Our office hosted a symposium on the “Future of Manufacturing in NYC—the Garment Center and Beyond” at the High School of Fashion Industries on April 24. Local residents and industry stakeholders—labor, business owners, and building owners came together to listen to two panels:
What urban manufacturers are making today, and how zoning can help or hurt them. Moderated by the Pratt Institute’s Adam Friedman, featuring Sara Romanoski of Townsquared, Armando Moritz-Chapelliquen of the Association for Neighborhood Housing and Development, and Jessica Spaulding of the Harlem Chocolate Factory.
The New York City garment ecosystem, how it works, and how to protect and strengthen it. Moderated by the Design Trust’s Susan Chin, featuring garment industry and Garment Center neighborhood stakeholders including fashion designer Yeohlee Teng, garment manufacturer Joseph Ferrara, garment workers union leader Edgar Romney, garment manufacturer George Kalajian, Theatrical Wardrobe Union member Steve Epstein, and Garment District Alliance executive director Barbara Blair.
Following lively panel discussions, audience members joined break out groups to brainstorm manufacturing preservation efforts. I’m dedicated to keeping a hub of manufacturing at the Garment Center – as a way of keeping skilled jobs in our borough and our city.