WELCOME to Fabricator's Secret, your best source for Natural StoneNew York City based
Supplier of Cut-to-Size
Granite, Marble and Limestone
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About Us . . .

Our principals have been suppying natural stone for nearly 30 years. We work with factories throughout the world, all to meet the needs of any project.

Fabricator's Secret specializes in North American production for LEED points and to support the home team. Chris Johnson, our President, runs our Manhattan sales office.

We maintain a full time presence in China too, maintaining factory relations, quality inspections and a Chinese registered trading company to handle all export documentation.

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Some of our recent projects

SAGE + SOUND
1481 Third Ave


A high rise, built in 1962, formerly housed a large drug store on the ground floor. But a new upscale tenant wanted improvements.

New stone columns and frieze panels were required to change the storefront and open up a new entrance.

Sage + Sound describes itself as a wellness destination offering curated programming, products & self-care services in a revitalizing & approachable environment. This new facility will surely enhance their reputation and nurture a positive customer experience.

Fabricator's Secret Inc is proud to supply Indiana Buff limestone and Tower Black granite for the Third Ave first floor facade.



278 Eighth Avenue


This 14th storey, mixed use building, houses retail on the ground floor and residential on upper floors. Designed by FXCollaborative, and being constructed by Leeding Builders Group, this will make a great new addition to the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan.

Fabricator's Secret Inc is proud to supply all the exterior granite in Jet Mist honed finish.



445 Grand Avenue


This nine-story residential building in Clinton Hill is designed by Fogarty Finger and developed by Ranger Properties. With 113 rental units, thirty percent of the homes will be designated as affordable housing.

Fabricator's Secret Inc is proud to supply exterior granite in Jet Mist.



171 Calyer Street


A new six-story residential building is going up in Brooklyn. Designed by PKSB Architects, the new multi-family residential and commercial building sits in the Greenpoint Historic District.

Fabricator's Secret Inc is proud to supply exterior granite in Kershaw Grey.



DOMINO REFINERY AND PARK


The site of the former Domino Sugar Refinery, is being transformed into an 11-acre megaproject. It includes four new buildings plus a renovation of the factory building with the iconic Domino Sugar sign, so recognizable on New York's East River. Developed by Two Trees and designed by SHoP Architects, with a waterfront park designed by Landscape Architect James Corner Field Operations.

Fabricator's Secret Inc is proud to supply historical granite curbs for the new streetscape.
Part 1 of many trucks to come, being delivered on River Street (see photo).



550 TENTH AVENUE


Developer GOTHAM is building a 47 story luxury rental tower in Hell's Kitchen, designed by Handel architects, with expected completion in 2024.

Fabricator's Secret Inc is proud to supply Jet Mist polished granite for the exterior, including dimensional piers, base & sills.




Flatiron House


With architecture and interiors by COOKFOX Architects and developed by NYC-based real estate firm Anbau, this new condo development in the Flatiron District of Manhattan will bring luxury condominiums with a wide array of serene landscaped spaces, including planted balconies and a lushly planted interior courtyard.

Fabricator's Secret Inc is proud to supply Tower Black granite for exterior & interior, including facade, thresholds and coping.




511 Fifth Ave


An iconic Beaux Arts building built in the early 1900's, it spent much of it's life as the Israel Discount Bank Of NY.

Now that IDB Bank is moving into the Grace Building, 511 Fifth Ave is undergoing renovations for a new lease on life.

Complete restoration of an existing lobby (right)
and the addition of a new lobby (top)
called for stone inside and out.

Fabricator's Secret Inc is proud to supply the exterior in Jet Mist flamed, the interior granite in Jet Mist honed plus, also in the interior, Mocha Cream limestone from Portugal.




15 Beekman

Part of Pace University's ambitious transformation of its Lower Manhattan Campus. In late 2023, the new 25 story mixed use building will open, featuring a brand-new residence hall with suite-style housing, a new dining facility, a state of-the-art library and learning center, modernized classrooms, and new academic and common spaces. The building will be the new home of the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems.

Designed by Manish Chadha of Ismael Leyva Architects and developed by SL Green Realty, the 338-foot-tall structure will yield 213,084 square feet. New Line Structures & Development LLC is the general contractor for the project.

Fabricator's Secret Inc is proud to supply the exterior granite in Jet Mist honed.


rendering thru Tribeca Citizen



425 Grand Concourse

Considered the largest Passive House project in North American, with a medical center and community space on the first two floors, with mixed income housing above.

