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Preserving Local Retail: Issues and Strategies

Who's Working on this Research?: 
Vicki Weiner

Presentation for the APA Metro Chapter Zoning Committee

Research Type: 
Issue Area: 
Sustainable Community Development
Date: 
Thursday, May 29, 2008

Brooklyn Navy Yard Study

Intro Paragraph: 
Revitalizing American manufacturing is increasingly recognized by leaders across the political spectrum as a core economic strategy to create well-paying jobs and spur economic growth. Cities throughout the US are testing new and varied ways to advance these objectives, and NYC’s Brooklyn Navy Yard (BNY) is one such example.
The Brooklyn Navy Yard, a 300-acre active industrial park, is a model for sustainable industrial development and strengthening urban manufacturing.
Body: 

The BNY is a 300-acre active industrial park that houses over 330 businesses and 5,800 employees, and supports several key industries, including film, media, arts and culture, architecture, and design. City-owned and managed by the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation (BNYDC, a nonprofit...

Project Status: 
Archived
Who's Working on this Project?: 
Jen Becker
Location: 

Church Avenue Retail Project

Intro Paragraph: 
The Church Avenue Business Improvement District (BID) retained Pratt Center to conduct a retail market study and needs assessment with the goal of making sure the already successful retail strip – the shopping hub of Flatbush -- better serves a neighborhood where the poor and middle class live side by side.
In partnership with local small businesses, Pratt Center conducted a retail market study and needs assessment to strengthen the Church Avenue commercial strip.
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The project, surveying the strip from Coney Island Avenue to Flatbush Avenue, looked at what shoppers and residents purchase on Church Avenue and elsewhere. The project examined Church Avenue's mix of retail and the quality of goods of and services offered. In addition, using a survey...

Project Status: 
Archived
Who's Working on this Project?: 
Vicki Weiner
Location: 

Church Avenue Retail Study

Who's Working on this Research?: 
Vicki Weiner

The Church Avenue Business Improvement District (BID) has retained Pratt Center to conduct a retail market study and needs assessment, with the goal of making sure the already successful retail strip -- the shopping hub of Flatbush -- better serves a neighborhood where the poor and middle class live side by side.

Research Type: 
Issue Area: 
Sustainable Community Development
Date: 
Monday, April 6, 2009

Resources for Manufacturers

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Made In NYC provides an extensive list of organizations that serve manufacturers in New York City. It is a great resource for businesses in the urban manufacturing sector. This list (below) includes financing resources, technical...

Date: 
Thursday, October 10, 2013
Issue Area: 
Urban Manufacturing
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Distribution Opportunities for Small Food Manufacturers

Intro Paragraph: 
Over the past five years, the number of food and beverage manufacturing firms has grown significantly in New York City.
NYC's burgeoning food manufacturing sector can continue to grow and create jobs through the facilitation of third party product distribution.
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The sector saw growth of over 11% between 2008 and 2012, notably higher than the 7% increase for all businesses in the five boroughs, and this growth shows no sign of slowing down. However, in order for new food and beverage manufacturing firms to increase consumer demand, they need access to...

Project Status: 
Active
Who's Working on this Project?: 
Jen Becker
Location: 

Distribution Challenges and Opportunities for NYC’s Small, Specialty Food & Beverage Manufacturers

Who's Working on this Research?: 
Jen Becker
Tanu Kumar

The Pratt Center for Community Development was commissioned by New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn to assess the major distribution challenges facing food and beverage manufacturers and identify strategic interventions the City could implement to better position the sector...

Research Type: 
Issue Area: 
Urban Manufacturing
Date: 
Friday, August 9, 2013

Building a Vibrant Manufacturing Sector

Who's Working on this Research?: 
Tanu Kumar

This concept paper contains recommendations for how New York City can build a healthy, vibrant manufacturing sector. Any comprehensive strategy to diversify our economic base, create well-paying jobs and promote the city’s long-term environmental sustainability must both capitalize on the...

Research Type: 
Issue Area: 
Urban Manufacturing
Date: 
Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Fulton Street Mall

Intro Paragraph: 
Amidst the City's broad redevelopment plan for downtown Brooklyn, Fulton Mall: New Strategies for Preservation and Planning - a Pratt Center project and report - offered strategies for securing the future of Fulton Mall as a vital public place.
Pratt Center has worked to improve Fulton Street Mall's commercial strip while preserving its role as a vital public place.
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We brought historic preservation, urban planning, ethnography, community cultural development, and economic development strategies together, and coordinated them to identify economic opportunities, preserve the most important historical resources, and provide unique and useful retail for...

Project Status: 
Archived
Who's Working on this Project?: 
Vicki Weiner
Location: 

The Future of Industrial Brooklyn

Who's Working on this Research?: 
Paula Crespo

This report-out covers the key takeaways and salient points from two days of workshops and discussion about manufacturing in New York City, organized by five Brooklyn-based Community Development Corporations (CDCs) with technical assistance from Pratt Center. In April 2013, a diverse set of...

Research Type: 
Issue Area: 
Urban Manufacturing
Date: 
Wednesday, September 18, 2013

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