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 the most important stakeholders: the owners of garment industry businesses and the people who work in them.

We need your help to protect this vital industry, an essential part of the economic and cultural identity of New York City.

What You Can Do to Help:

Share Your Thoughts

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If you work in the Garment District, we want your voice to be heard! Please take MAS’s survey, and pass it along to any garment district business owners and workers you may know.

Learn More

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Read about EDC’s current proposal to rezone the Garment District

  • De Blasio Plan for Garment District Spurs Fierce Debate (City Limits, April 18, 2017)
  • City unveils Garment District rezoning plan (Crain’s New York, March 23, 2017)
  • Critics Rip Garment District Alteration Plan (Chelsea Now, March 29, 2017)

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

Get A Closer Look

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