PKSB Architects

210 Joralemon Street


210 Joralemon Street | NEW YORK, NY

PKSB and United American Land were selected by the New York City Economic Development Corporation to create a new type of retail destination in Downtown Brooklyn. Formerly occupied by the NYC Department of Finance Business Center, the development sits within the Brooklyn Municipal Building and the design required coordination with core and shell elements located within the City-owned property. The Department of Design and Construction and DCAS (Department of Citywide Administrative Services) reviewed these portions of the design. PKSB guided the entire project through the approvals process at the Building Department and the Landmarks Preservation Commission. 

Preservation was a key component to the success of the project. The transformation from monumental municipal building to pedestrian-friendly retail frontage required careful and thoughtful design solutions. New storefronts were added within existing masonry openings to both the Joralemon and Court Street frontages to provide greater transparency and connection to the sidewalk. These modern interventions activate the street level while maintaining a coherent architectural expression across the entire landmarked building. The ground floor improvements meet a key goal of the Downtown Brooklyn Special Purpose District to enliven the streetscape and enhance the pedestrian environment.