NEW YORK — “The city seems to be doing everything it can to drive the garment industry out of New York City.”

Those strong words of UNITE secretary treasurer Edgar Romney reflected the sentiment expressed by more than a half-dozen Manhattan manufacturers who testified at a Thursday hearing on the proposed Hudson Yards development project. As reported, the city is considering lifting the zoning rules in the special preservation area requiring that about half the space in side-street buildings in the Garment District be set aside for manufacturing.

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