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The amenity-laden 40-story tower is the first of its kind in the neighborhood

The Greenpoint, seen from Manhattan Avenue.
Max Touhey

Despite its innocuous name, it’s hard to miss The Greenpoint. The 40-story condo and rental building has been in the works since 2014, but still precedes the waterfront takeover-by-way-of-glass tower that’s captured the surrounding neighborhoods of Long Island City and Williamsburg. Now topped out, and with most of its windows in place, the full-block building is well on its way to welcoming owners and tenants next spring.

Because The Greenpoint is one of the first buildings of its kind along the still-industrial waterfront, it will be among the first in the neighborhood to offer its occupants such an extensive set of amenities—30,000 square feet of them, including a half basketball court; a gym with a large green wall and views of the East River; a co-working suite with private conference rooms; and lots of shared outdoor space.

It will also sport views never before seen from the neighborhood—that is, aside from its closest comparable neighbor at Greenpoint Landing, which it’s still outpacing—from up to 400 feet, and in all directions.

The building’s design, by Ismael Leyva Architects, is not the rectangle of yore. The Greenpoint resembles something of a rhombus. (The architect could very well have been inspired by The Sword in the Stone.) Its unusual shape, and orientation slightly out of line from Manhattan’s grid, means eye-catching vistas in every direction.

The views towards Brooklyn and Queens are nothing to scoff at either, with small apartment buildings, townhouses, and local landmarks as far as the eye can see. Anyone interested in watching the city’s landscape change would do well to perch up here.

The development’s 95 condos hit the market in June, with one-bedrooms priced from $989,000. Most of the studio- through three-bedroom condos perched on the building’s 29th through 40th floors come with private balconies, and those that don’t still have access to the building’s spacious interior courtyard, surrounded by the market-rate rentals. Those 140 rentals, which also occupy the lower part of the tower, will hit the market next spring.

For now, the building’s sales gallery can be found at 113 Franklin Street at the corner of Greenpoint Avenue—the former home to beloved dive bar Lulu’s, a holdout amid a changing Greenpoint.