Move over bread, something new is cooking at 866-868 Lorimer Street home to the famed New Warsaw Bakery. Right before the turn of the New Year, the Swidzinski family, who provided Greenpointers with tasty bread for the past 20 years, and the Cisek family of the neighboring Brooklyn Electric Co, inked a deal with Chatham Developers to sell their spaces to make way for, you guessed it, more luxury condos.
In exchange for $8.7 million dollars, the new owners of the Warsaw Bakery lot have filed plans with the Department of Buildings to construct 2 luxury condos right at the doorstep of McCarren Park. According to a press release from Delta Commercial Real Estate, the proposed development will include a 2 tower, 7-story condominium, with below ground parking, and a ground floor commercial space on Manhattan Avenue. Word on the curb is they’ve hired Stephen B. Jacobs–the same architect that gave us the downtown Miami inspired Edge–to design the exterior of the building. The interior will by handled by Ole Sondresen, who’s firm also designed the Kickstarter’s headquarters in Greenpoint and the Etsy headquarters in Dumbo.
As for that sweet smell of yeast rising from Warsaw’s hot ovens, Greenpointers may have to look elsewhere for bread. As of writing this, there is no word as to whether the owners will re-open their bakery in a new location or whether they just decided to cash in their chips at a time when Greenpoint’s real estate market is hotter than a ring in Dante’s inferno.
Either way you slice it, another local favorite for now has bit the dust; how sad it is to see all the local Polish businesses go. New Year’s resolution Greenpointers: Show your local Polish shops more love and give them your business! If we don’t do this, in a few years the only flavor left in the hood will taste like glass instead of a piping hot pierogi.
Update: New Warsaw will remain open at it’s current location for 2 more months. They will continue operating the bakery at a different location on Metropolitan Ave. Stay tuned for more info.