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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