Toll Brothers City Living and Starwood Capital Group launched their website pierhouseny.com. The residential and hotel complex (called 1 Hotel) is located on Furman Street at Pier 1 of Brooklyn Bridge Park. The development complex is expected to break ground this fall and be completed by summer 2015. Pierhouse anticipates sales to begin in the fall 2013.
Request for proposals by the Brooklyn Brige Park were sent in August 2011 and of the 7 teams who submitted, Rogers Marvel was selected as the winning design in June 2012. One of the fundamental principles of the park has always been that the maintenance and operation of the park would be funded from revenues generated from the site. The initial proposed project was to include 200 hotel rooms, 159 residential units, a 300-car underground parking garage, banquet hall space, a spa and fitness center, several restaurants and retail along Furman St. NY Post reported that the design was modified to avoid future flood damage that affected the park during Hurricane Sandy in October 2012. The condos will have 123 townhouse style units between 1-5 bedrooms. The apartments are stacked vertically and feature private terraces.
Brooklyn Bridge Park (BBP) is celebrating the opening of its new administrative offices at 334 Furman Street, with an open house on Thursday, November 17 from 6:30 – 8:00pm. Join BBP to toast the beginning to a beautiful park.
Part of the celebration includes a screening of New York’s Next Great Park, a collaborative effort from BBP and BRIC’s Brooklyn Independent Television. New York’s Next Great Park is a documentary that chronicles the design and construction of the first phases of Brooklyn Bridge Park, offering insights on its sustainability features as well as featuring interviews with some of the key figures in the design, planning and programming of the park. After the open house, BIT will air New York’s Next Great Park on Friday, November 18 at 7pm. Tune in to Cablevision 69, Time Warner 56, Verizon 44, RCN 84 or watch online to see how BBP was built on the shores of Brooklyn.
The first webisode is shown above, titled, Brooklyn’s Next Great Park.
This past weekend, a public art project on Furman Street was unveiled as part of the Urban Art Program, an initiative to invigorate the City’s streetscapes with engaging temporary art installations. The art project was commissioned by the NY Department of Transporation via proposals submitted by artists. Debra Hampton was the artist chosen to design the barriers, a mural that runs down the bike lane barriers on Furman Street. We contacted Debra to find out more about the mural and how this project got done. We asked how the community was involved in making this happen. Debra said, “I worked with students from F.I.T.’s Art Collective and also my own assistants to prepare the 40 reusable stencils used for the painting. The actual painting was done by volunteers signed up with NYCares (www.newyorkcares.org) and included several members of the community which was great.”
Can you give us a project synopsis? “[My] aim is to delight and surprise viewers by transforming everyday images, usually targeted to them as consumers, into beautiful unexpected forms. A slight departure from [my] usual mixed-media work of collages, the mural incorporates one aspect of [my] studio process and applies it to the city landscape.”
Check out the mural, titled “Face to Face”, which transforms the otherwise plain barriers into repeated silhouette in bright colors down the entire facade. Great work, and thank you Debra!