Brooklyn height! Two giant towers planned Downtown

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Downtown is going up!

Developers are planning to build two skyscrapers in Brooklyn’s beating commercial heart that will dwarf other towers in the borough.

JEMB Realty announced Monday that it will construct a 600-foot office building — roughly 60 standard floors — at Albee Square West between Fulton and Willoughby streets.

But even that will look Lilliputian in comparison to the 1,000-foot residential super-tower JDS Development and the Chetrit Group plan to erect two blocks away at Flatbush Avenue Extension and Fleet Street, according to a report on real-estate blog New York Yimby.

Both high-rises will rob the almost-complete 591-foot Ava DoBro apartment building at Willoughby and Duffield streets of its “borough’s tallest tower” title.

Here is a look the new heights America’s Downtown will reach in years to come.

420 Albee Square

This behemoth will be the first full office building to rise Downtown since the city rezoned the neighborhood in 2004 to allow for such supersized structures.

The area is suffering from a shortage of office space and businesses are already interested in snapping up some of the coveted cubicles, said a broker for the property.

“The folks we have talked to have expressed interest in the project,” Scott Cahaly, executive vice president of Jones Lang LaSalle, which is handling leasing for the building.

JEMB Realty bought the land last year and originally planned a 35-story residential building for the site. But the city’s Economic Development Corporation — a quasi-governmental body charged with promoting business in New York — offered to sell it a swathe of extra air rights from a neighboring building if it promised to build the much-needed office space instead, a spokesman said.

Construction on the project, which will also include ground-floor retail, is slated to begin in the first half of 2016, and wrap up within two years.

340 Flatbush Ave Ext.

But the Albee Square building’s time in the sunlight may be short-lived if JDS and Chetrit follow through with their super-tower two blocks away.

The developers plan a soaring, skinny residential skyscraper containing around 90 floors, 550 units, and some commercial space, according to Yimby, which says it got the info and renderings from an internal company document.

The real estate outfits bought the sites $43.5 million last year, then purchased the landmarked Dime Savings Bank next door for $90 million earlier this year.

The developers won’t be able to mess much with the bank due to its historic status — the city wouldn’t even let the former owner add a wheelchair ramp — but the former savings institution’s air rights will allow it to go colossal next door.

The owners have not filed plans for the building yet, though JDS posted an Instagram video in September teasing the view from the forthcoming tower that confirms the company has its sights set on some serious altitude.

That view... 340 FAE/9 Dekalb coming soon. #340FAE #jdsconstruction #9dekalb #brooklyn

A video posted by JDS Development Group (@jdsdevel­opmentgroup) on

Reach reporter Lauren Gill at or by calling (718) 260–2511.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Mike from Brooklyn says:
Ugh... if I wanted to live in Manhattan, I'd move there.
Nov. 11, 2015, 9:05 am
Sean F from Bensonhurst says:
Manhattan is moving to Brooklyn. Not too surprising after the height-spurt that started in Long Island City in the 80s.

Science fiction has been depicting tall towers in the outer boroughs for a long time now. One book even refers to the city of "Philly-NewYork-Boston" as a single city. Maybe not in my lifetime, but urban sprawl has its toehold firmly in Kings County - though it feels more like a claw pressing down on us.
Nov. 11, 2015, 9:44 am
Me from Bay Ridge says:
Are the marshy lands south and east of the terminal moraine safe from this sort of development?
Nov. 11, 2015, 9:55 am
Dan from Boerum Hill says:
Isn't dense, high development in a downtown area surrounded by mass transit the opposite of sprawl?
Nov. 11, 2015, 10:08 am
people from Brooklyn says:
Time to break free, unite, and reestablish The City of Brooklyn!

We no loner need Manhattan nor its parasitic dominance and political rule.

We have a Stadium again, Cruise Terminal, new Waterfront Parks and more desirable and sought after communities than Manhattan.

