07/18/2007 Our lease is up and we need more space...
|From a catalogue retailer's viewpoint, New York City is a disaster. Sure, we've got great food, great museums, and great stores, but what New York doesn't have is affordable warehouse space. Our lease is up in Manhattan in a few weeks and we are moving to Brooklyn. It's still New York City (if Brooklyn were its own city, it would be the 4th or 5th biggest in the country) but we're going to be in an industrial area. No more models and actors heading to auditions and portfolio reviews in sharing our elevators. Oh well. But overall we're really excited. At the end of our new subway commute is a century-old warehouse area with buildings much larger than football fields. The new space, located at 32 33rd Street, 5th Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11232, is 5 times larger than our old space, so we will finally have room to do more manufacturing, offer more inventory, and expand the showroom.|
The building complex, Bush Terminal Market, was built in 1907 as a warehouse for unloading ships in the busy Brooklyn docks. This was before containerized shipping. We share two giant freight elevators and a big loading dock with only a few neighbors. If we ever have the urge to receive some giant bails of cotton or grain, a jib crane is conveniently located on the roof above us, and we have a set of huge dutch doors that will swing out to open the side of the building. We are in the back of the building, the courtyard, which overlooks now-unused railroad sidings. So (theoretically) if you want to ship something by train, we can unload it just as easily.
The buildings themselves are solid concrete, and we are on the fifth floor. Since the complex was built for work, there are no passenger elevators. When you visit, go up the front door, go out to the loading dock and the freight elevator guys will take you on up. They take a lunch break from 12 - 1 p.m., so don't come then unless you want to walk up the stairs. We will be changing our walk-in hours to 10:00 a.m. - 12 noon and 1 p.m. - 5 p.m., Monday - Friday.
We hope to see you there. We're about a 5-10 minute walk from the subway, and about 35 minutes door to door from Union Square in Manhattan. Directions and maps will be posted on the website. By car, we are less than a block from the BQE (Brooklyn-Queens Expressway) and a few blocks from Costco. We'll find out more about our neighbors and other interesting stuff about the neighborhood once we move in.
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