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Air pool: New tower will let you take a dip high above Brooklyn

Room with a view: New Downtown high-rises, like this one on Gold Street, give Brooklynites a feeling formerly reserved for another borough.
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It’s like doing laps on air.

A new luxury rental building Downtown offers tenants willing to fork over from $2,300 to $8,500 the ultimate answer to the beloved Double-D — a pool 40 stories up that lets you take a dip while soaking up sun high above the county of Kings.

“We wanted to capitalize on our views and location,” said Kevin Lalezarian, a principal of Lalezarian Properties, which owns the newly dubbed Bklyn Air tower on Gold Street between Johnson and Tillary streets. “And to give residents something different.”

The 255–unit skyscraper includes studio and one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments that feature “sky amenities” including the pool, gym, deck, and a lounge with a view. The features will be open to all of the building’s tenants, said one of the folks who is helping to brand the place.

“We want everyone to be able to share in the experience,” said Andrew Barrocas, the building’s marketing chief.

For those who feel safer a bit closer to the ground, there’s also fourth-floor terrace, that is set features a king-sized chessboard big enough for human players, though it hasn’t arrived yet.

About 15 tenants have already moved in, and another 20 are set to arrive in the coming weeks, according to lease director Diana Makdulina. The move-ins come as construction on the lobby and rooftop is not expected to be finished for another six weeks. Even so, the very notion of a heated pool is piquing people’s interest, Makdulina said.

“Everyone loves the idea of a pool,” she said.

Around a quarter of the building has already been leased, with studios being the most popular, according to management. All the apartments feature 10-foot ceilings, oak floors, quartz counter tops, and stainless steel appliances. The building is also set to have a 24-hour doorman, bike storage, and drop-off laundry service. Lalezarian owns 800 apartments Downtown.

Reach reporter Matthew Perlman at (718) 260-8310. E-mail him at mperlman@cnglocal.com. Follow him on Twitter @matthewjperlman.
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Charles from Bklyn says:
Yeh, swim in luxury above the clouds while half the NYC population lives in poverty. What a town,what a show. NYC was a better place when no one but New Yorkers wanted to live here. Now we have all those who 20 years ago would have stayed away. And yeh, I know it doesnt matter, but it feels good to say it.
Aug. 22, 2014, 8:51 am
Scott from Park Slope says:
A lot of the new highrises downtown are attractively designed above the street level, but the street-scape around them is austere and devoid of services. The ground floor of many of those buildings are blank walls that have no retail space or are designed in such a way that they don't invite you in. Even now, 8 years into the building boom there, it feels like walking into downtown Detroit after 5pm--deserted. For a time the night market on Fulton livened it up, but now that's gone and being built up. I hope the people moving in and the surrounding communities are able to humanize it before it sets as a no-man's land.
Aug. 22, 2014, 10:49 am
Lovin' it from Brooklyn Heights says:
Loving Charles and Scott's complaints. Cities change, gentlemen, learn to adapt or move on.

Only "New Yorkers" lived here, anyone who lives here is a New Yorker, friend. And yes, believe it or not, the world needs ditch diggers, too.

Scott, while I agree downtown could do better to fend off the canyon-feel, I believe that will be alleviated over time once more residents move and and things like grocery stores, markets, wine stores, pharmacies, etc. are needed. Give it some time.
Aug. 22, 2014, 11:02 am
Sue Wolfe from Boerum Hill says:
Why the reference to the "beloved Double D Pool" - the pool is in Gowanus!
Sue Wolfe, President of Friends of Douglass/Greene Park
Aug. 22, 2014, 11:17 am
Common Cents from Crown Heights says:
"Anyone living here is a New Yorker"... WRONG! With that said if someone wants to pay $2,300 for a box then more power to them. From what I've seen buildings like this never end up fully occupied and sooner or later people, native NYers or Gentries won't want to have to pile 4 or more people in a one bedroom apt just to live in NYC and then the bubble will bust and the greedy developers, corporations, and foreign investors that are paying millions for these units will have to make them more reasonable. That or our politicians will give them bailouts and/or subsidies.
Aug. 22, 2014, 11:42 am
sajh from Brooklyn says:
Have to agree. "Anyone living here is a New Yorker" is def not true. If you dont have a New York accent even slightly, you're not a New Yorker. You're a "Subject Hometown" living in New York. Make no mistakes about that.
Aug. 22, 2014, 12:56 pm
Roberto from Brooklyn Heights says:
One graphic image emerged from the article: box.
Buying boxes (condo units) stacked on other boxes. Boxes as currency to be traded. Boxes that are so costly that they box out others with less money. Box-based economies that box out the pre-box community. A conceptual advance from "Little Boxes," a song written by Malvina Reynolds in 1962, which became a hit for Pete Seeger in 1963. We need a 2014 version of "Big Boxes."
Aug. 22, 2014, 5:11 pm
jjm from c. hill says:
Wow , i thought i'd be one of the 1st people to say what charles said. Anyway, to add on, many of these non-ny'ers where scared outta their arses to live here a couple of decades ago. Now all of a sudden you've got these long bearded gentries walking around NYC like everything is all gravy while their next door neighbor is barely able to make rent every month. Note to gentries: We dont wont you here, you werent here when thing were rough & from the looks of it, its starting to get rough again so please get outta here before you get caught up.
Aug. 22, 2014, 7:25 pm
The Chooch from The Bohemian Magic Show says:
Awesome! To think that we started this trend by renovating a few hundred lofts and storefronts, a cafe here, a gallery there ... Shazaam! A rooftop pool! Kind of makes you proud.
Aug. 22, 2014, 9:30 pm
March100 from Park Slope says:
Some really dumb comments above. The poverty rate in NYC is less than 20%, not 50%. What that has to do with people swimming in a private pool is beyond me, as there are dozens of free public pools.

