6/20/2014 - Now work has begun on a much larger building by Norten for the same site: a 32-story apartment tower with room for several arts organizations—and a much smaller public library—at its base. Work has also begun on another 32-story tower, this one by Thomas Leeser, with a fractured façade that makes it surprisingly edgy (especially since it will house a Marriott-owned hotel). Leeser has said that he wanted the building to be slick but not perfect, because Brooklyn isn’t perfect. The developer of the building is best known for the Richard Meier apartment building at Grand Army Plaza, which was also considered risky when it was built.

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