April 17th, 2009
Reprinted from NY Times, The City section 12Apr2009, by Michael Pollak:
Within These Walls
Q. As the Q train crosses the East River, I’m looking at a large space just north of the Brooklyn Bridge on the Brooklyn side: brick-colored walls several stories high, with no doors, windows or roof, surrounding an empty space. What is it?
A. A parkland performance space named for what it used to be: the Tobacco Warehouse.
Built in the 1870s by the Lorillard family as a tobacco customs inspection center, it was saved from demolition in 1898 and repaired in 2002 by the State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.
Its 18,000-square-foot interior, free of columns, is used for concerts, weddings, special events and video shoots, according to the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy.
It sits at the inside edge of Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park, and plans are to incorporate it in the future Brooklyn Bridge State Park, a 1.3-mile stretch along the East River from north of the Manhattan Bridge to Atlantic Avenue.
To apply for a permit to hold an event in the Tobacco Warehouse, please contact Andrew Williams at email@example.com or (212) 866-2005.