A global model for sustainable urban industrial growth?: Brooklyn Navy Yard Industrial Park

From Obama to Noda, national leaders are trying to come up with new ways to cope with the realities of global competition, job creation and an aging industrial infrastructure.

The Brooklyn Naval Yard Industrial Corporation (BNYIP) can serve as a model of entrepreneurship, job creation and sustainability.

Under the stewardship of the Brooklyn Naval Yard Development Corporation (BNYDC), an historic miltitary-industrial complex is getting a new life in creating jobs and economic growth right in Brooklyn, just accross from Manhattan. 


The historic waterfront, originally cultivated by American Indians, has played an important role in since before the American Revolution. Commodore Matthew C. Perry oversaw the first Naval Lyceum here and many of America’s great naval ships were built here including the US Arizona (1915) which would later be attacked in Pearl Harbor by Japanese bombers in 1945. At its peak the yard employed 70,000 workers. After its offiical closing as a naval yard in 1966, the site was bought by the City of New York and turned in to an industrial park.

According to the web site, since the fall of 2006, Mayor Bloomberg and BNYDC announced an eight-building expansion including over 1.7 million square feet of new industrial space, 2,000 new jobs and $250 million private investment – the largest since post-WWII. 

Some examples of tenants include Capsys Corp. which manufactuers modular housing and focuses on sustainability and other green building and production methods.

The more famous tenant is Steinier Studios

Entreprenership: Exampel of tenants

Studios – Hollywood of the East

 Sustainability Housing & Building Co


Local effort with little national funding (DOD)


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