Neighbor: W’burg do-it-yourself center closed after failing to come up with $1.5-million

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A large Williamsburg center for artists and do-it-yourselfers abruptly closed on Wednesday, a restaurant owner who shares space in the complex’s industrial building said.

The closure of Third Ward, confirmed by Fitzcarraldo owner Henry Rich, came on the final day of a massive fund-raising campaign that raised $375,000 dollars in investment pledges for the citizen builder hub, far short of a $1.5-million goal.

The Third Ward space on Morgan Avenue is open but the organization’s educational arm has canceled all classes and people who rent work space there are packing up, Rich said.

The craft corporation’s sudden demise comes in the midst of major expansion. In the past year, the self-described makers paradise opened a branch in Philadelphia, and announced plans to start a food industry incubator in Crown Heights.

Third Ward’s fund-raiser web site outlines several reasons the company has been struggling, including falling revenues at its main location in industrial Williamsburg, unexpected expenses at its new Philadelphia outpost, and the cost of starting the culinary project.

Third Ward did not return calls for comment.

Fitzcarraldo, opened this summer in the same building and will stay open, Rich said, adding that he does not foresee a loss of business because the restaurant has a separate entrance.

“We plan is to stay open and serve the neighborho­od,” said Rich. “We will probably make less food to go, but that’s the only change.”

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Updated 10:15 pm, July 9, 2018
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Bkmanhatposeur from Brokeland says:
I am disheartened that 3rd Ward can not remain operational. It would be short of miraculous if an angel investor came in cleaned out the debt.
And opening that 2nd campus in Philly was a bit premature.
Oct. 9, 2013, 3:24 pm
diehipster from Crushing Calebs says:
I couldnt be happier that this romper room has failed. Score one for "actual Brooklyn". End of story.
Oct. 9, 2013, 4:57 pm
ty from pps says:
It is/was hardly a "romper room" you frigigin' idiot, diehipster. You really should at least *try* to take 30 secs to learn about something before you spew your boring and repetative kneejerk comments...

And what do you care -- this is "above the line" isn't it?
Oct. 9, 2013, 6:38 pm
Don't Feed the Trolls from Brooklyn says:
Ignore trolls.
Oct. 9, 2013, 9:14 pm
Don't Feed the Trolls from Brooklyn says:
That said, I hope this paper will investigate and find out how many residents -- if any -- of Brooklyn are left with worthless memberships or nonexistent "workspaces" or unpaid salaries for work already done.
Oct. 9, 2013, 9:30 pm
jjm from c. hill says:
Good riddance!! Im glad that people are starting to wake up & realizing that we need ol' brooklyn back in full swing. Hopefully it'll spread to bushwick, greenpoint, ft greene etc, im tired of all of this artist crap.
Oct. 9, 2013, 11:17 pm
SwampYankee from runined Brooklyn says:
I'm sure something locally sourced, gluten free, vibrant and creative will open in it's place. Thanks For sterilizing another space hipsters. Now the wall street crowd won't have to bother with evictions. you must be very proud of what you have done. Duane Reade, Whole Foods, Urban Outfitters and all the other chain stores. Now off to the next shiney place to make it squeaky clean & white bread for you financial superiors. AND THE WHEELS ON THE GENTRIFICATION BUS GO ROUND AND ROUND, ROUND AND ROUND! WE ARE BROOKLYN BASED BUT NOT BROOKLYN BORN!
Oct. 10, 2013, 4:37 am
Mike from Williamsburg says:
Swamp, I can't tell in which sense you think 3rd Ward sterilized a place. Do you mean made it generic by operating a place unlike what exists elsewhere? Or do you mean literally made a dirty uninhabited part of East Williamsburg clean and palatable to more people?

Oh, you called that part of East Williamsburg "shiney" before 3rd Ward was there. You are just ridiculous. Absolutely ridiculous. One must wonder if you have ever been to Brooklyn before 2011 or so.
Oct. 10, 2013, 7:58 am
SwampYankee from runined Brooklyn says:
3rd ward is now gone. The space is empty. The space will be filled by something the gentrifiers approve of. mission accomplished. Hipsters did the dirty work, left an empty space, gentrification abhors a vacuum. Hipsters will now move further down one of BMT lines (a local would know what constitutes a BMT line, you will have to look it up) and start the sterilization of the next place
Oct. 10, 2013, 9:05 am
Miss Grundy from Riverdale says:
"im tired of all of this artist crap."

What crap aren't you tired of? Not punctuation, presumably.
Oct. 10, 2013, 9:50 am
ty from pps says:
"a local would know what constitutes a BMT line"

You mean the designations that haven't been officially used since the 70s? Yeah. That's a real medal of honor there, Swampy.

