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Beyond the Fence: “Making It in NYC: the Era Of New Manufacturing”

Beyond the Fence: "Making It in NYC: the Era Of New Manufacturing"

One of the things I love about the Brooklyn Navy Yard is that everyone here makes something, and they make it well – from countertops constructed out of recycled glass to high-tech military gear, designer furniture to cutting-edge fashion, craft whiskey to organic rooftop farms. I savor strolling around the navy yard. There’s an old-fashioned, can-do spirit…

Beyond the Fence: An Interview with Brooklyn Navy Yard President David Ehrenberg

Beyond the Fence: An Interview with Brooklyn Navy Yard President David Ehrenberg

Since taking the helm at the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation last September, David Ehrenberg has had no time for shore leave. The new president and CEO – a lifelong Brooklynite who previously oversaw real estate transactions for the NYC Economic Development Corporation – assumed control over a rapidly transforming, 300-acre industrial park with far-reaching…

Beyond the Fence: Urban Farming Hits a New High at the Brooklyn Navy Yard

Beyond the Fence: Urban Farming Hits a New High at the Brooklyn Navy Yard

Brooklyn Grange transformed the 65,000-square-foot roof of Building 3 in the Brooklyn Navy Yard into the city’s largest rooftop farm last year. Beyond the Fence recently caught up with Anastasia Cole Plakias – Brooklyn Grange co-founder, writer and host of the monthly Heritage Radio Network segment, Anastasia’s Fridge – to see what’s going on this season…

Beyond the Fence: Metalwork at Ferra Designs, Inc by Anselm Doering and Franz Wisner

Beyond the Fence: Metalwork at Ferra Designs, Inc by Anselm Doering and Franz Wisner

For Rob Ferraroni, the founder of Ferra Designs Inc., a custom design and metal fabrication firm located in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, craftsmanship has always been about fine-tuning the balance between traditional techniques and new ideas. Read More

NY Times: Bringing Whiskey Back by Anselm Doering and Franz Wisner

NY Times: Bringing Whiskey Back by Anselm Doering and Franz Wisner

The last time commercial distilleries operated in Fort Greene and Vinegar Hill, the whiskey led to war. That was during the late 19th century, when the U.S. Government deployed 1,500 infantry soldiers and Marines in an attempt to destroy an emerging black market for whiskey makers. Newspapers dubbed the raid as the“Whiskey War” of 1869. Colin Spoelman,…

NY Times: Navy Yard Business Tours by Anselm Doering and Franz Wisner

NY Times: Navy Yard Business Tours by Anselm Doering and Franz Wisner

Do you ever walk by the Brooklyn Navy Yard and think, “What do people do in there?” Well, thanks to BLDG 92, now locals get a chance to see what’s inside the place that more than 200 businesses call home. The former shipyard will host a slew of factory tours around the navy yard, all open to the public,…

NY Times: Sandy Soaks Green Business by Anselm Doering and Franz Wisner

NY Times: Sandy Soaks Green Business by Anselm Doering and Franz Wisner

After the rain had stopped and the winds had died down, IceStone president and CEO Dal LaMagna thought his countertop manufacturing company had escaped the worst of Hurricane Sandy. And at first glance, the road leading to the IceStone manufacturing facility in the Brooklyn Navy Yard didn’t appear to have suffered major flooding. Mr. LaMagna’s hope faded when…

NY Times: Where Money Buys “Wow” by Anselm Doering and Joy Powell

NY Times: Where Money Buys "Wow" by Anselm Doering and Joy Powell

When your company logo features a goateed beatnik with sunglasses and a beret, your products better be artistic and cool. Thom De Jesu delivers. Mr. De Jesu is the owner of Daddy-O Productions, Inc., an award-winning scenery shop in the Brooklyn Navy Yard that builds props and sets for theater stages, television sets, and various…

NY Times: A Genius Incubator at the Navy Yard by Anselm Doering and Joy Powell

NY Times: A Genius Incubator at the Navy Yard by Anselm Doering and Joy Powell

For many graduates, there’s a big gap between a million-dollar idea and a million-dollar business. The Pratt Design Incubator for Sustainable Innovation serves to shrink that gap, helping new entrepreneurs achieve their business dreams. Established by the Center for Sustainable Design Studies at Pratt Institute in 2002, the Incubator focuses on three main business models…

NY Times: Building an Art Gallery in the Navy Yard by Anselm Doering and Joy Powell

NY Times: Building an Art Gallery in the Navy Yard by Anselm Doering and Joy Powell

People think of the Brooklyn Navy Yard as a center of manufacturing or a haven for artists. To Marc Ganzglass, it’s both. Mr. Ganzglass is the founder of the Space for Art and Industry www.spaceforartandindustry.com, a gallery inside the new Navy Yard Museum in Building 92 that displays a wide range of exhibitions drawing connections…

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