Bowne & Co.: Letterpress Printing in 19th-Century New York | Free Virtual Program | Thursday, July 9, 12:30pm

Bowne & Co., Stationers opened their doors at the South Street Seaport Museum in 1975, 200 years after Robert Bowne founded his shop across the street on Queen Lane. Today Bowne & Co., continues the tradition of 19th-century letterpress printing. This virtual program with Art Director Rob Wilson – co-hosted with Stefan Dreisbach Williams from the home of Robert Bowne’s ancestors, the 1661 Bowne House in Flushing, Queens – investigates the changing role that stationery and printing offices played in New York City, and the ways in which Bowne & Co., uses its collection of 34 printing presses, and more than 2400 cases of movable type in contemporary ways today.

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Puppets, Shadows, and Shining Your Light: Conversation and Demo with Jean Marie Keevins | Virtual Program

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Jean Marie Keevins is a NYC-based, Emmy-nominated puppet supervisor, producer, writer, puppet artist, and owner of Little Shadow Productions. She is currently Puppet Supervisor for Apple TV+ and Sesame Workshop’s Helpsters, which was nominated for five Emmy Awards this year. This program will look at Keevins’ recent work on “Helpsters,” as well as her co-authored plays “Zwerge” with Deb Hertzberg (“A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”) and Spencer Lott (“Sesame Street”), and “Elephant in the Room” with Sahr Nguaja (“Fela,” “Moulin Rouge!”). Jean Marie will also teach us how to make a shadow puppet theatre out of a shoebox at home in order to tell your own stories in a “shadowbox diary.” As a vice president for Puppet Heap, Jean Marie coordinated puppet builds for “The Muppets” and “Muppets Most Wanted,” as well as a worldwide Diet Coke campaign with Jean Paul Gautier, and built puppets for “Avenue Q” and Disney on Ice’s “Finding Nemo.” Little Shadow has created puppets for Netflix’s special “Wyatt Cenac’s Brooklyn” and “Lonely Island,” among other projects.

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New York, Factory Town with Andy Battle | Virtual Program

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By the mid-20th century, New York City was among the preeminent manufacturing centers in the United States, with nearly 1 million city residents employed in factories. Today, nearly all of those jobs are gone – so, what happened? Join our discussion with historian Andy Battle, who will explore the deindustrialization of New York City, with a special focus on the city’s best-known industry, clothing manufacture. Andy Battle is an historian, editor, and instructor in the Bard Sequence Program.

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Inside Industry: Jewelry Maker Carrie Bilbo | Virtual Program

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Inspired by travel and her Kentucky roots, Brooklyn Navy Yard-based jewelry maker Carrie Bilbo creates collections combine inspiration from the natural world with carefully-crafted porcelains and precious metals. On this virtual program, Carrie will showcase her work and creative process, discuss building her business, and share some of her newest work, including custom-made pieces and her sister brand Sweet Caroline Wedding Adornment. A graduate of nearby Pratt Institute, Carrie launched her company in 2010, and her work has since appeared in magazines, fashion runways, movies and TV shows, and on celebrities such as Whoopi Goldberg and Isabelle Fuhrman.

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How It’s Made: Scott Jordan Furniture | Virtual Program

Scott Jordan standing in front of a CNC router with wooden parts

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Go inside industry at the Brooklyn Navy Yard with Scott Jordan Furniture, a manufacturer of beautiful solid-wood furniture that has been in business for more than 35 years. Founder Scott Jordan will take us on a virtual tour of his shop and his production process, which blends traditional and advanced manufacturing techniques. He will walk us through the computer-aided design system, show us his CNC (computer numerical control) router that cuts and shapes parts, walk us through his beautiful Navy Yard showroom, and share how the business has grown and evolved over time.

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Manufacturing in Crisis: The State of NYC Manufacturing with Adam Friedman | Virtual Program

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The COVID-19 crisis has thrust manufacturing into the national spotlight, as the city, state, and nation struggle to procure necessary medical equipment, and companies big and small pivot to produce these critical supplies. How did we get here? What do we still make in NYC? How will manufacturing businesses survive this crisis? We will tackle these and other questions with Adam Friedman, director of the Pratt Center for Community Development. Adam is a renowned expert on urban manufacturing, a board member of the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation, and the founder of Made in NYC, a support network for local manufacturers created in the wake of another crisis facing New York City, the September 11 attacks.

