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City Sends Out A Request For Developers To Build A Food Hall In Sunset Park

The city looks to fuel creative minds in Sunset Park’s Made In New York complex with a food hall and culinary school.

By Jeff Vasishta May 2, 2017
Rendering courtesy of WXY architecture + urban design

Food, glorious food. Hipsters and interesting grub go together like beards and flannel shirts and nowhere is that more apparent than Sunset Park, Brooklyn where a tsunami of hipsterism and creativity is brewing. As the city looks to relocate the garment industry from Manhattan along with NYC’s burgeoning film and television industry to the Brooklyn’s Made In New York complex, it needs a food hall feed all those sophisticated palates. The Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) has put out a call (officially known as a Request For Expressions of Interest (RFEI) to develop the 7,500-square-foot Food Building at Sunset Park’s Bush Terminal.

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The city wants developers of the Food Building to be as creative with their proposals as other occupants in the vicinity are with their films and clothes. Mayor de Blasio has given potential developers a broad criteria to play with:

•    A restaurant or cafe with a manufacturing facility.
•    A culinary school or any other type of culinary education facility with a food retail component.
•    A food truck commissary with a food retail component
•    A commercial catering business, also with a food retail component

A representative for NYCEDC told Curbed that the best applications will be ones that offer affordable food and drink options, including a food manufacturing facility, and designs that place a strong emphasis on the interior and exterior seating areas, and enlivens the pedestrian
experience, among other features.  

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“The Made in NY Campus will be the city’s newest hub for creative manufacturing and
production and will further our efforts to create 100,000 good jobs over the next ten years,”
James Patchett, the president of NYCEDC, said in a statement. “We’re thrilled to be
moving forward and inviting proposals for new food options, which will add to the vibrancy of
the campus and make it an even bigger asset to the Sunset Park community.”

The Mayor has set aside $136 million to develop the campus as part of his fiscal budget for
2018. Fears of gentrification and displacement have met the news about the Made In New York
Campus with the 500 people that currently work their fearing for their jobs when the site
expands to house 1,500 by 2020.

Having a Food Hall as opposed to a cafeteria seems to be the buzzword on every developer’s
lips these days. Most notably is TV celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain’s much vaunted Asian style street market at Pier 57 in Manhattan, which is now schedule to unveil its culinary delights in 2019.
Others big and small include The Bowery Market in the East Village, Union Fare, next to Union
Square, Chelsea Market and Fort Greene’s Gotham Market at The Ashland.

Jeff Vasishta

ABOUT THE AUTHOR Jeff Vasishta

ABOUT THE AUTHOR Jeff Vasishta

Jeff is a writer, husband and father but not necessarily in that order. As a music journalist he counts Prince, Beyonce and Quincy Jones amongst those he’s interviewed. He's also owned and flipped homes in Brooklyn, NJ, CT and PA.

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