Rudin Development (Rudin) and Boston Properties (BXP) recently announced the highly anticipated expansion of their tenant roster at Dock 72 at the Brooklyn Navy Yard: Online Cooking and private label Food52 has signed a 12-year lease for the entire 13th floor of the building. The company plans to move into the second half of 2022. Food52 is the second resident to sign the property since WeWork signed on as anchor and co-developer.
Dock 72 is arguably the most distinctive element in the development of Brooklyn Navy Yards. Designed by S9 Architects, Perkins Eastman and Fogarty Finger Architects, the building’s exterior is a nod to the legacy of labor once forged in Brooklyn’s historic Navy Yard.
However, the space is also modern and appears to be an inspiring environment for representatives of emerging industries shaping the future of New York, such as the technology, manufacturing and creative sectors that have revitalized Brooklyn’s industry for the 21st century. Dock 72 comprises 688,000 square feet, of which 675,000 is rentable, of Class A office space in New York City. An additional 13,000 square meters are available for retail.
Rudin and BXP developed the property in collaboration with coworking space provider WeWork, which takes up about a third of the office space in the building, including two floors reserved for its own staff. Last September, the company made the Brooklyn location available to employees who would rather avoid commuting to their Manhattan office.
Bill Rudin, CEO of Rudin, Reportedly saw this as favorable for the rental of the property.
“This building is about using the lobbies, coffee shops, outdoor space, seating,” Rudin said. “The presence of WeWork brings life and animation to the building, which we believe would be very positive if we continue to market and show potential tenants Dock 72.”
It might even have helped convince the last tenant to leave his current Chelsea office space at 122 West 26th St. and move to Brooklyn. According to the announcement, Food52 will occupy approximately 42,000 square feet in Dock 72, where it will build studios and test kitchens to expand content production.
“We are beyond excited to call Dock 72 in the Brooklyn Navy Yard the future home of Food52,” said Amanda Hesser, Founder and CEO of Food52. “The pandemic has redefined our vision for the future of the workplace and how we will intertwine our worlds of content and commercial creation, just as we do on our site. We have already started building studios, common areas and test kitchens in the bright space for our team and employees to help even more people enjoy the most important pleasures in life: food, home and connection with others.”
David Ehrenberg, president and CEO of Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corp., added: “As a forerunner in the food industry and digital content, Food52’s new space at Navy Yard provides employees with access to state-of-the-art facilities in Dock 72. , while allowing the media site to expand its operations, Food52 is one of the latest additions to the Yard’s robust industrial ecosystem that enables businesses in the food and beverage industry to thrive by fostering collaboration and innovation.”
Last modified: November 1, 2021