Keeping Jobs in Fashion

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In early 2017, the City announced its intent to lift the zoning protections in Manhattan's Special Garment Center District between West 35th and West 40th Streets in Manhattan, and provide incentives for apparel companies to move to Sunset Park, Brooklyn. For decades, the Garment Center’s unique combination of designers, manufacturers, suppliers, design schools, theatre costume companies and other highly specialized functions has created an extraordinarily vibrant eco-system that both inspires and produces fashion. New York’s fashion industry, which employs almost 180,000 people, is big enough to sustain a Manhattan and a Brooklyn hub, but it requires engaging all the industry’s stakeholders to develop a comprehensive set of plans to both strengthen Manhattan as the anchor and nurture a new Brooklyn cluster.  
Protecting Manhattan's Garment Center and a Thriving Fashion Industry in NYC

The Special Garment Center District was created in 1987 to protect the dense, organic cluster of apparel jobs and businesses in the wake of redevelopment in nearby Times Square. The zoning requires that a building owner preserve space for fashion equal to whatever he converts other space to...

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Who's Working on this Project?: 
Adam Friedman
Jen Becker