Swimming in the Stars: Downtown Brooklyn tower will have highest pool in Western Hemisphere

February 6, 2018 By Scott Enman Brooklyn Daily Eagle
The proposed infinity pool at Brooklyn Point. Renderings by Williams New York
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Brooklyn may soon be losing its pop-up pool in Brooklyn Bridge Park, but the borough is gaining another place to swim.  

The new oasis, located in Downtown Brooklyn, will have the same expansive views of the Manhattan skyline that the pop-up pool offers, but it will be 680 feet higher, according to Curbed.  

The 27-foot-long saltwater infinity pool will be located at the top of Brooklyn Point, a 720-foot-tall, 68-story tower at 138 Willoughby St., according to the New York Post.

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The pool area will be complete with a stargazing observatory, open-air movies, al fresco dining, a Brazilian ipe-wood deck and sunbathing chairs, the Post reports.

The infinity pool will not only be the highest in New York City, but it will also be the “highest residential infinity pool in the Western Hemisphere.”  

The pool will be an estimated 24 feet taller than the infinity pool at Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands Hotel, which is roughly 656 feet in the air.

The borough’s newest rooftop refuge will be designed by Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects (MNLA).

“The design for both terraces revolve around the orientation to dramatic views as well as access to sunlight,” Signe Nielsen, founding principal of MNLA, told the Brooklyn Eagle. “Programmatically the terraces offer residents some unusual amenities including a play space for many age groups, strolling grove and bar height seating overlooking burgeoning Downtown Brooklyn.”

Brooklyn Point is builder Extell Development’s first project in the borough, and it is expected to be completed by 2020, according to the building’s website.

The structure, which will be designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox, will have its own address of 1 City Point.

It will be the tallest building in Brooklyn, at least until the 73-story skyscraper at 9 DeKalb Ave. is completed.

Brooklyn Point will feature 458 units ranging from studios to three-bedrooms and prices will range from $840,000 to more than $4 million, according to Brooklyn Point’s website.

There will be 40,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor amenities, including a cycling studio, rooftop dining, a wine room, a fire pit terrace, a hot tub sauna, a gym and a game lounge.

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