Would You Play Pickleball 629 Feet Off the Ground?

The Brooklyn Tower has a unique approach to recreation

Brooklyn Tower
A seagull flies in front of the skyline of Brooklyn, the Brooklyn Tower and the Statue of Liberty as the sun rises in New York City.
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In cities and suburbs alike, plenty of people enjoy taking part in athletic activities with their friends and colleagues. However, most of them do not have the opportunity to do so over 600 feet above the ground. That’s where the Brooklyn Tower — set to rise 93 stories over the borough in question — comes in. A post on the building’s Instagram boasts that their athletic facility, the Sky Court, “houses the highest basketball, pickle ball, and padel court in the Western Hemisphere.”

That would be, as Curbed’s Clio Chang reports, 629 feet in the air. The facilities will be found on the 66th floor of the building; there will also be a comparably high playground for the younger set. Chang describes the space as “an open-air floor” which would otherwise have been left empty. Its open-air quality is designed to keep the building from swaying too much, which seems like a good thing for all involved.

One assumes it won’t be too open-air, as a basketball falling from 66 stories up would likely be lethal to anyone standing on the ground.

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As the New York Times reported last year, this building is the first supertall tower in New York outside of Manhattan. The building includes a combination of condos and rental units, with the latter also including some income-restricted apartments. Will the prospect of pickleball over 600 feet in the air be the deciding factor for any buyers or renters? You never know…

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