Brooklyn's Next Tower Could Be Taller Than the Empire State Building

Construction in Brooklyn will reach a 10-year high as the borough works toward a goal of 22,000 new apartments.

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The tallest building in New York City outside of Manhattan will be a super-tall, super-skinny, neo-Deco skyscraper designed by SHoP Architects. When it’s completed, it will be the most distinctive new Brooklyn building outside the Domino Sugar Refinery redevelopment, which SHoP is also designing. And it will be tall—not quite new Manhattan tall, but quite possibly old Manhattan tall.

Rebecca Baird-Remba at New York YIMBY reports that the latest permits for 340 Flatbush Avenue Extension in Downtown Brooklyn call for a skyscraper that will rise 1,066 feet. While that’s not as high as the Empire State Building, it’s in the neighborhood—maybe 200 feet or so shy. And with the additional air rights from an adjacent parcel purchased by the developer back in August, Brooklyn’s new SHoP tower could exceed the height of the Empire State Building.

Between 2017 and 2019, more than 14,000 units will open in Brooklyn, with most of them clustered in Downtown and Williamsburg, according to a report from CityRealty. Some of that growth will take the form of new towers, none yet taller than 340 Flatbush Avenue Extension (number 11 in the picture below).

Construction in Brooklyn will reach a 10-year high as the borough makes progress toward finishing a total of 22,000 new apartments announced between 2015 and 2019. Only Manhattan is enjoying a bigger skyscraper boom.

New Brooklyn developments on the horizon, seen facing north. (CityRealty)

Towers coming to Brooklyn, seen facing west. (CityRealty)

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