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Mom-and-pop retailers take space at Brooklyn Bridge Park

Two mom-and-pop retailers have committed to leasing space in Quay Tower at Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Developers RAL Companies and Oliver’s Realty Group announced that Iris Café & Town Market, along with OV Pilates Studio will open later this year.

“We are thrilled to announce two new retailers coming to the Brooklyn Heights waterfront at a time when the neighborhood couldn’t be prouder of its local businesses,” said Robert Levine, President and CEO of RAL Companies.


 “With Brooklyn Bridge Park’s 85 acres of parkland as the backdrop, these new additions will complete the lifestyle on the Brooklyn Heights waterfront for residents of Quay Tower and the surrounding buildings.”

The two locally owned and operated food and wellness retailers have committed to space at the park’s southern end at Pier 6.

Iris Café, a beloved Brooklyn Heights establishment, will reopen under its original owner—who will also introduce, within the same storefront, a new, nearly 8,000 s/f specialty grocery store called Town Market.

Iris Café and Town Market will be joined by the boutique OV Pilates Studio, owned by a local resident. The new tenants will be housed in One Brooklyn Bridge Park and The Landing at Brooklyn Bridge Park, both adjacent to Quay Tower.

“These new businesses committing to opening their doors and doing so at the southern end of the park is an important statement,” said David Wine, Managing Partner at Oliver’s Realty Group.

“With the robust residential offerings nearby, retailers are clearly recognizing the vibrant, residential neighborhood that has emerged along the waterfront and will continue to be one of the most desirable locations in the borough.”

Neighborhood favorite Iris Café, formerly located on Columbia Place, will reopen on the southern side of One Brooklyn Bridge Park and will be connected to the new Town Market, which will offer locally sourced options and family favorite brands. Radi Hamdan will operate both businesses, delighting both old and new Brooklyn Heights residents.

The Landing at Brooklyn Bridge Park, located directly across the street from Quay Tower at 15 Bridge Park Drive, houses 140 rental units and was also recently completed by the same developers.

OV Pilates Studio has leased 885 s/f at The Landing and will be owned and operated by a local resident, offering both private and small group lessons.

The developers are building out another 2,400 s/f retail space at The Landing for childcare use.

Levine noted that there are ongoing discussions with several Brooklyn-based operators for that space.     

The new tenants will join the roster of local retailers at One Brooklyn Bridge Park, including Waterfront Wines, which is currently offering delivery in the neighborhood, as well as Ebb & Flow –  a bakery concept developed in collaboration with James Beard Award-winning pastry chef Francois Payard – that is offering a full menu for pick-up and delivery.

One Brooklyn Bridge Park, which launched sales in 2007 and was developed by RAL Companies. Quay Tower, which recently started closings, and the rental building The Landing, were also developed by RAL Companies, in partnership with Oliver’s Realty Group.

Together, the residential communities contain more than 700 residential units with over 2,000 occupants. 

Ryan P. Condren and George Danut of JLL represented the landlord and procured all tenants. Two retail parcels remain available at The Landing.

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