The lot, pre-development, at 785 Dekalb between Tompkins and Throop in Bed-Stuy

Bed-Stuy residents have seen an explosion of new “luxury” buildings going up all around the neighborhood over the past 5-7 years…

But this one, located at at 785 Dekalb between Tompkins and Throop in Bed-Stuy, has quite a few residents scratching their heads.

Talk about architecturally out of sorts. What does this building have at all to do with Bedford-Stuyvesant?

It’s like a missmatched shoe… or a pair of sandals in the Arctic tundra, or a North Face bubblecoat in the Sahara sun.

The six-story building, first reported about yesterday by Brownstoner, will have 70 units spread across 52,429 feet of residential space, with asymmetrical portholes, a glass dome and a large atrium in the building’s center.

The new building’s developer SSJ Realty paid $2,700,000 in 2006 for the property way back in 2006, formerly the old Kismet Theater, a cinema that opened there in 1922 which became a church in the mid-’60s.

What do you think? Are you excited about the architectural diversity and creativity this building will add to the nabe? Or does it feel like an uncommon bedfellow?


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