Plans filed for 340 Flatbush Avenue Extension

Supertall Downtown skyscraper details revealed!

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Call it a tall order.

A pair of developers just filed plans outlining the Chrysler Building-sized tower they plan to erect next to Downtown’s Dime Savings Bank, confirming reports last year that they aim to construct Brooklyn’s first 1,000-foot “supertall” skyscraper on the site.

In fact, the new documents call for a 1,066-foot building at Flatbush Avenue Extension and Fleet Street — which is 475 feet higher than the tallest property in the borough right now.

Per the still-pending plans, builders JDS Development and the Chetrit Group are shooting for a 73-story structure, with four floors of retail and office space at the base, and 417 units of housing above that. The residential component will start on the seventh floor with 12 units, and go down to just two units apiece on the top two floors.

The duo laid down $43.5 million for the site in 2014, and originally planned to build a 775-foot tower there. But they then purchased the landmarked Dime Savings Bank next door for $90 million last year, and can now use the building’s air rights to go sky high.

They can’t build on top of the bank due to its historic protection, but could stick retail stores or restaurants inside.

Architecture firm Shop — the same outfit behind Barclays Center, and those zero-shaped buildings at the old Domino Sugar factory in Williamsburg — is designing the building, and its latest renderings show a skinny, Art Deco-inspired look.

The new permits were first spotted by real estate blog New York Yimby.

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

Charles from Bklyn says:
Why not a story about all the small property owners in the city and the continued rising costs incurred? But it's nice to know about what the ultra rich are up to. Thanks.
Jan. 14, 2016, 10:27 am
BrooklynGersh from The WT says:
You know what my opinion always is: Build it taller. Go to 1500 feet! But put 50 stories of affordable housing in it.

Why should Gaphattan have the tallest building in the city?
Jan. 14, 2016, 12:28 pm
nex plans from Brooklyn says:
I'm planning a taller building in Brooklyn than the Freedom Tower, because Manhattan is so yesterday and Brooklyn's where it's at!

to be the City of Brooklyn again!
Jan. 14, 2016, 1:08 pm
Laura A from NJ says:
Jan. 14, 2016, 3:45 pm
b from gp says:
Because Gaphattan is primarily composed of bedrock. Granted it's durability may have been compromised over the years and glass has turned out to have structural properties, so it's all an arbitrary toss up.

Shop again? Maybe they'll finally abandon their corporate artsy fartsy klunknique.
Jan. 14, 2016, 4:09 pm
jjm from c. hill says:
please don't put this crap in the sky!!
Jan. 14, 2016, 8:19 pm
Emily from Fort Greene says:
Interesting that this superstructure is mostly super expensive housing. Brooklyn President Eric Adams defends it. He says the 1,000 ft glass needle is "industrial" and will provide hundreds of jobs. He says the workers will bike to work there. It's a great big factory and he supports it for that reason. I kid you not.
Jan. 14, 2016, 10:49 pm
Mike from Williamsburg says:
In the first half of the 20th century, middle-class union workers in Pittsburgh manufactured steel that was exported throughout the world and provided good incomes to many families in the region.

Likewise, Eric Adams is correct to consider construction jobs in Brooklyn to be an export industry providing good middle-class jobs. And maybe people will even get to live in the results, reducing our housing shortage! (Even if only "oligarchs" buy them and keep them empty, the export argument holds. Its even stronger then.)
Jan. 15, 2016, 11:55 am
Ian from Williamsburg says:
No best way to tame rents is to create more housing supply. This is a great alternative to what exists on the current site.
Jan. 15, 2016, 8:02 pm
b from gp says:
Interesting, no mention here ( of the innovators Dewhurst MacFarlane.

And so Chetrit, what's to become of 77 Commercial?

Bad architecture is criminal.
Jan. 16, 2016, 6:22 am
Vega Rev from Greenpoint says:
Why even grace these projects with the word 'architecture'. NYC continues to be swallowed up by mere developments. The Trumps have stashed away their Versace, in exchange for Calvin Klein. Maybe all this hideous filled out cubic feet is for the best, as it forces people to acknowledge their own imposing and multiplying unsustainable presence
Jan. 16, 2016, 7:34 am
Mike from Williamsburg says:
I am 100% certain that someone living in Greenpoint knows first hand the benefit of mere "cubic feet" that can't quality as "architecture." You can live in it. And it's nice to have a place to live.

And while it's easy to call on people to acknowledge their presence, there is not much anyone can do about it. I invite Vega Rev to lead the way with some suicide--very sustainable! But everyone else who wants to live needs some cubic feet to do it in.
Jan. 16, 2016, 9:09 pm
Mike from Williamsburg says:
Think about how ludicrous Vega's stance is. We humans have the ability to construct taller buildings that can house more people on the same plot of land. But when it comes down to it, Vega wants people to just be dead or not exist rather than build taller buildings that don't qualify as "architecture" for humans to live in.

And I thought that -I- was a misanthrope!
Jan. 16, 2016, 9:12 pm
Mike from Williamsburg says:
But while I'm making fun of Vega, let's consider for a second that he/she could have bad taste! What if humanity is sentenced to death because the buildings we humans would have to live in are not pretty enough for Vega, but in reality, the buildings ARE pretty enough!

People in Edith Wharton's day hated monotonous brownstones. Tastes change.
Jan. 16, 2016, 9:14 pm
V&R from Greenpoint says:
I'm not a misanthrope. I've just greater respect for wildlife than people.

Brownstones grew to be hated because of their monotony, not because they are brownstones.

'Hideous' was the wrong choice of words. 'Poorly constructed', rather. Achitecture is spacial, not visual.
Jan. 17, 2016, 1:29 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
It was mentioned recently in the NY Times that price of luxury housing has been reduced, though it's still at a high amount.
Jan. 17, 2016, 3:48 pm

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