Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory

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Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory
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Restaurant information
Established2001 (2001)
Owner(s)Mark Thompson
Street address1 Water Street
CountyKings County
StateNew York
Postal/ZIP Code11201
CountryUnited States
Coordinates40°42′11″N 73°59′41″W / 40.70318°N 73.99467°W / 40.70318; -73.99467Coordinates: 40°42′11″N 73°59′41″W / 40.70318°N 73.99467°W / 40.70318; -73.99467

The Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory is an ice cream shop in Brooklyn, New York City. Its original location was a converted 1922 fireboat house at 1 Water Street, on the Fulton Ferry Landing Pier, in the Dumbo neighborhood near the Brooklyn Bridge. It was replaced by an outpost of the Ample Hills ice cream stores in June 2019. Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory remains in business at a new location in the Greenpoint neighborhood.


Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory in Greenpoint

The ice cream shop was opened by owner Mark Thompson in 2001, shortly after the September 11 attacks.[1][2][3]

It sat near the Brooklyn Bridge in a landmark fireboat house on the Fulton Ferry landing, the oldest in Brooklyn.[4][5][6][7][8] In the past, firefighters from the nearby marine fireboat station used the building for firefighting practice sessions.[9]

The Fulton Ferry location was replaced by an outpost of the Ample Hills ice cream stores in June 2019. Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory remains in business at a new location in the Greenpoint neighborhood.[10][11]

Ice cream[edit]

All of its ice cream, and its hot fudge, is freshly made.[12][13] The ice cream is old-fashioned, with less butterfat than some competitors, and made without eggs.[14][15][16] The ice cream is made in small batches of eight flavors (including chocolate, vanilla, butter pecan, and strawberry). No preservatives are used.[15][6][17][18] An article in The New York Times described the ice creams as "creamy, ethereally light and perfectly balanced. They practically float into your mouth and leave no heavy film on your palate."[19] The restaurant serves large portions, and also offers banana splits, sundaes, and shakes.[3][20]

The Clinton St. Baking Company & Restaurant on the Lower East Side used ice cream from the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory in some of its desserts.[21][22]

In June 2006, Patrick Bertoletti, a 20-year-old Chicago culinary student, set the 8-minute ice-cream competitive eating record by eating 1.75 gallons of vanilla ice cream at the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory, winning $2,000 in the process.[23][24]


New York City for Dummies called its ice cream "the best ice cream in New York", as did The Sunday Times and Frommer's New York City 2011.[12][25][26][27] Former Bronx borough president Fernando Ferrer is partial to the restaurant's French vanilla ice cream.[28]


  1. ^ Adrienne Onofri. Walking Brooklyn: 30 Tours Exploring Historical Legacies, Neighborhood Culture, Side Streets and Waterways. p. 14. Retrieved April 28, 2011.
  2. ^ "Fire and Ice Cream". New York Times. November 25, 2001. Retrieved April 28, 2011.
  3. ^ a b Raisfeld, Robin (May 25, 2007). "New York Restaurant Openings – Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory". New York Magazine. Retrieved April 29, 2011.
  4. ^ Susan Finch (2010). Metro New York Off the Beaten Path: A Guide to Unique Places. p. 67. Retrieved April 28, 2011.
  5. ^ Kugel, Seth (June 20, 2007). "Ice Cream & New York: Small detours for sweet rewards". The New York Times. Retrieved April 29, 2011.
  6. ^ a b "Big Scoops in Brooklyn And the East Village". The New York Times. May 22, 2002. Retrieved April 29, 2011.
  7. ^ "Finding Refuge from the Summer's Heat, and Politics". The New York Times. August 29, 2004. Retrieved April 29, 2011.
  8. ^ "Brain Freeze". July 25, 2007. Retrieved April 29, 2011.
  9. ^ "FULTON FERRY; Some Landmarks Are Just Meant to Be a Problem". The New York Times. February 1, 2004. Retrieved April 29, 2011.
  10. ^ Vianna, Carla (December 6, 2018). "Longtime Brooklyn Bridge Park Ice Cream Shop Will Become Another Ample Hills". Eater NY. Retrieved September 7, 2019.
  11. ^ "Fulton dairy: Ample Hills Creamery opens at Fulton Ferry Landing". Brooklyn Paper. June 28, 2019. Retrieved September 7, 2019.
  12. ^ a b New York City for Dummies. p. 165. Retrieved April 28, 2011.
  13. ^ Frommer's New York City from $90 a Day. p. 156. Retrieved April 28, 2011.
  14. ^ Florence Fabricant. The New York Times Dessert Cookbook. p. 453. Retrieved April 28, 2011.
  15. ^ a b Melissa Vaughan; Brendan Vaughan; Michael Harlan Turkell (2010). The New Brooklyn Cookbook: Recipes and Stories from 31 Restaurants That Put Brooklyn on the Culinary Map. p. 483. Retrieved April 28, 2011.
  16. ^ Sherri Eisenberg (2010). Food Lovers' Guide to Brooklyn: Best Local Specialties, Markets, Recipes, Restaurants, and Events. p. 163. Retrieved April 28, 2011.
  17. ^ Inside New York 2008. Inside New York. 2008. p. 318. Retrieved April 28, 2011.
  18. ^ Brooklyn: The Ultimate Guide to New York's Most Happening Borough. Macmillan. p. 250. Retrieved April 28, 2011.
  19. ^ "A City at the Melting Point". The New York Times. July 9, 2003. Retrieved April 29, 2011.
  20. ^ Black, Rosemary (August 4, 2006). "Lick those heat wave blues with a tour of New York City's frozen faves". Retrieved April 29, 2011.
  21. ^ "Company for Dinner". The New York Sun. November 24, 2004. Retrieved April 28, 2011.
  22. ^ Frommer's New York City 2010. p. 182. Retrieved April 28, 2011.
  23. ^ "Will Japanese Hotdog Champ Stomach Defeat?". ABC News. July 3, 2006. Retrieved April 29, 2011.
  24. ^ "Chicago Man Wins World Ice-Cream-Eating Title". May 30, 2006. Archived from the original on March 14, 2012. Retrieved April 29, 2011.
  25. ^ "The secrets of Brooklyn Bridge; Erica Wagner reveals our love affair with New York's enduring gateway to the world". The Sunday Times. September 1, 2007. Retrieved April 28, 2011.
  26. ^ Brian Silverman; Kelsy Chauvin; Richard Goodman (2010). Frommer's New York City 2011. Frommer's. p. 241. Retrieved April 28, 2011.
  27. ^ Humphreys, Liz (June 11, 2008). "New York day-by-day: Easy itineraries to maximize your visit". Usatoday.Com. Retrieved April 29, 2011.
  28. ^ Black, Rosemary (June 19, 2005). "Election Scoop. Mayoral Hopefuls Vote For Fave Ice Cream Spots". Retrieved April 29, 2011.

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