Making Space: A Discussion on the Future of Manufacturing in NYC

A panel featuring Brian Coleman, Adam Friedman, Tod Greenfield, Nina Rappaport, and Barika Williams, moderated by Miquela Craytor 

Open House New York and New York City Economic Development Corporation’s Making it Here series set out to explore how manufacturing occupies space in the city today by asking: when demand for space is so high, where does manufacturing fit in? And in the age of globalization, when you can make something anywhere, why make it here?

Through OHNY’s visits to more than forty industrial campuses, factories, and makerspaces, one thing was clear: there will always be manufacturers who love New York and want to be part of creating the city’s vitality, despite the challenges they face in finding the space to do so. Making it Here concludes with a panel discussion that will look at how urban design and planning can be used to better integrate industry across the city.

On January 15th, 2015, Making Space: a Discussion on the Future of Manufacturing in NYC will look at the role that manufacturing plays in the city’s economy today, the challenges to creating and maintaining good industrial space here, and how urban design and planning can be used to achieve the goal of better integrating industry across the city.


Brian Coleman Director, Greenpoint Manufacturing & Design Center

Miquela Craytor Director of Industrial & Income Mobility, NYCEDC (Moderator)

Adam Friedman Director, Pratt Center for Community Development

Tod Greenfield Vice President, Martin Greenfield Clothiers, and Board President, EWVIDCO

Nina Rappaport Curator and Project Director, Vertical Urban Factory

Barika Williams Policy Director,  Association for Housing and Neighborhood Development

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