A former torpedo factory in Brooklyn’s Sunset Park is now leasing flexible office space with stunning panoramic harbor views.
Recently renovated, the Whale Building at 14 53rd Street offers ceilings as high as 20 feet, rare waterfront views of the Manhattan skyline and Statue of Liberty, abundant natural light and on-site parking.
The flexible spaces can be configured for small startups or large global firms, with room to scale — accommodating groups ranging in size from a few people to hundreds.
Light-filled floors with 30,000 square feet and 360-degree views are available on the upper levels of the building. The ground floor has more than 125,000 square feet of double-height space with direct street loading.
Existing tenants at the Whale Building include traditional office users, world-renowned artists and photographers, set designers and — its latest occupant — an indoor soccer recreational facility.
Soccer startup Socceroof is the latest creative business to take advantage of the building’s wide open spaces and inspiring views for its recreational space. It offers pickup games, group entertainment packages and children’s parties on its indoor playing fields.
Popular throughout Europe, this type of facility is the first of its kind in the U.S. Socceroof hosted a pre-grand opening charity event with Steve Nash at the Whale Building in late April.
The building gets its name from the Whale Oil Company, which called the spot home in the middle of the 20th century. It was built by E.W. Bliss Company in 1918.
Downstairs at the building’s entrance, polished concrete, reclaimed pallet oak, and blackened steel finishes evoke the building’s industrial past. A Lindsey Adelman chandelier, manufactured at Roll & Hill just down the street, crowns the reception area. The lobby walls will soon be adorned with murals by artist Brendan Monroe.
A new lobby cafe, new passenger elevators, mail and package rooms, common area restrooms, high-speed Internet, and on-site security add to the building’s convenience.
Adjacent to the Brooklyn Army Terminal on the Brooklyn waterfront, the Whale Building is close to gyms, restaurants and breweries, including neighborhood favorites Sweatbox Brooklyn, Tacos El Bronco, and Five Boroughs Brewing Co. The building has on-site parking but also offers a shuttle bus to the D/N/R trains and NYC Ferry landing, so if driving to work doesn’t appeal, tenants can take the ferry or ride the subway.
Prospective tenants can take advantage of a host of New York City and New York State incentive programs designed to attract business to the area, support economic development and growth, and encourage efficient use of energy.
For more information, visit the Whale Building website.