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Bike Course, Urban Farm and Reading Room Head to Domino Sugar Factory Lot

By Meredith Hoffman | March 21, 2013 10:45am | Updated on March 21, 2013 11:04am

WILLIAMSBURG — The long-vacant waterfront lot destined to become part of a massive development project will finally offer locals refuge before the construction project begins.

The block-long Domino Sugar Factory lot will soon offer a bike course, urban farm and reading room before Two Trees Management breaks ground next year on the South Williamsburg spot in its plan to triple Williamsburg's office space.

For the next several months Bobby Redd Projects — which currently operates creative events in a former Bushwick church (including Red Bull's "mini drome" contest this weekend) — will offer a community farm run by North Brooklyn Farms, a bilingual reading room and public open space for yoga and other activities, Two Trees' email announcement said. 

And on another portion of the 55,000-square-foot lot, local company Ride Brooklyn will feature a "free, family-oriented bike course," the announcement said, with "a basic skills training area for children, novices, and intermediate riders, as well as an advanced pump track for the more skilled riders."

The array of activities will open to the public by Memorial Day, Two Trees representative Dave Lombino said, and will occupy the space for "a minimum of one year."

"We wanted to activate this site with a variety of uses and a variety of users, so we married these two proposals together," he said of the plans by Bobby Redd and Ride Brooklyn.

"We wanted to get the maximum bang for the community."