Marvel Architects' much-maligned luxury hotel/condo complex Pierhouse—the so-called "worst building" in New York—has topped out. The 10-story,
130-foot 100-foot* building will house most of the complex's 108 condo units, joining the 200-room hotel located just north. Both buildings are in the process of having their facades of installed, with metal and glass on the hotel and limestone and glass on the park-facing side of the condo building.
*UPDATE: Building reps reached out to clarify the height. The roof height of Pierhouse is 100 feet. On top of that, there is a 30-foot bulkhead on 15 percent of the roof, but the Department of Buildings does not count mechanicals as part of a building's official height.
However, Pierhouse is most notable for the neighborhood tempest caused by the building's
lack of adherence to previously agreed-upon height restrictions bulkhead, which partially blocks the view of the Brooklyn Bridge from the Brooklyn Heights Promenade. The "Save the View Now" community group was formed to bring attention to the Toll Brothers' chicanery, and while it's unlikely that they'll succeed in lopping off the top of the building, the campaign has been gaining steam in recent weeks.
In a recent Daily News editorial, Glynnis MacNicol called Pierhouse "the real estate equivalent to marching into the MoMA and slapping a large black blot on 'The Starry Night.'"
· Pierhouse [FC]
· Give us back our Brooklyn Bridge view [NYDN]
· All Pierhouse coverage [Curbed]