A venerable Lower East Side institution is set to make its presence known across the East River. The Brooklyn Navy Yard announced that Russ & Daughters, founded in 1914, will be the anchor tenant of the forthcoming food hall at the massive Building 77 (h/t WSJ). The business will have 14,000 square feet on the ground floor of the renovated 16-story building.
Brooklyn Navy Yard President & CEO David Ehrenberg called the Lower East Side appetizing shop a "quintessential New York institution" in a press release. "We are home to some of NY's biggest and most innovative manufacturers and are continuing that tradition by adding Russ & Daughters to our community," he continued. "Russ & Daughters will be an integral part of a bustling ecosystem at Building 77 and will also help attract and support a next generation of food entrepreneurs."
"Russ & Daughters has been a part of the fabric of New York for 102 years. We hope to be around for at least as many more. The opportunity to continue our growth—within the Brooklyn Navy Yard, a 200 year old force of industry and development in New York—is not only incredibly exciting, it's a natural fit," said Niki Russ Federman, fourth generation owner of Russ & Daughters.
Russ & Daughters will be doing quite a lot at their Brooklyn digs. Of course, you'll get the business's well-known retail operation, but that's just for starters. There will also be bakery operations, a nationwide shipping center, food production, catering for on-site and off-site functions, training for company employees, and classes for the public. The company will be adding 30 jobs when they open this space.
The 60,000-square-foot ground floor space, which will be designed by Marvel Architects, is looking for more businesses and has launched a Request For Expressions of Interest for the enormous structure. Upstairs at Building 77, there will be commercial space, and a roof deck atop the 15th floor. In addition to Building 77, redevelopment at the Brooklyn Navy Yard includes Admiral's Row, which is slated to be the site of a Wegmans supermarket. There is also Green Manufacturing Center, which was projected to generate 800 jobs.
· Russ & Daughters Heads to Navy Yard [WSJ]
· See the Brooklyn Navy Yard's Colossal Building 77 Before Reno [Curbed]
· Marvel Architects to Design Food Court for Brooklyn Navy Yard [Curbed]
· NYC's First Wegmans Chosen to Replace Admiral's Row [Curbed]
· Request for Expressions of Interest in Building 77 Ground Floor [Official]
· All Brooklyn Navy Yard coverage [Curbed]