Earlier this year, plans were released for Brooklyn's newest, shiniest, and tallest skyscraper, a 73-story monster expected to lord over Junior's Restaurant and two Planet Fitness outposts in Downtown Brooklyn. Back then, though, the proposal had yet to be approved by City Council, so there was still a possibility that the borough would stay wide-eyed and innocent like the Good Bagel intended. Sadly, that dream is now dashed—the City Council's okayed the tower, and now we are doomed to cower beneath it.
While the rest of the city was out fighting with BOE workers yesterday, the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission approved plans for 9 DeKalb Avenue. At 1,066 feet, the bad boy's going to be Brooklyn's tallest skyscraper, and its first tower to top 1,000 feet. The building will boast 500 residential units, and it'll be built incorporating the landmarked Dime Savings Bank of Brooklyn.
Manhattan's thus far cornered the market on super-tall structures, especially now that the borough's committed to transforming its skyline into one of those toys where you stick your hand into a bed of needles. So far, Brooklyn's highest building is a 610-foot development at 333 Schermerhorn Street. But times, they change, and foreign oil barons, they come.