A high-rise in downtown Brooklyn is about to unveil the most luxurious NYC building amenity imaginable: a personal subway entrance.
Developer AvalonBay Communities has built a new entrance to the Jay Street-MetroTech station into the side of their Ava DoBro tower on Willoughby Street. The entrance, which includes an elevator and staircase, will lead to the A, C, R and F trains at the stop. (Though it provides direct access to AvalonBay's luxury tower, the passage will also be open to the unwashed masses.) Brooklyn Paper reports that the generous developer paid for the 10-foot-wide staircase and elevator completely out of pocket. Too bad they don't own any buildings on Second Avenue!
At one time, it wasn't that uncommon for buildings to include private doors to the subway system. Macy's on Fulton Mall and the Brooklyn Municipal Building both have similar entrances not that far away. But such days, unfortunately, are long gone.
The new entrance is set to open soon, but until then, residents of the building will have a fitness center, pet spa, heated outdoor dog run, an on-site coffee shop and "chill lounge" to tie them over.