Industry City

Art, Brooklyn, Sunset Park

All photos courtesy of The Free Portrait Project

A new artist residency will tell the story of South Brooklyn through paintings of its residents. The Free Portrait Project is inviting 200 Brooklynites to be the subject of oil portraits and share their oral histories with the project’s founder, artist Rusty Zimmerman. The project, part of a yearlong residency at Sunset Park’s Industry City, aims to “promote unity across boundaries” within the community.

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14 ice skating rinks in NYC to visit this winter

By Aaron Ginsburg, Wed, January 4, 2023

When the cool weather of fall fades into the freezing frostiness of winter, it takes a lot of effort to leave our warm, cozy homes. However, one festive activity that gets New Yorkers out of their apartments is ice skating, a New York City tradition since the 1850s. Ahead, find some of the best places in the city to ice skate, from gliding underneath one of the world’s most iconic Christmas trees at Rockefeller Center to attending lessons hosted by Olympic skaters at Manhattan West and Brookfield Place.

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Art, Design, Events, Features, Furniture, Green Design

Photo: ©Jenna Bascom Photography

Taking place in one of the world’s most innovative design capitals, New York City’s largest design festival will be celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. NYCxDESIGN: The Festival is a showcase of the newest and most creative offerings in furniture, lighting, textiles, and accessories–many of which you’ll be seeing for the next several years in magazines, blogs, and showrooms–with festival attendees from points far and near converging on the city’s five boroughs from May 10–20. Design theory, urbanism, and big-picture issues like the environment and inequality inform brainy panel discussions and workshops. And if modern objects are your thing, you’ll be in design heaven with popular programs like Apartment Therapy’s Small / Cool providing a serious opportunity to get ideas for your own urban living space. Read on for a handful of highlights.

NYC X Design Festival 2022 highlights, this way

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Events, Features, holidays

Photo of 2015 Village Halloween Parade by Peter Burka on Flickr

New York City really shows its creative side for Halloween, and after a year of laying low, everyone’s ready for some trick-or-treat action. The epic Village Halloween Parade is back on, parks and pumpkin patches are putting their fall bounty on display, and our favorite gathering, shopping, and dining spots are stocking up on candy and planning fun events. For the best ideas, browse our list of Halloween haunts and happenings from family-friendly to wicked and wild.

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Brooklyn, City Living

Photo courtesy of Michael Appleton/Mayoral Photography Office on Flickr

Take a shot and receive a free ticket to a Brooklyn Nets home game. The basketball team is partnering with Maimonides Medical Center and Industry Center to open a coronavirus vaccination site in Brooklyn this week. On Thursday, August 12, individuals aged 12 and older who receive their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine at the Sunset Park pop-up will go home with a complimentary ticket to a game next season and some Nets swag.

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West Elm opens first NYC outlet store at Industry City

By Devin Gannon, Tue, March 30, 2021

All photos courtesy of Industry City

Furniture and decor retailer West Elm on Monday opened its first outlet store in New York City. The store occupies 15,000 square feet in Sunset Park’s Industry City complex, which already houses the company’s massive “Makers Studio” workshop. The six million square foot Brooklyn campus is home to a number of furniture and design outlets, including ABC Carpet + Home and Design Within Reach.

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Events, Features, holidays

Photo of pumpkin-headed scarecrows courtesy of NYBG

Although it’s already been a scary year, there are still ways to have some old-school spooky fun in New York City this Halloween. Sadly, popular events like the Village Halloween Parade and the Tompkins Square Dog Halloween Parade have been canceled and traditional trick-or-treating has been deemed a high-risk activity because of the coronavirus pandemic. But there are a number of fall-friendly, socially distanced events still taking place across the city, like a Día de Los Muertos celebration at Green-Wood Cemetery, virtual ghost story readings from the Merchant’s House Museum (considered Manhattan’s most haunted house), and eerie hayrides and pumpkin picking at the Queens County Farm Museum.

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Policy, Sunset Park

Industry City developers withdraw rezoning application

By Devin Gannon, Wed, September 23, 2020

Photo by Steven Pisano on Flickr

Plans to rezone Industry City in Sunset Park are dead after developers behind the project decided to withdraw their application on Tuesday. As Politico New York first reported, the decision to pull out of the plan, first proposed six years ago, comes as developers were unable to convince Brooklyn residents and officials, particularly Council Member Carlos Menchaca, the local representative, to support the rezoning efforts. Supporters of the rezoning said it would have brought thousands of new jobs to the city, which currently is seeing an unemployment rate of about 20 percent because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Features, Interviews, Sunset Park, Where I Work

Photo courtesy of Course of Trade

As of this week, Industry City-based nonprofit workforce development organization Course of Trade has produced 219,279 hand-sewn isolation gowns for New York City hospitals, with an ultimate contract of 520,800 from the New York City Economic Development Corporation. Course of Trade was started by Malia Mills’ production director Libby Mattern to offer free sewing instruction and job placement assistance in the garment industry. When COVID hit the city, Libby knew it was time to innovate yet again, and she put in place a partnership with the city in which a 300-person team across South Brooklyn is sewing these life-saving gowns.

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Features, Interviews, Sunset Park, Where I Work

Jack holds a box of face shields ready to be delivered

When the Mayor and the Governor spoke out about the city’s dire need for PPE, many hero companies stepped up to the plate, including Industry City’s iMakr, an outpost of the world’s largest 3D-printing and 3D-scanning store. They knew they had enough equipment and the know-how to create simple but much-needed face shields, and so their three-man team in Brooklyn immediately got to work. To date, they’ve distributed more than 5,000 face shields to more than 20 local hospitals. Ahead, we chat with Jack Keum, iMakr’s business manager, to learn more about the company’s mission to help our frontline workers through this crisis.

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