DUMBO, Industry City, the Red Hook Initiative, and the Robotic Church

Image courtesy Industry City

Best of Brooklyn

We’d be remiss to ignore Brooklyn in recapping our favorite stories of 2015 – let’s take a trip from DUMBO to Sunset Park to Red Hook to see what caught our eye across the East River this year.

Playing DUMBO
The days of DUMBO as a derelict factory wasteland are long gone – the waterfront neighborhood nestled under the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges is home to startups like Etsy and Flocabulary, popular restaurants like Superfine and Gran Electrica, and yes, a massive antique carousel. Dive deep into our DUMBO Deep Dive, here.

New Industry
Though DUMBO may have established itself as Brooklyn’s primary tech hub, a short trip south along the waterfront will reveal perhaps the borough’s next boom hood – Industry City, a 6 million square foot expanse of warehouses in Sunset Park. With a $1 billion redevelopment investment from Jamestown in tow, and tenants ranging from MakerBot to the Brooklyn Nets moving in, the former manufacturing hub is primed for a new era. See what’s in store here.

Taking Initiative
An unreliable Internet connection can throw a workday into chaos. No wifi at all? That’s a reality far more disempowering, and a reality that the Red Hook Initiative is looking to curb in the southwest Brooklyn neighborhood. The community organization is aiming to bring free network connectivity to everyone in the area, and employing young adults to install a wifi and mesh network. See what they’re up to here.

Take Us To Church
To delve further into Red Hook’s tech transformation, look no further than the former Norwegian Seaman’s Church, which multimedia artist Chico MacMurtrie transformed into what he calls the Robotic Church this summer. The display featured more than three dozen robots performing “masses”, which, well, you’ll just have to hear for yourself – dig in here.

Now go forth (and be the best).


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