Fabricator's Secret Inc is proud to supply the exterior entrance granite in Jet Mist flamed.


425 Grand Concourse, rendering Dattner Architects



This magnificent residential building is the work of Robert A.M. Stern Architects & SLCE Architects, bringing a neo classical project which combines pre-war architectural elements to enhance the Carnegie Hill neighborhood. The facade features setbacks and cut corners culminating in a decorative crown clad in stone.

In keeping with the character of the neighborhood, they chose flamed Deer Isle for the facade and Historical Curbs in Deer Isle for Madison Ave & East 89th.

Fabricator's Secret Inc is proud to supply the exterior granite in Deer Isle, for both 1228 Madison, and the curb at the adjacent Saint David's School.


1230 Madison Avenue, rendering spotted
on Instagram account, openviewnyc



1769 Jerome Avenue

A multi party effort to supply 175 units of affordable and supportive housing, this site utilizes the new Jerome Corridor rezoning. Featuring approximately 7,000 sq. ft. of first floor retail space and social service space, the project will add dramatic improvements to the pedestrian experience on the Jerome corridor, as well as the entrance to the 176th street subway station and the 176 St stair street connecting Davidson & Jerome Ave.

Fabricator's Secret Inc is proud to supply the exterior granite in Jet Mist honed finish.
1769 Jerome Ave Rendering, Marvel Architects



Eleven Hancock

Designed by Isaac & Stern Architects, this 12 story residential building will add commercial space and residential units to this famed Harlem corridor. Located at 362 West 125th Street, near the top of Morningside Park, it aspired to set a new standard in Harlem condominiums with a total of 71 units

Fabricator's Secret Inc is proud to supply the exterior granite & curbing.



Arlo Midtown Hotel

Located at 351 West 38th Street, the Arlo Midtown is a 26 story, 280 foot tall high-rise hotel with 176,000 gross square feet. The hotel, designed by Marvel Architects, will have a planned 389 rooms as well as a restaurant, bar and lounge, and both cellar and rooftop amenity spaces.

Fabricator's Secret Inc is proud to supply the exterior granite in Antique Brown antique finish.



935 Broadway

Fabricator’s Secret was asked to identify the source of sandstone for repair & replacement of the façade at 935 Broadway. After 160 years, some repair was needed, yet the original stone species was not known. After some considerable research, we were able to determine the original source and obtain replacement material for the facade repairs.

Click here to read our report to the Landmarks Preservation Commission identifying the correct stone.

Do you have an historic property that needs this kind of attention?

. . . and here are some of the new Dorchester Buff sandstone pieces,
after their arrival in NYC.


P.S. 119 X - The Dr. Emmett W. Bassett School, Bronx, NY

Recently, we were asked to supply 38 replacement pieces of limestone for a 1930s school in the Bronx; including frieze panels and cornice, plus wall cap and wash rail, for a parapet that's been damaged by time and water. We also had to identify and replace 10 dimension granite stair treads on the same job.

The challenge is the location - 52 feet in the air, with no scaffold in place yet. With detailed measurements to take, this was a perfect job for drones. See our Drone Services page.

Here is our President, Chris Johnson, inspecting the final limestone before shipment.

Installation was delayed due to the virus, but should be rescheduled shortly


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Here below is the rest of the order awaiting delivery.



Redevelopment Of Gansevoort Market Block

We are proud to be a part of this Meatpacking District development. Both sides of Gansevoort, between Greenwich and Washington streets, are being repurposed as high-end retail, offices, a boutique hotel and eateries. Not without its controversy, with lots of community discussion and even court interventions. But the result will be a remarkably enlivened historic part of our city, with a balance between development and preservation. After all, there has been continual change in this neighborhood, which started as a Lenape trading post, eventually morphing into a Dutch kiln, followed by a colonial fort protecting us from the British during the War of 1812. Change is in its DNA. But thoughtful change was insured by the Landmark Commission and adaptable developers.

Fabricator's Secret Inc is proud to supply the curbing on the south side of Gansevoort, in Impala Black flamed finish.

Plus for 60-78 Gansevoort (photo right), we are supplying Deer Isle and Wood Creek granites and Alabama Silver Shadow limestone on the facades of the two buildings.




And for 55 Gansevoort (photo left),
we are supplying Deer Isle curbs and flagging
along the entire front of the building.



