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Beautiful Ruin at NY’s Heart: Inside Williamsburg’s Crumbling Sugar Factory (Photos & Video)

It sits on the Williamsburg waterfront as a  permanent landmark of Brooklyn’s industrial past.

But since it was abandoned in 2004, the  Domino Sugar Factory has fallen victim to the elements, with more than a century  worth of weather whipping its exterior and causing the materials inside to chip  and crumble.

But a group of 50 intrepid scavengers dared  to explore the derelict property earlier this year and ventured inside, getting  a first-hand view of the famous factory.

As  Gothamist noted, the hunt, called the Candyland Trespass  Safari, was  run as part of Wanderlust Projects. Photographer Tod Seelie was  there to chronicle the early-morning urban safari.

The event was coordinated by video editor  N.D. Austin and media producer  Ida Benedetto. They emailed would-be scavengers  a questionnaire. Those  selected were asked to bring sturdy shoes, a flashlight,  and a camera.

In 2007, some of the buildings in the sugar  plant were given landmark status, thereby protecting them from  demolition.

Three years after, a developer won the rights  to transform parts of the  refinery into residences.

According to the New York Times, they agreed  to keep several hundred of the residences affordable for low-income and  working-class residents. 


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