New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced that the city will transform large, under-used buildings in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, into a hub for fashion and film—and FIT will be a part of it.
The city is committing $136 million to create a Made in New York–branded campus at Sunset Park’s Bush Terminal, featuring modern and affordable space for garment manufacturing, film and TV production, and related services. FIT will deliver the initiative’s educational component by offering courses at the hub.
FIT’s program will launch this summer with two non-credit courses that will count toward a Creative Maker Certificate of Achievement in Ethical Design and Local Manufacturing Fundamentals. This certificate program is being offered through FIT’s Center for Continuing and Professional Studies.
The Made in New York garment manufacturing hub will provide 25-35 white-box spaces (ranging from 2,000 to 20,000 square feet,) to companies working in pattern-making, marking and grading, cutting and sewing, and sample making. The courses will be held at the nearby Brooklyn Army Terminal until Bush Terminal is complete in 2020.
My Honor’s Project premiered a few weeks ago. It wasn’t a red carpet premiere, but nothing compares to the feeling of showcasing a project you’ve been working hard on and people actually enjoying. Since the beginning of the semester, my group and I have been meeting every single Wednesday evening from 6:30-8:00. As a commuter student who doesn’t have class on Wednesday’s, making the trudge from Harlem during snowstorms was quite a challange, but our premiere made it all worth it.
Our project “Can’t Drag Me Down,” was about drag queen culture and we showcased the lives of two NYC Drag Queens, BibleGirl666 & Robyn Banks. We got to spend time with them and learn about the rewards and difficulties about being a drag queen, all while watching them transform from regular guys to astounding drag queens!
Most importantly, I met new and spent time with people I probably wouldn’t have known otherwise, which is always a nice plus. I made friends with our advisor, Christie Shin, my group members and even one of the drag queens. She was so happy with the finished project, and she even invited to her upcoming party. It’s always interesting to see how one opportunity leads to other opportunities and relationships. Anyways, check it out if you’re interested!