Made in NYC (MINYC) hosted a special evening on May 3rd to gather and celebrate New York City’s manufacturing community at the Brooklyn Navy Yard’s newly renovated Building 77. This event for business owners, workers, supporters, and friends marked 15 years of the Made In NYC initiative, the resurgence of the manufacturing sector, and the creativity, skill and drive of its extraordinarily diverse workforce.
- Remarks from leaders in urban manufacturing, including Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, who said:
“New York City is showing the country how entrepreneurs and small businesses can help our manufacturing communities thrive. Our manufacturers are working incredibly hard to make our neighborhoods, our communities, and our cities succeed, and I am proud to support our manufacturing industry here in New York.”
- A photography exhibition of the people and places of manufacturing, drawing from hundreds of works by Pratt Institute students and faculty developed for MINYC
- A roundtable discussion featuring four Made in NYC members Lida Orzeck (Hanky Panky), Roger Sadowsky (Sadowsky Guitars), Bertha Jimenez (RISE), and Jammie Waldron (Harlem Soap)
- An opportunity for MINYC Members to share their unique narratives as part of Stories from the Factory Floor, facilitated by local oral historian and artist Cynthia Tobar, an effort to gather, preserve, and interpret the experience of manufacturing workers across NYC
- A short film highlighting the impact MINYC programming has made on the growth of three member companies will round out the evening.Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a longtime champion of the manufacturing sector in New York and nationally, opened the festivities.