Posted in music | technology | venues on June 7, 2013

could this be the new Brooklyn wing of Amazon?

Williamsburg is now fully established as a choice place to live and play and even to work. Vallywag reports:

According to a source, Amazon may have settled on a location for the mammoth office space the company began seeking in February: the Williamsburg waterfront.

Back in February, both the Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg reported that Amazon was seeking up between 250,000 and 500,000 sq. ft. of office space in New York City, greatly expanding its presence here beyond its Midtown outpost. Williamsburg was thrown around as a possibility, along with One World Trade and Brookfield Place.

This past November, Amazon announced it was leasing a 40,000 sq. ft. warehouse at 35 Kent Avenue in Williamsburg to serve as a photo studio to shoot images of products/"mecca" for "creative talent." But the source told Valleywag that the waterfront deal is "bigger and hush hush." - [Valleywag]

Rumors that Amazon's new Brooklyn address could be the old Domino Sugar factory are mostly refuted in the same article. Also mentioned in there is this tidbit about something we've been wondering about the status of: the NYC branch of beloved UK indie store Rough Trade Records that was supposed to open last year. Says their source:
Rough Trade is in the middle of a 30,000 retail renovation on N9 and NO ONE knows about it because they did the deal with a warehouse owner and are doing a complete renovation on their dime.
"In the middle"?



Comments (17)


Posted by lm | June 7, 2013 3:15 PM

Bored of this now

Posted by Anonymous | June 7, 2013 3:28 PM

the dot on the i is six feet tall!

Posted by Anonymous Coward | June 7, 2013 3:39 PM

Seriously? Huh. I used to live right by there and never noticed. All I could ever think of was ... ahem ... POUR SOME SUGAR ON MEEEEEEEEE. That is all.

Posted by Anonymous | June 7, 2013 3:49 PM

use to stink of caramel on kent, I bet the extermination costs are in the 100k range.

Posted by Anonymous | June 7, 2013 4:37 PM

Damn! I was hoping Sabra was gonna take over the Domino factory.
It was a dream of mine!

Posted by Anonymous | June 7, 2013 5:36 PM

^ Fuck your dream, ass. That joke was old years ago.

Posted by Anonymous | June 7, 2013 6:03 PM

^What joke? A lot of us do sing songs of praise of the mighty chickpea mash and it's heavy dose of Phyto-Nutrients.

Posted by Anonymous | June 7, 2013 6:08 PM

Newark is the new Williamsburg.

Posted by Anonymous | June 7, 2013 6:51 PM

Damn. That Amazon sign is gonna be painful. Fuck. There's always something about driving on the FDR and catching a glimpse of that sign. I don't know what it is. Maybe it's the fact that in NYC you're hardly ever in a car, and when you finally are you're hardly ever moving on a highway at a decent pace, window down and the breeze hitting you in the face. That in and of itself always gives me an awesome, nostalgic feeling, but when I look across the river and catch that building / sign, it always feels even better. I'm not the kind of guy who holds on to the old NYC by any means, either... don't really care when the corner store gets replaced by the 7-11 (they were usually assholes anyway), or how the LES isn't what it used to be... but something about that sign always took me out of my element for a few seconds and made me feel connected to all the old souls and history that lived here.

Oh, I'm sorry, don't mind me. Just thinking out loud over here. Not to worry, I'm sure there are a few other things that give me that feeling too, just can't think of them right now.

Posted by The Dude | June 7, 2013 11:43 PM

I can probably order hummus on amazon now, and have same day delivery. I see no problem with this.

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2013 1:10 AM

6:08, Is O.G. BV commentator respect.

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2013 1:11 AM

Hey Rough Trade, gimme a fuckin job.

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2013 6:50 AM

I admire your fuckin gumption... YOU'RE HIRED!

Posted by Amazon | June 8, 2013 8:39 AM

earwax is moving from bedford to N9 too. gonna be awkward

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2013 6:42 PM

To anyone trying to down play the guitar parts on this track..Minimal music can be some of the most beautiful. There's so much space & nuance..notes dance around each other. This is beautiful.

Posted by Rachel | September 20, 2013 10:30 AM

LOL I used to listen to this all the time my first year of college. It's fucking hilarious so good

Posted by Lawlz | October 3, 2014 12:03 PM

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