On Prospect Park
1 Grand Army Plaza
|On Prospect Park|
On Prospect Park from Prospect Park
|Developer||Mario Procida, Louis V. Greco Jr., and Sheldon Grove|
|Number of Units||96|
|Number of Floors||16|
|Type of Roof||Ipe hardwood|
|1 Grand Army Plaza|
|Distance to Public Transit||Less than one block|
|Region||New York City|
|Municipality||New York City|
|Title of Land||Condominium|
On Prospect Park is a visually striking glass structure that stands out from the brownstones that the Park Slope neighborhood is known for. The family friendly, high-end neighborhood has helped to overcome concerns with the building's construction and lingering court cases. On Prospect Park stands as a symbol of Brooklyn's renaissance and its return to chic status among New York City's Burroughs.
On Prospect Park is located in Brooklyn's swanky Park Slope neighborhood. The area is synonymous with the brownstone buildings that have come to represent Brooklyn in the minds of many. It is fair to say that Brooklyn has come into its own, as the NBA's Nets have started playing in the Brooklyn area's Barclay's Arena and the NHL's New York Islanders have recently announced a plan to move there in the near future. The influx of professional sports franchises to the area points to a neighborhood with strong prospects moving forward and a new kind of cache to go along with the area's storied history and industrial-styled architecture.
In addition to being a high-end, elegant neighborhood, Park Slope was considered New York's 'Most Livable Neighborhood' in 2010 and is considered a very family friendly community. The area offers unique independent restaurants, of varying styles and cuisines. A number of supermarkets are nearby to On Prospect Park, as are cultural amenities like the Morbid Anatomy Library, just over a mile away.
In keeping with its family friendly nature, there are a number of nearby schools in the area and On Prospect Park is across the street, not too surprisingly, from Prospect Park, so green space is easily accessible. Both bus and subway are easily accessible, with the bus a few hundred feet from the building and the subway just a quarter mile.
This building was designed by Pritzker award winning architect Richard Meier. This glass and concrete structure may be typically modern in construction, but is, aesthetically, anything but typical. For all of the building's striking aesthetics, though, the construction of this building has been highly criticized by residents of the building.
The private roof-top decks, in particular, are at the heart of a court case brought by residents of the building against the developer. They have been characterized as unsalvageable by residents of the building. There were also early concerns with the glass curtain wall, though, to some end, these concerns seem to have been addressed.
Layout and Features
The one - four bedroom units available in On Prospect Park offer unique views and high-end finishes. Units in this building are quite spacious. Kitchens and bathrooms are custom designed and offer high-end fixtures and appliances. Some units feature oak floors and marble counters. There are numerous balconies and terraces, some of which include views of Soldiers and Sailors Arch at the core of Grand Army Plaza. Other units feature views of Midtown Manhattan, as even though this building stands only 15 stories tall, few of the buildings around it are as tall.
There are a significant number floor plans in On Prospect Park. These represent a select few.
Amenities in On Prospect Park include:
- A large fitness center with a pool
- 24 hour doorman
- Parking garage
- On-site storage
- Children's playroom
- It also offers a 421a tax abatement
|On Prospect Park Bylaws|
- On Prospect Park allows pets
- Rentals are permitted
- In keeping with the family-friendly neighborhood its located in, there are no age restrictions in this building
On Prospect Park offers residents easy access to Grow NYC's market in Grand Army Plaza, a year round market the offers plenty of options for fresh, locally grown food. It is also situated so that residents can easily walk to Prospect Park across the street.
The area also offers residents easy access to public transit, as the bus is less than 500 feet away, while the subway is only a quarter mile from the building.
- Legally, this building has had a tough history. It has had trouble obtaining a Certificate of Occupancy - an essential notice from the city indicating it has met required buildings codes. While it is not uncommon for a building to get a temporary certificate while the building undergoes minor construction to meet the city's building code requirements, On Prospect Park had been renewing their temporary certificate since construction was seemingly completed in 2008, which is a very uncommon practice. Less common still, the building let their temporary Certificate of Occupancy lapse in August of 2012. This had not been resolved by mid-September of 2012, essentially making it illegal for residents to sell and impossible to refinance mortgages.
- These latter points are particularly salient, as the condo board is suing the developer of the building for over $200 million, due to poor construction, with specific focus on an "unsalvagable roof", a curtain wall that leaks and unfinished amenities.
- In 2011, residents of On Prospect Park sued a nearby synagogue, claiming that loud music and late night parties resulted in the building shaking.
- Early in its life, this building became famous for its inability to sell units. One report noted that residents had set up a chat room to discuss their loneliness in the building. At the height of the trouble selling units in On Prospect Park, it was described as looking not unlike a Christmas Tree stripped of all but a handful of lights.
- The building is a stark departure from other buildings in the area and ran into significant local criticism.
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