Take a Peek into New Lab, New State of the Art Technological Hub in Brooklyn Navy Yard

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New Lab, a collaborative workspace for emerging technology in robotics, artificial intelligence, and design, has just opened in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, once the epicenter of American shipbuilding. Now the refurbished warehouse is a harbor for innovation once again
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Left, a milling machine in the prototype shop; Right, New Lab, a center for engineers, designers, and entrepreneurs under one roof.

Building 128 in the Brooklyn Navy Yard was once the center of military innovation, building ship parts since the World War I. This month, the building reopens as New Lab, a hub of modern science filled with software engineers, designers and entrepreneurs delving into robotics, artificial intelligence, and nanotechnology.

[The result is] a place where 50 companies could rent designated office space under the 70-foot ceilings, snack on grain bowls with other New Lab-ers in tree-dotted, iron-framed, rainbow-colored communal work lounges, and share a full metal-and-wood shop, a 3-D printing lab, and digital manufacturing tools. The combination makes it a Field of Dreams for any designer without the high-tech resources to actually make prototypes meets a Soho House for the more bookishly inclined—a Brooklyn real-estate dream meets a pastiche of Silicon Valley.

Check out this gallery of photos for a cool look into the restoration of Building 128 from abandoned factory to futuristic lab.

Joshua Mu

Joshua Mu

Contributing Writer

When he is not attempting to hustle the hustlers of Central Park, Joshua enjoys exploring the depths of what New York has to offer. He one day hopes to pilot a drone without immediately crashing it.

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