Half a century after the Brooklyn Navy Yard was deactivated, a seaside manufacturing center prepared for another war – making much-needed protective equipment for New York frontline medical workers as they against the coronavirus pandemic.
“This place is heroic. “In World War II it was one of the most important places in the United States fighting the war effort,” de Blasio said on Monday at a press conference in the Navy Yard.
The mayor spoke after touring the production lines arranged by a couple of fashion designers and body armor companies that are not used to making surgical gowns.
“This is a time-war factory,” de Blasio said of collaboration between the women’s clothing brand Lafayette 148 and defense supplier, Crye Precision.
The duo – a renter in Navy Yard – joined forces only nine days ago and will produce 300,000 dresses by the end of the month.
The complex they call home is the country’s main shipbuilding facility for 165 years, launching legendary warships such as the USS Monitor and many feared Navy warships World War II.
It now belongs to the city and home for entrepreneurs, who have shifted to help fight the corona virus. In addition to other Navy tenant dresses make a face shield.
“History has emerged in a very powerful way,” de Blasio said.
“It’s not entirely fashion, but it’s definitely needed and that’s what we want to do,” said Lafayette 148 CEO, Deirdre Quinn, at a press conference with Hizzoner.
Worker Crye, masked and wearing a blue T-shirt that reads “Keep Back 6 Feet,” bends over a sewing machine to give a finishing touch to a black cloth dress on Monday.
Some Crye employees in Asia America have recently been victims of racial crime, targeted on the subway by attackers who believe they spread deadly insects because of their ethnicity, company co-founder Greg Thompson told The Post.
City medical workers blew 1.8 million dresses last week and are expected to use 2.5 million over the next seven days, according to the mayor.
De Blasio thanked President Trump and senior White House adviser Jared Kushner for sending a local private hospital to 600,000 N95 masks on Monday.
Hizzoner said that city still in dire need more doctors and nurses to treat COVID-19 patients.
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