NEW YORK | 117-121 Livingston St | 210 FT | 21 FLOORS

Continuing the discussion from NEW YORK | Flatbush Ave Corridor (DoBro + BAM + PP):

21-Story Tower Planned for Downtown Brooklyn: Permits Filed at 117 Livingston Street


Existing 117 Livingston Street, red brick building at center, via Google Maps

Not often do New York City developers manage to keep big tower projects under wraps until the new building permit is filed, but today we’ve seen two: the first at 15 East 30th Street in Manhattan, and the second at 117 Livingston Street, in downtown Brooklyn, with permits filed this afternoon.

The 21-story, 210-foot building doesn’t approach the size of the 825-footer in Manhattan, but it occupies a very visible location on Livingstone Street at its busy confluence with Red Hook Lane and Boerum Place, the primary Brooklyn Bridge approach. The residential tower is being planned by Quinlan Development Group (also responsible for 267 Pacific and 153 Remsen nearby, as well as One Vandam in Manhattan), with Ennead Architects as the permit’s applicant.

The 120,000-square foot structure, which could also use the 415 Red Hook Lane address, will contain 110 apartments spread over nearly 93,000 square feet of residential space, in addition to almost 14,000 square feet of commercial space. With an average unit size of just under 850 square feet and a density that suggests the project will include a 20 percent affordable housing set-aside, rentals are nearly guaranteed, though nobody from Quinlan’s office was available to comment.

117 Livington Street (four short buildings just above the blue dot), overhead shot from Bing Maps

The developer also appears to be taking advantage of a zoning code provision passed in 2012 that allows builders in downtown Brooklyn to forgo parking if their project includes below-market units – a positive step towards encouraging transit use and discouraging driving in the borough’s congested core, but an option that should be available to all buildings in the area, regardless of affordability. (The physical activity encouraged by the lack of parking will, unfortunately for residents’ waistlines, be counterbalanced by the presence of a Shake Shack just one block away.)

The site is currently home to four pre-war walk-ups. While attractive enough (the one on the corner has a fake subway map mural), they’re nothing spectacular, and the traffic sewer that is Boerum Place would benefit from the enclosure created by a 21-story building (though it could also do with a bit of traffic calming). The immediate surroundings are also dominated by civic buildings that empty out at 5 p.m., and will be well served by an infusion of weekend and after-hours foot traffic.

That’s a pretty open corner. Please don’t let this be ugly, please.
Lots of people will miss the hero shop.


Taken yesterday

Looks like the Livingston side facade may be nice. The red hook lane side looks like it could be boring. Guess we will have to wait until more cladding goes up to be sure.

The building across the street in black netting is the mta. I guess it is undergoing renovations.






Thanks for finding all these renders lately!

Hahahaha, you are welcome, when I work on my map, each project needs a render, if it isn’t on the thread I’ll just look for it for my map and take the opportunity to post it on yimby aswell! Check out my map if you can sometime! I’ve spent countless hours on it and it is pretty complete! Cheers!

Been using your map more and more lately. Thanks for constantly updating it.



I like how this one is turning out!

Looks good except from the Brooklyn Bridge side, the north.

Pretty much complete. Wrapping up essentially, so complete status. Came out great, and one of those under the radar projects.


I really like this one… nice pics!

Relieved at how this one came out. Unfortunately I will mainly post cell phone quickies going forward.



Great pics! Did something happen to your SLR Tec?

No just quicker and easier. Also noticed the SLR shots are often stolen or replicated.

Aww man, that sucks, sorry to hear that!


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