A Jewel Box Above Dumbo – 51 Jay Street, PH-B

By Linecity, January 7, 2022

Imagine a jewel box placed atop a turn-of-a-century Dumbo warehouse.  Imagine no more.  We’ve found it. 

Penthouse B at 51 Jay Street is pure opulence and it stands tall as the latest edition of our “Apartments We Love” series.

The multi-level glass box offers a richly renovated penthouse oasis with an abundance of private outdoor space. The superbly crafted home inspires at every turn whether it’s the worldly interior design, the use of selected elements or the floor-to-ceiling casement windows that encase the residence.

Previously featured in Architectural Digest, this special home has a short but distinguished pedigree.   It was designed and curated by legendary interior designer, Michael Aidruss for former NBA baller JJ Redick and his family.  

Penthouse B is a graciously proportioned four bedroom duplex loft spread across 2,973 square feet. The openness of the great room (37’6”x16’4”), the tall ceilings and the copious light make this residence seem even larger.   Combined with the wrap terrace that spans another 2,500 square feet, this apartment feels more like a country estate than an urban residence.  In the warm months it’s really a singular space – the doors are just a formality.  A second wrap terrace, albeit much smaller, can be found on the upper level.

51 Jay Street is located between Plymouth Street and Water Street in DUMBO, just steps from the 85-acre Brooklyn Bridge Park.  Built in 1905, this former warehouse was fully transformed into residential condominiums in 2017. While the brick exterior of the building was landmarked protected, the innards of the structure were literally stripped to the core.  Even the floors were replaced.

According to the ODA New York website, the architectural firm responsible for the conversion of 51 Jay Street, “incapacitated elements” were “replaced with new features that compliment the industrial character of the building’s identity.”  The resulting condo pays homage to the past while ushering in the future.  The exception are the six glass penthouses, which offer a bit of whimsy above this historical footprint.   

The great room in its current design is split into three distinct open spaces:  A family room, a dining room and a formal sitting area.  The casement windows create a dramatic surround while oak herringbone floors and crown moldings unify the space. 

The primary terrace wraps around the first level of the residence. Multiple exposures provide views of Brooklyn Bridge Park, the East River and the distinct architecture of Dumbo.  The great room, the primary bedroom and the library (or fourth bedroom) offer separate access to the exterior space. 

Designed by Gunn Landscape Architecture, the terrace features limestone pavers, manicured privacy hedges, an outdoor kitchen and furnishings to relax, dine or sunbathe.

While it’s hard to pick a favorite feature to this spectacular apartment, we can’t keep our eyes off the open kitchen.  It is truly the piece de resistance.  On color choice alone, it’s astonishing. The cabinetry is completely lacquered in a deep Aegean blue as are the integrated appliances. Calacatta marble countertops smartly contrast the dark blue cabinets while bronze accents and fixtures add some glam. A matte black LaCanche range with hood serves as a focal point.   A large center island provides a spot for informal dining.  The tray ceiling adds yet another special detail.

As you continue down the gallery hall past the kitchen, you arrive at the primary bedroom wing.  It’s like your own apartment within the home.  There is a primary bedroom, a second full bedroom or library/home office, a four-fixture en-suite bath and a huge dressing room.  A private Zen terrace is accessible from both rooms; should you wish to sit back on the larger terrace there is easy access as well.  The primary bath features Venetian plaster walls, a marble soaking tub and a stunning vanity.  The same brass accents that beautify the kitchen can be found here as well.  The second room even has a full en suite bath.

The upper level comprises two bedrooms, each with its own en-suite bath.  Both bedrooms have independent access to the second floor terrace. 

51 Jay Street rises seven floors and contains 74 apartments.  Amenities include a full-time concierge, deeded parking, landscaped courtyard, children’s playroom, fitness room and a resident’s lounge.  The common roof deck features  an outdoor fireplace, a kitchen and showers.

The current ask for this one-of-a-kind home is $8.5 million. That’s about $2,859 per interior square foot.  It was introduced to the market in early November, 2021.

Penthouse B is being represented by Rachael Greenstein and Suzanne Koxvold of Compass. To learn more about this residence, please visit Linecity.com