Flying under the radar for some time, excavation work on 159 Broadway is beginning to make some progress in Williamsburg. Today, YIMBY also has the first rendering for the impressively-scoped project, thanks to the construction fencing. Situated across from Peter Luger Steakhouse and immediately south of the Williamsburg Bridge, the site sits adjacent to the Williamsburgh Savings Bank. The 144-year old landmarked, domed structure will soon be surpassed by its future 133,340 square foot, 277-foot tall neighbor. This upcoming tower is set to become one of the tallest buildings in the neighborhood. It is being designed by Stonehill & Taylor Architects and is being developed by Cornell Realty Management LLC.
There are several machines currently working at the site, including two excavators. Foundations have yet to begin, but work should commence once excavation is complete. A colorful and abstract mural sits along the party wall of the adjacent building to the west of the site. Unfortunately, it will eventually be hidden once the tower starts to rise.
This will be a mixed-use tower, with a 251-key hotel and 21 condominiums up top. Rising 26 floors, the larger bottom half of the project appears to have a different exterior facade from the smaller upper half. The building begins with a grid of thin rectangular industrial-style windows in a uniform rectangular-shaped building mass. The upper half is enclosed with a tight mesh grid of windows on all sides, with several protruding balconies seen on the southern elevation.
Both sections of the high-rise are joined together by an open air terrace. This part of the building sits underneath a cantilevered section of the upper floors. on the western elevation, facing Manhattan and the Williamsburg Bridge.
When completed, 159 Broadway will surely make an impact on the skyline. Due to its inland location away from the waterfront, where most new buildings have recently been rising, the isolated placement will make it stand out even more.
A completion date for 159 Broadway Avenue has not been announced yet, but signage indicates a tentative delivery date of summer 2021.