Jewelry Businesses Drop Anchor at Brooklyn Navy Yard

Solomon Berk doesn't really consider himself a pioneer, just a business owner in search of more space. After 15 years in a third-floor office near Manhattan's famous diamond district, he is moving his First Class Imports to a new frontier of sorts, across the river to Brooklyn. Specifically, his firm is building at a 25,000-square-foot location, which is more than eight times the size of its current space, within the Brooklyn Navy Yard. The Navy Yard was one of the nation's most famous military installations until it was shuttered in 1966. Recently, it has experienced a rebirth as a city-owned waterfront industrial complex with stunning views of the Manhattan skyline. So why would a company move from the center of it all for jewelry in New York to the equivalent of a gated community in Brooklyn? Berk says with a larger space, his company will be able to expand dramatically, increase

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