“At the Brooklyn Navy Yard, industrial buildings are being rejuvenated so that people can do what they always did there: make things.”
- Justin Davidson, New York Magazine
Manufacturing is making a comeback in Brooklyn. The borough, which in recent years has become synonymous with the artisanal revolution, is returning to its industrial roots with a 21st century spin. On a 300-acre plot of land between Williamsburg and DUMBO lies the remnants of the Brooklyn Navy Yard. This summer, construction began, transforming several existing buildings in the Navy Yard into Green Manufacturing Center, which is expected to be completed in 18 months, and The New Lab, a collaborative design and fabrication laboratory that already has several tenants lined up.
While Brooklyn manufacturers are no longer turning out spools of thread on an assembly line, modern technology has enabled the return of manufacturing, and with it, jobs.
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