Brooklyn Beat

Watch These Brooklyn Bellweather Neighborhoods

One of my pet phrases for northern Brooklynites is ‘south of the park,’ referring to the area of Brooklyn that is south of Prospect Park.

Brooklyn is huge, which is sometimes forgotten in the cool buzz of the north − Dumbo, Williamsburg, Bushwick.

So watch Flatbush, Sunset Park and Crown Heights this fall.

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Brooklyn Beat

Land Rush: Developers Seeking Brooklyn Over Manhattan

The $300-per-foot price being paid for the 1.2 million-square-foot Watchtower Property at the back entrance to the Brooklyn Bridge is a startling number for nonresidential footage.

Zoned for commercial usage, aside from the modern tower on Jay Street, the Watchtower’s former printing and warehouse buildings lend themselves to creative office use for major tenants seeking Read More

Brooklyn Beat

Creative & Tech: Not Just North Brooklyn Anymore

Dumbo, which garnered its fame as a home for creative and tech by packing tenants into one small neighborhood, now has but a handful of spaces available. Also, the demand-supply spread is way out of whack in Williamsburg, due to a lack of product, fine area amenities, hip residents and the vibrant tenant market.

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Lease Beat

Bike Share Sets Up Shop in Sunset Park

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The NYC Bike Share program, branded Citi Bike, has set up its headquarters in a 39,200-square-foot space at 53rd Street and Third Avenue in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, it was announced today. Asking rent was less than $20 per square foot.

“It was a fairly quick search,” Alec Monaghan, senior vice president at CBRE, who represented the tenant, told The Commercial Observer. “We looked in Manhattan, but it became pretty immediate Brooklyn was going to be better in terms of price, product type and the acceptability of the road network.” Read More

Lease Beat

Wireless Digital Group Signs 3,600-Square-Foot Industry City Lease

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The cell phone company Wireless Digital Group signed a five-year lease for 3,600 square feet at Brooklyn’s 16-building, 40-acre Industry City compound.

Wireless Digital will be moving to Building 10 in the Sunset Park campus from Coney Island Avenue. Bruce Federman, director of real estate at Industry City Associates, represented the building.

“Wireless Digital was previously located in a nondescript location and wanted to have a more central location without having to pay Manhattan rents,” Mr. Federman said in a prepared statement. Read More

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The Sun Also Rises: Sunset Park’s Booming Artisanal Economy

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The Brooklyn Army Terminal plays only a peripheral role in Last Exit to Brooklyn, Hubert Selby Jr.’s dystopian 1964 novel about the Sunset Park and Bay Bridge neighborhoods of Brooklyn. But the compound—still an active base in the book—is the fulcrum around which Mr. Selby’s panoply of broken soldiers, hookers, junkies and hoods circulates.

Last month, the rejuvenated B.A.T. won a major tenant. The artisanal chocolatier Jacques Torres signed for 39,000 square feet in the 95-year-old compound that served as the United States Army’s port of embarkation during World Wars I and II.

“The building has soul,” Mr. Torres said. “When you go there, you touch history. When I visit, I get that cold chill going through me.”

The ghosts of army grunts and the military-industrial complex are not the only historical vestiges that haunt the 4.1-milion-square-foot B.A.T. and the Sunset Park neighborhood that surrounds it. There’s also a residual perception of the forlorn squalor and grit that permeated Mr. Selby’s novel.

“You know, it’s actually not a bad neighborhood,” Mr. Torres said. “You can go there and not get shot.” Read More