Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory proposes new stand just steps from old Fulton Ferry spot

July 16, 2019

Rendering by Edward M. Weinstein Architecture + Planning, courtesy of the LPC

Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory will open a new stand in Dumbo, just steps from its former home at Fulton Ferry Landing. After 17 years of operation in the landmarked Marine Fire Boat Station, the ice cream shop was not chosen by the Brooklyn Bridge Park during last year’s request for proposals process. Instead, the organization went with Ample Hills Creamery as the building’s new tenant. But according to Brooklyn Eagle, Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory filed plans with the Landmarks Preservation Commission to open a new stand across the street from its old home.

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According to design plans filed by architect Edward Weinstein, the ice cream shop would make its ice cream stand out of a shipping container, with cut-out windows and a swing-up awning. Because the property, located at 14 Old Fulton Street, sits within the Fulton Ferry Historic District, the LPC has a say in its design.

It would be located in the parking lot of a newly opened restaurant owned by Buzz O’Keeffe. O’Keeffe is part owner of the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory alongside Mark Thompson, as well as the River Cafe, which he opened nearby in 1977.

Last year, Brooklyn Bridge Park (BBP) sought food and beverage concessions for the historic two-story fireboat station as well as the outdoor space in front of it. Following the RFP process, the park last December chose Ample Hills to take over the two-story station space from the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory. Ample Hills officially opened its location there in June.

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Rendering courtesy of Sterling Architecture

And BBP also selected a plan that would construct an outdoor restaurant and bar that would sit in front of the Marine Fire Boat Station. The restaurant would be run by Miles and Alex Pincus, brothers who currently operate oyster bar Pilot and the Island Oyster on Governors Island.

During an April hearing on the proposed outdoor space, LPC commissioners gave mixed feedback. Some argued that no new restaurants are needed in the area, while others pointed to the location as historically being a spot for dining.

[Via Brooklyn Eagle]


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