Brooklyn Residents Hold Bake Sale To Save Domino Sugar Plant

March 30, 2007 at 4:55 pm Leave a comment

Some Brooklyn residents used some sweet treats to try to help save the Domino Sugar Plant.
Members of the Waterfront Preservation Alliance held a bake sale Saturday night — selling foods they made using Domino Sugar.

The purpose was to raise funds and awareness about the structure that they’re trying to win landmark status — and keep from being torn down.

“We’re hoping that the historically significant buildings of this site are preserved,” said Alice Rich of the Waterfront Preservation Alliance. “And we told everyone to write to the Landmark’s Commission and tell them the buildings are important to them and to the history of the city.”

“The plant hasn’t been cleaned; it’s still the way it was when Domino Sugar walked away from it,” said historian Mary Habstritt. “All the machinery is still there. There’s still molasses on the floor and if you walk by you still get this wonderful sugary smell of molasses.”

The Domino Sugar factory officially closed in 2004 after nearly 150 years in business.

At the time, the American Sugar Refining Company said the cost of operating in Brooklyn was just too high.



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