Macy’s has chosen Long Island City to be the new home of its photo studio and set space, moving the site from Brooklyn, according to a published report.
The store recently signed a lease taking over 150,000 square feet of space at the 10-story, block-long industrial Factory Building, located at 30-30 47th Ave., according to Crain’s New York. The location will serve as a new site to photograph the department store’s merchandise.
Currently, Macy’s studio is located on different floors at its Fulton Street store in Brooklyn.
Long Island City’s Factory Building was formerly known as the Long Island City Business Center and was built in the mid-1920s and used as a warehouse for Macy’s. A few years earlier, the five-floor, block-long Falchi Building was built and was a storage and distribution facility for the former Gimbels department store, a rival of Macy’s.
The one million-square-foot building is owned by Atlas Capital, Square Mile and Invesco.
According to Crain’s, the Macy’s deal is one of the biggest leases to be signed in Long Island City. In June, luxury chain store Barneys New York took a 10,000-square-foot space at 5-25 46th Ave. in LIC — a three-story building owned by plastic packaging company Plaxall — to move part of its visual department to Queens.