Berry Street Lofts

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55 Berry Street, Brooklyn, NY

Berry Street Lofts
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Exterior of Berry Street Lofts
Building Information
Developer South Second LLC
Architect Robert M. Scarano/Karl Fischer
Number of Units 48
Number of Floors 6
Year Built 1910
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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55 Berry Street, Brooklyn, NY
Distance to Public Transit Within one block
Region New York City
Municipality New York City
Zoning M1-2/R6A
Title of Land Condominium


Contents

Background

Berry Street Lofts is a converted residential condominium building located at 55 Berry Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The heritage loft building was originally built in 1910 and was used as a knitting factory. It now serves as a beautifully converted full service residential building that offers various historic and industrial style elements like soaring 13 foot tall ceilings with exposed concrete and wide open spaces. Berry Street Lofts was converted to condominiums in 2005 and was actually the first true heritage loft conversion located in the Williamsburg area of Brooklyn. The original architect of the building was Robert M. Scarano, and Karl Fischer designed the conversion.

Exterior of Berry Street Lofts

The building offers 48 unique layouts that range in size, but all offer strikingly large spaces and high ceilings, with plenty of windows and natural light. Being situated in Greenpoint across the East River from Manhattan, many of the residences offer water or city views. The building offers a convenient location between Williamsburg and Greenpoint in Brooklyn, with nearby access to the shoreline of the East River and McCarren Park.

Berry Street Lofts combines old-world historic charm with new-world modernism with its amenities like a 24 hour doorman, landscaped common roof garden, and a 2000 square foot fitness center. There are also parking spaces and storage spaces available on-site, which is more than most historic buildings can offer. On top of that, the building also offers its residents low common charges and a J-51 tax abatement.[1]

Location

Situated at the corner of Berry Street and North 10th Street in the Greenpoint area of Brooklyn, Berry Street Lofts offers a prime location just steps from the L train at Bedford Avenue, which is just one stop out of Manhattan. Also located nearby is the well known McCarren Park where residents can enjoy an enormous pool built for 6,800 swimmers. East River State Park is also nearby as well as many restaurants, bars, and shops.

Other nearby outdoor attractions include Raymond Nutley Square and Mount Caramel Square. The area is also well known and sought after for its great schools. The subway station is located just three blocks south, and the North Williamsburg Ferry terminal is just a few blocks to the west on the shore of the river. Car share programs like Zipcar and Enterprise have stations within walking distance from the residences, allowing those who live in the building to take advantage of easy commuting.[2]


Construction

The historic building was built of solid concrete when it was first constructed in 1910 as a knitting factory. The building underwent extensive renovations during its conversion in 2005 when it became a residential loft building with 48 unique residences.

The exterior of the building is made of exposed concrete slabs in a warm beige color scheme. The building has an L shape with one higher rising portion and one lower rising portion. A common rooftop terrace is offered at the roof of the lower rising portion of the lofts, and a brick-faced water tank can be seen spanning the height of the building. The building features many paneled windows and an overhang at the top of the fifth level.


Layout and Features

Many different layouts are offered at Berry Street Lofts which include sizes that range from 1000 square feet to 2000 square feet all with 12 or 13 foot ceilings, and over sized multi-paneled windows for lots of light and maximization of views of the East River. All residences offer in-unit washers and dryers, and access to the common rooftop terrace.

The open kitchens feature custom cabinetry with lots of storage space, Sub-Zero and Bosche stainless steel appliances, GE Profile ranges, dishwashers, and granite counter tops with islands and eating bars. Also featured in the kitchens and throughout the spaces are recessed spot lighting. The penthouse units also offer their own private terraces.

Master bedrooms are large enough for King beds and feature en-suite bathrooms. Many of the layouts also feature double walk-in closets, open living rooms, and home offices or den spaces. The multi-paneled windows and concrete ceilings come together to offer a slightly industrial feel to the otherwise serene designs of the interior spaces.[3]


Floor Plans

There are 19 floor plans available for Berry Street Lofts. Here is a variety of different layouts.


Amenities

Amenities offered at Berry Street Lofts include:

  • Common Rooftop Terrace
  • Fitness Center


Bylaws

Berry Street Lofts Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No
Barbecues Yes


  • Pets and rentals are allowed at Berry Street Lofts
  • There are no age restrictions placed on ownership
  • Barbecues are allowed in the outdoor spaces provided


Sustainability

Eco-friendly features were added to the interiors of Berry Street Lofts during its conversion in 2005. These sustainable features include:

  • Energy efficient appliances and lighting
  • Additional multi-paneled windows for extra natural light
  • Double pane, energy efficient windows
  • New water conservative fixtures

Many nearby public transportation routes provide sustainable travel alternatives. Residents can practice sustainable living by being conscious of their vehicle travel and by taking advantage of the recycling services provided. Being mindful of one's energy consumption also goes a long way to promote sustainability and cost-savings.


Trivia

Berry Street Lofts is put on the map often by its nearby proximity to the well-known tourist attraction of McCarren Park. This is public park in Brooklyn that was originally called Greenpoint Park, due to its location nearby Greenpoint. In 1909 the park was renamed to McCarren Park to honor the State Senator of the time, Patrick McCarren. Patrick was originally a cooper (barrel maker) at the Williamsburg sugar refineries, before becoming the Democratic head of Brooklyn.

McCarren Pool
Happy swimmers at McCarren Pool in 1937

Today the park is a popular place for recreations including softball, volleyball, soccer, and handball. Many residents of Williamsburg frequent the park for sunbathing and dog-walking; the park features a dog run among many other things. The park is also a popular spot for running and picnicking. Many summer events are also hosted at McCarren Park, including SummerScreen outdoor movies, The Renegrade Craft Fair, and DIY events.

One of the most famous features of the park is not the park itself but the enormous pool that resides on the park land. The Pool at McCarren Park is one of eleven giant pools built by the Works Progress Administration. The pool was opened, along with the others, in the summer of 1936. This giant outdoor swimming pool has a capacity for 6,800 swimmers, and serves as the summertime social spot for those living in Greenpoint and Williamsburg. The pool's design by Aymar Embury II features dramatic arches. The pool has undergone many renovations and was reopened to the public on June 28, 2012.[4]

References

  1. Street Easy
  2. Walk Score
  3. Blocksy
  4. Wikipedia


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