Bridge No. 50

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50 Bridge Street, Brooklyn, NY

Bridge No. 50
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Exterior of Bridge No. 50
Building Information
Developer Joshua Guttman
Number of Units 58
Number of Floors 6
Year Built 2004
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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50 Bridge Street, Brooklyn, NY
Distance to Public Transit Within four blocks
Region New York City
Municipality New York City
Zoning M1-4/R7A
Title of Land Condominium


Contents

Background

Originally used as a warehouse and constructed in 1904, Bridge No. 50 was converted in 2004 and now offers 58 true loft residential condominium units. The residences found in the historic building are all uniquely designed and feature large open spaces with exposed beams and high ceiling of 10 to 16 feet. Some of the units are multi-leveled with loft spaces and large terraces.

Exterior of Bridge No. 50

These raw spaces allowed the owners in the building to design their own spaces, making for a completely unique residential building. The building offers a common rooftop deck with Manhattan and water views. Other amenities in the building include a concierge and common laundry area, as well as the J51 Tax abatement until year 2019, which is a property tax exemption and abatement for renovating a residential apartment building.

The area of Dumbo is one of Brooklyn's most sought-after neighborhoods near the Manhattan Bridge. Bridge No. 50 is located on the East side of Dumbo nearing Vinegar Hill, which is situated at the shoreline of Wallabout Bay. Cobbled streets, small shops, and waterfront views are all part of Dumbo's charm.[1]

Location

Situated to the east of the Manhattan Bridge, Bridge No. 50 offers its residents a convenient location with easy access to Manhattan on the downtown side, and Vinegar Hill and Williamsburg on the Brooklyn side.

The building is just a couple of block south of the shoreline of the East River, and just a few blocks west of the shoreline at Wallabout Bay. Nearby outdoor areas include Bridge Park, Trinity Park, Whitman Park, and Brooklyn War Memorial. Brooklyn Bridge Park, at the shore of the East River, is also located within walking distance from the residences.

Restaurants such as I Lounge Medias, Pedro's, and Los Papi's are within walking distance, as well as many coffee shops, stores, and grocery markets. Located in public school district 37, many schools of all levels are nearby. Bridge Coffee Shop is located one block south. The nearest public transportation is four blocks away. York Street Subway is an eight minute walk from Bridge No. 50 lofts, and takes residents into Manhattan over the Manhattan Bridge.[2]

Construction

The original concrete building was used as a warehouse and was built in 1904. It was converted to residences in 2004. The building has a simple design with a two tiered roof and roof terraces at the top of the building.

The exterior color scheme is brown and green, and has an exposed concrete façade. The building features many tall, narrow windows and no balconies, but offers a common rooftop patio.

Layout and Features

Each one of the residences at Bridge No. 50 is unique in its own right. Many different floor plans offer high ceiling heights between 10 to 16 feet, and loft spaces for additional rooms, sleeping areas, and storage. Mezzanine platforms are also featured, some with wrap-around mezzanines.

Many exposed structural columns and beams highlight the spaces. Large walk-in closets and storage spaces are frequented at the residences. Kitchens include high-end stainless steel appliances, some with gas ranges and hoods, granite counter tops with islands, and separate wine coolers.

Granite floors are also featured in some spaces, as well as hardwood floors throughout. The penthouse level has a master en-suite bathroom and huge storage spaces including a walk-in closet. Glass sliding doors lead to private terraces on the upper levels of the building. Many of the residences offer views of Manhattan. Bathrooms feature marble and soaking tubs. Many custom stairs leading to the upper loft levels are featured in the residences, some of them being cast-iron.[3]

Floor Plans

15 floor plans are available for Bridge No. 50.

Here is a brief overview.


Amenities

Amenities offered at Bridge No. 50 include:

  • Concierge
  • Doorman
  • Roof Deck
  • Live-in Super
  • Shared Laundry
  • Storage

Bylaws

Bridge No. 50 Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No
Barbecues Yes


Pets and rentals are allowed at Bridge No. 50.


There are no age restrictions placed on ownership.

Sustainability

The historic building's recent conversion to lofts included the addition of insulation for energy efficiency, as well as energy star rated appliances and lighting.

Nearby transportation routes allow residents to take advantage of sustainable, car-free travel.

Trivia

Greenpoint Terminal Market after the fire

Joshua Guttman, the developer who was in charge of the Bridge No. 50 conversion, is considered controversial, both for his work on this building and several others.

The owners at Bridge No. 50 filed a $36 million dollar law suit against the developer for reasons encompassing poor construction that lists off hundreds of structural defects and code violations in the building. Owners paid up to $1 million dollars for their lofts at Bridge No. 50, and are unhappy with the building's instability with leaks, poor ventilation, paper-thin walls, and low water pressure.

Josh Guttman developed a five story rooftop addition at 53 Bridge Street, a commercially zoned lot, at 53 Bridge Street. This development had many safety hazards like windows that popped out and unstable scaffolding during construction, and caused a Stop Work Order to be issued on the building. Many fines were placed on Guttman, for which he is apparently yet to pay off. The addition had to be taken down for zone compliance purposes.

Also on his track record is the Greenpoint Terminal Market complex, which burned down in flames to the blame of a homeless man.[4]


References

  1. Street Easy
  2. Walk Score
  3. Halstead
  4. ALB Law Firm


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