And the new downtown BK residential towers have retail bases. There are no "blank walls" as claimed. The zoning code requires street-level retail.
Aug. 23, 2014, 12:16 am
March100 from Park Slope says:
And a New Yorker, by definition is anyone who lives in New York. There is no such thing as a "real New Yorker" or "fake New Yorker"; the distinction is apparently being made by people who like to fetishize the bad old days.
Aug. 23, 2014, 12:20 am
The Chooch from The Bohemian Magic Show says:
March100. It's called butt-hurt that's all. You're right, the poverty rate in NYC has nothing to do with people swimming in private pools. But even if it did, who cares?
Aug. 23, 2014, 1:59 am
Me from Bay Ridge says:
If you really look at those pictures the rooms are not so great. The living room is very narrow with the kitchen right in it (or is it a bar?) I know that's the style now but give me the old style separate kitchen to contain heat and humidity and a window to release same. Ditto for the bathroom. Wash anything by hand where do you put it in these high rises? Also, that bedroom looks to be quite small. The closet better have some built in drawers as there appears to be no place to put a dresser. Both TVs right up against nice glare-y window walls. I'll take a non-luxury old building over this one anyday.
Aug. 23, 2014, 8:19 am
Common Cents from Crown Heights says:
Anyone that thinks that just because you live in NY you're a NYer, isn't a real NYer. Being a NYer is much more than your zip code, it's a culture. But considering the Mayor of NY isn't even a NYer it shouldn't matter. He's from Boston and everyone knows most people from Boston don't like NY or NYers; which explains the mayor's tenure in office.
Aug. 23, 2014, 6:41 pm
Common Cents from Crown Heights says:
Immigrants rarely ever consider themselves American or NYers. For the most part their children even claim their parents place of origin as their own, why? CULTURE. Don't believe me? Just ask one sometime. They won't mind, they may even tell you about how much better their place of birth is. Just like many Gentries.
Aug. 24, 2014, 7:47 am
The Chooch from The Bohemian Magic Show says:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J4j7ggZqbiU
Aug. 24, 2014, 11:54 am
Common Cents from Crown Heights says:
It only brings out my hatred of people that name themselves after women's private parts and have nothing of substance to add to discussions. As for my rinky hamlet, don't you worry about that, because like I've said before all my property value is going up thanks to Gentries.
Aug. 24, 2014, 3:48 pm
The Chooch from The Bohemian Magic Show says:
Alright y'all scoot now, get off my stoop.
Aug. 25, 2014, 9:37 am
Fort Greene,cool from Fort Green . says:
They really need to make these places afordable for the working folks around Fulton street, I beleive that people from the projects should have first shot at renting or buying these condos. They are close to downtown ,We must reach out to community groups and get what is coming to us , the working poor .... we need housing ,and a pool sure would be nice to come home to ...
Aug. 26, 2014, 8:31 pm
The Chooch from The Bohemian Magic Show says:
You're kidding, right? "They" need to give you a pool? "They" need to give you an apartment? What on earth for? What have you done to deserve it? And anyway, who is "They." Da man?
Aug. 27, 2014, 3:42 am
FORT GREEN COOL from FORT GREEN . says:
Now please respect me, I have a right to be housed for afordable prices, I have many freinds that would love to come up to the pool ,im sure that the yuppies would like to party with me and my freinds ,loud music,food and party thats what this area needs. We will prevail ,the mayor will do it , no more poor doors we are all equeal. Beside we got a whole lot of money from a lawsuit .. see you by the pool.
Aug. 27, 2014, 11:49 pm

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