Protect the Garment District

Workers in New York City's Garment District move rolls of fabric along sidewalk

What’s at Stake:

Like many of you, The Municipal Art Society of New York (MAS) has been monitoring a new proposal by the New York City Economic Development Corporation and Department of City Planning that would remove the zoning requirement designed to preserve manufacturing space in the Garment Center and redevelop Bush Terminal in Sunset Park, Brooklyn as a new hub for the garment industry. MAS is concerned that this zoning proposal is moving forward without adequate input from some of the most important stakeholders: customers, clients, manufacturers, and students from throughout the City.

Ways You Can Learn More:

Our Survey Results

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Between April and July 2017, The Municipal Art Society of New York (MAS), in collaboration with the Design Trust for Public Space and the Pratt Center for Community Development, conducted a series of surveys about the City’s proposal to remove zoning protections from the Garment District in Manhattan. Survey results found potentially disastrous outcomes for the industry should the City’s proposal go forward. Learn more about the survey results.

Press Coverage

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Read press coverage of the rezoning proposal.

Read about the successful campaign to save the Garment District from a previous rezoning threat

A Closer Look In Photos

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Take a peek inside shops where generations of entrepreneurs and craftspeople have worked to make the Garment District a success.