Empire Stores - CANCELED
Thomas Stone, 1885; Renovation, S9 Architecture, 2017

Empire Stores, the iconic waterfront building in DUMBO's Brooklyn Bridge Park, central part of Brooklyn's Fulton Ferry Historic District, is now open to the public. The 390,000 square-foot building, a former coffee warehouse from the 19th century, was restored to create a LEED-certified commercial, retail and cultural space reflecting the new creative energy of this burgeoning Brooklyn neighborhood.

The campaign of adaptive re-use celebrates and preserves the building's monumental presence on the waterfront, while improving circulation between DUMBO's urban fabric and the 85-acre Brooklyn Bridge Park. Original details such as hoist wheels for transporting coffee and original structural schist walls, have been preserved and incorporated into the overall design. A carved passage creates a central courtyard which leads to DUMBO's first public rooftop park, offering unobstructed views of the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges, the Statue of Liberty and New York Harbor. The restoration was led by Midtown Equities in partnership with Rockwood Capital and HK Organization. The design, led by S9 Architecture, balances the future of technology and the preservation of the building's rich history.

Saturday Tour Info: OpenDialogue tours of the building’s public areas with S9 Architecture will last approximately 30 min.


UPDATE: This site has been canceled.


Image Credit: S9 Architecture / Patrick Donahue