Raising a Glass to the Brooklyn Army Terminal’s Past


Summer in New York City means many things, but maybe chief among them: barbecues. Picture it—friends, the grill, some burgers and hotdogs. And, of course, a nice cold one.

But it hasn’t always been so easy to crack open a beer in America.

When Elvis Presley deployed out of the Brooklyn Army Terminal in 1958, fans swarmed the terminal trying to reach their favorite singer. But this wasn’t the first time Americans lusted after something out of reach inside the Brooklyn Army Terminal. During Prohibition, the terminal was used to house an army’s worth of confiscated liquor.

When the spirits ban passed in 1920, federal agents...

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As the Brooklyn Army Terminal Turns 100, Glimpsing the Future of Industry in NYC


The industrial campus in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, celebrates the past 100 years and leads the way toward the future of industry in New York City.

In May 1918, the federal government broke ground on a 4-million-square-foot military facility on the Sunset Park waterfront. This became the Brooklyn Army Terminal, which served the country for decades as a supply base and an Army headquarters during World War II, helping to deploy troops and supplies to battlefronts across the globe. By the 1960s, the terminal reached the end of its military service and, in 1981, the City purchased the facility to...

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B&B Carousell Added to the National Register of Historic Places


B&B Carousell added to the National Register of Historic Places

We’re excited that B&B Carousell was just added to the National Register of Historic Places! NYCEDC played a key role in the preservation of this historic Coney Island gem, managing the meticulous 6 year restoration. You can watch a short documentary that showcases the restoration process.

History of the B&B Carousell

The period between 1880 and the early 1930s has been labeled as the golden age of carousel production, with between 2,000 and 3,000 carousels produced in Brooklyn during this time...

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Helping Brooklyn's Youth Build Strong, Sustainable Futures at Reconnect Bakery


reconnect bakery blog

Reconnect Bakery may look like your typical business, but something very special is happening behind the counter.

The bakery is fully staffed by young people and residents of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn and is part of a unique model for providing entry-level job opportunities to New Yorkers in need. 

Reconnect, a Brooklyn not-for-profit, operates a bakery, café, and graphic design company in the Bed-Stuy neighborhood and serves as a much-needed source of employment in the high-poverty area.

Founded in 2010 in response to youth violence, Reconnect’s mission is two-fold: to give young...

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Progress at Bush Terminal Piers Park


bush terminal sign

UPDATE: October 27, 2014

Great news! NYSDEC has approved our site management plan, and we have executed an MOU with the Parks Department. Happy to hear that our partners at Parks are planning an opening day in early November. Stay tuned for updates later this week with more information about the grand opening!

October 7, 2014 

Following completion of the Bush Terminal Piers Park construction in August, NYCEDC submitted the paperwork requested by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) for review and...

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Marcy Plaza Ribbon-Cutting


NYCEDC President Kyle Kimball and Bed-Stuy Restoration Corp

Today, NYCEDC President Kyle Kimball joined members of the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation in cutting the ribbon for Marcy Plaza in Brooklyn’s historic Bed-Stuy neighborhood.

Marcy Plaza is part of The Fulton Street Redevelopment Initiative, a mile-long streetscape improvement project along Fulton Street in Brooklyn. The plaza, created from an underutilized section of roadway, is designed to attract economic growth to the historic neighborhood.

Marcy Plaza sidewalk art

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Coney Island Flicks on the Beach Presents Men in Black III



Join us on the beach Monday night (7/29) for a screening of "Men in Black III". Flicks on the Beach is presented by Alliance for Coney Island, Rooftop Films and NYC & Co.

Pre-show entertainment begins at 7:30pm, movie at dusk. Wear your suits to the movie and join the special agents in the action. Boardwalk businesses will be offering discounts on food & beverages if you know the special code word ("Agent J" & "Agent K").

Offers are available from 7pm-close:

  • Coney's Cones will...
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Coney Island Fourthfest


The Brooklyn Cyclones and the Alliance for Coney Island are teaming up to host an Independence Day celebration and fireworks show this Thursday, July 4 at MCU Park.

The Brooklyn Cyclones will be on the road, but the ballpark will be open to the public for FourthFest, an Independence Day celebration. Admission is free, however donations will be accepted to benefit the Brooklyn Public Library and

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Coney Island Flicks on the Beach


The picture was taken last year, during the screening of Top Gun.
Image Credit: Bruce Handy

Free Screenings Every Monday Night!

Flicks on the Beach is back, so come out to Coney Island on Monday nights and enjoy select films shown on a jumbo 40-foot screen on the beach at West 10th Street. Alliance for Coney Island, Rooftop Films and NYC & Co. will present a 60th-anniversary screening of Little Fugitive on Monday, July 1st, at dusk.

Here is the schedule of films for this summer:

  • July 1st: Little Fugitive,...
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Coney Island Comeback


Signs of spring: Nathan's has reopened on boardwalk and cars are back on the Wheel. Photo via Coney Island's Facebook page

The Coney Island community sustained enormous damage from Hurricane Sandy, but after months of diligent work, the businesses of America’s original amusement district will open this weekend for business.

On Saturday, March 23 at 1:00 PM, the day before the official opening, Nathan’s Famous will kick off its national hot dog-eating circuit with an http://coneyislandfunguide...

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