A large group of industrial buildings in Brooklyn dating back to the turn of the last century is getting a makeover for a new era of local manufacturing. NY1's Jeanine Ramirez filed the following report.
Freight elevators transport workers to and from their jobs in Industry City -- tenants like Alexandra Ferguson are making eco-friendly pillows using recycled materials. She moved in two months ago. And it's this kind of innovative and creative company that Industry City hopes to continue to attract.
"The community was the most important thing and being in a huge complex with so many other businesses that are similar to mine and knowing I was among some really great peers was really attractive and we've definitely found that," Ferguson said.
Industry City is 16 buildings over 30 acres on the Sunset Park waterfront. Jamestown Properties recently became a managing partner for the site and hired former Brooklyn Navy Yard president Andrew Kimball to revitalize the complex and oversee its growth.
"We've got about 400 businesses today. We think that as we aggressively redevelop the property we can easily double that number," Kimball said.
Jamestown is spending tens of millions of dollars replacing windows and upgrading infrastructure, much of it damaged by Hurricane Sandy. Starting Sunday, it's opening the space to the public with an art exhibition focusing on the resiliency of the community.
"It's the beginning of an ongoing relationship which I think coming together from people in the area, have jobs, artists have studios here," said Industry City Curator Phong Bui.
Connecting the industrial complex with the community is one of Kimball's goals.
"We're also trying to activate the ground floor level of these buildings mostly with retail associated with the making going on in the buildings. And with food manufacturers that also have a retail component. That creates a sense of community on the ground floor level," he said.
It's the same model Jamestown has used successfully at Chelsea Market in Manhattan. This weekend, a pop up market is being put together called Factory Floor to showcase the products created.
The market takes place this weekend and next weekend.
The art exhibition runs through December.
For more information on this weekend's events, visit factoryfloorbrooklyn.com and cometogethersandy.com.