50 Bridge Park Drive, also known as Quay Tower, sits boldly at the edge of the East River and offers front row seats to the Manhattan skyline, New York Harbor and Brooklyn Bridge Park. The stylish structure is a modern craft of metal and glass awash in sunlight during the day and radiant with an exterior light display in the evening.
Quay Tower is not only a freshly minted new development, it is also a newly minted addition to our “Buildings We Love” series.
Quay Tower is situated on Bridge Park Drive in the landmarked residential neighborhood of Brooklyn Heights. This tranquil neighborhood is renowned for its tree-lined streets, historic architecture, proximity to lower Manhattan and the Brooklyn Heights Promenade.
Quay Tower hovers over Brooklyn Bridge Park at Pier 6, one of the city’s special green spaces. Spread over 85 acres, this wondrous park sits on the lip of the East River and offers something for just about everyone. Aside from spot on views of downtown Manhattan there are lush walking paths, open lawns, playing fields and a private marina. Consider this your front yard.
Designed by architect Eran Chen of the architectural firm ODA, Quay Tower smartly identifies with the neighborhood’s industrial past while transitioning to the future. The building’s curtain wall uses a brushed copper-colored metal that resembles the iron girders on the nearby Pier 6. The metalwork frames each glass panel and gives the building an industrial aesthetic. The development is a joint venture between RAL Companies, Oliver’s Realty Group and Vanke.
Quay Tower was designed to attract the urban family. Apartments range in size from two to five-bedrooms; the smallest two bedroom is a robust 1214 square feet. Most of these loft-style units offer double exposures and floor-to-ceiling windows that dramatically frame the incredible views. Some of the larger homes also enjoy two rare luxuries: Mudrooms and private elevator access.
The stunning interiors at Quay Tower were designed by renowned California-based design firm Marmol Radziner. Known for their renovation of mid-century homes on the West Coast, the firm incorporated California modernism design elements within each residence. This is the firm’s first East Coast gig and they delivered with aplomb.
Inspired by the location and the open vistas, Marmol Radziner created a union between the building’s interior spaces and the exterior light and views. Using a curated palette of mixed woods, earthy metals and natural stones, the architects have created a calming interior aesthetic.
Family-friendly open kitchens are an integral part of the apartment design. The kitchens feature large islands, custom oak cabinets, white quartzite countertops with a matching backsplash, high-end Gaggenau appliances and extra perks like wine coolers and warming drawers. Many of the kitchens also enjoy the same floor-to-ceiling windows with sparkling views.
Additional features of these world-class apartments include smart home capabilities, washers/dryers, UV insulated windows and pre-wiring for motorized window shades.
Building amenities include a full-time concierge, residents lounge, sky cabanas, indoor and outdoor rooftop space with grilling stations, a 2,500 square foot fitness center, a 1,500 square foot children’s center, music room and a pet wash.
Quay Tower represents the last development site within Brooklyn Bridge Park. It is part of a two-building project that includes 15 Bridge Park Drive, a 140-unit residential building offering a mix of market and affordable housing. Completed in 2020, Quay Tower rises 30 floors and contains 126 apartments. Floors 3 through 26 show five apartments while the three penthouse levels have 3 residences per floor.
The building opened in 2020. According to city records, 49 apartments have closed to date at an average price of $1608 per square foot. Just to the north sits 360 Furman Street, a hulking former warehouse which was converted to condos in 2008. Two years later the Brooklyn Bridge Park at Pier 6 opened and Brooklyn Heights essentially expanded to the waterfront.
Currently there are 13 apartments available for sale at Quay Tower. Our favorite unit is 17-A, a corner four-bedroom residence with an asking price of $4.995 million.