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How the Brooklyn Army Terminal is Leading Modern Industry in NYC


When the Brooklyn Army Terminal (BAT) was first built in 1918, the US was nearing the end of WWI and needed a facility to ship soldiers and supplies from the East Coast to Europe. But architect Cass Gilbert, who designed New York’s famous Woolworth Building and the US Supreme Court Building, wasn’t just thinking about the war—he was thinking about the future. By designing BAT with open, versatile spaces, he enabled it to become much more than an army base.

Today, BAT is home to more than 100 businesses and 4,000 employees, who produce thousands of products on-site, right here in New York. Here are five reasons why BAT has become the premier hub for urban manufacturing:

1.       Enough space to grow:

BAT has more than 4 million square feet of space, making it one of the largest industrial complexes in Brooklyn. But that kind of space can work in many different ways; while large manufacturers can find plans with tens of thousands of square feet, smaller businesses can benefit from the BAT Micromanufacturing Hub’s versatile workspaces, starting at 1,500 square feet. Having a wide variety of floor plans ensure that businesses of any kind can take root and grow at BAT. In addition, most areas available for lease are ready-made for modern industrial machinery.

2.       Get anywhere from BAT:

BAT’s location on Sunset Park’s waterfront brings more advantages than just scenic views—it makes it highly accessible. Just 16 minutes from Lower Manhattan by car or 12 minutes via the NYC Ferry; less than a mile from I-278; close to the Belt Parkway, the Verrazano and Brooklyn Bridges, and the N/R subway lines (accessible via a free shuttle); and a short hop from airports and maritime facilities, BAT is at the heart of NYC’s transportation grid. Wherever you need to go, you can get there from BAT!

3.       Stay longer, pay less:

With lower-than-market-rate rents, long-term leases, low energy costs, and no real estate taxes, businesses at BAT have the financial security and stability to grow for years to come. If your business is looking for affordable, modern manufacturing space, click here to see our available floor plans.

4.       BAT is number one in amenities:

With 24/7 security, a full-service café, and on-site daycare and Universal Pre-Kindergarten, BAT is unmatched in services. In addition, BAT’s grounds are a great spot for recreation, with public spaces and picnic tables on the banks of the East River offering an unobstructed view of the Lower Manhattan skyline.

5.       The resources of the greatest city in the world:

New York is home to the largest marketplace in the country and has America’s best-trained workforce; The manufacturing industry alone employs more than 72,000 New Yorkers, with advanced manufacturing in particular taking off in recent years. Since 2009, 14 advanced manufacturing companies have raised a collective $99.2 million in venture capital, and the City is investing heavily in creating more jobs in the sector. With that combination of talent and demand all around, it’s no surprise that so many companies have thrived at BAT.

To learn more about BAT’s advantages click here, or if you’re looking to lease, fill out our space inquiry form.



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