One Brooklyn Bridge Park

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360 Furman Street, Brooklyn, NY

One Brooklyn Bridge Park
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Well situated between the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges
Building Information
Developer RAL Companies
Architect Vincent Cangelosi of Creative Design Associates
Management Company Spandrel Property Services
Number of Units 449
Number of Floors 14
Year Built 1929
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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360 Furman Street, Brooklyn, New York City
Distance to Public Transit Less than one block
Region New York City
Municipality New York City
Zoning R6
Title of Land Condominium


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Background

One Brooklyn Bridge Park was completed in 1929 and was a warehouse until it became the printing and shipping facilities for the Jehovah's Witnesses in 1983. The new owners occupied the building until 2004 when it was sold to RAL Development Services LLC. The sale was for $205 million and the sales agreement allowed the Jehovah's Witnesses one year to move its operations to other properties within Brooklyn that they owned.

After acquiring the property, RAL brought in Vincent Cangelosi of Creative Design Associates. He was the architect for the building’s 2008 conversion which created 449 apartments. The concrete structure has been compared to Manhattan's Battery Park City for luxury waterfront living. As such, the building takes its name from the park where it is located and offers amazing views across the East River of Lower Manhattan.

The Brooklyn Bridge Park at the foot of the building is undergoing a large renovation that converts the former shipping and industrial waterfront area into a park. Part of the negotiation to allow the zoning change and the conversion to proceed, permits the building to exist tax free with that money being used to maintain and upkeep Brooklyn Bridge Park.[1]

Location

One Brooklyn Bridge Park is situated at the entrance to Pier 6 on the East River in an area known as Brooklyn Heights. This area is noted for its historic brownstones and tree-lined streets. The Brooklyn Queens Expressway (BQE) runs nearby facilitating quick access to the Brooklyn Bridge and Lower Manhattan. The ferry to Governors Island is nearby, as well.

Shops, cafes, and delis are within a short walk of the building. Groceries, churches and schools are located within a half mile of One Brooklyn Bridge Park. The "Walk Score" website rates the walk-ability of this address at 95 out of 100 and awards a transit score of 100 out of 100 due to over 30 nearby bus and rail routes.[2]

Construction

This waterfront concrete building was first built as a warehouse. In 1983, it housed the massive printing and shipping operations for the Jehovah's Witnesses. When RAL acquired the building, the transformation from industrial and administrative purposes to condominium residences added two floors to the original 12 story building. Some outside staircases were moved to the interior. A 500 car parking lot was established and two landscaped terraces. To date, it is considered one of the most ambitious renovations of an industrial purposed building to a residential one.[3]

The building is a sturdy mid-rise building that stands at the water's edge. The entire structure has been painted battleship gray as it is an enormous structure that looms over the harbor. The ongoing upgrades to the Brooklyn Bridge Park has attracted many buyers and will continue to be a popular spot to live in Brooklyn.

Layout and Features

Residents to One Brooklyn Bridge Park enter the over sized lobby from multiple entrances; Furman Street, Joralemon Street, and Atlantic Avenue. Even with the 500 car parking area, it is also a Zipcar location for those tenants who only need a car infrequently. There is 70,000 square feet of onsite retail space.

The transmission of sound is cut considerably from the nearby BQE freeway by the installation of commercial-grade windows of thermo pane, double-glazed insulated glass.

The greatest feature presented to residents is the 85 acre Brooklyn Bridge Park itself, of which 40 acres is recreational space with bike trails, water parks, and even a carousel. Within the park, there are 4 miles of floating and fixed walkways.

Floor Plans

After the renovation, One Brooklyn Bridge Park offers 178 floor plans. Here are a few:

Amenities

One Brooklyn Bridge Park has numerous amenities for its residents, some of which include:

  • A yoga studio
  • A billiard room
  • Games lounges with a virtual golf and driving range
  • A children's playroom
  • Large gymnasium
  • A music room
  • Garden terraces

Additionally, there are two satellite cardio rooms, a dance studio, conference room, meeting room and free storage space.

Probably the biggest amenity of all is the redevelopment and immediate access to Brooklyn Bridge Park itself at the foot of this building. Interestingly, One Brooklyn Bridge Park is entirely within the boundaries of the park itself, the only residential building in New York City where this occurs.

Bylaws

One Brooklyn Bridge Park Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No
Barbecues Yes


Children, pets, and socializing are all encouraged.

This building provides many comforts of any home.[4]

One Brooklyn Bridge Park is managed by Spandrel Property Services: (212) 748-8900.

Sustainability

A building of this age has predated the modern inclination to a 'green' environment.

However, the renovation has equipped the apartments with Bosch Ovens, dishwashers, and refrigerators which are all energy star compliant and efficient in their operation.

The installation heavy commercial-grade glass in the floor to ceiling windows will lead to energy savings and the nearness to transit and other services reduces the need for a car.

Trivia

  • One Brooklyn Bridge Park began its existence as a warehouse. The Jehovah's Witnesses needed a large facility to produce their literature, namely, The Watchtower and Awake! These journals are printed in 180 languages and they also print bibles. This impressive printing operation requires a small army of translators, even those versed in the world's more obscure languages.
  • After the sale of One Brooklyn Bridge Park, the Jehovah's Witnesses moved their printing operations to other properties they owned in Brooklyn. As rezoning to residential changes come forward, they will sell or have sold many of their Brooklyn holdings. At last report, printing operations were moving to Georgeville, Ontario, Canada. It is expected the output of their presses will be 260 million magazines per year.[5]
  • Upon completion of One Brooklyn Bridge Park, enticements were offered to apartment buyers. For instance, anyone who bought an apartment for $2 million or more would get an Audi sedan. The other 'carrot' was for buyers who signed qualifying contracts before a specific date would get something much more valuable than an automobile - a free parking space. The Audi was worth about $30,000 - the parking space? - $140,000.[6]

References

  1. City Realty - Review
  2. Walk score
  3. Brooklyn Bridge Park - Periodical
  4. Curbed NY - June 11, 2012
  5. Orangeville Citizen - New press to print Jehovah's Witness publications in Canada
  6. City Realty - Review


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