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Inside Industry at the Brooklyn Navy Yard: Women Welders, Past and Present, Mar 8

Celebrate International Women’s Day by exploring the past and present of women’s labor at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Learn about the history from the early nineteenth century, when women sewed flags and uniforms, to World War II, when women had the opportunity for the first time to work in the shipbuilding professions, as welders, shipfitters, and machinists. As we explore the Yard, we will visit the studios of two female metal artists who have worked in the Yard for a combined 60+ years, and see how Susan Woods and Michelle Greene welding in the Yard today, carrying on the traditions of the “Rosies” that came before them.

Inside Industry: Women Welders, Past and Present at the Brooklyn Navy Yard

icon-calendar  SUN, Mar 8, 2020
icon-clock-o 2 hours
icon-ticket $35 per person
icon-male Walking tour
  BLDG 92, Fort Greene, Brooklyn

Inside Industry at the Brooklyn Navy Yard: Love Stories and Letterpress, Feb 9

Typeface collection at Woodside Press at the Brooklyn Navy Yard

Get ready for Valentine’s Day on this special Sunday Inside Industry program at the Brooklyn Navy YardWe will first delve into the archives of the Yard to share stores of sailors, seamstresses, shipworkers, and entrepreneurs that have fallen in love at the Yard as we visit some of the most iconic sites of the shipyard. We will then head over to Woodside Press, a traditional letterpress printing studio, where participants will get a tour of their equipment and process, and then get to use these methods to print their very own valentine to take home.

Inside Industry: Love Stories and Letterpress at the Brooklyn Navy Yard

icon-calendar  SUN, Feb 9, 2020
icon-clock-o 2 hours
icon-ticket $35 per person
icon-male Walking tour
  BLDG 92, Fort Greene, Brooklyn

Inside Industry at the Brooklyn Navy Yard: Digital Fabrication, Jan 31

Sitting at his desk using a mouse and looking at a screen with a chair on it, Scott Jordan builds a chair, virtually.

Many of the businesses in the Brooklyn Navy Yard bring together traditional handcrafts and advanced manufacturing techniques to create unique, high-quality products. On this tour, we will go “inside industry” with designers and fabricators that use both digital tools and traditional handcrafts to make everything from furniture to tech hardware, and we will learn how companies are integrating 3D printing, digital imaging, CNC machining, and other techniques and tools in order to survive in competitive (and expensive) New York City.

Inside Industry: Digital Fabrication at the Brooklyn Navy Yard

icon-calendar  FRI, Jan 31, 2020
icon-clock-o 2 hours
icon-ticket $35 per person
icon-male Walking tour
  BLDG 92, Fort Greene, Brooklyn

National Manufacturing Day Tours, Oct. 4

Ferra Designs metal design and fabrication workshop at the Brooklyn Navy Yard

Celebrate National Manufacturing Day on Friday, Oct. 4 on a guided tour at the Brooklyn Navy Yard focused on interior design and fabrication The tour will begin with an introduction to the Yard’s story, with an emphasis on the diverse array of products, goods, and objects designed and manufactured on-site over the last two centuries. Next, visitors will walk the 30,000-square-foot factory floor of Ferra Designs, a company that specializes in custom-built architectural metalwork, and visit the studio of textile maker AVO, and speak directly to some of the craftspeople redefining manufacturing and making at the Yard today. This tour is great for anyone interested in art, design, craft, and manufacturing as well as those interested in history and the continued social and economic impact of the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

Metalworking and woodworking is one of the largest manufacturing sectors in New York City, but it is eclipsed by food production, processing, and packaging, which employs more than 17,000 New Yorkers. On Oct. 4 we will also be hosting a tour of de Royal Dinges Factory, a commercial kitchen and food truck commissary that produces more than 7,000 waffles daily for Wafels & Dinges, one of the most successful street food businesses in the city (and finalist at this year’s Vendy Awards). Visitors will learn how commissaries work to support the thousands of food carts and trucks around the city, walk through the production line, and even get to put their hands in some dough to make their own authentic Liège wafel.

National Manufacturing Day Tours

icon-gears  Brooklyn Navy Yard: Inside Industry // FRI, Oct 4, 9:30am 
icon-truck  Wafels & Dinges Factory Tour // FRI, Oct 4, 10am