One Wall Street

This historic, art deco masterpiece is going through an office-to-residential conversion. As a landmarked building, the exterior will largely be protected.

However, the new use and planned retail space call for some minor renovations. To convert old service entrances to retail, it was necessary to match the Deer Isle from the original 1930s construction.

Fabricator's Secret Inc is proud to supply
the new granite pieces at multiple entrances
in Deer Isle honed finish. We also supplied the granite curb on New Street




856 Washington Avenue

This new condo in Prospect Heights is a short walking distrance to the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Prospect Park and the 2 & 3 line. The building's hilltop position affords wide-angled views.

Designed by Kutnicki Bernstein Architects, this will make a wonderful addition to this hip and thriving neighborhood.

Fabricator's Secret Inc is proud to supply the exterior granite in Ruby Black.
Rendering of 856 Washington
(Credit Visualhouse)



25 Park Row

New Construction all New Yorkers can be proud of!

A beautiful Art Deco style residential skyscraper now overlooks historic City Hall Park. Designed by COOKFOX Architects as a contemporary interpretation of New York's most classic buildings, 25 Park Row offers the kind of luxury last seen in Gilded Age ocean liners.

By creating a custom finish for COOKFOX on the exterior granite, Fabricator's Secret was able to produce a special look as unique as the building itself.

Condos are currently on offer, and the building should be occupied by Spring 2020.

Fabricator's Secret Inc is proud to supply the exterior granite.


The Church of Saint Anne, Fair Lawn, NJ

This successful parish and school has been serving God for more than a century. But their current church building, built in 1957, was having extensive water leakage and consequent damage around the entry plaza and stairs. As part of a major rebuild, the church will have a new entrance, including whole new foundation, drainage, new lighting and a snow melt system. We were brought in as experts in Deer Isle to match the original stone on the face of the church.

Fabricator's Secret Inc is proud to supply all exterior granite, including pavers for 3 terraces, wall caps and coping, and 53 dimensional stair treads!

Click here to see additional finished project photos!



1535 Bedford Avenue

This new 11-story residence at Eastern Parkway and Bedford Avenue is in Brooklyn’s Crown Heights neighborhood. Designed by the architectural firm of Issac & Stern, the building contains residential apartments as well as retail space. Taking advantage of an upcoming neighborhood, this property is just a short walk from subways, recreation and cultural centers. And if you don't want to go out, the building contains three floors of amenities, including lounges, workspaces, a fitness center, and a roof deck.

Fabricator's Secret Inc is proud to supply the exterior granite.


Neptune/Sixth

This massive mixed-use project is going up on Coney Island. The development, called Neptune/Sixth, has grabbed headlines because it includes a 40-story residential tower, south Brooklyn’s future tallest residential building. S9 Architecture has taken over the design of the project.

Fabricator's Secret Inc is proud to supply the exterior granite in Absolute Black flamed finish.


250 West 81st Street

The Upper West Side's latest neo-classical apartment building is designed by reknowned Robert A.M. Stern Architects. Alchemy Properties and the Carlyle Group are the developers. Hill West Architects is the architect of record. Completion is expected in Spring 2019.

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Fabricator's Secret Inc is proud to supply the exterior granite streetscape in Georgia Grey thermal finish.



Upper East Side Mansion

Purchased for $23 million at the beginning of the decade, with 7 years of renovations added since, this 120 year old townhouse is finally nearing completion.

This neo-French Renaissance style mansion is in the Upper East Side Historical District, so everything is carefully controlled by the Landmark Perservation Commission. All materials had to be historical and contextual to the neighborhood

Fabricator's Secret Inc is supplying the replacement streetscape in flamed Deer Isle granite.


Bloomingdales

Yes, that Bloomingdales.

"Like No Other Store in the World".

And we're talking their flagship store in midtown Manhattan.

Along 60th street, were some unused loading bays, grafted onto the facade of once charming 19C. mansions. But that made it a retail dead zone.

Bloomingdales decided to replace the loading bays with storefronts and open up more retail frontage. And it look's great!

Completed just in time for
Black Friday, 2018.

Fabricator's Secret Inc is proud to supply the exterior granite in polished Absolute Black.


40 East End Avenue

This new construction condominium, going up on Manhattan's Upper East Side, is an updated interpretation of the historic apartment buildings in the neighborhood. Double-height windows at the street level, a façade with brick patterning, tailored hand-cast ornamentation and a gracious Port Cochère, all combine to give 40 East End timeless elegance. And of course, it has granite.

