While Sunset Park was once primarily known for its Costco, the neighborhood is now celebrated for far more than wholesale grocery items sold in packs of 48. In addition to its authentic global fare (like some of the city’s best tacos and dim sum), the neighborhood has also been attracting hoards of visitors for another reason: Industry City.
So, what is Industry City? New York’s answer to Silicon Valley? A rave space? A think tank for meme artists? The short answer is all of the above. Formerly titled Bush Terminal, IC is a collection of enormous warehouses stationed from 32nd to 37th Streets on Third Avenue, and from 39th Street to the waterfront on 2nd Avenue, each of which was once part of the waterfront’s intermodal shipping, warehouse, and manufacturing complex (each individual building spans the full surface area of a city block). Like Chelsea Market, each warehouse still pays homage to its industrial roots with exposed piping, heavy iron doors, and large freight elevators -- but with the added amenity of rooftop films, chocolatiers, and $18 cups of drip coffee. With 6 million square feet of repurposed warehouse space, the area is now the home base to over 400 companies specializing in everything from film and architecture to fashion and food. Here’s everything you need to know about how to get there and what to eat, drink, and do when you arrive.