Tuesday, September 3 2019

Made in NYC’s Celebration of New York City-based Manufacturers to Feature Dozens of Live Events, Workshops, and Factory Tours from October 3-18

[NEW YORK, NY SEPTEMBER 2019] Made in NYC will kick off Made in NYC Week 2019 next Thursday, October 3rd. The annual celebration, which runs through Friday, October 18th, includes dozens of events, workshops, factory tours, and panel discussions anchored around the work of local manufacturers across the five boroughs. Over the course of the 16-day celebration, New Yorkers and visitors will get a behind-the-scenes look at New York City’s manufacturing sector and the spirit of creativity that animates it. 

“Local manufacturers have long been a critical part of the social fabric and economic success of New York City,” said Adam Friedman, founder of Made in NYC and Executive Director of the Pratt Center for Community Development. “As part of our mission to create a more just, equitable, and sustainable city for all New Yorkers, we’re proud to strengthen that tradition with Made in NYC Week. The nearly 7,000 manufacturers that call New York City home employ tens of thousands of New Yorkers and make the city a more vibrant place to live.” 

One of New York City’s greatest assets is its diversity, and the local manufacturing sector represents a bright spot on the path towards building a more inclusive economy. Since April 2018, 70% of new Made in NYC members were minority- and women-owned businesses. Programming at this year’s event will reflect the diverse and dynamic Made in NYC community, and elevate those voices across all programming. The full calendar of events during Made in NYC Week can be found here:


Key events include: 

THE FIRST-EVER MADE IN NYC POP-UP Open daily 10/11-17 from 11am – 8pm at 323 Canal Street

At the center of Made in NYC Week is the first-ever Made in NYC Pop-Up, a brick and mortar storefront and event space showcasing original products made by some of New York City’s most innovative manufacturers — Lexy Pexy’s eco-chic modern baby teethers and toys, SSY Designs’ luxury shoe accessories, Automic Gold’s fine jewelry handmade from reclaimed materials, Raaka Chocolate’s dark chocolate made from scratch, and Sadowsky Guitars’ internationally renowned electric guitars and basses. Available daily will be NYC roasted coffee from Cantave de Saint Marc and Bronx-brewed beer from The Bronx Brewery, as well as food tastings from NYC bakers and makers of local snacks, granola and even Brooklyn’s own bloody mary mix. Free events exploring and celebrating NYC’s manufacturing community at the Pop-Up, include:


  • Kids Day Workshops — Young makers of tomorrow are invited to a maker workshop by the New York Hall of Science and a DIY-engineering workshop led by STEM-focused toymaker Teknikio. Parents can peruse locally made toys and children’s clothing (10/14 from 11am – 4pm).
  • Intersections: Sustainable Fashion & Equity Panel — Local fashion industry leaders discuss the future of sustainable fashion in NYC and the imperative of workforce and entrepreneurial development for women and communities of color (10/15 from 6:30pm – 7:30pm).
  • Intersections: The Future of Sustainable Food Panel —This panel discussion will explore the future of sustainable and circular food production and distribution in NYC (10/16 from 6:30pm – 7:30pm).


OPEN HOUSE NEW YORK FACTORY FRIDAY Friday, 10/18 from 9am – 6pm across all boroughs.

Made in NYC has teamed up with Open House New York (OHNY) to present Factory Friday on October 18th. On Factory Friday more than two dozen local manufacturers across the city will open their doors to the public, giving visitors a chance to hear their stories and see up-close how everything from fabric flowers to steel beams are made.  


NEIGHBORHOOD MARKETPLACE TAKEOVERS Various times and locations beginning 10/3.

This year, Made in NYC has partnered with a number of New York City’s most beloved local marketplaces to spotlight products manufactured by Made in NYC members, including:

  • Art & Social Activism Market on the Lower East Side Oct. 3 and 4;
  • Hester Street Fair will host Made in NYC Oktoberfest featuring drinks by local breweries on Oct. 5; 
  • Fashion, Art and Design (FAD) Market at City Point on Oct. 5 & 6; 
  • Van Duzer Artisan Market at St. George Greenmarket in Staten Island on Oct. 5; 
  • Grand Bazaar on the Upper West Side will host a Made in NYC Food Court Takeover on Oct 6; 
  • Artists & Fleas in Williamsburg on Oct. 6.


“When I decided to launch Ojala Threads I scoured resources to identify partnerships that would fill the gaps my lack of funding created,” said Ramona Ferreyra, Made in NYC member and owner of Ojala Threads, “Made in NYC is one of the organizations that has been a lifeline to keep my business going. From free marketing workshops to complimentary product photography, they have allowed my company to thrive in ways I could not have anticipated.”


Made in NYC Week is made possible by the generous support of the New York City Council and the New York City Economic Development Corporation, which works to make New York City a global model for inclusive innovation and economic growth. Additional sponsors include theBrooklyn Navy Yard, Industry City, the Greenpoint Manufacturing and Design Center (GMDC), the Workforce Development Institute (WDI), Goldman Sachs, SSY Shaughnessy New York, UPS, M & T Bank, On Canal, Wallplay, conEdison, Hanky Panky, and TerraCRG. 


About Made in NYC

Made in NYC supports thousands of New York City’s manufacturers by giving them the tools to grow their companies. We foster local entrepreneurial innovation because we see the value in high-quality, locally-made goods which nurture local economies. We help brands making everything from hot sauce to handbags to bicycles to tell their stories. We unite companies and entrepreneurs as a community to support their endeavors. Made in NYC is an initiative of the Pratt Center for Community Development, an organization within Pratt Institute that works to build a more just, equitable and sustainable city for all New Yorkers. Made in NYC is generously funded by the New York City Council.


About Pratt Center for Community Development 

The Pratt Center for Community Development has worked for the past 50 years for a more just, equitable and sustainable city for all New Yorkers by empowering communities to plan for and realize their futures. Part of Pratt Institute, Pratt Center leverages professional skills in planning, policy analysis, and advocacy to support community-based organizations in their efforts to improve neighborhood quality of life, attack the causes of poverty and inequality, and advance sustainable development. Visit us at 


About Pratt Institute

Founded in 1887, Pratt Institute is a global leader in higher education dedicated to preparing its 4,600 undergraduate and graduate students for successful careers in art, design, architecture, information and library science, and liberal arts and sciences. Located in a cultural hub with historic campuses in Brooklyn and Manhattan, as well as a campus in Utica, New York (PrattMWP College of Art and Design), Pratt has an esteemed faculty of accomplished professionals and scholars who challenge their talented students to transform their passion into meaningful expression.