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Greenpoint-Williamsburg - Approved!
Upland Areas - Neighborhood Scale and Context
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Upland Areas:
• Neighborhood Scale and Context
Proposed Upland Zoning Districts
Proposed Upland Zoning Map

The distinctive physical character of Greenpoint and Williamsburg is shaped by a mix of low- and mid-rise residential and industrial buildings in the upland neighborhood. To ensure that any zoning changes would produce new development that fits in with this context, the Department performed a block-by-block analysis of the area’s building stock. Three types of buildings predominate:

Three- to four-story buildings. Many residential blocks contain three- to four-story brick or frame buildings, often with stoops, which form a continuous street wall. These areas include pockets west of Franklin Street in Greenpoint, the area near the Bedford Avenue L station in Williamsburg, and smaller areas northeast and south of McCarren Park.      
Berry Street between N. 8th St. and N. 9th St.

Withers St. between Union Ave. and Lorimer St.
Five- to six-story buildings. In other areas, six-story apartment buildings line the street. The study area also contains numerous older, industrial loft buildings, including clusters along West Street, near N. 11th Street and Berry Street, and along N. 3rd Street. Many of these buildings have been converted partly or wholly to residential use.       
Havemeyer St. at N. 7th St.

Greenpoint Ave. between West St. and Franklin St.
Low-rise industrial buildings and vacant land. The study area contains pockets of vacant land and underbuilt parcels, generally containing one-story industrial buildings, including areas along Metropolitan Avenue, south of McCarren Park, along West Street, and east of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway.        
Low-rise industrial buildings

Vacant land

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