Major Brooklyn developments Empire Stores, City Point and Ford Amphitheater are among the winners of this year’s Building Brooklyn Awards.
The awards, organized by the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, recognize development projects that enrich the borough economically, culturally, and aesthetically. This year, winners were chosen across 15 categories, including community arts, adaptive reuse, and affordable housing.
Empire Stores won the award for adaptive reuse. Empire Stores is a landmarked 1860s warehouse complex in Brooklyn Bridge Park that is being converted into retail, office and community space.
“Every year, we’re faced with a tough choice when it comes to picking the winners,” said Ofer Cohen, president of TerraCRG, a Brooklyn-based commercial real estate brokerage and a judge on the panel that selects the winners. “The last few years there’s been booming development in Brooklyn, and that’s created a situation where we had a lot of amazing projects that have launched within the past year. When we choose the winners, we’re not just looking for design and urban context, we’re looking for meaningful impact on the neighborhood or borough as a whole. This year’s winners had that factor.”
There were 15 award winners this year, up from last year’s 10.
Ford Amphitheater in Coney Island has already played host to music legends Peter Gabriel and Sting in its first year of existence. It won for Destination Arts. City Point, a huge retail and apartment complex under construction in Downtown Brooklyn, won for Economic Impact.
Other winners this year include NYU Tandon MakerSpace for the Education category, also in Downtown Brooklyn, and the Marcus Garvey Apartments in Brownsville, an affordable housing complex built in the 1970s that won for historic preservation.
As for Empire Stores, it’s a “testament to the power of adaptive reuse to bring new life to a historic building,” said Cayetana Nicanor, marketing director at S9 Architecture, which designed the redevelopment. The previously fortress-like building was adapted to connect Dumbo, Brooklyn Bridge Park and the waterfront.
Projects are eligible for this year’s awards if they were completed mostly in 2016. The winners are selected by a panel of independent architects, city planners and other business leaders. The winners will be honored at a reception on July 28.
Read on for more details about all the winners of this year’s Building Brooklyn Awards below. Award categories are in bold.
Adaptive Reuse: Commercial Empire Stores Address: 53-83 Water Street Neighborhood: Dumbo Developer: Midtown Equities Architect: S9 Architecture Builder: HH Builders Structural Engineer: Robert Silman Associates Empire Stores, part of the landmarked Fulton Ferry Historic District and Brooklyn Bridge Park, is a massive 1860s warehouse complex on the waterfront in Dumbo. It is being adapted to house stores, offices and community space.
Adaptive Reuse: Residential 51 JAY Address: 51 Jay Street Neighborhood: Dumbo Developer: Adam America LLC and Slate Property Group Architect: ODA Architecture Landscape Architect: Steven Yavanian Landscape Architecture PLLC Builders: Hudson Meridian Construction Group and Danya Cebus LLC 51 Jay Street comprises 75 condos in a converted and landmarked 1905 factory building.
Community Arts Dwana Smallwood Performing Arts Center Address: 857 Lexington Avenue Neighborhood: Bed Stuy Developer: Dwana Smallwood Performing Arts Center, Inc. Architect: Jordan Parnass Digital Architecture Builder: Supreme General Contracting The Dwana Smallwood Performing Arts Center is a dance education center, located in an adapted industrial building, whose backers include the Oprah Winfrey Foundation. Inspired by dance, enhancements include an eye-catching modern red metal canopy and entrance, built-in seating and shelving, cloud-like sound baffles on the lobby ceiling and a mosaic tile mural.
Destination Arts Ford Amphitheater and Seaside Park Address: 3052 West 21st Street Neighborhood: Coney Island Developer: iStar Financial, Inc. and NYC Economic Development Corporation Architects: Gerner Kroik & Valcarcel and Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates Builder: Hunter Roberts Construction Group Project Manager: Newbanks Engineers: Arup, Cerami & Associates, CFS, Mueser Rutledge, Stantec, WSP Cantor Seinuk Environmental Impact: Philip Habib & Associates AV Designer: TADAssociates Lighting Designer: Domingo Gonzalez Associates The Ford Amphitheater, part of Coney Island’s Seaside Park, is an outdoor performance venue. It seats 5,000 and has played hosts to acts such as Peter Gabriel and Sting.
The NYU Tandon MakerSpace. Rendering via the NYU Tandon School of Engineering
Education NYU Tandon MakerSpace Address: 6 Metrotech Center Neighborhood: Downtown Brooklyn Developer: New York University Architect: Gensler Builder: Skanska USA The NYU Tandon MakerSpace is an engineering lab that helps students in engineering disciplines use the latest tools of the trade in a high-tech, collaborative environment. It’s a 10,000-square-foot, open plan, bilevel space with modern design.
