One of most rewarding
components of American Field is using historic event spaces: Buildings that
fostered American industry long before there was a need for our event. For
American Field Brooklyn, we’re honored to occupy Industry City. It’s a 120+-year-old
space that (for the second time in its history) is contributing to a
renaissance in our favorite NYC borough.
Developer Irving T.
Bush laid the groundwork for today’s Industry City in 1895, setting forth to
build a monumental intermodal manufacturing, warehousing and distribution
center in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. The project, originally known as Bush
Terminal, was designed to provide wholesalers in nearby Manhattan with an
inexpensive location from which to import, export and manufacture goods.
Over the first part
of the 1900s, Industry City thrived based on its prime location, tremendous
scale and an innovative integrated structure that provided top-tier industrial
services, including an internal police force, fire department, rail network and
power plant, to tenants large and small. At its peak during the industrial
height of the early 20th Century, the complex became one of the most
prominent and successful facilities of its type worldwide, employing nearly
In the post-war years
of the 1950s, when a changing manufacturing landscape saw a general abandonment
of urban industrial properties nationwide, Industry City’s economic might
diminished, but never completely dissipated. In fact, the legendary Topps
Baseball Card company manufactured its products at Industry City through the
Over the past few
decades, Industry City has been plagued by structural changes in the
manufacturing economy, the relocation of maritime traffic to New Jersey, and a
deteriorating and antiquated infrastructure that had rendered the property
virtually obsolete for its intended industrial use. The entire complex was in
urgent need of substantial capital investment simply to maintain the day-to-day
operations of systems and mechanicals – including elevators and electricity. That
is, until August 2013, when a new ownership team recapitalized the property.
Leading the charge was
American Field Sponsor Jamestown L.P.
Today, Industry City
is on the cusp of a rebirth as a dynamic 21st Century innovation and
manufacturing community—one that balances existing manufacturing tenants with
those centered on creative and innovation economy fields. The property’s owners
are currently transforming the ground floor and lower levels into a pedestrian-friendly
series of shops, showrooms, event spaces and courtyards, loosely organized
around themes such as food production, children and family, and design and home
goods, while providing ample loading docks and service ground for upper floor
innovation economy and manufacturing tenants.
transformation ushers in the next great phase of Industry City’s existence, the
complex continues to emphasize its rich industrial heritage through an
authentic aesthetic expression that is at once historical, referential and
We are humbled to add
our names to the list of extraordinary businesses that have used the space
before us, and look forward to future collaboration with Jamestown L.P.