The 400 companies currently occupying the Brooklyn Navy Yard are employing more than 7,000 New Yorkers; with the opening of Building 77, that number is expected to more than double within the next three years
The Brooklyn Navy Yard’s Building 77, a one-million-square-foot, state-of-the-art manufacturing building and the largest on the 300-acre industrial campus, has officially opened its doors. The 16-story building is expected to become home to more than 3,000 jobs.
During the grand opening ceremony on November 9, Mayor Bill de Blasio lauded the $185 million renovation as a milestone for the growth of manufacturing in Brooklyn – and in New York City. Other elected officials, including U.S. Representative Hakeem Jeffries, Assembly Member Walter Mosley and Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams, concurred.
“The rise of Building 77 represents the type of sustainable and community-centered development that we need in Brooklyn,” said U.S. Representative Jeffries. “It will bring real jobs and economic opportunity to the hardworking people of the adjoining communities and throughout the borough.”
Over the last decade, the Brooklyn Navy Yard has become one of the country’s leading urban manufacturing centers. The 400 companies currently occupying the space of the industrial hub are employing more than 7,000 New Yorkers. In the next three years, that number is expected to more than double to 17,000 jobs.
“The work Brooklyn Navy Yard is doing will not only revitalize an important community space, but provide jobs and programming for the downtown community,” said Assemblymember Mosley. “I know that this building is the next step in a journey that will continue to benefit Brooklynites.”
Building 77, the largest in the Navy Yard, includes a 60,000-square-foot ground-floor Food Manufacturing Hub that will serve as a public gateway to the Yard, as well as the central gathering point for Navy Yard businesses, employees and guests.
And the new commercial space at the Yard is in high demand: As the result of an aggressive marketing program, 29 tenants, who will occupy approximately 62 percent of Building 77’s available space, have signed leases already; deals with tenants for an additional 20 percent of the building are nearly finalized.
Among the future tenants is Russ & Daughters. The historic food institution will be occupying 15,000 square feet of the ground floor, which will house the company’s food making operation as well as a bagel and lox takeout counter. The space will enable Russ & Daughters to dramatically expand its food production and distribution capabilities. Other food production companies are expected to lease spaces throughout the floor, providing a diverse and complementary array of food and beverage offerings.
“Our borough’s proud manufacturing history is seeing a new chapter written at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, attracting makers and innovators creating high-quality local jobs and local products of which we can be proud,” said Borough President Adams. “The opening of Building 77 signals loud and clear that Brooklyn is open for business.”