Historic Preservation: Affordable Housing Marcus Garvey Apartments Address: 353 Chester Street Neighborhood: Brownsville Developer: L+M Development Partners Architect: Curtis + Ginsberg Architects Builder: L+M Builders Group LLC The Marcus Garvey Apartments were originally built in the 1970s. They were fully renovated to include modern amenities such as new appliances and common outdoor spaces, and are reserved as affordable.
Hotel The Williamsburg Hotel Address: 96 Wythe Avenue Neighborhood: Williamsburg Developer: Heritage Equity Partners, Lichtenstein Group Architect: Michaelis Boyd Associates, Karl Fischer Architects and Albo Liberis Builder: Mint Development Engineer: Eckersley O’Callaghan The Williamsburg Hotel is an eight-story, 150-room boutique hotel constructed of brick, glass, and Corten steel. It has three bars, a restaurant and a rooftop pool. Rooms have high ceilings and industrial touches such as subway tile.
Neighborhood Catalyst 95 Evergreen Address: 95 Evergreen Avenue Neighborhood: Bushwick Developer: Savanna Fund Architect: Fogarty Finger Architecture PLLC Builder: Sweet Construction 95 Evergreen is a retail and office development in the old Schlitz Brewery building — another example of adaptive reuse in Brooklyn.
Retail Beyond at Liberty View Address: 850 3rd Avenue Neighborhood: Sunset Park Developer: Salmar Properties and Bed Bath & Beyond Architect: Zambrano Architectural Builder: Phoenix Network LLC Engineer: MG Engineering D.P.C Lighting Design: Essential Lighting Lobby Design: Nelson Restaurant Design: Crème Restaurant Equipment Engineering: Jacobs Doland Beer Beyond at Liberty View is a shopping complex in Liberty View Industrial Plaza that houses Bed, Bath and Beyond and three sibling stores under one roof. The complex also includes event space. Other stores include Buy Buy Baby, Face Values, and Cost Plus World Market.
Residential: Affordable Livonia Commons Address: 491 and 491 Sheffield Avenue, 494 Georgia Avenue, 481 Williams Avenue Neighborhood: East New York Developer: Dunn Development Corp. and L+M Development Partners Architect: SLCE Architects Landscape Architect: NV5 Builder: L+M Builders Group Engineers: De Nardis Engineering, Rodkin Cardinale, PC Sustainability Consultant: Steven Winters Associates Nonprofit Partner: Housing Partnership Development Corporation Social Services: CAMBA, The Center for Family Support Livonia Commons is an affordable housing complex that is home to a mix of 278 rental apartments, retail and community spaces.
Residential: Condominium One John Street Address: 1 John Street Neighborhood: Dumbo Developer: Alloy Architect: Alloy Design LLP Builder: Monadnock Construction 1 John Street is a 12-story, 42-unit condo building overlooking the East River adjacent to Brooklyn Bridge Park. It is a new, ground up construction with a glassy exterior.
Residential: Condominium The Oosten Address: 429 Kent Avenue Neighborhood: Williamsburg Developer: 421 Kent Development LLC Architect: think! architecture and design Builder: Wonder Works Engineer: Edwards & Zuck The Oosten is a condo development in Williamsburg, with design by well known Dutch designer Piet Boon. It’s an unusual hybrid development that features townhouses as well as apartments and lofts grouped around a central courtyard. Some of the units have private patios with mini pools, and the building sports floor to ceiling glass on all four corners.
Residential: High Rise 300 Ashland Address: 300 Ashland Place Neighborhood: Fort Greene Developer: Two Trees Management Co. Architect: Enrique Norten at TEN Arquitectos and Ishmael Levya Architects Builder: Two Trees Management Co. 300 Ashland, also known as BAM South, is a 35-story, 379-unit apartment building notable for its unusual faceted front.
National Grid Award for Energy Efficiency Pierhouse and 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge Park Address: 60, 90 and 130 Furman Street Neighborhood: Brooklyn Heights Developer: Toll Brothers Architect: Marvel Architects PLLC Builder: Hudson Meridian Construction Group Pierhouse is a condo and hotel development in Brooklyn Bridge Park. The complex, notable for controversy it stirred over blocking views from the Brooklyn Heights Promenade, has a stepped facade of limestone piers, copper-toned metal panels and glass.
Economic Impact City Point Address: 445 Albee Square Neighborhood: Downtown Brooklyn Developers: Acadia Realty Trust, Washington Square Partners, The Brodsky Organization, BFC Partners Architects: COOKFOX, Gensler, SLCE Architects LLP Landscape Architect: Diaz Weintraub Builder: ZDG Engineers DeSimone and Cosentini City Point is a massive, borough-changing retail and residential development in Downtown Brooklyn. Tenants include Target, Alamo Drafthouse, Century 21, Trader Joe’s and DeKalb Market Hall.