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Green businesses find a home at the Brooklyn Navy Yard

"We used to launch ships; now, we launch companies." This is the slogan of the Brooklyn Navy Yards Industrial Park, one of the epicenters of eco-manufacturing's New York City renaissance.

Opening in late 2014, the former maritime outpost will now exist as a cooperative space for hundreds of companies that are changing the game of business for the modern world. At least that was the word from the nearby Pratt Institute: in a two-year academic study, the school forecasted that the Navy Yard would be an "economic model" for American cities in the years to come. And, given the already-stacked inventory of start-ups, you can see why.

Take, for example, Crye Precision or Final Frontier Design. Featured in the New York Daily News, the two companies are developing body armor and suits that use advanced technology for better performance in the field. Or Duggal, a printing manufacturer that has leased space to create solar-powered street lights. Or 3D Systems, which, in accordance with its name, is using 3D printing to create eco-friendly designs. You get the picture.

This is why former Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz called the Navy Yards "the sort of cutting-edge environment that has turned Brooklyn into Silicon Valley 2.0.” And why the project has collected millions of dollars in funds from tax breaks and investors, including private enterprises, City Hall's capital investment and the Empire State Development Corporation.

Both inside and outside of the Yard, numerous sustainability initiatives and projects are underway to ensure that the carbon footprint is offset by technology. Up top, the largest rooftop farm in all of New York City is being installed and, down below, the trash compactors and infrastructure is going totally green. You can find the rest of the sustainability efforts here.

"I was frustrated seeing so much time and effort pumped into software. I'm more interested in products and hardware." David Belt, the CEO of a Navy Yards company called Beta Lab, told the Times. "New York City is supposed to be sort of a design hub."

We couldn't agree more.

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