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Sat Oct 30, 2021, 01:08 PM

Brooklyn's first supertall skyscraper officially reaches its full height

Manhattan is no stranger to supertall skyscrapers but Brooklyn's skyline has now radically changed as its first supertall reached its full, vertiginous height on Thursday.
The 93-story, 1,066-foot-tall residential building, standing at 9 DeKalb Avenue in Downtown Brooklyn, was designed by SHoP Architects. (Supertalls, by definition, are residential or office buildings reaching 300 meters -- 984 feet -- or higher.) Newly christened "The Brooklyn Tower," it has been under construction since 2018 and cost $750 million total to develop.
Now, the skyscraper's fluted black stainless steel, bronze and glass exterior emerges from behind the white marble neoclassical facade of the landmarked early 20th-century Dime Savings Bank. JDS Development Group, which spearheaded the project, bought the decommissioned bank for $95 million in 2016; its intricate interior is being restored and converted for retail use, while the rooftop will host residential amenities including a pool that extends around its dome.
"We want(ed) to do something that changes the skyline," said Michael Stern, founder and CEO of JDS Development Group in a video call. But, he added, "it's not an easy feat."
"It's the combination of a landmark building and a contemporary tower, and (we had to) thread the needle on how to do that respectfully and with design integrity," he explained

China just banned supertalls and "vanity projects". Maybe it's time we did too.

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