Domino Sugar History Walk

Janes Walk

Led By Geoffrey Cobb, Fordham University

Join author of “The Rise and Fall of the Sugar King” Geoffrey Cobb as he explains the history of the Domino plant, which was the largest sugar refinery in the world and the linchpin in the “Sugar Trust.” For decades sugar refining was Brooklyn’s largest industry and the Havemayer family, who built the plant, became fabulously wealthy sugar refiners. The tour focuses on the brutal conditions for the thousands of largely immigrant workers who toiled and sometimes died working in the landmarked building. We will discuss the often the workers’ often violent fights for better wages and conditions and we will also discuss the controversial transformation of the plant into luxury housing and elite office space.


We will cover about a half mile on the walk and the area is wheel chair accessible

Location Information

RSVP is required and capacity is limited. Meeting location, ending location, and directions will be provided via email before walk date.


Friday, May 5, 2023
3:00 PM
Greater than 1 hour

Borough: Brooklyn
Theme: History & Culture
Language: English
exterior of the Domino Sugar refinery
Domino Sugar refinery. Photo: Wikimedia Commons, Beyond My Ken. Modifications: photo cropped.