It’s moving season in America, and like a lot of guys across the country, I’m actively searching for a new place. This weekend I stumbled upon an apartment building in Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood that pretty much blew my mind. What’s unique about the brand-new Brooklyn-Roosevelt? For starters, it’s housed in a former bank, completed in 1907 by the architects Helmle, Huberty & Hudwell. Also, it’s flush with jaw-dropping amenities. Care for a tour? Right this way…
Originally known as the Eastern District Savings Bank, the building became the Roosevelt Savings Bank in 1920. Designed in the Beaux-Arts style, it has sort of a Bailey Bros. Building and Loan vibe. Main architect Frank J. Helmle was a prolific creator of attractive buildings in Brooklyn and Manhattan, as you can see here. (Side note: Apparently the key to becoming a great architect is having the first name “Frank.”)
There’s a 24-hour doorman and an ATM in the lobby, and the mailboxes look like old safety deposit boxes. The perfect spot to receive your envelopes full of cash. Or just your monthly gas bill from National Grid.
Nice lobby, with leather couches, a faux fireplace and a huge flat-screen that tells you whether you have any packages to pick up at the front desk. Handy.
As mentioned previously, the building was originally called the Eastern District Savings Bank. Hence this sign and artistic display thing.
There’s complimentary coffee and espresso in this cute little coffee corner. That was nice of them.
There’s also a fully stocked, 1,000-square-foot gym on the premises, complete with treadmills, elliptical machines, free weights, Swiss balls and other modern fitness equipment. Very convenient for those late-night dumbbell bench press sessions.
Everything’s brand-new and clean and beautiful, with big windows and plenty of natural light, 11-foot ceilings, hardwood floors and video intercoms. One-bedroom apartments go for $2,150 per month, which is actually kind of a steal by New York City standards.
Stainless steel appliances and fancy cabinets in the kitchens…
Good-sized bedrooms… for grabbing some Zs or making the occasional deposit of your own. (Sorry, it’s an apartment building in a bank; I had to try at least one bad bank/sex joke.)
There’s also a 12-seat movie theater. Which is great for showing off to your friends when they visit and never actually using, except maybe to watch the Super Bowl.
Oh, but here’s something you might use: a yoga studio and rehearsal room. There’s also a huge co-working space (not pictured) available to all residents of the 49 apartments. Count on at least a couple of startup companies secretly using this as their home office for a while.
Finally, we come to the piece de resistance: the bike vault. It’s located in the basement, in the actual vault where old-timey bankers used to keep all their millions of dollars in cash (or at least their hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash). The door is absolutely real and extremely heavy. Your 10-speed Giant is safe down here.