Fabricator's Secret Inc is proud to supply the exterior and interior granite in Jet Mist honed finish.



ALTA+ LIC at 29-22 Northern Blvd, Long Island City

This new project is in a prime Long Island City location, just one subway stop outside Midtown Manhattan, making ALTA LIC the premier new development in Long Island City today.

Fabricator's Secret Inc is proud to supply the exterior granite
in Atlantic Black flamed finish.


The Chamberlain on West 87th Street

Billed as a gracious approach to living on the Upper West Side, this is a new, yet prewar inspired, luxury apartment building.

Designed to reflect the iconic architecture of the neighborhood,
The Chamberlain is destined to be a respected new addition.

Fabricator's Secret Inc is proud to supply the exterior granite in Deer Isle honed finish.



165 Mercer Street

The transformation of SoHo continues unabated. This century and a half old wonder is going from parking garage to office and retail. The cast-iron classic will retain most of it's original facade with some new granite elements. Iron work will be repainted in the oldest found finish - a creamy beige.

What started as a manufacturing center, over time the building has morphed from a warehousing, to stables, to storage for bootleg during prohibition, to a parking garage. Now reborn, it's new life will bring a great architectural space to a new generation of New Yorkers

Fabricator's Secret Inc is supplying the new granite curbing and column bases in flamed Caribou Brown.


Blue School's Campus Expansion

Blue School is a progressive independent school located in New York City's Lower Manhattan. And they needed some room to grow! Their new building, located at 156 William Street, is being totally renovated to make space as an upper school for the 4th through 8th graders.

Fabricator's Secret Inc is proud to supply the exterior granite - Jet Mist in a sandblasted finish.


42 Crosby Street

A new construction luxury condo project in Manhattan's Soho neighborhood, designed by Selldorf Architects. Parking is below grade with a porte cochère providing privacy for residents. At a $1million each for 99 year leases on just the parking spaces, their entrance needed to look the part!

Fabricator's Secret Inc is proud to supply the granite paving in the parking lobby entrance & porte cochère.


17 John Street

This 1920s art-deco building, one block east of the World Trade Center, is being repurposed as a hotel/co-working space with collaborative work environments, business networking and events along with extended-stay suites. The conversion to a "Cotel" (collaborative workspace and hotel) and expansion from 15 stories to 23, has Woods Bagot as the design architect.

Fabricator's Secret Inc is proud to supply the exterior granite in Deer Isle honed.


Private Garden, Upper East Side

The new owner wanted to redo his back garden terrace, and it is magnificent!

Fabricator's Secret is supplying pavers, treads & risers and garden edge stones, plus jambs & headers for a new opening in the back wall.

The material is Freshwater Pearl, flamed on the walking surfaces, honed everywhere else.


Artist Sketch of BuildingWaverly Brooklyn

Part of the booming Fulton Street-Atlantic Avenue corridor on the edge of Clinton Hill and Bedford-Stuvestant, this new mixed-use residential building will contain 48 condo units. The iconic facade by GKV ARCHITECTS is inspired by Bauhaus Modernism, updated for a new century and setting - with architectural concrete 'picture frames', articulated fenestration and hand-laid norman brick.

Fabricator's Secret is supplying the granite facade in Cambrian Black flamed finish.


Artist Sketch of BuildingCitizen360

A new project by developer Anbau Enterprises, located at 360 East 89th Street, Citizen360 is at the forefront of innovative urban design and committed to the sensible application of sustainable building practices. SHoP Architects showcased limestone and granite throughout the project.

Fabricator's Secret is the exterior granite supplier.

This project originally called for a granite from India, which we were happy to supply. But after consideration of lengthy supply times and the challenge of ordering additional pieces in the event of last minute changes, the client agreed to switch to a North American stone.
They chose Jet Mist sandblasted finish, which looks great!

Slated to benefit from the newly opened Second Avenue Subway, Citizen360 is part of a real evolution going on in this historic Yorkville neighborhood.



Artist Sketch of Building151 East 78th Street


Fabricator's Secret Inc is proud to be the supplier for exterior granite at 151 E. 78th Street in Manhattan.

Fabricator's Secret supplied all facade base pieces and plinths, terrace pavers, garden steps and coping, saddles and sills, all in flamed Granite from Deer Isle, Maine.

