As if the ice cream wasn’t draw enough. Jackie Cuscuna and Brian Smith, founders of Ample Hills Creamery, have just opened the largest ice-cream factory in all of New York City—and have included an interactive museum, like a cherry on top. A brick building, part of the former Beard Street Warehouses complex in Red Hook, contains 12,500 square feet of production space, plus 2,000 more for exhibits, party areas, and of course a retail shop. The exhibits, designed by C&G Partners, tell the story of the brand’s connection to the neighborhood (its name derives from Walt Whitman’s poem “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry”). There’s even a giant relief map sculpted with such landmarks as Grand Army Plaza and Ebbets Field; a climb-through tunnel for kids represents the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel.
View a time-lapse of the relief map construction:
Video by Chris Buchar and Robb Schandroff.