What’s New on the Brooklyn Waterfront? (Summer 2016 Edition)


What’s New on the Brooklyn Waterfront? (Summer 2016 Edition)

With 85-plus acres of waterfront stretching more than a mile along the East River, Brooklyn’s Waterfront is one of the most historical and picturesque nooks in all of New York City. It’s also one of the fastest growing. From green industrial buildings to hip hangouts, new developments are happening pretty much daily. Here’s the latest Brooklyn Waterfront news heading into Summer 2016:

The Brooklyn Strand Moves Forward

Art, a public market and acres of green space on the water–is there a combination that could make Brooklynites happier? A 21-acre greenway in Downtown Brooklyn called the “Brooklyn Strand” is one step closer to reality, The Real Deal reports. Plans also call for the reopening of the Brooklyn War Memorial and walkway access to the Brooklyn Bridge.

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A $3 Million Dollar Urban Campus

Remember the 40-foot yellow Domino Sugar sign that used to welcome you to Brooklyn as you crossed the Williamsburg Bridge? It’s about to make a comeback. In a plan led by Two Trees Management that began back in 2014, the old Domino factory is set for a major facelift that will transform the brick building into a 380,000-square-foot office space as part of an 11-acre “urban campus” with apartments, retail shops, offices and public space.

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A Floating Bar

After a season fraught with unexpected delays, The Brooklyn Barge is finally back for the summer. Perched on Greenpoint’s East River shoreline near 3 Milton St., the 190-seat vessel will wine and dine guests seven days a week.

Brooklyn Waterfront Floating Bar

Jason Burke / Time Out New York

Artsy Red Hook

Ever the evolving scene, Brooklyn’s hottest new waterfront neighborhood, Red Hook, is reeling in artsy residents by the week. With its pre-Civil War warehouses and shipping yards-turned townhouses, galleries, and museums, this up-and-coming area is an “off the beaten path” destination for any art lover.

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Yeong-Ung Yang / am New York

Waterfront Office Space with a Courtyard

Continuing Red Hook’s evolution from industrial buildings to art studios and creative workspaces, UK architecture firm Foster + Partners recently revealed their blueprint for a 7.7-acre modern office space near IKEA. The new space will feature low-rise buildings with large glass windows seated above ground-level retail and restaurant units.

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Duggal Greenhouse Hosts A Historic Evening

After Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders faced off in a high-stakes debate at the Duggal Greenhouse in April, Clinton returned to the Greenhouse June 7 to claim the Democratic nomination. It was a monumental night that you can watch on Patch.com.


Mike Lambert / Duggal Visual Solutions

That’s all for now. Stay tuned for ongoing news from the booming Brooklyn Waterfront!