Sunset Park News

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By: Rachel Carmean 
Brown Harris Stevens Brooklyn, LLC


January 2015, Vol. 1, Issue 5

Apparel & Textile Innovation Hub Coming to Sunset Park

   The New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) announced on December 4, the birth of Brooklyn's own Manufacturing Innovation Hub for Apparel, Textiles and Wearable Tech, a development that will do just as it says - serve as the epicenter of fashion - right in Sunset Park.       
    The hub located at the privately-operated Liberty View Industrial Plaza at 850 Third Avenue, will occupy 160,000 square feet and provide research, design, development and manufacturing resources for the city's emerging designers and apparel manufacturers.   
     The City of New York via NYCEDC will invest $3.5 million to the project through its Industrial Modernization Initiative to allow for the fit out, modernization and subdivision of the currently vacant space owned by Salmar Properties. 
     The hub is set to include a workforce

development center, a small-run factory specializing in sample making, a design accelerator as well as an incubator space that will contain 12 private studios, classroom space, conference rooms, a computer lab and more.
     The site will also serve as the new headquarters for Manufacture New York, a Brooklyn-based company currently facilitating in New York City.  According to its website, Manufacture New York's mission is to "reawaken and rebuild America's fashion industry, foster the next wave of businesses and create a transparent, sustainable supply chain." 
     Liberty View Industrial Plaza is a 1.1 million square foot, eight-story industrial building along the Sunset Park waterfront.  Formerly known as Federal Building #2, it was transferred to the city in 2011.  (Source: Meaghan McGoldrick, The Home Reporter)

Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway: Proposed Expansion

     On December 11, the New York City Department of Transportation made a presentation to the Transportation Committees of Community Boards 6 and 7 concerning the next phase of the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway project, which will connect waterfront communities from Greenpoint to Owl's Head Park with a biking and pedestrian path. 
    The proposed project, called the Gowanus Connector, will travel along Hamilton Avenue, over the drawbridge, and continue down Third Avenue to 29th Street.  It will include a sheltered bike and pedestrian path and plantings.  It will not take away travel lanes or parking.
     The project, which has a budget of $6.1 million, is scheduled to begin construction in 2016 and be completed by October 2017. It is expected that future phases of the project will connect to Bush Terminal Park, through the waterfront community and connect with Owl's Head Park.
     Both Community Boards' Transportation Committees voted to support the proposal and asked the Department of Transportation to study the potential use of permeable pavement.
     DOT's Gowanus Connector presentation can be seen here:


More Sweet Shops Opening in Industry City

     Joining Li-Lac Chocolates in opening manufacturing and retail spaces in Industry City are a slew of sweet shops ready to do business in Sunset Park's Industry City. 
     Liddabit Sweets, a candy shop, recently opened.  Co-owner, Liz Gut, said the extra space inspired her to experiement with new flavors, such as, Cheesy Bacon, Cornbread Muffin and Cheddar-Chive Brioche.  The space will also allow her to teach candy making classes, such as Candy 101, offered in December, and a chocolate baking couples class to celebrate Valentine's Day. 
     Colson Patisserie was the first shop to open in Industry City in 2011 and owner, Yonatan Israel has noticed 10 times the foot traffic since neighbors Ninja Bubble Tea and Steve & Andy's Modern Primitive Café opened. 
     Other soon to open shops include One Girl Cookies, The Fashion Chef and Red Rabbit sandwich shop.  (Source: Jeannette Settembre, New York Daily News) 

Volunteers Needed

     Through NYC Partnership for Parks, our Community Board, CB7, and the Department of Parks and Recreation are looking for volunteers to help keep our local parks clean and beautiful and to help bring programming and events to our local parks.  NYC Partnerships for Parks helps organize volunteer efforts at parks across the city.  These efforts could include planting, clean-up, organizing children's events, restoring natural areas and organizing a dog run. What are your ideas? Our new Bush Terminal Park provides an opportunity for volunteers to organize activities and events to serve our community.  To volunteer contact: or NYC Partnership for Parks.

