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Brooklyn, once the home primarily of brownstones and warehouse conversions, has been the subject of significant development over recent years. Brooklyn is no longer dependent upon Manhattan, having a vibrant nightlife, eclectic restaurants, shopping, and a culture of its own. With its rapid progression has come a tremendous amount of growth in the real estate market as well. Luxury high-rises are cropping up throughout Brooklyn, giving renters and buyers the opportunity to be part of one of the world’s hottest markets.

To help you visualize the quite astonishing changes, our sister company RENTCafé is taking you back in time to just a few years ago, as well as providing you with amazing views of the developments now dominating the Brooklyn skyline.

Simply drag the arrow bar back-and-forth to see how Brooklyn’s streetscape has changed in recent years.

1. The Edge Towers – Williamsburg

The Edge Towers represented a controversial development in the Williamsburg neighborhood, but the buildings’ completion in 2008 revolutionized the Brooklyn skyline. The North Edge tower is located at 34 North 7th Street and the South Edge tower is located at 22 North 6th Street. The condo complex includes a choice of 120 different floorplans including simplexes, duplexes, penthouses, and lofts. Amenities are top-of-the-line, on-par with a world-class resort, and include a plunge pool with waterfall, a communal fire pit, and spa treatment rooms.

2. Northside Piers – Williamsburg

Built in 2008 and 2010 respectively, One Northside Piers and Two Northside Piers offer high-rise waterfront living at its finest. Many of the contemporary condo apartments include views of not only the East River but also the Manhattan skyline. Units are equipped with sleek, gourmet kitchens while life in this soaring blue-glass building also includes concierge service and a professional-quality fitness center.

3. 388 Bridge – Downtown Brooklyn

388 Bridge holds the distinction of being the tallest residential tower in Brooklyn. This building, featuring a combination of condominiums and rental units, is packed with amenities. Units are defined by floor-to-ceiling glass, an abundance of natural light and a chic, contemporary design style.

4. The Giovanni – Fort Greene

A full-service building, The Giovanni includes 24-hour concierge, an indoor parking garage, and a private gym equipped with state-of-the-art machines. Located within walking distance of the shops and eateries of downtown Brooklyn, The Giovanni also boasts hand-selected apartment details such as caesarstone kitchen countertops, private terraces and outdoor spaces, and lacquered, white kitchen cabinets.

5. BKLYN AIR – Downtown Brooklyn

Soaring 432 feet into the downtown Brooklyn skyline, the BKLYN Air rental tower at 309 Gold St (formerly known as Oro 2) includes a heated outdoor pool, a landscaped roof deck, and the Sky Gym & Lounge, featuring views of Brooklyn and Manhattan. Modern architecture combines with interior finishes such as oak hardwood flooring and custom Italian cabinetry. Just across the street, another impressive building rises high into the sky: the Oro condo tower. Located at 306 Gold St, the full-service Oro was built in 2008 and features 303 condominium homes.

6. Sheraton and Aloft – Downtown

It’s not just residences changing the Brooklyn skyline. Hotels including the Sheraton and Aloft Brooklyn are also coming into the mix. These hotels offer all the expected amenities along with fashionable designs, and proximity to subway stations as well as attractions such as Barclays Center.

Interested in seeing the rest of the properties defining the Brooklyn evolution? Check out RENTCafé for the full article, and let us know which buildings you think have shaped the borough’s new look.

Amalia Otet

Amalia Otet

Amalia Otet is an online content developer and creative writer for PropertyShark. She loves all things real estate and strives to live beautifully, one green step at a time.

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