NEW YORK | 404 Carroll Street (Gowanus, Brooklyn) | 224 ft | 21 Floors

The proposed 224-foot-tall development will consist of a 16-story east tower and a 21-story west tower, yielding a total 313,672 square feet. Approximately 286,740 square feet will be designated for residential space and 26,932 square feet for commercial space. The building will have 360 residences, most likely rentals based on the average unit scope of 796 square feet. The concrete-based structure will also have a cellar, a 30-foot-long rear yard, and 54 enclosed parking spaces.

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Anybody going to say it? No? OK, then, I’ll go.

I hate to break it to you, but the Gowanus Canal is going to be Brooklyn’s answer to the High Line. You heard it here first. You have your downtown district shaping up with 80 Flatbush, Brooklyn Tower and the like, but now, you are going to be blessed with a clean waterfront in the area that may very well support some needed recreation, and tourist activity to boot. It will have some challenges with the superfund stuff, but Gowanus is looking up, and not a moment too soon. It is high time a decent swathe of Brooklyn gets some Chelsea-style modernization. Not an overwhelming amount, just a strong, core pocket of post-industrial landscape desperate for some reinvestment. Also, the skyline of the whole city needs some cross-river presence.

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