Tour a variety of niche manufacturing spaces, along with Brooklyn Grange’s expansive rooftop farm, with Vertical Urban Factory curator and project director Nina Rappaport, and learn about how and why private developer Acumen Capital Partners LLC is investing in the revitalization of New York’s industrial infrastructure.
Join representatives from New York City Economic Development Corporation’s Industrial Desk to see how Cass Gilbert’s massive BAT complex, with its iconic atrium, has been incrementally re-imagined as a mixed-use hub for manufacturing, commerce, and cultural activity over the past three decades.
Spend the morning exploring the sprawling Brooklyn Navy Yard campus, considered a model 21st-century industrial park, with BNY staff. The program will include stops at several cutting edge manufacturing spaces, as well as the new Making it in NYC exhibition at BLDG 92.
When a factory in East Williamsburg closed in 2007—taking a hundred local manufacturing jobs with it—the Greenpoint Manufacturing & Design Center, a mission-driven non-profit industrial developer, purchased the historic building and brought it back to life as a hive of industrial activity. Join GMDC staff for a tour of a selection of the dozen businesses that have located at the McKibbin Street facility, home once again to nearly a hundred industrial jobs.
Spring 2014 Program – Retrofitting the City
Making it Here will kick off with tours of four historic industrial buildings and complexes that have been retrofitted over time to create spaces that reflect the changing needs of a manufacturing ecosystem that better integrates the design and production processes. Through visits to the Standard Motors Building, the Brooklyn Army Terminal, the Brooklyn Navy Yard, and the Greenpoint Manufacturing & Design Center’s McKibben Street facility, participants will have the chance to see how the massive manufacturing hubs of the past are being revitalized by a broad range of niche manufacturers that respond to the unique demands created by NYC’s highly diversified market.
The Future of Manufacturing in NYC