Pratt Center 60th Anniversary Kicked Off with First-Ever Taste of Made in NYC

Pratt Center Executive Director Alexa Kasdan, Pratt Institute President Frances Bronet, Annie Levers, and Comptroller Brad Lander

We are thrilled to share that our first-ever Taste of Made in NYC (presented by the Brooklyn Navy Yard) was a tremendous success, and kicked off our 60th anniversary celebration in a spectacular way!

Attendees of Taste of Made in NYC
Kim Robinson of 3pts
Made in NYC member Acme Smoked Fish

On May 18th, the Brooklyn Navy Yard buzzed as we welcomed nearly 400 attendees, including community partners and NYC elected officials, to support local makers.

We showcased 42 incredible local makers, including 20 BIPOC-owned and 28 woman-owned businesses. Your enthusiasm brought our community together and highlighted the vibrant spirit of Made in NYC—a long-standing initiative of the Pratt Center for Community Development.


We want to thank our amazing speakers for bringing attention to our work:

President Bronet highlighted our partnerships and impact, noting, “Pratt Institute provides the creative leaders of tomorrow the professional knowledge and experience to make a better world. Pratt Center’s work connects us to the most pressing issues facing our city.”
Alexa Kasdan celebrated our community, saying, “Pratt Center is embodied in the people, the staff, our community partners, the makers, and manufacturers in the Made in NYC community.”
Sue Rock recounted her experiences as a member of Made in NYC, highlighting the benefits of receiving free resources: “Whether providing small businesses the space to brainstorm marketing ideas or providing actual photography opportunities, these services are invaluable.”

About Made in NYC

Made in NYC is a Pratt Center initiative that works towards a more equitable and sustainable local manufacturing sector that creates quality jobs, supports BIPOC entrepreneurs and workers, fosters creativity, and nurtures a thriving ecosystem of goods made and consumed locally. Learn more at


18 May, 2024