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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.
One of the world’s biggest companies, e-commerce behemoth Amazon, is coming to Brooklyn. The tech giant, which has a bigger market cap than Wal-mart and is No. 35 on the Fortune 500 list, is opening a distribution center in Sunset Park.
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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.
Brotherhood Winery of Washingtonville, New York, via CHEERS NY.
Local, classy and maybe just a little bit tipsy.
Brooklyn-made food producers and New York State beer, wine, spirits and cider purveyors are putting their wares on display for your tasting pleasure in Industry City from October 2-4.
The newly revamped Industry City complex in Sunset Park will host a pop-up marketplace showcasing New York City-based independent fashion designers beginning this weekend. The marketplace, called Fashion on the Factory Floor, will feature over 50 designers selling handmade clothing for men, women and children, as well as handbags, jewelry, and other accessories. There will also be several local food vendors present for hungry shoppers. The market will be open from 10 am to 6 pm on two weekends from November 23 until December 1. Industry City’s 16-building, 6,000,000-square-foot complex is located at 241 37th Street in Sunset Park.
After the jump, we’ve included a second photo of what the Fashion on the Factory Floor space looks like.
It’s been reported that Sunset Park’s Industry City, which has 6 million square feet of warehouse space geared toward creative tenants, has had a hard time finding tenants. (Not surprising, perhaps, give how huge the complex is.) But Crosstown Realty broker Jon Brooks thinks the warehouse space may have potential as a future music district, and he has started marketing it as such. The manager of Industry City gave Brooks around 60,000 square feet to play with and agreed to fund at least half of the build-out once space was leased to a music business. So far Brooks is in the leasing stage for 10,000 square feet of space and is in talks with another tenant interested in rehearsal space. In his words: “Musicians will have access to cheap rehearsal, recording, production space. Also the idea is to have music equipments shops, music event businesses, in the building as well.” The idea is that the increased foot traffic will also bring in ground-floor commercial space.
Industry City Has Trouble Luring Tenants [Brownstoner]
Those images above are of a work called “Weightless Pull” that’s currently on display at Industry City in Sunset Park, according to Architect’s Newspaper. The piece, which hangs between two warehouses (video here), is designed by a team called Architecture CO. Here’s Architect’s Newspaper’s description of it: “Weightless Pull, constructed much like a series of slender sails, creates a vertical wind field composed of plastic wrap, nylon rope, and 600 different knotting systems.” It’s on display through August 28th.
Weightless Pull at Superfront Public Summer [ArchPaper]
Images by Architecture CO via Architect’s Newspaper