The 19th century Empire Stores warehouses on the waterfront near the Brooklyn Bridge have sat empty for more than six decades, but they'll soon start a new life as a retail and office complex. Developer Midtown Equities is coming into the home stretch for its complete overhaul and conversion of the historic buildings into a 500,000-square-foot destination with new shops, eateries, and a rooftop beer garden. Professional construction watcher Tectonic recently checked in on the site, and the June opening date reported in January was obviously overly optimistic. Windows have been installed, and the rooftop addition is rising, though it looks like quite a bit of work still remains. We reached out to the team for details on the opening date; we'd be surprised if it was still expected to open before the end of the year.
UPDATE: The Empire Stores team says "construction is on schedule to be completed by November this year, however the tenants will open at different times once they take possession of their spaces."