Brooklyn rooftops: taking the New York terrace to the next level

While the rooftop has long been an amenity staple of many luxury new york condominium buildings, brooklyn’s newest wave of development boasts a number of projects that take the terrace to the next level — sometimes literally. no longer a generic area outfitted with scattered chairs and tables, many new buildings are transforming their sky-high spaces with outdoor movie theaters, grow-your-own vegetable gardens, and private party venues. see a roundup of some of the outdoor rooftops currently sprouting up in new york’s biggest borough.


Austin nichols house, located at 184 kent avenue in williamsburg, was originally designed by cass gilbert in 1915 and is currently being re-imagined by morris adjmi architects. a private rooftop sundeck features sunbathing areas, summer kitchens, and landscaped garden lounging spots. individual homes showcase gilbert’s signature architectural style, and feature a collection of fixtures and finishes by morris adjmi. other amenities include a new lobby with a 500 square foot green wall, incorporating 3,500 plants and 25 different species.

550 vanderbilt features a 3,500 square foot landscaped roof deck
550 vanderbilt is a condominium complex that forms the first of 14 residential buildings that will comprise brooklyn’s vast pacific park scheme. the project has been designed by COOKFOX architects and developed by greenland forest city partners.

550 vanderbilt features a 3,500 square-foot landscaped roof deck with private gardens for residents to cultivate and nurture their own herbs, fruits, and vegetables. the communal space is also outfitted with a grill and full kitchen, allowing alfresco dining.

‘oosten’ is a 216 unit, block-long luxury residential building in williamsburg
located at 429 kent ave, ‘oosten’ has a prominent waterside location next to the williamsburg bridge. the development is a 216 unit, block-long luxury residential building — one of williamsburg’s largest. developed by XIN development, the building’s roof includes a reflecting pool, barbecues for residents, and a variety of seating areas.

‘baltic’ is an 11 storey boutique condo building located in park slope
located in park slope, ‘baltic’ is an 11 storey boutique condo building that contains a total of 44 residences. the development also includes a number of on-site amenities — many of which are found on the building’s rooftop. residents have access to a landscaped terrace with lounges, grills and dining areas, a sunbathing lawn, and — most notably — an outdoor cinema. other amenities include a lounge that opens up to a two-level landscaped garden and fitness center wrapped with floor to ceiling windows.


There’s far more to come. Scaffolds surround a number of forthcoming developments up and down the avenue, including at the former Church of the Redeemer, a demolition site near Barclays Center that spies tell The Post will give way to a condominium. Also on the way is the ODA-designed 251 First St. — a 44-unit condo that’s one of nine new area developments HPDM is marketing — where prices begin north of $1 million.

From Pacific Street down some 30 blocks to South Slope, and on the side streets immediately surrounding the avenue, a whopping 26 buildings are now in the development pipeline, according to HPDM tallies, which will flood the area with roughly 1,400 units when completed.


All this activity stems from a trio of rezonings between 1994 and 2005. In their wake, developers seized opportunities to build in this untapped area, rightly anticipating residents would want easy access to prime nabes and new construction.

“I felt a brand-new rental could be a very attractive thing for the neighborhood,” says Miki Naftali of the Naftali Group, which developed Landmark Park Slope — a glassy 2013-opened, 104-unit rental that runs alongside Fourth Avenue. This 12-story building has a roof deck with Manhattan views, a residents’ lounge, a gym and homes with floor-to-ceiling windows. “I realized that [New Yorkers] want to live in the neighborhood, but are looking for modern living with great amenities. It was a no-brainer.”

It’s not just a matter of improving the avenue’s aesthetics by constructing elegant buildings with luxe residences — though, honestly, that helps. Over the past several years, developers have targeted this Fourth Avenue corridor simply for what’s nearby. For instance, area transportation is pretty good; the northern end of the avenue opens up to the Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center transit hub, where the Long Island Rail Road and nine subway lines pass through, with additional train stations located down Fourth.

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