belltel Lofts has 189 different floor plans. Below are samples, including units that span two floors.
The building has many amenities, including:
- Concierge and doorman
- Garage with valet parking
- Zip car service
- Fitness center and yoga studio
- Residents' lounge and screening room
- Children's playroom
- Live-in superintendent
- Roof terrace
|Belltel Lofts Bylaws|
The building is pet-friendly and allows rentals and barbecues. There is no age restriction for ownership or for rentals.
Belltel Lofts was originally constructed as a grandiose, Art Deco Telephone Company Building. This was in an era before environmental concerns were as prevalent as today. However, all units have been equipped with energy-saving GE appliances.
Tenants and residents can contribute to a greener environment by:
- Taking advantage of the high walk and transit scores by walking, using transit and cycling rather than driving
- Using proper environmentally conscious methods of waste disposal
- Participating in New York City's recycling programs
- Belltel is located less than a block from its predecessor, the first Long Island headquarters of the New York Telephone Company built in 1898.
- In 2008, the Belltel building was named as the site of the MTV program, "The Real World: Brooklyn," where the housemates were to live in a duplex, five bedroom penthouse in the building. However, this was later cancelled and the show relocated to Red Hook.
- The architects also designed the Barclay & Vessey Building near Ground Zero in Lower Manhattan and One Wall Street.
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