De Blasio said he will reveal on Tuesday a multimillion-dollar commitment to a “Made in New York Campus” at Bush Terminal in Sunset Park Brooklyn. The underutilized buildings will reportedly be transformed into a hub for garment manufacturing and film and television production, creating construction and permanent jobs at the site.
“This will be a new center of garment manufacturing a new hub of our great fashion industry,” he said.
De Blasio said this gave him special satisfaction because his grandparents came to the country from Italy and worked in the garment district and succeeded not through “glamour but through grit and determination.”
“There’s another generation now that wants to follow that path,” de Blasio said. “They need our help….Today’s generation needs that chance to get those skills and get them fast.”
The Made in New York Campus is anticipated to open in 2020, city sources said, with the aim of creating affordable and modern industrial facilities for garment manufacturing, film and media production, and related services and industries. De Blasio said 1,500 permanent jobs are expected to be created in the combined fields.
The fashion industry already represents 182,000 jobs, roughly 5 percent of the city’s work force. By investing at Bush, the city will help fashion designers increase their local manufacturing, which has been growing as part of the overall rebirth of U.S. apparel and textile production, and as part of the city Made in New York: Fashion initiative.
The New York City Economic Development Corp. launched a three-week marketing campaign on Wednesday that consists of print, social media, digital and video. The campaign spotlights the city’s growing fashion design and manufacturing sector and promotes a diverse array of Made in New York-certified fashion designers.
To support local designers and fashion production, de Blasio tripled the city’s investment in the fashion industry in 2015 to $15 million from $5 million. He also launched the Made in New York: Fashion initiative to catalyze the growth of emerging designers and brands, galvanize the fashion design and manufacturing community and cultivate a pipeline of industry talent. There are 33 designers now Made in New York certified, with 75 percent of their production manufactured within the five boroughs.
The Made in New York garment manufacturing hub is expected to provide small to medium-sized spaces for a range of manufacturing needs. The hub will also include shared services and related uses to support the success of these garment firms and the larger Sunset Park garment cluster, such as shared logistics and common services like photography and educational support. The hub will support between 25 and 35 garment manufacturing tenants.