Do you know that young people who are born-and-bred in New York also don't use these terms... it's only the aging generation like you that hangs onto these things.
Oct. 10, 2013, 9:54 am
BunnynSunny from Clinton Hill says:
Same thing happened to the neighborhood of Chelsea. Except there were many more real artists living there.
Oct. 10, 2013, 10:13 am
SwampYankee from runined Brooklyn says:
Kie Yah! Miss Grundy was into zany, quiry, unknown medieval torture devices way before you were! Hipster much? Hope that degree in medieval studies is helping in your barista career.
Oct. 10, 2013, 11:22 am
SwampYankee from runined Brooklyn says:
Ty, thanks once again for being little Mrs Helper. BMT is still commonly used by locals. Just heard it used on the FDNY radio last week during a 10-75. you can look that up too. many locals would know
Oct. 10, 2013, 11:23 am
Loser from Local BK says:
that's a big 10-4 buddy.
Oct. 10, 2013, 11:51 am
SwampYankee from runined Brooklyn says:
Hey Mike from Williamsburg. 3rd Ward just sent out an email saying they are gone and will not be giving refunds to anybody that paid in advance for classes. They left their instructors unpaid too. What kind of magical place is this? so now they are gluten free and integrity free. Lets hear more about how special they are.
Oct. 10, 2013, 11:55 am
Aging Hipster from Greenpoint says:
Couldn't be happier. Sorry to everyone who lost time/money on this place, but their management must have been really daft and/or corrupt to have wanted to expand so much.

Did they really think their "business model" was sustainable?

I developed a grudge against these guys when they got serious funding from the city. That type of funding is never just given away - you have to know somebody or be somehow connected to get it. Sure, I was jealous. I run a small local business as well that creates jobs, but never got a dime of investment from the powers that be. Not that I really expect it.

And now they blew it? They mismanaged a lot of money. I doubt the city is going to get very much of it back.
Oct. 10, 2013, 12:06 pm
SwampYankee from runined Brooklyn says:
Seems founder Jason Goodman has gone missing too. About the same time as the money. no money, no refunds, no Jason. It seems the starving is for the artist, not for the founder
Oct. 10, 2013, 12:19 pm
Joe from Bushwick says:
Don't Panic come all to bushwick where we will be opening in a few weeks a beautiful full service shared office space
Oct. 10, 2013, 12:25 pm
Grimace from LES says:
Before 3rd Ward was an artist workspace, they were an underground party / art-event space by the likes of The Danger and others n the early-mid 2000's. Morgan Ave area (which now resembles something out of Portland or Seattle when I visit) was completed dead. 3rd Ward was a beacon for this area that introduced Bushwick to thousands of people via these events over the years. Lots of great memories DJing these over the years. Hopefully the 3rd Ward space will find another creative iteration in its next life.
Oct. 10, 2013, 3:08 pm
ty from pps says:
"BMT is still commonly used by locals."

Yes, Swampy... like I said, by old/aging locals that can't let go of the past.
Oct. 10, 2013, 4:33 pm
SwampYankee from runined Brooklyn says:
3rd ward is not coming back. Read the papers, it was a scam. Jason Goodman took the money and spent it on property in Montauk. He paid his ex-employee wife a salary even thought she doesn't work there. He paid for custom furniture and renovations out of he hipster members dues and now says he will not pay it back. Now don't get me wrong, I thoroughly endorse hipster on hipster crime, but like Omar says" son ,you got,got"
Oct. 10, 2013, 4:41 pm
Loser from Local BK says:
that's a big 10-4 buddy!
Oct. 10, 2013, 5:01 pm
Notorious N.E.D. from Greenpoint says:
Wow that Swampy is quite the piece of work. At first I thought he was just a nimenog, but I am beginning to think he's a straight up skycer.
Oct. 10, 2013, 7:25 pm
Pat I. from 70's Brooklyn says:
So I guess BMT will only be relevant when it's taught as a part of a "How to Sound Like a Brooklynite" seminar in some coffee shop on Bedford.
Oct. 10, 2013, 7:43 pm
Notorious N.E.D. from Greenpoint says:
Shouldn't you b e more worried about the NJT Pat?

But you're right, Swampy should hold a seminar and teach us this oh so pertinent lingo. For an encore he can fart dust.
Oct. 10, 2013, 7:59 pm
Scott from Park Slope says:
Everybody leave diehipster and SwampYankee be. Being effeminate pansies is such hard work, made all the harder by competition from hipsters who steal the spotlight. You know they troll from diehipster's mom's basement, dressed in their tattered petticoats, fingering their stubbly jaws while smoking unfiltered Camels and pining for the good old days. They don't have half the moxy of real men, women, drag queens, and other Americans who are out in the world risking their lives, fortunes, and reputations trying to build careers, communities, and businesses. So pity them for the pale, toothless succubi they are, who cheer when babies die and heroes fall. Without them who could the rest of us look upon and compare ourselves favorably to, knowing that no matter how adverse our current circumstances, still we have not become the worst, as they are, and that there is still hope for us in the world? Even puddles of excrement serve their place in the universe when they make us glad we're wearing shoes.
Oct. 11, 2013, 12:03 pm
BunnynSunny from Clinton Hill says:
Let me they all live in Bushwick and believe they're some sort of performer/producer/creative director; they're transplants (which is not the problem unless you also fall into other hipster categories like they do); and they have the physique of Sophia Petrillo - the character Estelle Getty played as Dorothy’s mother on Golden Girls.
Oct. 11, 2013, 12:34 pm
jjm from c. hill says:
Not to incite doing anything devious, but to any stick-up kids out there, the bushwick/w'burg/greenpoint area is where all the artists, yuppies, hipsters, etc. with all of the goodies are so just keep that in mind whenever u get that urge lol.
Oct. 11, 2013, 7 pm

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