Brooklyn Bridge Park might be getting an exclusive playground for the rich and well-connected. According to the Brooklyn Paper, the London-based, members-only Soho House chain is planning its first Brooklyn outpost in Empire Stores, the refurbished century-old warehouse on the Dumbo waterfront.
A letter sent to Soho House members, obtained by the paper, offers some details on what the new club, dubbed Dumbo House (of course), may entail: though there won’t be a rooftop pool—a highlight of the brand’s Meatpacking District club—the new space will have a terrace with views of the Manhattan skyline, a bar, and large floor-to-ceiling windows. According to the Paper, it’ll occupy the top two floors of the warehouse, and “will also be located above the brand’s Italian restaurant Cecconi’s, which is set to open on the ground floor.”
If the rumor is true—Curbed has reached out to reps for Soho House and Empire Stores—this would be one of two clubs that the brand has in the works in New York. The other, on the Lower East Side, is called Ludlow House, and offers membership priced from $1,050 (for those under the age of 27) to $2,100 for a standard membership. Prices at Dumbo House have yet to be revealed, but will likely be in a similar range.
Of course, neighborhood residents aren’t terribly pleased about this development: Peter LaBonte, the chair of Brooklyn Bridge Park’s community advisory council, told the paper that, “the thing that’s unfortunate about it is it’s something that sort of further reinforces the whole notion of a tale of two cities.”
- Exclusive Soho House opening in Brooklyn Bridge Park [Brooklyn Paper]