One Northside Piers

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4 North 5th Street, Brooklyn, New York City, NY

One Northside Piers

One Northside Piers in Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Building Information
Developer The Toll Brothers
Architect FXFowle Architects
Number of Units 180
Number of Floors 29
Year Built 2008
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof Tar and gravel
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4 North 5th Street, New York City
Distance to Public Transit Nearly 20 routes close by
Region New York City
Municipality New York City
Zoning M3 - 1
Title of Land Condominium



The architect's vision of the finished product

The Williamsburg waterfront in Brooklyn, New York City was until recently mostly a warehouse and commercial district. However, developers have begun to take advantage of the new zoning in the area with One Northside Piers being one of the first buildings to be erected under these new provisions.

Sitting directly on the waterfront in North Brooklyn, One Northside Piers is a luxury condominium building that helped to spur development in the area. Attracted by dramatic East River views, One Northside Piers has helped to turn this neighborhood into one of the most rapidly growing and highly desirable residential areas in Brooklyn.[1]


One Northside Piers in located in the neighborhood of Williamsburg in the borough of Brooklyn, New York City. Bordering the East River to the West, Queens to the East, and Bedford Stuyvesant to the South, Williamsburg was originally called Bushwick until the Village of Williamsburg was incorporated in 1827 to create its own distinct neighborhood. Williamsburg thrived for many years, attracting financiers, farmers, and merchants.

The wealthy elite of New York built mansion homes along the waterfront. In 1903, the Williamsburg bridge was opened and a flood of immigrants poured into Williamsburg looking to escape the poverty and slum living of the tenements of Manhattan. Soon Williamsburg had the highest neighborhood population in New York City and over the years, the neighborhood endured widespread crime, poverty, and corruption.[2]

Gentrification didn’t come to the area until the 1990s, but the process was slow and uneven. It wasn’t until the New York City Council rezoned the North Side waterfront areas for residential development in 2005 that the neighborhood began to see a rapid change. Despite this, Williamsburg remains a cultural melting pot of residents of all ethnicity.

The neighborhood houses a strong artistic community of musicians, visual artists, and indie theaters. With a Walk Score of 98 out of 100 and a Transit Score of 84 out 100, residents of One Northside Piers do not require a car to complete their daily errands, as the building is close to an abundance of restaurants, shops, home services, and transit options.[3]


Construction on One Northside Piers was the first of the Northside Piers project to begin, starting in 2006 and finishing in 2008. Developed by the Toll Brothers and designed by the architectural group FXFowle Architects in a modernist style, the path from conception to completion has been anything but smooth for One Northside Piers.

In 2007, a fire broke out in the top floors of the project prompting an evacuation of the construction workers and giving local neighbors dramatic scenes of dark black billowing smoke emerging from the top of the building.

Later, in April of 2012, the Toll Brothers filed suit against two of the building’s contractors, claiming that the supposedly high performance windows that were installed are already leaking, despite the contractor’s seven year warranty.[4]

Layout and Features

Although Two Northside Piers is technically the closest of the buildings to the waterfront, One Northside Piers does stand directly on the waterfront of the East River, and is part of a 400 foot public esplanade pier that includes restaurants, shops, and public seating areas. At the tip of the pier, Williamsburg artist Mark Gibian’s stainless steel sculpture “Crescendo” offers up public shading from the sun. One Northside Piers also holds within its building over 17,000 square feet of retail commercial space.[5]

One Northside Piers is a 29 story building holding 180 apartments ranging in size from studios to three bedroom units. Its suite composition is 60% two and three bedrooms apartments, thereby attracting more families. Kitchens in One Northside Piers were custom designed by Stephen Alton.

They feature walnut flooring, marble counter tops, custom cabinetry, and appliances made by Bosch and Sub Zero. The bathrooms feature dual sinks, standing showers, soaking tubs, and marble vanity counter tops.[6]

Floor Plans

With over 110 floor plans available, a selection is presented.


The lobby

There are many amenities in this building, including 24 hour doormen, valet parking, a live-in superintendent, and a concierge.

Additional amenities include a fully equipped fitness center with a yoga room, heated pool, and sauna, a children’s playroom, a shared outdoor terrace, a media room, private residents parking, and storage facilities.[7]


One Northside Piers Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Age No

  • There are no age restrictions for ownership in this building
  • Rentals are permitted


One Northside Piers is not designated as a green building, nor does it hold an LEED certification. However, its developer, the Toll Brothers, have a long track record of producing certified green buildings, including two condominium buildings in New York City.

While One Northside Piers has not achieved certification, the Toll Brothers claim to produce energy efficient home designs for all of their projects and maintain a website that outlines their green initiatives and offers residents tips on how to live a sustainable lifestyle.[8]


The tar fire atop One Northside Piers - there were no injuries
  • In March of 2011, several owners of condos in the Northside Piers development accused the Toll Brothers of cutting costs during construction by dropping union labor. As a result, owners have claimed that the buildings suffer from water leaks and mold outbreaks, and that the plumbing, sewage, heating, and air conditioning systems don’t work properly. In particular, owners claimed that a two bedroom unit was costing the owner over $400 a month in heating costs due to the poor insulation around the over sized windows in the apartments.[9]
  • In response to the accusations of poor workmanship at One Northside Piers, the Toll Brothers launched a $10 million dollar lawsuit against two of the building’s contractors, claiming that the sealing around the windows was faulty.[10]
  • One Northside Piers made headlines in September of 2007, when the top of the building caught fire while under construction. No one was hurt and all workers were evacuated from the site, and it was later determined that the fire was started while workers were preparing the roofing tar.[11]


  1. City Realty - Review
  2. Wikipedia - Williamsburg, Brooklyn
  3. Walk Score
  4. The Real Deal
  5. City Realty - Review
  6. NY Bits
  7. NY Bits - One Northside Piers
  8. Toll Brothers City Living
  9. New York Post
  10. The Real Deal - Toll Brothers Sues Contractors
  11. The Gothamist

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