Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer, New York City Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development Alicia Glen, and Council Member Corey Johnson today announced the formation of the Garment Industry Steering Committee.
Following the pattern of the successful East Midtown Steering Committee, this new group will be chaired by Borough President Brewer and will meet for three months with the following objectives:
- Engage stakeholders in the Garment District and New York’s fashion and garment industries;
- Devise a plan to ensure sufficient long-term space in mid-Manhattan remains available for garment manufacturers in the years to come; and
- Expand upon the City’s existing plans for boosting the garment manufacturing industry.
The Department of City Planning will begin the formal review process for zoning changes affecting the Garment Center at the August 21 City Planning Review Session, after the steering committee makes its recommendations.
Statement of Borough President Gale A. Brewer:
“I’m thrilled to work with the administration to support the Garment Center. I expect by late August we’ll have a plan we can all be proud of.
“We all want the same thing: a thriving garment manufacturing center as the foundation for New York City’s continued success as a global fashion industry capital. We all also agree that the manufacturing preservation requirement in the Garment District’s zoning has been a flawed mechanism for actually protecting garment manufacturing in Manhattan.
“The one thing experts and business owners keep telling me is this: the Garment Center is a complex web of businesses that fit together. Some may be better off in Brooklyn, but some need to stay in Manhattan – and we must maintain a core of manufacturing space in Manhattan for them to do so. We need to determine how much space is necessary and the best way to acquire or preserve that space.
“Our steering committee will gather experts and representatives from all major stakeholders – manufacturers, labor, designers, and more – to examine the data, hear from everyone, and achieve consensus.
“The bottom line is that we already agree on a lot, and there’s a little more homework we need to do.”