A century ago, Irving T. Bush built a monumental, intermodal warehousing and distribution center on the Brooklyn waterfront employing 25,000 people. Ridiculed as Bush's Folley at the time, Bush Terminal would soon become a major international seaport. But by the 1960s urban manufacturing entered a decades-long period of decline as most major manufacturers closed their doors.
Fast forward to the present. An investment of hundreds of millions of dollars has transformed 16 factory buildings with 6M square feet of space into Industry City - a thriving micro-economy of hundreds of innovative businesses.
Join me on an industrial strength Made in Brooklyn Tour® of Industry City. Get off the ground floor and go behind the scenes of a curated selection of unique Brooklyn makers literally "makin' it" in Brooklyn. Tours are designed for small to mid-sized groups for an especially good time together. Celebrate our Creativity, Ingenuity & Entrepreneurial Spirit and see who's makin' it in Brooklyn!
I'm Dom Gervasi and I'm a native Brooklynite from Bensonhurst. I started Made in Brooklyn Tours® in 2011 after a career working for communications equipment manufacturers. Inspired by makers I discover on my travels abroad, it's my business to seek out who's "makin' it" here in Brooklyn. I personally lead all Made in Brooklyn Tours®, am a licensed NYC Sightseeing Guide and advocate for sustainable tourism as a member of the Impact Travel Alliance.
Tours begin and end inside Industry City in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Detailed directions will be sent to you shortly before your tour date.
ALL SALES ARE FINAL AND NON-REFUNDABLE. There are no partial refunds for no shows, late arrivals or partial attendance. Tours are held rain or shine, hot or cold. Tours may be canceled due to extenuating circumstances beyond our control.
Are these food or beverage tours?
Strictly speaking, Made in Brooklyn Tours® are not culinary tours though there may be tasting opportunities. Food and drinks are not included in the ticket price and alcohol is strictly prohibited while we walk.
May I shop on the tour?
Absolutely! Guests are not discouraged from shopping for Made in Brooklyn souvenirs if it doesn't take too long. Shopping is just one of the ways we engage with the makers we'll visit.
How long is the tour? How much walking do we do?
The tour lasts about 2.5 hours. We walk about 1.5 miles and make frequent stops.
Is the tour appropriate for children?
Made in Brooklyn Tours® are designed for adults 18 years and older.
Are tours offered in languages other than English?
While the tour is English only that hasn't stopped visitors from around the world from having a good time!
What should I wear? What should I bring?
Dress appropriately for the weather, wear comfortable footwear and bring something to drink!
Are tips accepted?
Gratuities aren't included in the ticket price, but are greatly appreciated!
Can I get there by car?
This Made in Brooklyn Tour® is accessible by public transportation via the subway. Driving to the tour is not recommended as parking may be difficult.
Where exactly do we go?
The itinerary and route varies and no two tours are the same.
Where do we end?
Made in Brooklyn Tours® end a short walk away from where we start near public transportation.
Are there restrooms on the tour?
Please use the restroom before we start. Restrooms are available at different points along the way. If you need one, please go when we arrive at a place where one is available.