Brooklyn Navy Yard
When the lights and elevators turned back on, the company decided to devote 15,000-square-feet of the space for a set of conservation labs called Art Crisis Solutions. Dozens of distraught artists, gallerists, and collectors from around the city flocked to the space, carrying their waterlogged and potentially mold-infused art objects in tow. “We basically created a M.A.S.H. unit,” said Leslie Gat, the director of the Art Conservation Group, which is based out of a light-filled studio on the third floor with enviable views of Manhattan. “We’re putting all our efforts into stabilizing the effects of the flood.”
Since 2007, online clothing retailer Gilt Groupe has operated out of a warehouse in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, and a visit there is still a bit of a whirlwind: Splashy magazine-style editorial shoots to display the fashion and home goods on the Gilt Groupe website cheek-by-jowl with the bustle of shopping carts full of plastic-wrapped dresses and shoes and fancy chocolates and premium steaks, getting ready to be packaged; the shouting Spanglish of the loading docks where the merchandise comes into the warehouse. But it's all about to change, as the startup becomes, well, no longer a startup, and moves the warehouse to a custom-built, robot-enabled facility in Kentucky.