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Making It Here: An Exploration of Manufacturing in New York City


American manufacturing is experiencing a revival, and U.S. cities are at the center of it.

To highlight the progress New York City has made as a manufacturing hub, we are thrilled to announce the launch of Making It Here, a yearlong series of programs organized in partnership with Open House New York (OHNY) that explores manufacturing in the city today.

Through tours, talks, and other programs, New Yorkers will have a chance to visit and learn about how older industrial buildings are being revitalized to support new modes of manufacturing, as well as how some legacy manufacturers have been able to stay in place over time and thrive . 

As the OHNY blog reports, Making It Here will kick off with a four-part exploration of how "different industrial re-development models are being used to carve contemporary manufacturing hubs out of the hulking remnants of the old, single-tenant industrial complexes of the past." Read more on the OHNY blog about the Making It Here series and where you can find cutting edge manufacturing technologies being developed right here in NYC. 


Standard Motors Building
Friday, May 16th / 3:00 PM
Organized with Vertical Urban Factory
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. Click here to purchase tickets.

Brooklyn Army Terminal
Tuesday, May 20 / 3:00 PM
Representatives from NYCEDC's Industrial Desk will show guests around Cass Gilbert’s massive Brooklyn Army Terminal complex, and explain how the space has been incrementally re-imagined as a mixed-use hub for manufacturing, commerce, and cultural activity over the past three decades. Click here to purchase tickets.

Brooklyn Navy Yard
Friday, June 6th / 10:00 AM
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. Tickets for this event will go on sale May 23.

Greenpoint Manufacturing & Design Center
Friday, June 20th / 12:00 PM
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. Tickets for this event will go on sale June 6.

Stay tuned in the coming months for featured interviews on our blog and the OHNY Blog about what each site in the series illustrates about the modern urban manufacturing scene.

More information on the Open House New York partnership can be found in the full press release



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