In six months, the Dumbo waterfront will have a new destination. The converted Empire Stores warehouses will debut as a high-end retail and office complex, giving the Brooklyn waterfront yet another place to pack in the tourists (and providing those new condo owners with some shopping and eating options). Crain's reports that developer Midtown Equities, which won the bid for the project from Brooklyn Bridge Park in 2013, is set to open the 500,000-square-foot complex in six months, bringing a rooftop beer garden and 60,000 square feet of new shops and eateries. In terms of office space, furniture retailer West Elm signed on for 135,000 square feet (plus an additional 14,595 for a store), and Midtown Equities is currently wooing prospective tenants for the remaining 250,000 square feet by sending them bottles of Brooklyn-distilled whiskey (yes, really) and coffee table books showing the space. To let the rest of the world preview the space, they've launched a website and released a slew of new renderings.
· Empire Stores [official]
· Drumbeating begins for Dumbo office complex [Crain's]
· Inside Dumbo's Abandoned Empire Stores Before Its Makeover [Curbed]
· All Empire Stores coverage [Curbed]