Construction Update: 388 Bridge Street and Avalon Willoughby West

388 Bridge Street is making rapid progress, and the residential towerBrooklyn’s future tallest, at 590 feetis well over halfway to topping-out. The skyscraper will take the borough’s ‘tallest’ title from The Brooklyner. Aesthetics are large, simple, and mass-market; it’s an inoffensive glass box, and more buildings like 388 Bridge would help ease New York’s housing affordability issues.

Blank concrete rises along 388 Bridge’s lot-line walls, but at least the concrete ends mid-way up the tower. So far, the project’s overall look bears a slight semblance to Long Island City’s One Court Square, though 388 Bridge is much less monolithic and much more attractive.

Construction is also about to begin on the Avalon Willoughby West, which is set to surpass 388 Bridge Street by six feet. Demolition of the site’s former buildings is almost finished, which means the 596-foot tower should be going vertical by the end of 2013.

When taken together, 388 Bridge and the Avalon Willoughby will have a dramatic impact on both the street-scape and the skyline of Downtown Brooklyn. The influx of residents will go a long ways towards transforming ‘DoBro’ into a 24-hour neighborhood, and changing the formerly sterile office district into a thriving and vibrant communitythese two towers alone will deliver 1200 new units.

388 Bridge Street Brooklyn
388 Bridge Street, Image from NY Rebel

388 Bridge Street Brooklyn
388 Bridge Street, Image from NY Rebel

388 Bridge Street Brooklyn
388 Bridge Street, Image from NY Rebel

Avalon Willoughby Demolition, Image from NY Rebel

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