Brooklyn is one of the five townships of New York City. It is bordered by the nearby boroughs of Queens, Staten Island, and Manhattan. Brooklyn has an excess of 40 high-rises all with heights of at least 295 feet.
The history of the construction of high-rises goes all the way back to the later stages of the 19th century. After the famous Brooklyn Bridge was finished in 1883, the increased accessibility meant that there would be an inevitable economic growth. In the later stages of the 1890s, the first high-rise, the Franklin Trust Company Building, was finished. In the early 1900s, the Temple Bar Building was finished making it the first steel-beam high-rise. The early 20th century experienced a further improvement in accessibility, such as better roads and subway lines, which further increased the development of commercial skyscrapers.
The skyscraper surge began after the completion of the building at 32 Court Street which was deemed as the city’s first true skyscraper. The completion of that building brought about a surge of skyscraper construction which ceased when the Great Depression hit.
The Tallest Buildings in Brooklyn
The Hub - 610 Feet
The Hub, standing at a proud 610 feet and 52 stories, is the tallest high-rise in Brooklyn. The Hub was completed recently in 2017, and it is also called 333 Schermerhorn Street. Within the buildings, there are a whopping 754 apartments together with three mid-rise elevators and four high-rise elevators. The Hub is a residential building.
AVA DoBro - 596 Feet
The AVA DoBro building is in the second position with an elevation of 596 feet and 58 floors. Occasionally, the structure is also called Avalon Willoughby West, or it may be described using its address, 100 Willoughby. The structure serves residential purposes, and it was completed in 2015. Before the Hub was completed, it was the tallest building in Brooklyn.
388 Bridge Street - 590 Feet
In the third position, there is the 388 Bridge Street building with a slightly lower height of 590 feet. This building was finalized in 2014 and has 51 floors. In addition, just like the first two, this building also serves residential purposes. Within it, there are 234 rental units and 144 condominiums. Initially, before the Great Recession hit, the plan was to have the structure portioned into condominiums only. However, plans changed after the recession passed to include the rental units. The AVA DoBro building overtook this tower as the tallest.
590 Fulton Street - 568 Feet
Occasionally called 250 Ashland Place, 590 Fulton Street is in the fourth position with 52 floors and a height of 568 feet. This tower was finalized in 2016. Closing the top five is The Brooklyner with altitudes of 514 feet and 51 floors. The tower, situated at 111 Lawrence Street, had the honor of being the tallest in Brooklyn even before its completion in 2010.
Other Notable Towers in Brooklyn
The original high-rises of Brooklyn do not make it on this list which is dominated by true skyscrapers. There are buildings, like 9 DeKalb Avenue and City Point Tower III, which will rise to the top two spots after their completion in 2019 with heights of 1,066 and 692 feet respectively.