Welcome to Industry City, Brooklyn
Finally, after months of closures due to the pandemic, Industry City, a creative community set in an industrial complex along the waterfront in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, is finding its way back. In pre-coronavirus times, Industry City was thriving with cooking lessons, blacksmith classes, and movie nights. Now, newly reopened shops are filled with people longing for a break from the overwhelming reality of Covid-19. For a moment, everything feels completely normal, with family and friends lined up to grab oysters from the Mother Shuckers cart then play a game of pétanque.
I first stumbled upon Industry City when I found a photo of a girl ice skating in the most beautiful surroundings, which I now know as their winter rink. I knew that I had to hunt down the place that looked like the picture-perfect version of NYC, and when I found it, it did not disappoint. Industry City in Brooklyn is an ideal escape from the bustling streets of Manhattan.
About Industry City
With more than 550 artisans and vendors and over 50 eateries and retailers calling this 16-building complex home, it’s easy to lose a day wandering through each building. As you step from one to the next, your excitement grows with each new environment. Countless art installations sprawl across the campus, adding to its vibrancy.
The warehouses of Industry City were first used a manufacturing and distribution hub named Bush Terminal in the 1890s. The complex helped propel Brooklyn forward as one of the first major international seaports. After the 1960s, it fell into 50 years of neglect, slowly decaying with time as manufacturing declined. After a $450 million redevelopment project led by Belvedere Capital and Jamestown, Industry City spans more than 34 acres and has created 7,500 new jobs. It’s a prime example of how reimagining the aging infrastructure of New York City can create something new and exciting. See the High Line for another example.
Interested in checking out Industry City in Sunset Park, Brooklyn? Continue reading below to discover what makes Industry City such a fantastic day trip right now.
Where To Eat in Industry City
With a visit to Japan not possible for the foreseeable future, I’ve been seeking Asian experiences to satisfy my craving for the country’s culture, and that’s when I stumbled upon Japan Village. Skip the awful jet lag while picking up some Pocky from the grocers or ramen at one of several restaurants in the food hall. This is a unique experience and a ton of fun for a date night or an adventure with friends. I stopped in to grab a few bottles of Japanese beer and supplies to make sushi at home. While many indoor restaurants in the food hall are still closed due to coronavirus shutdowns, this should change soon. (New York City restaurants opened for indoor dining at 25% capacity on September 30, so check back.)
Visit them on Instagram @japanvillagebrooklyn
The avocado trend is alive and well in this avocado-inspired restaurant. According to their website, they “believe that when you eat well, you feel better and can do better for yourself, your community, and the world.” To accomplish this within their business model, they source local and sustainable produce whenever possible. They also only work with suppliers who are respectful of their employees and the environment. If all that isn’t enough to entice you, their menu featuring avocado toast with smoked salmon, cream cheese, and everything bagel seasoning should do the trick. Head into the food court at Industry City to indulge in everything avocado.
Visit them on Instagram @avocaderia
The slabs of beef–– beautifully displayed upon entering––were enough to lure me inside. Grab some responsibly-raised meat, grown on family farms in New York and New Jersey, to take home or back to your Airbnb. Not looking for groceries? That’s alright. They also offer sandwiches made with their incredible meat selection. Although the menu is paired down due to coronavirus, there’s still enough to savor while enjoying Ends Meat’s gorgeous outdoor space.
Visit them on Instagram @endsmeatnyc_
I spent an amazing evening here singing karaoke and drinking at the bar after watching Knives Out at one of their warehouse movie nights. The bartender at Burger Joint was so friendly, and by the end of the night, I made friends with everyone sitting around the bar. With the opening of indoor dining in NYC, it may be time to stop by and indulge in one of their burgers. One of the best parts of this burger joint is how reasonably priced everything is for hormone-free USDA Certified Prime Angus Beef. Pick-up a bacon burger for only $10.35 and a side of fries for $3.50!
Visit them on Instagram @burgerjointic
One Girl Cookies
I couldn’t believe the deliciousness of One Girl Cookies until after my first bite of a pumpkin spice whoopie pie. Although I had passed by their Dumbo location several times, I had never stopped in, and I seriously regret that decision now. Luckily enough for those who can’t make it to Industry City, they ship goods and gifts nationwide. Indulge in this deliciously delectable treat when visiting Industry City. Even Bon Appétit and O, The Oprah Magazine can’t help but rave about One Girl Cookies. This outpost is one of three locations in Brooklyn.
