Brooklyn, NY (2012)

Brooklyn Navy Yard, Building 128

Three CDEs turned a deserted, rotted-out structure and turned it into a hub for job creation.


  • NMTC Amount: $25,000,000
  • Total Project Cost: $82,806,981


  • 350 FTE jobs
  • 379 construction jobs
  • 215,000 sq. ft. of real estate


Project Description

In 2011, the Brooklyn Navy Yard’s Building 128 was a deserted, rotted-out, but beautiful iron skeleton of American’s manufacturing past. 

Just a year later, Empire State New Market Corporation, Empowerment Reinvestment Fund (TruFund), and GS New Markets invested $25 million in NMTCs toward a $82.8 million project to renovate Building 128, a 215,000 sq. ft. facility for use as manufacturing space for a textile manufacturer space for multiple small businesses at below-market rents. This allocation helped promote local industrial economic development and employment in a FEMA designated disaster area where the poverty rate is greater than 25%.

Building 128 has become the home for New Lab, a hub for innovation and design firms in the realm of robotics, engineering, and nanotechnology. Over 350 employees for the companies who reside in the building, enjoy a full metal-and-wood shop, a 3-D printing lab, and digital manufacturing tools.

Businesses located at Building 128 including Cyre Precision, a designer and manufacturer of uniforms and body armor for U.S. military personnel, MacroSea, an architectural design firm, and Mast Brothers Chocolate which also received a small business loan from TruFund five years prior to its expansion at the yard and other support from Empire State.


Address: 63 Flusing Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11205

Census Tract: 36047054300

Related Projects

Louisville, (2016)

Madison, (2019)