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Meet the Next Williamsburg Landmark Fight: The Domino Sugar Factory

[Photo courtesy of Triborough on flickr]

Here we go again. With the Greenpoint Terminal Market fried before it could be landmarked and the battle of 184 Kent long lost, Williamsburg-Greenpoint preservationists want to save the old Domino Sugar Refinery, which is otherwise likely to be reborn as highrise waterfront condos. The Waterfront Preservation Alliance of Williamsburg & Greenpoint is launching a petition, letter-writing and postcard-sending drive to convince the Landmarks Commission to extend landmark status to some of the buildings on the huge East River site. The persuasion campaign is also targeting Councilman and Congressional candidate David Yassky who opposed the 184 Kent landmarking.

Developers bought the Domino site in 2004, but the site was not included in the waterfront rezoning that permits highrises up to 40 stories. All has been quiet since the sale, although one of the buildings is the site of Brooklyn Sugar hipster parties. If the landmarking move doesn't work, maybe the developers will keep the big, yellow Domino sign on the property as a souvenir, like the Pepsi sign in Long Island City and the Colgate clock in Jersey City?
· Waterfront Alliance Website [Waterfront Alliance]
· Developers Buy Domino Sugar Plant [NYTimes]
· 184 Kent Update: Unlandmarked Again [Curbed]