• Photo by Barry Hyman; art direction by Ines Newby

    Photo by Barry Hyman; art direction by Ines Newby

  • Photo by Barry Hyman; art direction by Ines Newby

    Photo by Barry Hyman; art direction by Ines Newby

  • Photo by Barry Hyman; art direction by Ines Newby

    Photo by Barry Hyman; art direction by Ines Newby

  • Photo by Barry Hyman; art direction by Ines Newby

    Photo by Barry Hyman; art direction by Ines Newby

  • Photo by Barry Hyman; art direction by Ines Newby

    Photo by Barry Hyman; art direction by Ines Newby

  • Photo by Barry Hyman; art direction by Ines Newby

    Photo by Barry Hyman; art direction by Ines Newby

  • Photo by Barry Hyman; art direction by Ines Newby

    Photo by Barry Hyman; art direction by Ines Newby

  • Photo by Ola Wilk/Wilk Marketing Communications

    Photo by Ola Wilk/Wilk Marketing Communications

  • Photo by Ola Wilk/Wilk Marketing Communications

    Photo by Ola Wilk/Wilk Marketing Communications

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The Watermark: first new luxury retirement community in Brooklyn

The architectural team included architect Richard J. DeMarco and interior designer Andres Escobar

by Georgina Johnston 21 December 2020

The development team of Kayne Anderson real estate, Watermark retirement communities, and Tishman Speyer have redefined luxury senior living, part of the Élan Collection of luxury retirement communities focused on locations rich in cultural and engaging offerings.

The Watermark at Brooklyn Heights, New York City’s first new luxury retirement community to open in 20 years and Brooklyn’s first ever, has welcomed its first independent living lifestyle members. 

This new senior community is a stunning, $330 million redevelopment and renovation of the beloved, iconic Leverich Towers Hotel located at 21 Clark Street in Brooklyn. The property was famous as the pre-game home of the Brooklyn Dodgers’ top players and their families in the 30s and 40s. Among regular guests at that time were the Dodgers’ star pitcher Whitlow Wyatt and left fielder Joe “Ducky” Medwick. 

The landmark property offers 50,000 sq ft of amenities. Residents will experience a curated art gallery, three world class gourmet restaurants, a professional-level performing arts stage, multiple wellness venues, a heated indoor pool, a salon and spa, and a rooftop terrace with views of the Manhattan skyline, the Statue of Liberty, and New York City waterways.

Located in the heart of the fashionable, historic Brooklyn Heights district, the 310,000 sq ft building was originally constructed in 1928 as the Leverich Towers Hotel, which served as a haven for many celebrities and cultural icons, including the Brooklyn Dodgers. In 1975, Watchtower purchased The Towers as housing for their local Jehovah Witness volunteer force and began to restore the intricate architectural features that defined the building’s place in the Brooklyn Heights Historic District.

The recently completed renovation, spearheaded by Escobar and DeMarco, has preserved much of the building’s original structure and history, while adding a reimagined, stylish interior. At 16 storeys, with a breathtaking rooftop terrace, garden, and skyline club room, The Watermark at Brooklyn Heights offers sweeping views of New York Harbor, the Manhattan skyline, the Brooklyn Bridge, the Statue of Liberty, and New York City waterways.

The building’s 275 apartments include 145 for independent living, 88 for assisted living, and 42 for memory care. The residences are offered in an unprecedented variety of choices, with 78 different floor plans, uniquely configured, and harmoniously designed to embrace the building’s rich heritage.  


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