The undeveloped industrial part of northern Greenpoint may soon be the city’s next premier neighborhood – complete with its own Santiago Calatrava bridge! Handel Architects has designed ten luxury towers that would completely transform and enliven twenty-two acres of land along Commercial Street while connecting it with Long Island City, Queens. The new community, dubbed “Greenpoint Landing”, would be a sustainable neighborhood for Brooklynites looking to live on the water’s edge.
Starchitect Santiago Calatrava may be bringing one of his famous, wing-like bridges to the project to connect Long Island City, Queens with the new neighborhood in Greenpoint. Aside from this signature landmark, Greenpoint Landing will also have ten green-roofed luxury towers rising between 30 and 40 stories. Around 4,000 apartments will be brought to the complex, of which twenty percent will be reserved for affordable housing.
The current industrial waterfront will be redeveloped to make Greenpoint Landing an important marina on the East River. Overlooking the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building, the towers will get superior views of Manhattan along with an influx of amenities like fitness and sports centers, swimming pools and hot tubs, restaurants and retail and even an ice rink and putting green.
Currently, the site is occupied by the soon-to-be-disassembled set for Boardwalk Empire, as well as a giant parking lot for MTA vehicles. Along with the new residential towers, the parking lot is said to be redeveloped into a long-awaited park for Greenpointers to enjoy.