As reported yesterday in Metro NY:
If you think ceramics are a now-nostalgic craze of the 1970s, you should think again. Ceramics are back in a big way — and they’re going to get a lot bigger when BKLYN Clay opens up its flagship studio in Brooklyn this fall.Given stated capacity for 200 members, that seems to be the largest retail space at the building. A Certificate of Occupancy issued 7/26/18 with the Department of Buildings indicates that the four retail spaces have the following capacities: 23, 45, 63, 170.
After a first iteration in Sunset Park, BKLYN Clay will open a 5,260-square-foot studio at 535 Carlton in Pacific Park on Oct. 1 to offer members of all skill levels access to state-of-the-art equipment, workshops, drop-in classes and more — 24/7/365.
Given that Mekelburg's was supposed to have a capacity of 149 people, that may mean that BKLYN Clay is taking that space--or that the retail spaces (or a tenant's ambitions) may be reconfigured.
The company was described as "year-old" in an 11/20/17 New York Times article, so it's relatively new. So I'd bet it got a relatively good lease terms (over ten years) from the building owner. That said, the lease does conform to the developer's promise of "local" retail.
From the press release: the "Pacific Park community" and a "Brooklyn-based company"
According to a press release, as published by the Brooklyn Reader:
“We are thrilled to open our new space at 535 Carlton in the Pacific Park community, where there’s been tremendous demand for creative facilities and unique local experiences,” said Jennifer Waverek, owner and director of BKLYN CLAY. “Our membership model allows students and artists unlimited access to work with clay in a beautiful, modern space, which is easily accessible from a variety of transportation options. We look forward to serving the entire Brooklyn community, including everyone from kids to experienced artists.”The "Pacific Park community" is two buildings east of Carlton Avenue and two buildings west of Sixth Avenue, with a huge block in between. See schematic of completed buildings at lower right in the graphic below:
“We’re proud to partner with BKLYN CLAY to open the largest ceramics studio in Brooklyn right in the heart of Pacific Park,” said Scott Solish, director of Development at Greenland USA. “As a Brooklyn-based company, we’re excited to help them expand into new neighborhoods, offering a one-of-a-kind place for people to learn, play, create and interact.”Well, the parent company is based in Shanghai, and Greenland USA was, at least at the time its (not yet updated) web site was developed, was based in Los Angeles. To be fair, the Pacific Park Brooklyn sales office is no longer on Flatbush Avenue.