From the fashionable Fifth Avenue shopping corridor to the west side
With Matt Postal
Trace the development of this lively commercial area and the ways in which the 1916 zoning resolution shaped its character. We’ll view landmark department stores and distinctive set-back loft buildings—fireproof factory and show room structures that mainly produced apparel. In addition, the fading fur district will be discussed, including the SJM Building designed by Cass Gilbert and the mid-20th century modern campus of the Fashion Institute of Technology, where thousands continue to train for work in this important industry each year.
MAS launches a campaign to protect the Garment District, one of Manhattan’s last industrial hubs, from a Bloomberg administration proposal to rezone the neighborhood. This advocacy led to the release of a report highlighting the continued importance of the district and presenting case studies, new data, historical records, and policy recommendations to create a vision forward for the neighborhood.