Industry City Guide: NYC’s Creative Hub
February 1, 2019
Harbored in New York City’s most populous borough, Brooklyn, Industry City stands as a true monument to the spirit of innovation through creativity and collaboration. Formerly Bush Terminal founded in the early 1900s, the complex in Sunset Park was the first multi-tenant facility of warehouses, intermodal shipping and industrial hub of its kind.
Today, after recovering from years of divestment, Industry City has experienced a renaissance as a mecca for small-scale manufacturing in food, arts, crafts and more. It’s the perfect place to spend a day shopping to support locally-made products.
Here are just a few examples of vendors that call Industry City their home:
A modern milliner (hat designer), Teresa Foglia crafts one-of-a-kind hats from ethically-sourced materials including Ecuadorian and Panamanian straws, fur felts, leather, silk and other vintage trimmings from all over the world.
Started in 1923, Li-Lac chocolates is the oldest chocolate house in the city – to this day, they still make all their products by hand in small batches. The Industry City location of this chocolatier allows visitors to watch and sample their original recipes in real-time.
This special ice-cream parlor produces organic-certified ice-cream made locally on a mission to make a positive impact. Through their nonprofit, Blue Marble Dreams, the company builds ice-cream shops in places like Rwanda and Haiti to support women by providing sustainable livelihoods in underprivileged areas.
Owner Zeke Freeman produces high-quality honey and packages the different varieties in adorable glass jars. In addition to the local honey, Bee Raw are also advocates for family-owned apiaries by working to educate the public about beekeeping and its vital role in agriculture.
Kura is THE only local NYC sake producer. Started by two friends who spent time in Japan to learn the art of sake brewing, Brooklyn Kura produces small-batch sake and strive to make quality available to New Yorkers.
Interested in learning more about the history and vendors of Industry City? Join us on our next Made In NYC Tour as we lead you through notable points in the area and introduce the artisans to share their personal stories of their products.