Williamsburg’s iconic Domino Sugar sign lights up again

December 22, 2022 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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WILLIAMSBURG — The iconic Domino Sugar sign that adorned the Brooklyn skyline for more than a century is now back and shining atop the historic Domino Refinery building. The new 40-foot replica was illuminated for the first time Tuesday night on top of the Thomas Havemeyer building, which served as the Domino Sugar Factory plant from the 1880s until the first decade of the 21st century.

The Brooklyn Eagle on Jan. 9, 1882 reported that a fire destroyed one of the refinery buildings and threw several employees out of work. The same article reported that a new building would be constructed. Two months later, on March 10, 1882, the Eagle reported the planned construction of new buildings for the refinery company, a date that roughly corresponds with the history of that sugar plant.

The premier real estate development firm, Two Trees Management, is transforming the landmark 19th-century Thomas Havemeyer Company building in the heart of Williamsburg’s Domino Park, into an architectural masterpiece with rentable office space, ground floor retailers and several amenities, with a projected completion date of late 2023.

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The completion and lighting of the Domino Sugar sign is symbolic of the significant investment local that Two Trees Management is making, to preserve and celebrate the relics of Brooklyn’s industrial past.

Photo by Wes Tarca

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