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Speciality roasters arrive in Manhattanville

Plowshares Coffee Roasters, one of the leading specialty coffee roasters in the New York Metropolitan region, has relocated its headquarters and operations from Hillburn, NY, in Rockland County to the Manhattanville Factory District in West Harlem.

The 3,600 s/f space, located at 1351 Amsterdam Avenue between West 125th and 126th Streets, will open soon and includes over 1,100 s/f for retail customers with space for seating and community overlooking a 1940’s newly-refurbished vintage 22 KiloProbat roasting operation and espresso lab.

Plowshare’s neighbors include life science, tech and a range of arts and culture groups as well as non-profit organizations such as West Harlem Development Corp., African Services Committee, Graham-Windham and AVAC.

Jerry Salama, principal of The Janus Property Company, developer of the Manhattanville Factory District, said “Plowshares is a wonderful addition to the neighborhood, which includes the Sweets and Mink Buildings, as well as the 200,000 s/f Malt House and 350,000 s/f Taystee Building, both now under construction and scheduled for completion in 2019 and 2020, respectively.

“We are thrilled that interest in our projects and this neighborhood is accelerating, as we serve local groups and those new to the neighborhood that are looking for quality space and services at a fair price,” said Salama. “The new space is so beautiful and inviting, and its owners are local. Plowshares will certainly be the new clubhouse where everyone in the neighborhood will gather.”

The neighborhood’s transformation from industrial warehouses into world-class art galleries, studios and tech hubs — along with Columbia University’s $7 billion expansion — were among the many reasons Plowshares CEO, Anthony Kurutz, decided to make the move uptown.

“West Harlem is a tremendous opportunity and makes sense on so many levels,” said Kurutz. “It allows us to not only better serve new and existing wholesale customers throughout the New York City area, but also to efficiently expand our brand and retail presence in one of New York’s most dynamic and welcoming neighborhoods.”

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