NYC to Revive Garment District

NYC to Revive Garment District

The city honors the iconic district by aiming efforts towards substantial restoration.

The city honors the iconic district by aiming efforts towards substantial restoration.

Text: Tess Garcia

Earlier this week, the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) announced a plan that would help revive the city’s iconic Garment District. The District has lost 95 percent of its workforce since 1950, a disparity that public officials hope to override with the introduction of their new plan. The initiative includes an IDC tax incentive meant to support ongoing clothing manufacturing in the Garment District in hopes of permitting affordable long-term leases for businesses within the industry. The plan will also stifle nearby hotel development and intends to form a public-private partnership housed in a major manufacturing building within the District.

The plan’s announcement comes nearly one year after the CFDA promised to invest $15 million in the New York garment industry. Since the investment, progress has crept forward, albeit slowly, through government-sanctioned programs like Made in NY: Fashion and the Fashion Future Graduate Showcase.

It’s hard to say whether the NYCEDC’s plan will bring major advancement to fruition, but the organization’s apparent allegiance to the Garment District is enough to provide hope that positive change will come.

"Saving and keeping the Garment District in Manhattan means saving valuable employment opportunities and preserving an industrial ecosystem unique to Midtown Manhattan," said New York State Senator Marisol Alcántara in a release. "Moving production would have meant moving jobs and disconnecting production from fashion education, warehousing and display."

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