Brooklyn Public Library Incorporates Community Ideas

     The Brooklyn Public Library along with the Fifth Avenue Committee listened to Sunset Park residents regarding their plans for building affordable housing above a newly constructed library. The newly proposed library plan will now have a partial 2nd floor and will total 20,000 square feet, up from 17,000. As part of the compromise, 50 affordable housing units, instead of 55, will be constructed. A minimum of 50% of the units will be given to current residents of Brooklyn's Community Board 7. Eight apartments will be built for the physically disabled and/or visually/hearing impaired. Units will remain affordable for a minimum of 50 years. 

Sunset Park Adds a Windmill

     A Sunset Park recycling facility is putting the finishing touches on Brooklyn's first major windmill since the 19th century, and the city's largest ever.  Sims Metal Management is an 11-acre, $110 million recycling center that took a decade to build and opened a year ago with the capacity to handle the entire city's recycling load. The $750,000 windmill puts out up t0 100 kilowatts, meeting 3-4 percent of the facility's energy needs, and will pay for itself in five years. The facility's sprawling, 600-kilowatt solar-power plant and the windmill combined will generate one-fifth of the juice that the plant needs to operate. The windmill will be fully operational in January. (Source: Max Jaeger, The Brooklyn Paper)

Save the Date
1/8 - Sunset Park Parents meet at Quarter, 20th St. & 5th Ave., with or without kids, to meet other parents in the 'hood, 11:30am to 1:30pm
1/10 - Sunset Park Parents meet at the Irish Haven, 58th St. & 4th Ave., with or without kids, to meet other parents in the 'hood, 4-7pm
1/11 - Grace Chorale at the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 7420 4th Ave., $10 donation. 3pm. For more info:
1/13 - 72nd Precinct Community Affairs Meeting, Marien Center, 4520 4th Ave, 7:30pm
1/15 - Community Forum on Affordable Housing hosted by State Senator Velmanette Montgomery at the Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church, 85 South Oxford St. 6pm. For more information, contact Senator Montgomery at 718.642.6140
1/15 - SPRIG Planning Meeting at the Tea Hut on 5th Ave., between 39th and 40th St, 7:30pm.  For more info, see
1/21 - Community Board 7 Meeting, 43rd &4th, Entrance on 43rd St, 6:30pm
1/24 - Park Slope Singers at the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 7420 4th Avenue, $10 donation. 3pm
1/27 - School Construction Authority presents their capital plan at PS 172, 6:30pm
1/31 - Children's Choral & Arts Festival of Peace held at Union Church of Bay Ridge, 7915 Ridge Blvd. 3pm, $10 donation
1st and 2nd Mondays of the Month - Neighbors Helping Neighbors, advocates for tenants, tenants rights and affordable housing, accepts walk-in visits at their offices at 462 36th Street. 10am-4pm.
Wednesdays and the 2nd and 4th Sunday of the Month - Green-Wood Cemetery's historic Trolley Tour, $15 for non-members, $10 for members, 1-3pm
Sundays - Live music at the Irish Haven, 8-11pm

My name is Rachel Carmean and I live with my family on 58th Street.  I am an active member of the Sunset Park Landmarks Committee and I am fully dedicated to the preservation of Sunset Park's historic architecture and neighborhood.  If you have any questions about your property, need recommendations for repairs or renovations, or would like to buy, rent or sell, locally or out-of-town, I will be happy to help.
Rachel Carmean
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
Brown Harris Stevens Brooklyn, LLC


Recent Neighborhood Sales*
451 59th St      2-Fam     $855k      12/5
654 47th St      2-Fam     $900k      12/3
612 57th St      2-Fam     $998k      12/2
443 48rd St      2-Fam     $900k      11/24

668 49th St      2-Fam     $900k      11/20
855 58th St      2-Fam     $980k      11/20
445 62nd St     2-Fam     $999k      11/17

* Source: New York City Public Records
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