Industry City, One of my Favorite Brooklyn Projects, Releases its Redevelopment Plan
One of my favorite new projects is Brooklyn’s Industry City. The redevelopment plan has finally been released and it includes the creation of 5,800 jobs (in addition to the 7,500 jobs created in recent years), partnerships with academic and research institutions, and improvements to transportation infrastructure within and surrounding the development. The run-down manufacturing site will be transformed into a space that combines industry with retail space, academic partnerships, innovative startups, and a hotel. Plans also include a food concourse with on-site producers, and an event program promoting NYC-area artists, businesses, and organizations. The redevelopment is expected to cost $1 billion over the next 12 years. Like it’s neighboring Gowanus industrial zone, this is an area that will see significant change over the next decade and be a part of the rapidly changing New York landscape we’re seeing today.
Originally known as Bush Terminal, Industry City is comprised of 6 million square feet of warehouse on the waterfront in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Irving T. Bush developed the area in 1895 as the first integrated manufacturing and warehousing site. Bush Terminal employed nearly 25,000 workers in the early 1900s and helped Brooklyn become a major international seaport. After World War II, the manufacturing industry suffered and Sunset Park faced significant economic decline. Now owned by Industry City Associates, Bush Terminal was renamed Industry City in the mid-1980s. In 2006, Mayor Bloomberg and Governor Pataki announced a $36 million plan to clean up and redevelop the piers at Industry City, and in 2009 the development began to attract artists and startups with the goal of creating an environment that mixes manufacturing with art, innovation, and research. Industry City is currently run by a partnership among Jamestown, Angelo, Gordon, & Co., and Belvedere Capital. Jamestown also owns Chelsea Market in the meatpacking district, which opened in 1997.
In the meantime, Industry City will continue to expand its programming, which in the past has included Brooklyn’s Fashion Week, and Come Together: Surviving Sandy, an exhibition of photography, painting, and sculpture to show the resilience of the New York art community. The NYC Urban Tattoo Convention and Rooftop Films at Industry City festival will both return after a successful reception in 2014, and events include today’s Bloody Mary Festival and, on April 18, Industry City Open Studios, where visitors can see the works of participating painters, sculptors, photographers, furniture makers, lighting designers, musical instrument manufacturers, and more.
To see more upcoming events at Industry City, keep an eye on their events page.