Neighborhood Scale and Context
Upland Zoning Districts
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:
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
between N. 8th St. and N. 9th St.
St. between Union Ave. and Lorimer St.
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.
St. at N. 7th St.
Ave. between West St. and Franklin St.
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.