The Gentrification of Bush Terminal, I Mean, Industry City
Exploring the Newly Renovated Workshops of Sunset Park’s Industrial Area
Industry City is probably one of Brooklyn’s lesser known areas of gentrification. It’s flown under the radar as opposed to other neighborhoods like Williamsburg and Park Slope. What used to be a batch of old warehouses one passed while driving down the BQE is now a newly renovated workspace for lease. The cobblestone streets scream old New York whereas the string-light lined common spaces bring forth a more modern aesthetic.
Much of the area is still used for industrial business with rows of shipping containers lining the waterfront. Nearby is the Hudson’s Bay owned Liberty View Industrial Plaza, also new to the neighborhood, where you can shop at Bed, Bath & Beyond and Saks Off Fifth to name a few. Unfortunately, there isn’t much to eat and Industry City’s food hall seems to only operate during office hours.
To be honest, I probably would have never come here if not for the suggestion of my longtime friend and photographer, Kevin. He spotted string-lights in one of the courtyards while passing by on the highway one night and we decided to check it out. I’d heard rumors of the area’s facelift but had no idea what the remodel would entail.
I wouldn’t exactly call this a must-see New York City hotspot considering the closest landmark is Greenwood Cemetery, but I will admit that the area is definitely up-and-coming. I believe Industry City and Liberty View Industrial Plaza will set the wheels in motion for the much-needed uplift this neighborhood needs. However, as a life-long New Yorker I’m always conflicted about change, even if it seems to be for the better.
Photography by Kevin Mui