Visit them on Instagram @onegirlcookies
Although I could go on forever talking about the deliciousness awaiting you in Industry City, with over 25 restaurants we could be here for days. Stop by the Industry City website to find the full list of restaurants to satisfy everyone’s tastes.
Where to Shop in Industry City
Mr. Boddington’s Studio
Although this stationary shop is temporarily closed, I fell in love with their display while passing by the window. Rows of typewriters and beautifully designed cards are enough to tempt any handwritten letter-lover. When I got home, I explored their online shop and found that they’re still shipping from their website. When delving online, I clicked on the About page and read the most adorable story about Mr. Boddington and his adventurous life. This shop is offering pick-up at the time this article was published. We hope Mr. Boddington’s Studio opens for in-person shopping soon.
Visit them on Instagram @mrboddington
Rows and rows of Mediterranean-influenced ceramics surround you as you walk into this artfully displayed shop. Spanish-born Micòl Hernández sits at the back of the studio molding away at beautiful creations to add to her collection. According to her bio, she first became inspired to dedicate her life to pottery while visiting a local village as a small child with her mother. Throughout the village, people made a living by offering simple, handmade pottery. In one particular shop, an older gentleman offered to show her the basics of throwing (shaping the clay on the potter’s wheel). This lesson never left her, spurring her to study it further in high school, at university, and throughout Europe. She now offers her beautifully ornate tableware and decorative homeware at Industry City.
Visit them at www.micolceramics.com
IC Store by WantedDesign
If you love modern design and believe that even the pencils in your home should be visually stunning, then this is the store for you. Founded in 2011, by Odile Hainaut and Claire Pijoulay, the shop features a section dedicated to makers and designers in the Industry City community. Take time to enjoy their gifts, accessories, homewares, and jewelry curated from around the world.
Visit them on Instagram @wanteddesignstore
Christophe Pourny Studio
I stumbled in because I’m a sucker for antiques, and I found their store offered so much more. Christophe Pourny Studio is primarily an antique restoration shop featuring custom finishes and all-natural wood and leather treatments, but also sells accouterments like hats and note cards. After a lovely chat with the gentleman working, I discovered rows of furniture polish–– from wax to leather serums–– that they make in-house and distribute nationwide. If you have any furniture needs, Christophe Pourny Studio knows its stuff. They even wrote the furniture bible. I found a pair of cozy slippers that I have every intention of heading back for.
Visit them on Instagram @christophepournystudio
To find a complete list of shops at Industry city, head over to industrycity.com/shop!
Industry City Events
Events update weekly at Industry City, but Bossa Nova live music, open-mic nights, pétanque, and an oyster cart have continually shown up from one week to the next.
Check out the events calendar at industrycity.com/events to get the latest news coming from Industry City.
How to Get to Industry City
The address is:
222 36th St
Brooklyn, NY 11232
Take the D, N, or R train to the 36th ST stop and walk a few blocks east to Industry City.
You can also ride the bus:
B35 39 St/3rd Ave
B37 3rd Ave/34 St
B70 36 St/3rd Ave
SIM34, SIM35, SIM4, SIM4C, SIM4X
Gowanus Exp./29 St (S.B.)
Or ride Citi Bike
2nd Ave + 36 St
2nd Ave + 39 St
And although we don’t recommend driving because public transit is super easy, you can take exit 23 off the BQE (Brooklyn-Queens Exp) or I-278.
Have you been to Industry City? Share your experience in the comments.
What does the future of Industry City look like? Will it expand? At this point, additional development is not happening.
Words and photos by Claire Crawford-Braun. Thank you so much, Claire!
Claire Crawford-Braun is the writer and creator of The Modern Traditionalist, a New York City Lifestyle blog. From rooftop dinners in Williamsburg, to jazz in SoHo, to movie nights in Bryant Park, and protesting through the streets of Manhattan, she finds balance by taking the modern traditionalist ideology with her wherever she goes.