Brooklyn Brownstoner has just published a fascinating two-part history of Industry City, the storied port terminal that today is home to a growing consortium of innovative manufacturers, food purveyors and retailers, including Design Within Reach and its DWR Brooklyn Warehouse.
Brownstoner, a real estate and lifestyle website, tells the story of visionary entrepreneur Irving T. Bush, who, beginning in 1895, laid the groundwork for 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.
Bush Terminal was enormous in scale, a city inside a city with top-tier industrial services, including an internal police force, fire department, rail network and power plant, to tenants large and small. It became one of the most prominent and successful facilities of its type worldwide, employing nearly 25,000 workers per day and helping Brooklyn develop into a major international seaport.