MetroTech Gets Its First Actual Tech Company

MakerBot, the red-hot start-up that has been producing consumer-grade 3-D printers on 3rd Avenue and Dean Street for the past couple of years, made headlines today by signing a lease for a big new office space in Downtown Brooklyn. What’s so surprising is where the tech company signed its full-floor lease: One MetroTech. It’s hard to imagine a less hip spot, but at the end of the day it was all about space. Dumbo’s basically full at this point–there certainly isn’t enough room to handle MakerBot’s 125-person workforce–and Sunset Park is too inconvenient. (And 1000 Dean‘s not ready yet!) So MetroTech it is. It’ll be interesting to see if the decision can help rebrand the cluster of commercial buildings into something cooler than back-office space stocked with mid-level suits. The folks behind the recently branded Brooklyn Tech Triangle Initiative certainly are hoping so.
Putting the Tech in Metrotech [Wall Street Journal]
MakerBot Picks Up Stakes and Heads for Downtown Brooklyn [BetaBeat]

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  • Why the dig about Sunset Park, Mr. B? It’s not mentioned in either of the articles to which you linked. Generally speaking, it’s not inconvenient.

    • Sunset park in turns of commute is not inconvenient but when it comes to dining, shopping and even as basic as safety is not really a good option unless you are on a budget. I live in Sunset park for 10yr before move out and my parent still live there. I visit them every weekend but it just not one of the area I would like to visit if I have an option.

  • Why the dig about Sunset Park, Mr. B? It’s not mentioned in either of the articles to which you linked. Generally speaking, it’s not inconvenient.

  • bryanx

    holy smokes: 125 workers.
    In my imagination, MakerBot was three dudes in a garage.

  • East New York

    “It’ll be interesting to see if the decision can help rebrand the cluster of commercial buildings into something cooler than back-office space stocked with mid-level suits.”

    **

    Commercial buildings don’t exist to be “cool,” they exist to generate business. If they manage to be cool AND generate business, that’s a bonus. But the latter is the primary goal.

  • Who cares about hip – this is terrific news for Brooklyn. Maker-Bot is an amazing startup with huge potential. 3-D printing is by many people considered to be as revolutionary as the original press, and the #1 developer of this technology for the hobbyist is in Brooklyn. It has the potential to start a technological revolution equivalent to the automobile or the computer.
    On the RE front, this only once again shows how terrific Metrotech has been for Brooklyn

  • Fabulous news for DTB (aka dobro). Makerbot folks are terrific, what they do is special. You will see more and more tenants like this come to DTB, cause they have to!

  • East New York

    “On the RE front, this only once again shows how terrific Metrotech has been for Brooklyn”

    Indeed I recall when the area was a run-down vice district. MetroTech has clearly been a success.

  • Just like all the other new arrivals they think that nothing happened until they got here.

    SIAC had plenty of tech talent and was the first occupant (1990) of One Metrotech Center which faces the Polytech library.

    • SIAC – while a great Company is really just the back office for the NYSE – therefore it can’t really be considered a ‘tech co’ – don’t try to fit your narrative into every story, its annoying

      • 1. SIAC is no longer a great company as it no longer exists. You clearly don’t have enough knowledge about what was done at SIAC in it’s prime.
        2. You have me confused with someone else. You’re off base. Get over yourself.

  • Siac exists…just not as an independent co it was just absorbed into NYSE and is no longer operated as a wholy owned but separate entity.
    And I know very well what SIAC did in its prime, it created and operated DOT which was fine but clearly not good enough because when Thain and then NMS came along the NYSE/AMEX could no longer compete and now has less than 20%of the volume.
    You are clearly just a bitter old man living in the past….SIAC was never a “tech co” – if it was maybe BATS wouldnt have ate your lunch….get over that!