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NYCEDC And Open House New York Launch Making It Here, a Yearlong Exploration Of Manufacturing Spaces In New York City

Apr 30 2014

Tours, Talks, and Other Programs Will Be Dedicated to the Industrial Business Community Across the Five Boroughs

NEW YORK, NY—New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) and Open House New York (OHNY) today announced the launch of Making it Here, a yearlong series of programs exploring manufacturing in the city. The program is designed to highlight the industrial sector, a critically important part of the City economy which currently employs over 520,000 New Yorkers across the five boroughs in jobs whose wages are on average higher than those in the retail and food service sectors, and typically offer excellent opportunities for advancement. The yearlong program will provide an in-depth look at the physical and economic character of both City-owned and privately-owned industrial properties, and examine the lessons learned from the City’s history as a manufacturing hub—as well as best practices to integrate production in neighborhoods across the City in the future.

“The success of the industrial sector is critical to the City’s economic health, and NYCEDC is pleased to partner with Open House New York to showcase some of the extraordinary industrial spaces across the boroughs,” said NYCEDC President Kyle Kimball. “We must ensure that legacy industrial properties are updated and enhanced to meet the needs of a growing city, and seize the opportunity to build new industrial facilities with a keen sense of design—so that they become architectural touchstones while fully integrating into a neighborhood’s physical context. We look forward to opening doors and stimulating discussion about the ways that manufacturers preserve and create high-quality jobs for New Yorkers while sustaining the city’s position as a global center of commerce and innovation.”

“As we know from the enormous audiences that attend OHNY Weekend each fall, there is an intense interest among the public in better understanding New York: its buildings, its systems, and its public spaces,” explains OHNY executive director Gregory Wessner. “Making it Here builds on OHNY’s decade of experience in opening the city to look in depth at an issue that is critical to the future of the city. Over the course of the next year, New Yorkers will have a rare chance to see firsthand how the spaces for manufacturing in the 21st century are dramatically changing and to appreciate why manufacturing is so important to the health and vitality of New York."

Through Making it Here’s tours, talks, and other programs, New Yorkers will have a chance to visit and learn about how older industrial buildings, once considered outmoded, are being retrofitted to create spaces that reflect the changing needs of a manufacturing ecosystem that better integrates the design and production processes, as well as some legacy manufacturers that have adapted their businesses to shifting market dynamics, allowing them to thrive in place over time. Making it Here will also tour the spaces where entrepreneurs, technologists, and inventors are re-imagining manufacturing through the development of new technologies such as peer-to-peer platforms and 3D printing.

NYCEDC works on behalf of the City of New York to support the industrial sector and the good jobs it creates for New Yorkers across the five boroughs. NYCEDC manages several City-owned industrial properties—including the iconic Brooklyn Army Terminal—that collectively house hundreds of companies employing thousands of people across the five boroughs. NYCEDC also initiates programs and projects designed to sustain and grow both legacy industrial companies and new manufacturers operating in the City.

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. Later in the year, the series will focus on showcasing industrial and manufacturing spaces across the 5 boroughs.

Standard Motors Building
Friday, May 16th at 3pm

Brooklyn Army Terminal
Tuesday, May 20 at 3pm

Brooklyn Navy Yard
Friday, June 6th at 10am

Greenpoint Manufacturing & Design Center
Friday, June 20th at 12pm

Making it Here marks the first time that OHNY has organized an entire series of programming around a specific theme, leveraging OHNY’s capacity for offering access and experience to give the public the unique opportunity to explore a single issue over many months. For more information on the program events throughout the year, please visit ohny.org.

About NYCEDC
New York City Economic Development Corporation creates shared prosperity across New York City’s five boroughs by strengthening neighborhoods and creating good jobs. NYCEDC works with and for communities to provide them with the resources they need to thrive, and we invest in projects that increase sustainability, support job growth, develop talent, and spark innovation to strengthen the City’s competitive advantage. To learn more about our work and initiatives, please visit us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.