DiNapoli’s office cites first industrial-job increase in decades

Report: Borough experiencing factory boom

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Brooklyn is building momentum.

The borough added 485 manufacturing jobs between 2011 and 2012, bringing the total to 19,910 and marking the first uptick in factory work in decades, according to a wide-ranging study of the Kings County economy released by state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli’s office this week. The pol said that the slight increase coincides with the massive growth of Brooklyn’s profile in recent years.

“Any business that can say ‘Made in Brooklyn’ knows that label carries enormous cachet and value, not just in New York but around the world,” DiNapoli said.

Food manufacturing positions account for more than a quarter of all the industrial Brooklyn gigs, the report said. Borough industry is concentrated in Sunset Park, where three-dimensional printing company MakerBot set up shop in 2013 and where the Brooklyn Army Terminal complex is poised to get $100 million in city money to add commercial space, according to the study.

DiNapoli marked the release of the findings with tours of the Brooklyn Brewery operation in Williamsburg, where half of the borough-branded beverage is made, according to New York Business Journal, and nearby winemaker Brooklyn Winery.

Reach reporter Danielle Furfaro at or by calling (718) 260-2511. Follow her at
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018: Quote added from Thomas DiNapoli.
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Reasonable discourse

The Chooch from The Bohemian Magic Show says:
Abbra ka friggin' Zaaam baby.
May 29, 2014, 4:23 pm
stop the conversions from Brooklyn says:
Industry is booming in Brooklyn!

No more conversations to residential nor tolerance of "artist live/work" (used by developers to claim false hardships and change of environment).

We needs places to produce, to become self-reliant and provide blue collar jobs for our blue collar population.

STOP overpopulation with yupsters taking our industrial space and jobs away.
May 30, 2014, 9:39 am
hb from newburgh says:
for the rent they pay, they can OWN a building one hour north of NYC, with plenty of local workers...
May 30, 2014, 11:20 am
jjB from Gowanus Brooklyn says:
Business is booming in Gowanus but Councilman Brad Lander wants to displace businesses by adding residential zoning to the industrial district.

And he is calling it "community planing" as the community keeps saying don't do anything that will displace and halt manufacturing.

Cities need more than housing space to function; and Gowanus is best for serving those other functions.
May 30, 2014, 1:02 pm
Thankyou DiNapoli’s from Brooklyn says:
Many of the Gowanus businesses need to be within arm's reach of the local markets that they serve. Displacing them with residential zoning will have major economic ripple effects on other significant commercial activities within the City of NY.

It time that businesses are given the security to grow and prosper by removing the threats of residential rezonings in commercial/industrial districts.

For a city that wants more affordable housing, it is time that they support businesses that pay wages that allow people to afford their housing. Supporting local economic industrial activities is a proven route to achieving affordable housing; large developer give away have never accomplished this.
May 30, 2014, 1:11 pm
The Chooch from The Bohemian Magic Show says:
Have any of you commentators read the article? Brooklyn has had its first UPTICK in industrial employment in decades. This comes as a result of hipster entrepreneurism and as a result of an artist live-work environment. You wouldn't have a rebirth of manufacturing in Brooklyn without the hipster-artist culture that gave cache to the "made in Brooklyn" brand.

Thirty years ago manufacturing in Brooklyn was a fraction of what it had been in the middle of the century. It took 30 years of "artist live-work" settlement finally to turn that around and attract a new phase of industry to the borough.

Shazaam baby. You're welcome. Any time. I bought houses in Brooklyn for 60 grand back in the day. I'm wondering what I could get for that money in Flynt Michigan or Detroit. Abbrakazoooom. The Bohemian Magic Show goes on tour!
May 30, 2014, 1:52 pm

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