Ground has been broken for the next phase of Greenpoint Landing, the 22-acre East River waterfront community that will one day house over 5,500 apartments, a new school, public parks and walkways.
Master developer Park Tower Group and Brookfield Properties have begun work on two new OMA-designed apartment towers and one acre of waterfront open space designed by James Corner Field Operations.
Together with an adjacent seven-story building, the two new towers will bring a total of 745 units of housing – 30 percent of which will be income-targeted through the Affordable New York program – and public open space to the neighborhood,.
Brookfield and Park Tower Group also announced that Two Blue Slip, the second residential tower at Greenpoint Landing designed by Handel Architects, will begin leasing in spring of 2020.
The first building, the 359-unit One Blue Slip, opened in August 2018, along with 1.5 acres of public waterfront open space.
In a joint venture with Park Tower Group, Brookfield is developing a total of 2,000 units across four development sites at Greenpoint Landing.
An additional 300 units of affordable housing have already been completed in a joint venture between Park Tower Group and L&M Development Partners.
Maria Masi, senior vice president, Multifamily Development at Brookfield Property Partners, said, “Together with Park Tower Group, we are revitalizing an underutilized and neglected waterfront into a thriving section of the neighborhood through much-needed housing and public greenspace along Greenpoint’s breathtaking shoreline. We’re thrilled to break ground on our two new towers and bring new ground-floor retail and waterfront access to the community.”
This phase of development at Greenpoint Landing will add more than 40,000 s/f of new public green space to the existing public waterfront esplanade, creating a total of 2.5 acres of continuous public open space along the shoreline.
The new open space will focus on natural landscaping and expansive green spaces, creating a variety of experiences along the shore, including a lawn, picnic area, garden walk, and some salvaged maritime pieces found at the site.
The esplanade’s expansion will make Greenpoint’s waterfront more publicly accessible through a new pedestrian connection on Dupont Street and the extension of Eagle Street to the waterfront, completing the public esplanade from Eagle Street to Box Street Park.
The esplanade will be constructed by Brookfield Properties and Park Tower Group and donated back to the City so it can function as a public park in perpetuity. The esplanade is also adjacent to the newly reconstructed Newtown Barge Park newly built and operated by the City.
In addition to mixed-income housing, the new towers will add 8,600 s/f of ground-floor retail to the neighborhood along Dupont Street and West Street.
Brookfield is completing the last segment of West Street roadway and bike path in Greenpoint which will finally connect key existing commercial and residential corridors and activate the edge of the neighborhood.
“The two towers are flanked by smaller buildings – seven stories at the corner and three stories at the water – to create a continuous yet shifting perimeter around the block,” said Jason Long, OMA Partner-in-Charge.
Marmol Radziner is the interior designer and landscape designer for the buildings and Beyer Blinder Belle is the executive architect and unit interior designer.