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Made in NYC: It's Not Just Artisanal Pickle Makers

Kirschner Brushes in the Bronx borough of New York
Kirschner Brushes in the Bronx borough of New YorkPhotograph by Nicole Tarpey

Brooklyn, that trendy New York borough able to inspire love and annoyance, is popular with artisanal pickle makers, letterpress mavens, and moonshine distillers, for sure. Less well-known: Brooklyn, and its borough neighbors, are also home to thousands of manufacturers in other sectors. That includes intimates brand Hanky Panky, countertop maker IceStone, and plating company Epner Technology, which supplies NASA.

Adam Friedman, director of the Pratt Center for Community Development, is relaunching a site called Made in NYC to showcase manufacturers like these that make things in the five boroughs. The push, aimed at shoppers who want to buy local, isn’t nostalgia for a bygone era: “In New York City, we actually have a tremendous manufacturing sector that’s kind of invisible,” says Friedman. “There’s well over 6,500 local manufacturers in New York City, and they employ more than 75,000 people. The average production wage in New York is well over $50,000.”