Domino Park is one of the newer waterfront parks in Brooklyn and features a facade that blends old and new Williamsburg. It is one of my favorite picnic spots for a long Saturday with friends. Pull up on the faux grass or take in the waterfront from one of the many lounge areas.
Following the closure of the Domino Sugar Factory in 2004, this 11-acre site sat dormant as plans for redevelopment were debated by the City, community stakeholders and the development team that purchased the site from Domino. Ultimately, the City approved a residential rezoning in 2010. This plan had not yet been executed when Two Trees Management Company acquired the land in 2012. In an effort to create an improved redevelopment plan that better served the needs of this diverse community, a new public approval process was initiated by Two Trees in 2013. As a result of broad and inclusive outreach, new development plans were approved in 2014. These improved plans include the adaptive reuse of the Landmarked Domino Refinery for creative office space, four new mixed-use residential buildings that will house 700 units of affordable housing, and a five-acre linear park reconnecting the community to the waterfront and providing much-needed open space for local residents, while honoring and celebrating the history of the sugar trade in NYC.