“Domino Sugar” sign returns to Williamsburg, Brooklyn

A replica of the 40-foot Domino Sugar sign was installed and fully illuminated this week atop Williamsburg’s Domino Sugar Refinery building, which was part of a massive sugar factory that operated from the 1880s to the early 2000s.

All photos by Wes Tarca

THE SIGN: It is not neon like the original one, but instead is LED, which is brighter and also more environmentally friendly. Plus, the aluminum is lighter, making it safer to top the new glass building.

The yellow letters were designed to match the original dimensions, with “Domino” measuring about 23 feet tall and “Sugar” nearly 10 feet.

Together, the height from top to bottom of the S is just over 43 feet, and the width is 65 feet 8 inches.


Located at the 11-acre Domino Sugar redevelopment, the landmarked 19th-century building is currently being transformed into a modern commercial building.

It was one of the largest refineries in the world, producing more than 5,000 barrels of sugar per day and employing more than 4,500 workers during its heyday.

Developers artistic rendering

1880s: The Domino Sugar Factory opened

2004: The plant closed

2014: Work began on the site after redevelopment was approved

Now: The unique development includes a new 15-story glass building with 460,000 square feet of office space set within the brick facade of the historic structure.

The office building, dubbed the Refinery at Domino, will feature a glass dome penthouse that rises above the Domino Sugar sign.

Late 2023: Expected to open for occupancy. The Refinery at Domino will offer tenants an amenity floor with open workspaces, private conference rooms, an indoor vertical garden, a dedicated bike lobby, and a fitness club with a pool.


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