11/30/15 1:00pm

Industry City Brooklyn -- Bush Terminal Sunset Park History

Read Part 1 of this story here.

The huge gray cement factory buildings that span Sunset Park’s shoreline between 30th and 37th streets are the remaining structures of Brooklyn’s largest industrial park, Bush Terminal.

The complex was the brainchild of Irving T. Bush, the son of an oilman-turned-yachtsman. Today, these buildings are known as Industry City, an evolving complex made up of workspaces for Brooklyn’s creative economy, as well as future dining, entertainment and shopping destinations. (more…)

11/30/15 11:31am

Coworkrs Gowanus - Brooklyn Coworking Space

Sponsored By Coworkrs.

Coworkrs offers coworking memberships, desks, and private office suites in Gowanus, FiDi and Flatiron NYC. Be 'At Home at Work'

Created By BlankSlate

The face of small business has changed a lot over the past decade. Thanks to rising rents and businesses that have become more virtual, coworking spaces have exploded. No longer do entrepreneurs and freelancers have to choose between working out of their home or entering into a two-year lease for a space they may outgrow in a year.

So when Coworkrs opened their space in Gowanus, it didn’t take long for them to start filling up their offices. Creative and entrepreneurial types from the surrounding neighborhoods — Gowanus, Carroll Gardens, Park Slope — snapped up space to pursue their passion projects. It’s a good arrangement for freelancers, startups, and regional branches: Coworkrs takes care of managing the offices, there’s a kitchen and lounge areas and conference rooms, and all you have to worry about is getting your own work done.

We figured that the best way to know what it’s like to work at Coworkrs in Gowanus is to talk to the people who work there. The four companies we talked with were very different, but they all had similar things to say about Coworkrs — the convenience of the location, the coolness of the space, and an admiration for the other companies down the hall.

Above: Farmigo’s new national headquarters at Coworkrs. Photos by Farmigo and Jeff Scherer.


11/30/15 11:25am


“A man about to commit a crime would stand appalled at the sight of a station house such as this,” the Brooklyn Daily Eagle wrote in 1892 of Sunset Park’s once splendid and now crumbling but landmarked police precinct station house and stables at 4302 4th Avenue.

In 1892, such a statement was meant to praise the building’s intimidating, castle-like features, but today it is equally fitting as a reference to the unfortunate extent of decay in what was clearly a once-beautiful structure. (more…)

11/30/15 8:30am
Peter Pan Donuts Greenpoint Brooklyn

Peter Pan Donut & Pastry Shop in Greenpoint. Photo by Mary Hautman

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11/28/15 10:30am

This post courtesy of Explore Brooklyn, an all-inclusive guide to the businesses, neighborhoods, and attractions that make Brooklyn great.

Thrift stores in Brooklyn Beacon's Closet

After Black Friday and with Cyber Monday coming up, you might want a more leisurely, local shopping experience where you can still get a deal. Thrift store shopping can be a lot of fun in Brooklyn, and it’s a great way to find unique, affordable gifts while supporting local businesses. These well-curated thrift shops feature an interesting mix of items and are well worth the patience required of a seasoned thrift store shopper.

Beacon’s Closet 
With four locations around the city — Greenpoint, Park Slope, Bushwick, and Manhattan — you really can’t talk about thrift store shopping in Brooklyn without talking about Beacon’s Closet. You can get anything and everything here, including work clothes at low prices.

Photo by Beacon’s Closet. (more…)

11/27/15 10:45am

Famous Brooklyn Stores Retail History

We can blame the late Victorian era for the commercialization of Christmas. The late 1800s gave us an affluent society with the disposable income to buy the vast amount of machine-made goods coming out of American factories.

The Brooklyn Eagle gloried in this consumer excess, writing glowing reviews of the merchandise in stores all over the city and running thousands of ads. No time of the year was more important than Christmas.

We’ve picked five Brooklyn stores to highlight for the holiday shopping season — three old-timers from the Victorian age, and two more contemporary. None of them exist anymore.

They were founded by the same kind of smart, successful and lucky entrepreneurs that abound today, all striving to bring Brooklynites the next greatest thing, especially for the holidays. (more…)