Oculus - Winter 2013 - (Page 32)
Two projects will revive derelict,
long-abandoned Civil War-era
warehouses, and reconnect a
neighborhood to its waterfront
- and Brooklyn Bridge Park
BY C LA IRE WILS ON
rooklyn's Empire Stores coffee warehouse dates
to the late 19th century, but has been empty
for about the last 60 years. Plans for redevelopment went off the rails more than once since the
1970s, but now a new future for the building is
finally moving forward. Regina Meyer, president of
Brooklyn Bridge Park, told the New York Times the
plan is "the best project it could have been."
That's high praise considering the enormous
popularity of Brooklyn Bridge Park and the expectations associated with the derelict, roofless brick
structure and adjacent tobacco warehouse, slated
to become the new permanent home of the St.
Ann's Warehouse theater. When finished in 2015,
they will be a humming, seven-days-a-week mixed
bag of offices, dining, theater, retail, private and
community event spaces, and an outpost of the
Brooklyn Historical Society - all with the magnificent Brooklyn Bridge Park as their front yard.
The new home for the 34-year-old St. Ann's
is being designed by Marvel Architects. Empire
Stores, spearheaded by developer Midtown Equities, is being designed by STUDIO V Architecture.
Both structures are owned by the Brooklyn Bridge
©STUDIO V Architecture
According to Jay Valgora, AIA, founding principal of STUDIO V, Empire Stores is actually seven
adjoining brick buildings, each four stories high.
These will be reconfigured into 300,000 square feet
of office space, 3,000 square feet of exhibition space,
and 80,000 square feet for retail, dining, and events.
Valgora plans to preserve the original brick,
iron shutters, some of the painted advertising on
the exterior, and partitions made of rough-hewn
(left) The landscaped central courtyard of Empire Stores will reconnect the Brooklyn waterfront to the DUMBO neighborhood.
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The Fun Factor: Visitors + Vistas
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Oculus - Winter 2013
First Words Letter from Two Presidents
A Word from the Editor
Center for Architecture
One Block Over
Opener: Designing – and Defi ning – a Moment in Time
Eat, Drink, and Wear the Brand
Architecture Tourism: New York City’s Waterfront – and Beyond
Development Does DUMBO
A Tale of Two Piers
Healing Buildings to Heal a City Once Again
Index to Advertisers
Oculus - Winter 2013