We have been enjoying seeing more and more from the IC community making their way back to campus. Phase 4 has seen outdoor seating and distance take out dining take shape in the courtyards, with social distance protocols strictly enforced. We hope you will join us.
Cleaning: Cleaning in the common areas, including innovation alley and public restrooms, has been increased. Cleaning follows CDC guidelines and recommended cleaning products. Hourly cleaning is focused on high touch point items like door handles, interior elevator railings and call buttons, common area fixtures and garbage cans. Shared restrooms have additional cleaning rotations in the morning and afternoon. At the end of each day a final sanitizing misting is completed.
Ground Floor Restrooms: All ground floor restrooms have been retrofitted with foot pulls, touchless faucets, flushometers and soap dispensers. Ground floor restroom ventilation fans will also be upgraded to increase air changes per hour. The increase will provide improved odor mitigation and reductions in both humidity and airborne contaminates. The retrofit of all upper floor communal restrooms with hands-free fixtures is in progress.
Elevators: Touchless call buttons have been installed on the ground floor for all passenger elevators. Interior buttons have been covered with nano silver antibacterial film. Floor decals will be installed as a reminder of social distancing, and indicating maximum occupancy now ranging from two to four persons.
Hand Sanitizer Stations: Have been installed at all entrances and common areas across campus.
While on campus, you can purchase gloves, masks and hand sanitizer from the IC General Store.
Click here for the most up to date list of IC retailers hours of operation for take-out/delivery food + drink offerings and here for the most up to date hours of furniture warehouses and design retailers.
Missing your weekly trip to the Makers Guild, perhaps the serenity of Mizutama or a new bauble from Saskia? With some of our artists back on campus and open by appointment and others available online, it’s a good time to support your local IC makers. See opening details here.
Business operations are subject to the NYS regulations and guidelines which can be found here and per the State, all businesses must complete and maintain a safety plan.
Tenant COVID-19 Response efforts
During quarantine, there are a number of IC tenants who quickly pivoted their business to work on critical COVID-19 response efforts:
- Libby Mattern of Malia Mills has been the point person for IC and South Brooklyn efforts for manufacturing medical gowns. To-date they have produced more than 418,000 gowns alongside IC tenants That’s My Girl, Double Take Fashions, BMGM, Stitched by Grace, and the Fashion Poet.
- iMakr, FABberz, and RBW collaborated to produce and deliver medical eye shields to local hospitals across the five boroughs, which was captured by News12. In addition, FABberz started a campaign called FABheroes which allows individuals and businesses to donate face shields to a hospital or first responder of their choice.
- Members of the IC staff worked closely with Operation Feed Brooklyn, an organization born out of this crisis. With the mission to feed nutritious food to the front line workers of Brooklyn hospitals, while supporting local restaurants struggling due to COVID-19, IC restaurants have risen to the occasion. Japan Village, Hometown, Kotti, Avocaderia, Gumption, Taza Mkt and One Girl Cookies have all contributed. Operation Feed delivered 16k+ Meals, 12.5k Coffees, 1.5k Snacks with 30+ Brooklyn restaurants. Check out this great piece by abc 7, showcasing this effort.
- Swatch hub, is putting the fabulous into face masks, turning out these products in an array of colors. They are for sale, and custom ordering is available where they will embroider company logos or initials on the product. Their new initiative, MyHero, allows the public to nominate a hero to receive a free face mask. And you can buy them in the IC General Store!
- We want to offer a huge thanks to Joe Tsai, owner of the Nets, who has donated 2000 ventilators, 2.6 million masks and 170,000 goggles to New York. Read about it here.
- Standard Wormwood Distillery and Barrows Intense are both producing hand sanitizer, available online, instore and at the IC General Store + Sahadi’s. Additionally, Standard Wormwood created a Vapor Scented Aromatic Spray for cocktails that can double as hand sanitizer with 50% of the proceeds going to out of work local bar staff. Check out their effort via News 12 Brooklyn.
- Mercado Global is a nonprofit accessories brand that empowers rural Latin American women to become entrepreneurs. During the pandemic, Mercado, pivoted their business to creating face masks. To date they have made 65,000 masks, of which 55,000 have been donated, shipped free of charge to the epicenters of the virus throughout the U.S. and Latin America – to hospitals and retirement homes, postal workers, housing authority residents, migrant farmworkers in California, Black Lives Matter in Brooklyn, and indigenous communities in Guatemala. When you purchase a mask handmade by their artisans, you are supporting the production of two masks – one for you and one that they will donate to an essential worker in need.
Webinar – Cares Act
On Friday, April 3, Industry City in conjunction with TD Bank and the NYC Department of Small Business Services, hosted a webinar going over the CARES Act and other resources being offered to small businesses for economic relief as a result of the impact of COVID-19. Click here to access the PowerPoint and recording of the entire webinar conversation.