The city has approved the beginning of work on BAM South, but none has happened

Flatbush Avenue tower inches toward reality

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The city gave the okay for mega-developers to start work that would turn a Flatbush Avenue parking into an apartment tower with a movie theater and public library on the ground floors and a triangular plaza on a platform at its base, building records show.

The so-called “Brooklyn Academy of Music South” building will sit across Ashland Place from the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s cinema, but, though the city has signed off on foundation work, no construction is currently under way at the site. The developer of the complex on the triangular lot bounded by Flatbush Avenue, Lafayette Avenue, and Ashland and Hanson places says it will knit the Barclays Center to Downtown, which is rapidly becoming a dense residential center.

“By partnering with the city and some of Brooklyn’s most innovative cultural institutions, we’ll be able to provide permanent community amenities and an iconic new public plaza that helps to connect Downtown Brooklyn to the new arena,” said Jed Walentas, head mega-developer Two Trees Management Company.

The 32-story apartment tower is now slated to include 286 apartments space for the Brooklyn Academy of Music, which will use the building in part to make its archives public and to house a new branch of the Brooklyn Public Library. The Council approved a zoning variance for the project, which includes twice as much housing as building rules allow, in July. The vote to give the high-rise the go-ahead came over the objections of neighbors who complained that the apartment-heavy plan is an unwelcome switch from an earlier pitch that included office space and that the tall structure will obscure the iconic Williamsburgh Savings Bank tower.

“It’s a pity, because it’s a beautiful landmark,” said Frederik M., a subletter in the landmark building a stone’s throw away who asked that his last name not be used. “They shouldn’t obstruct it in any way.”

Records show that the developer is still tinkering with the design. Previously, the building was designed for 32 stories and between 300 and 400 apartments.

The building is rumored to be one of two in the running to house Brooklyn’s first Apple store, according to The Real Deal, a real estate news website.

Reach reporter Jaime Lutz at or by calling (718) 260-8310. Follow her on Twitter @jaime_lutz.
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Reasonable discourse

Not Joni Mitchell from NYC 2013 says:
"They’ll de-pave a parking lot, but will the tower they put up be paradise?"

I don't know, but expect taking a Big Apple Green Taxi to get there.
Dec. 16, 2013, 5:48 am
Rob from Greenpoint says:
Wow, that's ugly.
Dec. 16, 2013, 9:37 am
Lind from PH says:

You want to see ugly, check out the design for those ten, 40-story buildings that just got approved for the entirety of the Greenpoint waterfront. Will suck the charm right out of that neighborhood. At least here, tall buildings SHOULD be put into Downtown Brooklyn, it's becoming a really great urban core for brooklyn with a lot of much-needed housing, retail and entertainment.

What was left off here is that BAM will also have more movie theaters in here as well, I believe. I think the design is quite nice, personally.
Dec. 16, 2013, 11:25 am
Scott from Park Slope says:
I agree with Lind. Often in the last 6 years when returning to Brooklyn via the BQE or the Manhattan Bridge I have thought its new highrises are pretty decent designs. The vitality echoes the new structures on the West Side Highway across from Chelsea Piers and adjoining the Highline.
Dec. 17, 2013, 10:18 am
JAY from nyc says:
make it 100 stories and stop messing around with these boring 30-40 story buildings, and stop letting bozos hold the city hostage so they can enjoy a "view" at everyone else's expense. BUILD EM!!!!
Dec. 17, 2013, 10:58 pm

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