Brooklyn’s iconic Macy’s Retailer will get a 10-story glass workplace to enrich its historic structure

Brooklyn’s iconic Macy’s Store gets a 10-story glass office to complement its historic architecture

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Tishman Speyer announced plans for “The Wheeler,” a glass addition above the iconic Macy’s store in downtown Brooklyn on Fulton Street. The design is a collaboration between Shimoda Design Group and Perkins Eastman and includes 10 floors of dynamic office and mixed-use spaces on top of the existing department store.

As a tribute to the renowned Brooklyn developer Andrew Wheeler from the 19th, panoramic view of Lower Manhattan, the Brooklyn Bridge, the Statue of Liberty and the New York Harbor from its vantage point above the existing architecture.

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We create an environment that is just as innovative, energetic and dynamic as the district itself, said Robert Speyer, CEO of Tishman Speyer, the developer of the project. Celebrating its unique location in the epicenter of Brooklyn, The Wheeler feeds on the vitality of the iconic brownstone neighborhoods, open spaces, cultural venues and creative communities that surround it on all sides.

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Fulton Street Macy’s is in fact an amalgamation of two different buildings and their respective architectural styles – the main department store is in a nine-story Art Deco building from the 1930s connected to a four-story cast iron building, the original Wheeler building in built in the 1870s.

Prior to its conversion to Macy’s in 1995, the wealthy-era Brooklyn Bridge Art Deco building housed Brooklyn’s flagship Abraham and Straus Department Store, one of the most respected and luxurious shopping experiences in the area. Buyers could even be brought directly from their horse-drawn carriages into the shop via a Porte Cochere entrance, although it is now walled up.

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Previously, in the 1870s, the wrought iron section of the building housed a mix of residents, including a billiard lounge, the Olympic Theater, and the JB Bunnells’ Dime Museum promoting bearded women, giants and living skeletons. Most of the building has since been demolished, only the facade has been preserved.

The Wheeler is scheduled for completion in 2019 and is the first New York-based project by the Shimoda Design Group. It will connect the buildings and their distinctive history as Brooklyn experiences rapid development and growth, while Macy’s will continue to operate the first four floors and lower levels of the two buildings.

News via: Tishman Speyer. Additional historical information on Atlas Obscura and Brownstoner.

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