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Game of cones: Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory plots return to Dumbo

Coming soon: Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory co-owner Mark Thompson poses in front of a temporary ice cream truck to mark the upcoming opening of the newest ice cream shop in Dumbo.
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It’s a dish best served cold.

A beloved Dumbo ice cream shop recently forced out of the neighborhood is making a sweet comeback. Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory — which operated out of the historic fireboat house at Fulton Ferry Landing for 17 years before closing last December — will open a new storefront just steps from its old shop, facing off against the rival that scooped it out, said the Factory’s co-founder.

“The Ice Cream Factory was a fixture in the neighborho­od,” said Mark Thompson. “We were forced out of the space, and I left gracefully — but I couldn’t get ice cream out of my blood.”

Thompson hopes to open his new space, at 14A Old Fulton Street, in October. The location will be a walk-up window based in a hollowed-out cargo container, near the entrance to Brooklyn Bridge Park.

“We wanted to keep it simple, because it’s all about making great ice cream,” said Thomson. “And it’s perfect with the park right there. People can walk up, get their ice cream, and enjoy a day in the park.”

The new location sets up a showdown with fellow Brooklyn-based sweet treat chain Ample Hills Creamery, which took over the Ferry Landing space after outbidding the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory for a contract on the space, which is operated by Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation.

“Now I’m forced to look at the building every day,” said Thompson. “It’s a hard pill to swallow.”

Thompson insists he harbors no ill will, but could not resist taking an ice-cold jab at his new next-door neighbors.

“Whether they want to admit it or not — their ice cream is mass produced,” he said. “We make our ice cream as fresh as possible. It’s a tale of two types of businesses.”

Thompson’s most pointed critique came for the management at Brooklyn Bridge Park — the landlords that forced him out after nearly two decades — saying they failed to respect the lasting character of the
borough.

“Brooklyn has always been built on long-term commitment — but that’s not there with them,” he said. “They’ll be out there next week painting the Brooklyn Bridge blue — without any care for the history there.”

Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory [14A Old Fulton St. between Furman and Everit streets in Dumbo, (718) 349–2506, www.brooklynicecreamfactory.com]. Opening in October.

Reach reporter Aidan Graham at agraham@schnepsmedia.com or by calling (718) 260–4577. Follow him at twitter.com/aidangraham95.
Updated 1:39 pm, August 8, 2019
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Reasonable discourse

Bill from Fulton Ferry says:
No matter how often you try, you can’t place Old Fulton Street in Dumbo when it is in the Fulton Ferry Historic District. Also, the Fireboat House concession is leased by the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation, not the Conservancy.
Aug. 6, 1:14 am
Former-Fulton-Ferrier from Fulton Ferry says:
Too bad this historic neighborhood, which once had a well-patinaed cum derelict character, has become a tourist and swell-infested circus.
Aug. 6, 9:06 am
JoanL28 from Fulton Ferry says:
Old Fulton Street is not in Dumbo. At this rate, soon you’ll be referring to Brooklyn Heights as Dumbo and the Coney Island as Dumbo. The Fulton Ferry Historic District was a designated historic district long before there was Dumbo as it currently exists.
Aug. 6, 1:24 pm
Mo from NYC says:
The old ice cream place didn't even use the space properly. There was an entire upstairs that would've doubled their space and seating capacity. Like it or not ample hills is already well known Abby's it'll come down to price not freshest ice cream.
Aug. 6, 10 pm
Rufus Leaking from BH says:
Why are they allowed to store their privately property capitalist fume spewing vehicle on the street?
Aug. 8, 10:05 am
Rachel from Brooklyn Heights says:
The Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy was not involved in the decision to replace the Ice Cream Factory with Ample Hills. That decision was made by the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation. Please correct this article.
Aug. 8, 12:05 pm

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