Magdalena Waz


After three years of silence, renderings have finally been released for the first high-rise to be built along the edge of Maria Hernandez Park at Knickerbocker and Willoughby avenues, City Realty first reported.

The architects, ND Architecture & Design, released renderings of the building [above] which will sprout up from the existing foundation of the church at 260 Knickerbocker Ave.

The existing church on the site.

Though the firm’s previous credits include the Loom at 1083 Flushing Ave., 1052 Bushwick Ave., and the movie theater conversion in Ridgewood (5527 Myrtle Ave.), their website claims: “This revision, located in Greenpoint, features both retail and residential space.”

As much as this building looks like the new apartment buildings sprouting along McGuinness Boulevard, it is certainly not in Greenpoint. 

Furthermore, the website describes the neighborhood along Knickerbocker Avenue as quiet, and as most residents should know, the street is actually one of the neighborhood’s main shopping corridors, so at least the 10,000 square feet of retail will fit right in.

The church will maintain a space in the basement to make way for 11 stories of living, shopping, and parking above. According to the architects, the whole structure will “bring new life” to the area.

One thing is for sure, though: the apartments will offer great views of the park, Brooklyn, and Manhattan for whoever can afford them.

Featured image courtesy of ND Architecture & Design.