Democratic Primary Debate Puts Spotlight on Navy Yard’s Duggal Greenhouse

The Duggal Greenhouse's exterior during a Heineken launch party in 2013. Photo via Duggal Events


    Thursday night’s Democratic primary debate at the Brooklyn Navy Yard’s Duggal Greenhouse was tense — a stark contrast to the building’s open format and calming waterfront views.

    Located within the confines of the sprawling Brooklyn Navy Yard, the Duggal Greenhouse is a stadium-sized 35,000-square-foot event venue built to fit up to 3,000 people under its 70-foot ceilings.

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    Formerly used for the construction of naval ships, the building was purchased in 2009 by visual production company Duggal Visual Solutions Inc. Duggal proceeded with a gut renovation, retaining some of the original windows while curing the space of its dirt floors and asbestos, Newsday reported.

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    An exterior shot of the Duggal Greenhouse. Photo via Duggal Events

    With the help of architect Gregory Okshteyn of Studios Go, the site has since been transformed into an award-winning space where guests may arrive by yacht; in addition to last night’s debate, the space has hosted a two-day performance event by Lady Gaga, a Dior fashion show, and rehearsals for Beyoncé.

    While last night’s debate was one of the most high-profile uses of the structure, it’s likely far from the last time it’ll be in the spotlight.

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    A party at Duggal Greenhouse, a 2015 winner of the Building Brooklyn Awards. Photo by Duggal Events

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