Rooftop Beer Garden and Restaurant Planned for Empire Stores in DUMBO

By Janet Upadhye on May 27, 2014 3:04pm 

 The historic Empire Stores building will eventually be home to a bustling "Brooklyn marketplace" with restaurants, cafes, retail space, a museum and commercial office space, according to the architect Jay Valgora.
The historic Empire Stores building will eventually be home to a bustling "Brooklyn marketplace" with restaurants, cafes, retail space, a museum and commercial office space, according to the architect Jay Valgora.
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Midtown Equities

DUMBO — It's booze with a view.

Plans are in the works for a outdoor beer garden to occupy rooftop space at the soon-to-be restored Empire Stores in DUMBO — part of a series of newly announced features at the historic warehouse complex, the developer said.

Midtown Equities is in contract with a "brew palace" along with an upscale restaurant to occupy the 7,000-square-foot rooftop.

The space will also house a public green space and office space with sweeping views of Lower Manhattan, as well as the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges, Brooklyn Daily Eagle first reported.

The developer is in talks with a French brasserie, yoga studio, gym and coffee shop for the 430,000-square-foot building, the paper reported.

In September of last year, city chose Midtown Equities from a group of 10 to redevelop the former coffee and dry-goods warehouse in Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Its plans include converting the historic building into a "Brooklyn marketplace" with restaurants, cafes, retail space, a museum and commercial office space, architect Jay Valgora said at a public meeting.

West Elm is currently the only official tenant with a lease for 10,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space.

The building is expected to be complete in fall of 2015.

Midtown Equities declined to comment on the potential new tenants.

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