Art School Grand Central Atelier Expands to Ridgewood

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Drawing and painting-intensive art school Grand Central Atelier is opening a new outpost in Ridgewood, Queens, Commercial Observer has learned. 

The nonprofit will move into 12,098 square feet at the Box Factory, a redeveloped brick industrial building at 1519 Decatur Street, right by the border with Bushwick, Brooklyn, and the Halsey Street L train stop. The Renaissance-inspired school signed a 10-year lease on the second floor of the building, which sits between Wyckoff and Irving avenues. Asking rent for the space was $32 a square foot.

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This will be Grand Central Atelier’s second location. It currently operates out of a space at 46-06 11th Street in Long Island City, Queens.

Hornig Capital Partners and Brickman Associates redeveloped the three-story, 63,000-square-foot former box manufacturing facility into retail and office space in 2017. 

Avi Akiva and Chandler Slate of Tri State Commercial Realty represented the landlords, while Jane Brody and Matthew Hopkins of Vicus Partners handled the tenant side of the transaction. 

Slate said in a statement that “seeing Grand Central Atelier land at the Box Factory perfectly matched ownership’s vision for the building, to build a place that fosters the art, music, and culture this neighborhood loves.”

British music rehearsal startup Pirate Studios previously leased 13,800 square feet in the building in 2019, as Commercial Observer previously reported.