Turbo upgrades are afoot at Brooklyn Bridge Park — and its first new residential development.
The 85-acre park’s Main Street entrance and John Street entrance near Jay Street are both getting retooled, city officials announced. The revamped areas will reopen in the fall.
The Main Street entryway will get a larger lawn area, a better dog run and a 10- to 12-foot bouldering wall at the base of the Manhattan Bridge. Park-goers will be allowed to climb the wall with ropes, free of charge. The former NYC Department of Environmental Protection building (or the “Plymouth Street building”) will be transformed into a 1,700-square-foot public park building with bathrooms, community meeting space, park operations space and an environmental education center.
Meanwhile, the park’s John Street entrance will get pedestrian bridges over a tidal salt marsh, tree-lined pathways and a 13,000-square-foot “gathering lawn,” according to the official site.
Speaking of leveling up, Pierhouse at Brooklyn Bridge Park is just as green as its (spruced-up) surroundings. The 108-unit condo building by Toll Brothers and Starwood Capital will have the first newly constructed homes in the park.
For contextual appeal, architect Jonathan Marvel cladded the structure’s base in the same granite used in the Brooklyn Bridge, the New York Daily News reported. The building’s setbacks create a cliff-like silhouette and leave room for terraces in 80 percent of the apartments.
“We wanted to create something organic that wouldn’t create a wall between the park and the city,” Marvel told the Daily News.
The building’s hallways and floors are lined with pine planks reclaimed from former warehouses on the piers. The duplex units boast 18-foot windows, all the better to see the park’s natural beauty. And in every residence, an automatic composter provides eco-fuel for lush, blooming balconies.
The spacious apartments aim for a townhouse feel, evoking the classic Brooklyn brownstone. Residences will get over 12,000 square feet of amenity space, including a gym, children’s playroom, bike storage and preferred access to the 1 Hotel spa and services nearby.
Units are priced from $1.5 million to $11 million.