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From Building Ships to Building Companies: New Lab Open for Business

June 23, 2016
Front view artist's rendering of New Lab. Building 128 of the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Courtesy of Macro Sea

Front view artist’s rendering of New Lab. Building 128 of the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Courtesy of Macro Sea

Tuesday was the opening day of New Lab, branded as the future of tech and manufacturing creativity and innovation in Downtown Brooklyn.

A former space for ship building, the 84,000-square-foot building had been abandoned until David Belt, the Lab’s founder, discovered it in 2011.

“It was still a ruin, but one of the most inspiring buildings I had ever been in,” Belt said.

Located at 63 Flushing Avenue in Brooklyn’s Navy Yard, New Lab hopes to host as many as 50 companies with 350 workers, according to president of the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation, David Ehrenberg.

Not only will New Lab house offices and shared work spaces, it will have available high-end product design and manufacturing tools that entrepreneurs can use to create prototypes of their products. Ehrenberg explained that the goal of New Lab is to help companies to expand out of this space, which is acting as a kind of incubator, and leave the Lab and “take more space in the Navy Yard and create more jobs.”

Belt said that during the decades the building was used to assemble ships it was a state-of-the-art manufacturing space. Once again it is hosting “sate of the art manufacturing.”

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