The 16-story ground up new construction is a luxury residential condominium in a pre-war style, with brick detailing, contrasting limestone, and Juliet balconies. Designed by architect Peter Pennoyer, one of the leaders of the next generation of the neoclassical style, this building is already sold out.

For more project details, click here.


Cathedral of St. John the Divine

After 90 years of unparalleled service, the Grand Staircase on the western front was in much need of repair. New York's rapid freeze/thaw cycles and millions of pilgrims footsteps had taken their toll. Pollution also impacted the color and appearance of the stone.

Photo at right shows work in progress,
below is the finished job

Fabricator's Secret founder, Chris Johnson, sits on the Cathedral's Fabric Committee, which is the committee of the Board of Trustees which overseas all the physical buildings and property of the world's largest cathedral. On this project, Chris worked directly with the Cathedral's Capital Project Manager, the contractor and the quarry owner (replacement pieces) to assure a quality job.

The original granite was Freshwater Pearl from Maine and, since it's still available, we were able to obtain matching new pieces for replacement and additional steps. Work included adding a new northern staircase with railings, plus general maintenance on the old section; cleaning the steps, resetting the stones which are out of position, replacing broken steps and clean & caulk riser and tread joints.

To learn more about the project, Click Here

To read the Press Release, Click Here

To see the project in 360°, Click Here



Artist Sketch of BuildingBergen Saratoga Apartments

This new construction greatly upgrades the neighborhood incorporating green, energy efficient design into affordable housing. Clad with columns, base and sills of Absolute Black granite in leather finish - provided by Fabricator's Secret - it will give a very smart appearance with durable maintenance free performance for years to come.

Built by Dunn Development Corp, for the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development, this is a fine example of the future of public-private partnership in affordable housing.



Artist Sketch of Building245 West 14th Street

Artist Sketch of BuildingKnown as Village Green West, this new building's design has been inspired by turn-of-the-century buildings from the neighborhoods which surround it - the Meatpacking District, Chelsea, the West Village.

Fabricator's Secret supplied the rusticated columns in Atlantic Black granite, in flamed finish. The rest of the exterior is of darkish red brick with large windows steel-spandreled in the French industrial mode.

Click here to see larger photo

In keeping with the times, the building is designed to recall an industrial conversion, but with a modern green twist. Alfa Development is shooting for LEED Gold certification on this project.



4 Bryant Park

Artist Sketch of BuildingArtist Sketch of Buildingaka 1071 Avenue of the Americas, this is a 60 year old building redesigned. Rosen Johnson Architects reclad the building’s curtain wall and added glass, metal and stone to the lower facade, introducing a new lobby entrance and storefronts.

Fabricator's Secret Inc was the supplier of Deer Isle honed granite and Cambrian Black flamed granite on the facade and front entrance ways.
In deference to it's prime location just opposite the thriving Bryant Park, the building received a new name, and new energy-efficient lighting inside and out, creating a dramatic nighttime statement.



Chelsea Market

As part of an ongoing industrial conversion of the 1890's Nabisco factory complex where the Oreo cookie was invented and produced, the Chelsea Market continues to develop and open new areas for retail and commerical use throughout the massive space. Recently, some ancient and sealed up loading bays along 15th Street were opened so that the developer could convert them to retail. Fabricator's Secret was asked to supply all the new base pieces, returns and window sills in flamed Granite from Deer Isle, Maine.

Before (left); example of old facade and former loading bays at Chelsea Market along W. 15th Street
After (right); one of the many new store fronts along W. 15th Street, with new Deer Isle Granite bases and window sills, at Chelsea Market



Mystery Train Station

They tell me I can't mention this project for promotional purposes, so I won't. But I've been honored that my partner and I have served as the stone consultants on this project for the past five years. And we were just in Italy inspecting two more containers of marble for this job. Can you guess which one it is? (Photo shows Chris on site during construction)



Queens Plaza North

Called QLIC, it is one of Long Island City's most vibrant residential buildings. Fabricator's Secret provided Absolute Black granite for each apartment. Developed by the World Wide Group and built by Lettire Construction, the project was completed in 2015.

The building contains many green features, including a CoGeneration system, a green roof with landscaped outdoor spaces that incorporate native, drought-tolerant plants and feature design elements with post-consumer products and light-saving sensors in corridors and stairs.



You can email Chris Johnson at  cjohnson@fabricatorssecret.com


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