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The Mind-Boggling Transformation of Brooklyn over the Last 8 Years

Brooklyn is a cultural hub, a culinary nucleus, and a real estate giant. It is filled with interesting people and outstanding streets. The borough is the go-to place for New Yorkers who want to escape the fast pace of life and the first choice for long-term renters and homeowners looking for a place to lay down their roots. Its cosmopolitan neighborhoods contain a lively mélange of commercial creativity, residential lofts, and top retail.

Without a doubt, Brooklyn has changed a lot over the years. New developments have made the borough a perfect place to live, work, and play. If you want to see just how much the area has changed, go through this list created by RENTCafé via Google Street View. It encompasses the most remarkable real estate developments of the last 8 years.

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1. Controversial Zoning Paved Way for Williamsburg’s Towers

According to the New York Times, Williamsburg’s radical transformation was instituted by the 2005 rezoning of multiple blocks and a section of Greenpoint. Controversial as it was, it paved way for spectacular developments like The Edge I and II, Two Northside Piers, and 1 North 4th Place. The Edge towers were completed in 2008 and drew many stares while 1 North 4th Place was built in 2014.

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2. Williamsburg’s Waterfront Is a Favorite with New Yorkers

The condominium complexes that make up One and Two Northside Piers were built by the innovative Toll Brothers. 1 Northside Pier has 29 stories while 2 Northside Pier has 30 stories. Many of their units offer expansive views of Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and the East River. The Edge 1 sits on the waterfront and was built to high environmentally-conscious standards. It is one of America’s greenest buildings.

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3. 388 Bridge Street, Downtown Brooklyn

The tallest residential tower in Brooklyn – 388 Bridge Street – offers breathtaking views of many of New York City’s Landmarks. The condo-rental hybrid has 144 condos and 234 rental units. It offers a myriad of amenities including a rooftop viewing terrace, a media room, a lounge/party room, a fully-attended lobby, and a gym. On its 5th floor is an outdoor terrace with a children’s play area and a barbecue grilling deck.

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4. The Giovanni, Downtown Brooklyn

According to the Brooklyn Paper, plans for the 4-building development that includes The Giovanni were revealed 10 years ago. The first building, named The Andrea, was opened in 2010. The Giovanni is 15 stories tall and holds 205 rentals. It is a mixed-use structure set in Downtown Brooklyn. Many of its units have exterior living spaces like roof terraces and balconies.

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5. Twin Towers Enhance Downtown’s Beauty

Oro 2 Condominium and BKLYN Air soar high into Brooklyn’ skyline and offer amenity packages every homeowner wants. The 40-story Oro condo tower has a glass and brick exterior. Its amenities include a fitness center, a screening room, a pool, and a 24-hour attended lobby. Located at 309 Gold Street, BKLYN Air (formerly known as Oro 2) also has 40 stories and features like an outdoor heated swimming pool and a landscaped roof deck. Avalon Fort Green was constructed in 2009.

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6. Hotels Add Convenience to Duffield Street, Downtown

Standing side by side on Duffield Street between Metrotech and Fulton, Sheraton Brooklyn New York Hotel and Aloft New York Brooklyn are near many of the borough’s attractions and within easy reach of Downtown Manhattan. They are two blocks from 3 subway stations and one can easily access different Manhattan neighborhoods. Behind them is the impressive 388 Bridge Street.

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7. 236 Livingston Street, Downtown Brooklyn

For the longest time, Livingstone Street was an unglamorous area best known for its 99-cent stores. Things have drastically changed. Big developments have infiltrated the region and fired up merchants and restaurant owners’ interest. 236 Livingston Street is one of the developments which have transformed the face of the town. It is a 25-story building with ground floor retail units.

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8. New Developments Change Downtown’s Façade

Downtown Brooklyn is home to majestic developments that offer more than a lifestyle, they offer utopia. Avalon Fort Greene has an awe-inspiring backdrop, while the Toren condominium offers a fresh take on contemporary living. Avalon houses 631 units in 42 stories while Toren holds 240 units in 38 stories. Both have modern facilities and eclectic vibes.

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9. 66 Rockwell Place Apartments

This development is one of the many new projects in Downtown Brooklyn. Completed in 2013, 66 Rockwell Place has 42 stories and 327 apartments. Its amenities are sure to impress! They include a roof deck, a picnic area, a health club, a poker room, a projector screen, a Zen garden fitted with a fire pit, and a rooftop sundeck with splendid views.

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10. 163 Washington Avenue, Clinton Hill

17 stories tall, 163 Washington Avenue boasts a lovely location in Brooklyn’s new cultural frontier. This rental building has elegant apartments with cosmopolitan style. The abodes have floor-to-ceiling windows that offer great views of the Manhattan and Brooklyn skylines and the East River. Natural light fills rooms during the day while the multicolored lights of NYC landmarks set the mood at night.

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Do you have any favorite Brooklyn neighborhoods that you’d add to the list?

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Ama Otet

Ama Otet is an online content developer and creative writer for RENTCafé. She loves all things real estate and strives to live beautifully, one green step at a time. You can connect with Ama on Twitter or via email.

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