Though the real estate boom is over in Williamsburg, it's apparently still roaring in Greenpoint. A first time developer and former attorney to Donald Trump revealed his plan this week to construct a 47-story high rise on the waterfront that would tower over nearby North Brooklyn skyscrapers like the Edge and Northside Piers by 17 floors.
Suffice to say, it greatly exceeds current zoning laws and he'll need multiple city approvals before getting the greenlight to begin the megaproject — which calls for two riverside residential towers with retail space, and demapping sections of Java Street and India Street to build a park with a beach, sand dunes, wetlands, an amphitheather and a dock that could accommodate water taxis.
According to Curbed and Brownstoner, the proposal to bring thousands of new apartments to a section of Brooklyn where condos projects are ailing "has a whole bunch of factors already going against it" and "seems so 2006." That said, developer Jonathan Bernstein promised a Community Board committee last week that his over-sized project would be a big plus to the neighborhood. “We are asking for radical changes to the zoning, but we do think it’s way different than anything that’s been proposed on the waterfront,” he said. “We think it will be a gateway to Manhattan and Greenpoint.”