Time to break free and be our own again - The City of Brooklyn!
Nov. 11, 2015, 10:31 am
Arnold Hook from Bed-Sty says:
I come home two or three times a year to visit family, and darn, it's hard to get from LaGuardia to Brooklyn. I have to make sure the cabbie is not in Manhattan. Down town, forget about it.
It's a shame what is happening to Kings County. To much building. But greed motivates gentrification. But, Bed-Say stay strong, don't buy into the greed, keep you homes.
Nov. 11, 2015, 10:42 am
verajay from cobble hill. says:
seems like they havent learned from 911. Greed rules! all my wonderful views of chrysler bldg, williamsburg bridge and empirt state bldg are gone because of these bldgs. enough already!
Nov. 11, 2015, 11:46 am
bkmanhatman from nubrucklyn says:
they need to put a heigh restriction and just build affordable housing.
Nov. 11, 2015, 12:11 pm
Mike from Williamsburg says:
I don't know what is the most ridiculous comment I've read so far, but "all my wonderful views of [buidings] are gone because of buildings" is one for the ages.
Nov. 11, 2015, 12:13 pm
Jimmy from Flatbush says:
Mike -- I agree, that is a particularly great comment.
Nov. 11, 2015, 12:34 pm
Logic says:
If you want affordable housing, we need to change housing code and union regulations to make it possible to build affordable housing without incentives and still make a profit. Prefab houses, for example, are cheaper to build and can solve the affordable housing crisis but unions won't let them because they provide fewer jobs. We can't have it both ways. What we do know is blocking new developments causes the demand to be greater than the demand which drives up housing costs for everyone. But it's easier for trolls to fight housing than it is to get involved in the real forces driving up rent.
Nov. 11, 2015, 12:58 pm
BrooklynSandy from Ft Greene says:
The Chetrit surprises ...check out the NYC Campaign Finance Board website under Chetrit...
Total Amount: $30,125.00 least what has been available on-line!

This group plays while others struggle:

& CHETRIT GROUP $25,000.00 to the REBNY Scam "Jobs for NY" lobby which poured unlimited resourced to elect "friendly" legislators as quid pro quo in their development take-overs.
Nov. 11, 2015, 1:19 pm
TOM from Sunset Park says:
The marshy lands to the south and east of the terminal moraine may be safe from this development but this site is north and west of it(think Prospect Park).
Nov. 11, 2015, 3:20 pm
Charles from Bklyn says:
We need to stop building luxury housing and start building more affordable housing. This is symbolic of the mismatch of what the city needs and what it's going to get.
Nov. 11, 2015, 5 pm
Me from Bay Ridge says:
That's why I said "this sort of"development, i.e., megatowers.
Nov. 11, 2015, 5:56 pm
jay from nyc says:
sure affordable housing would be nice, but two problems, one, no one can actually afford to build it and make any money and two, what exactly is "affordable"?
DO you mean affordable for poor people making $27,000 or less a year, or do you mean affordable for a family of 4 with duel incomes, say a teacher and a cop, making $120,000 a year? They are two very different things.
Nov. 11, 2015, 6:22 pm
Diego Carreno from Park Slope says:
So getting out to the BQE will take 45 minutes now....hurrah for progress !!
Nov. 11, 2015, 9:33 pm
Charles from Bklyn says:
Of note, buildings can be built by non-profits if the city and state lent a hand and stopped giving land and tax abatements to for profit developers.
Nov. 12, 2015, 12:24 am
samir kabir from downtown says:
Maybe jay from nyc could write speeches for Donald Trump. Then jay would be employed.
Nov. 12, 2015, 5:26 am
Barry from Flatbush says:
Jay from NYC is using the computer at the library without taking his meds again because his disability check hasn't arrived.
Nov. 12, 2015, 4:42 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Nobody is saying that new skyscrapers shouldn't be built, it should be based on demand rather than being done for the fun of it. I feel that the only reason to why there is so much going on in northern Brooklyn is mainly because of its real estate market and the fact that land is cheaper compared to Manhattan. However, once that's no longer the case, developers will just move somewhere else and just start the process over again until that happens again hence creating a cycle. The truth is that real estate markets are always a boom-bust risk, and they shouldn't always be relied on. As for affordable housing, it doesn't have to look bad, just provide good housing for those on low incomes, and I do feel that the 421-a tax abatement should be better enforced especially when there are realtors and other developers who ask for them, but never keep their promises. One other thing is that building a lot of luxury housing does cause longtime residents and businesses to be priced out due to gentrification due to rising up rents and other property taxes.
Nov. 13, 2015, 5:05 pm

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