Tech in the Yard
The Brooklyn Navy Yard’s transformation into a tech innovation hub is continuing apace. The latest initiative is the development of the location’s Building 77, a 16-storey former warehouse which is in line for a $185 million dollar build-out to deliver a 60,000-square-foot ground floor and two penthouse floors. The Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation plans to throw the building open to the public to give New Yorkers an insight into what is happening at the Yard.
The 300-acre site on the waterfront is already home to 330 companies and has created some 7,000 jobs. NewLab, for example, has built an 84,000-square-foot hub in what was a machine shop and is now home for 80 start-ups and 400 people with a focus on hardware-centric design and engineering. The space features ground- and mezzanine-level fabrication shops to support manufacturing design and prototyping. The shops boasts 3D printers, CNC equipment, printers and cutters, welders and wood machining kit, among other devices.
Among current NewLab residents are the likes of StrongArm Technologies (industrial ergonomics), Honeybee Robotics, Waverly Labs (wearable tech), Nanotronics (optical and atomic microscopy) and 10x Beta (engineering and product management).
And Dutch technology hub B. Amsterdam is busy rolling out its space at the Yard serving European start-ups looking to expand in the US, as well as New York entrepreneurs aiming to grow internationally. The company says the 140,000-square-foot B. New York incubator will provide a soft landing for international start-ups and scale-ups wanting to enter the US market