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…)
In the last few years, Sunset Park’s Industry City, a 16-building complex along 3rd Avenue, has become a hub for artist studios and manufacturing bases for local food purveyors and makers, as well as outposts of large companies like Time Inc. The complex has seen increasingly more foot traffic, too, with popular dance parties in the summer and now the Brooklyn Flea and Smorgasburg through the winter.
Its namesake — industry — is still very much at its core. There are big things in store for Industry City, which today is run by Jamestown Properties, Belvedere Capital and Angelo Gordon, along with Cammeby’s International and FBE Limited, starting with a staggering $1 billion redevelopment plan that was announced earlier this year.
Instead of going toward high-rise luxury condos, this influx of big money is being used to renovate, repurpose and revitalize the massive complex, eventually bringing 20,000 jobs to the vast industrial hub that was once called Bush Terminal.
But how did we get here? It involves a man named Rufus Bush, floating railroad cars and bananas. (more…)
No matter how big or small, excess stuff has to be stored somewhere. Before this great building became a self-storage facility, it stored armaments and supplies for the National Guard.
Name: Former Brooklyn Arsenal, now Extra Space self-storage Address:6301 2nd Avenue Cross Streets: 63rd and 64th streets Neighborhood: Sunset Park Year Built: 1924-26 Architectural Style: Fortress Architect: Sullivan W. Jones Other works by architect: Alfred E. Smith Building in Albany, City Hall in Buffalo. Also armory in Hempstead, Long Island Landmarked: No
The crenellated castle armories of the late 19th century were the inspiration for more-modern armory architects. The fortresses on many of our neighborhood streets were built for shock and awe, and that tradition carried through into the new century. But here, overlooking New York Bay, the inspiration came from another military installation.
This arsenal is next door to the U.S. Army Military Ocean Terminal, architect Cass Gilbert’s massive reinforced concrete staging area and warehouse for the military built in 1918. This building was designed to complement it.
Gilbert may have brought the “awe,” but this building provided the “shock.” After all, it was designed to be filled with guns, ammo and the armaments of war. (more…)
Thursday was the Chinese Lunar New Year, and to celebrate, Chinese organizations in Sunset Park are throwing their annual parade down 8th Avenue and celebrations at community centers throughout the area. On Saturday, kids and families can check out martial arts performances, folk dancing, games and costume contests at P.S. 310 (942 62nd Street) and Sunset Park Recreation Center (42nd Street and 7th Avenue).
Then the big parade to welcome the Year of the Ram will begin Sunday at noon at 50th Street and 8th Avenue. Expect fireworks displays, line dancing, Kung Fu demonstrations, various performances and amazing costumes, starting at 10 am.
If you still haven’t made Valentine’s Day plans, you probably can’t go wrong with a tour of the Liddabit Sweets chocolate factory at Industry City in Sunset Park. The hour-long tour includes cookies and hot cocoa, a question and answer session and a goodie bag of chocolate treats. Tours will happen at noon, 1 pm and 2 pm tomorrow. Tickets are $15, and you can buy them on the chocolate maker’s website.
The Brooklyn Army Terminal has announced plans to renovate another building in its massive, formerly abandoned complex in Sunset Park, the Times reported. The NYC Economic Development Corporation, which runs the terminal, is going to rehabilitate 500,000 square feet on seven floors in Building A, which stretches between 58th and 63rd streets along the waterfront.
Revamping the building, which has been abandoned since the ’60s, is expected to cost $100,000,000. The EDC plans to remove asbestos and install new freight and passenger elevators, electric service, life-safety systems, plumbing, heating and windows.
The terminal is also in the middle of renovating its former administration building, a 55,000 square-foot structure located just north of Building A along 58th Street. The military officially closed the terminal in 1966, transferring 3,200 civilian and military jobs to Bayonne, N.J., according to the Times.
We don’t usually feature houses with no interior photos, but Sunset Park listings are rare and the broker has included a floor plan and lots of info. The bow front limestone exterior at 650 49th Street with pressed metal Renaissance Revival cornice and triangular entrance pediment is quite attractive, but inside “this is a handyman special,” according to the listing
Some original detail remains, but it sounds like a gut or partial gut will be needed. The two-family has an original entrance banister, interior window moldings and some original floors. There are also drop ceilings, wood paneling, tile and carpeting. It will need a new gas boiler, water heater, kitchens and baths. The house is also narrow at 16.67 feet.
Considering how prices have gone up in the area and the work needed, does $850,000 sound fair?
Bush Terminal Piers Park has finally opened on the Sunset Park waterfront, after more than a decade of planning and several delays during two years of construction. DNAinfo reported that the park officially opened its gates to the public Wednesday.
The eight-block-long green space runs from 43rd to 51st Streets but only has one entrance, at 43rd. The park has two multi-purpose soccer and baseball fields and a waterfront esplanade with tide ponds and restored wetlands, according to the Parks Department.
Until March 1, the park will be open from 8 am to 4 pm, and the summer hours will extend until 8 pm. The city spent years cleaning up the 11-acre stretch of waterfront, a former brownfield.
We love these Sunset Park Finnish co-ops and this one looks pristine. We dig the long wall of windows that stretch across the living and dining rooms. This apartment seems to have most of its original teens-era details, including moldings, closet doors that have never been painted, and a few original light fixtures. Only thing is, most of the Finnish co-ops are tiny. This one looks roomier than most, with a living room, dining room, and two real bedrooms. The ask is $387,000 and the maintenance is $518. What do you think of it?
This Saturday the Sunset Parks Landmarks Committee is hosting a party to raise money for its preservation work and for the tenant advocacy organization Neighbors Helping Neighbors. The $20 admission ticket will help both these worthy causes and it includes two drinks, light food, live music, a dance performance and prizes made in Industry City. The proceeds will be split equally between the groups.
In an email, Lynn Massimo, the committee’s project manager, said that both preservation and affordable housing are important to the future of the neighborhood. “Together we, the community groups and our electeds, must keep Sunset Park viable for a diverse population. That doesn’t have just one answer. It has multiple answers. Affordable housing, safe streets, cultural diversity, economic diversity, local jobs, and yes, preservation of historic rowhouses,” she said.
The event will be held at Irish Haven at 5721 4th Avenue at 58th Street this Saturday, October 18, from 7 to 10 pm. Tickets are only available at the door.
It’s not often we see a Sunset Park house with details in move-in condition, so we got excited when we saw this listing for a brownstone at 438 45th Street. There are fireplaces, built-in cupboards, moldings, pocket doors and other original details.
The bad news is that it’s set up as three floor-through apartments so there’s no owner’s duplex. However, there is an extension in the rear of the garden floor and a clean-looking cellar, so the ground-floor unit is more spacious than the average railroad apartment. The house would also be easy enough to convert back to a two-family, which is what we suspect this originally was, going by the floor plan.
A door on the parlor floor unit might be advisable as well, for privacy. What do you think of it and the price of $1,160,000?
As part of our series about Whale Square, a former industrial building turned office space in Sunset Park, we sat down with one of the building’s creative tenants, photographer Ilan Rubin. The Israeli native moved to New York City in 1985 and began building his commercial photography business a few years later in Chelsea. Since getting his big break shooting for Harper’s Bazaar in 1995, he’s worked with a multitude of major brands and magazines, including Cole Haan, Target, T Magazine, Vogue and Barney’s. Here, he remembers his beginnings in photography and compares his longtime studio in Chelsea to his newer studio at Whale Square in Sunset Park. (more…)