Two Northside Piers

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47 North 4th Street, Brooklyn, NY

Two Northside Piers
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Two Northside Piers in Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Building Information
Developer The Toll Brothers
Architect FXFowle Architects
Number of Units 270
Number of Floors 30
Year Built 2010
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof Tar and Gravel
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47 North 4th Street, Brooklyn, NY
Distance to Public Transit 19 nearby routes
Region Brooklyn
Municipality New York City
Zoning M3 - 1
Title of Land Condominium


Contents

Background

Zoning changes along the waterfront in Williamsburg, Brooklyn have recently led to a boom of residential developments in the area. One of the first of these was the construction of One Northside Piers in 2008, with Two Northside Piers following in 2010. A third building has been planned, and ground was broken for Three Northside Piers in 2012.

However, even without the third building, the Northside Piers project has contributed substantially to the rapid growth of the neighborhood, and with its unobstructed views of Manhattan from across the East River, Two Northside Piers is hoping to be a sought after address for many years to come.[1]

Location

Two Northside Piers is located along the North Side waterfront in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Williamsburg is a neighborhood that has undergone many transformations over the years, and today it is known for its strong and influential indie arts scene, one that encompasses live music venues, indie theaters, and arts galleries. Williamsburg also has a reputation for being a hub of hipster culture, a notion that is thoroughly scorned in the television show 2 Broke Girls, which is set is Williamsburg.

Bordered by the East River to the West, Queens to the East, and Greenport to the North, Williamsburg was originally part of the Bushwick neighborhood. It wasn’t until 1827 that the Village of Williamsburg was incorporated and the separate neighborhood was created. Williamsburg’s economy and society thrived for many years, attracting many merchants, farmers, and businesses, and the area’s banks and financiers rivaled Wall Street; at one point in the mid-19th century fully 10% of the country’s wealth was based in Williamsburg.

The opening of the Williamsburg Bridge in 1903 had a dramatic effect on the neighborhood, as a huge influx of immigrants poured into the area seeking relief from the overpopulated tenements of Manhattan. Williamsburg quickly became the most densely populated neighborhood in New York City, and the following decades saw the area fall into poverty, crime, and corruption. It wasn’t until the New York City Council approved rezoning measures for the North Side waterfront in 2005 that rapid change came to Williamsburg.

However, although the new developments that have resulted from the rezoning have brought in more wealthy and high income earners, Williamsburg remains to this day a melting pot of culture, demographics, and ethnicities.[2]

Residents of Two Northside Piers do not require a car to complete their daily errands, as the building is close to an abundance of shops, restaurants, home services, and transit options.[3]

Construction

Construction of Two Northside Piers was the second phase of the Northside Piers development along the Williamsburg waterfront, following the construction of One Northside Piers from 2006-2008. Two Northside Piers was completed in 2010, and although it managed to avoid the headline generating fire that occurred during One Northside Piers’ construction, Two Northside Piers has had problems of its own.

In 2011, residents publicly accused the developer, the Toll Brothers, of cutting union labor in an effort to lower building costs, resulting in mediocre craftsmanship. Among the laundry list of problems, residents cited the building’s windows as one of the main issues, as it was claimed that rain and wind come through the defective seals, resulting in water leaks and large heating bills.[4]

Layout and Features

Two Northside Piers is a 30 story building containing 270 apartment units, and holds over 4000 square feet of retail space. The closest to the waterfront of the pair of Northside Piers buildings, Two Northside Piers is part of a 400 foot long waterfront esplanade pier that houses shops, restaurants, and public seating areas.

One of the premiere features of this waterfront is the stainless steel art sculpture named “Crescendo” that was installed to fulfill the esplanade’s design of having a public shade structure. Created by Williamsburg artist Mark Gibian, the 28 by 16 foot structure sits at the end of the esplanade pier.[5]

The residential apartments in Two Northside Piers range in size from studio to three bedroom units, although over 60% of Two Northside Piers is comprised of studios and one bedrooms.

All apartments feature floor to ceiling windows and hardwood flooring. The kitchens were designed by Stephen Alton, and feature Bosch and Sub Zero appliances, marble counter tops, and custom cabinetry.

Bathrooms were built with floor to ceiling tiling, standing showers and soaking tubs, and Lefroy Brooks fixtures.[6][7]

Floor Plans

With over 120 floor plans available, a selection is presented.

Amenities

Residents of Two Northside Piers are able to enjoy all of the amenities of its neighboring building at One Northside Piers, including a staff of 24 hour doormen, concierge, valet parking, and a live-in superintendent.

The amenities at One Northside Piers also include a fitness center with a heated pool, sauna, hot tub, and yoga room, a children’s playroom, a media room, a shared outdoor terrace, and storage facilities.

Inside Two Northside Piers, residents also enjoy a private resident’s lounge and wet bar, bicycle storage, and rooftop Cabanas.[8]

Bylaws

Two Northside Piers Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Age No


  • Rentals are allowed in this building
  • There are no age restrictions for ownership
  • This building is pet friendly[9]


Sustainability

While Two Northside Piers does not have a LEED certification, many of the Toll Brothers’ projects have achieved this distinction, revealing a strong track record of certified sustainable living developments.

The Toll Brothers claim to produce energy efficient home designs for each of their projects, and maintain a website dedicated to their green initiatives that offers tips to residents of how to incorporate sustainability into their daily lives.[10][11]

Trivia

  • Since opening, the developers of Northside Piers and the workmanship of the buildings have come under much criticism from the owners. In 2011, over half a dozen owners publicly accused the Toll Brothers of dropping union labour in favor of cutting costs during the construction period, resulting in system failures of the plumbing, sewage, heating, and air conditioning. The owners also claimed the apartments were poorly insulated, resulting in water leaks, mold outbreaks, and astronomical heating bills.[12]


  • Several residents of the building risked a Class B misdemeanor charge by remaining in their homes, despite the mandatory evacuation order issued in preparation for Hurricane Sandy in 2012.[13]


References

  1. City Realty - Review
  2. Wikipedia
  3. Wlk Score
  4. Curbed - NY
  5. The Real Deal Website
  6. Street Easy
  7. NY Bits
  8. Street Easy
  9. Street Easy
  10. Toll Brothers City Living
  11. Toll Brothers City Living
  12. New York Post - Article
  13. NY Curbed


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