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Domino Sugar Factory (former)

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The last sugar plant to close in NYC and a significant Brooklyn landmark
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In the 19th century, New York City was America's primary supplier of refined sugar, and sugar refineries flanked Brooklyn's east river shoreline. The Domino factory was built by the Havemeyer family, who grew extremely wealthy after the Civil War when many southern refineries had been destroyed. The factory is characterized by its dark brick massing, exterior machinery, smoke stacks and bright red neon sign on top, visible from Manhattan.

In February, 2004, after 147 years in operation, the Brooklyn refinery closed its doors. Operating in an already stressed and declining American sugar industry, this 19th-century plant could not meet its production quotas.

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