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The nerve center of the DeVore Fidelity office is among the most comfortable—and comforting—rooms I’ve ever been in. In the center of the high-end audio company’s Brooklyn Navy Yard workspace sits a black leather couch, square up to two of their best-selling O/96 speakers—short, solid units with handsome hardwood exteriors in lace walnut, linked to a turntable spinning, on the day I visit, a lovely Beth Gibbons record from the early 00s. To sit...
From 1801 to 1966, the Brooklyn Navy Yard was a hub for shipbuilding; now, it’s a hub for robot-building, 3D-printer-building, floating furniture-building, and the type of high-tech pursuits of which 19th century shipbuilders could never have dreamed. The nexus of cutting-edge innovation in the Navy Yard is New Lab, a warehouse-turned-design and prototyping center that’s home to some of the borough’s most original companies. It includes a design firm making watches out of cow...
Thanks to a bill passed and recently amended by Governor Cuomo, which grants distillers using 75% NY-grown ingredients the right to serve cocktails, in addition to offering tastings and selling bottles on premises, Brooklyn’s premier hooch purveyor is now taking full advantage of its expansive al fresco space. And so while the fate of New York’s rent control regulations may be up in the air, but at least residents can drink their worries away at...
You may have caught wind that the supermarket Wegmans is opening up a new store in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. And New Yorkers are rejoicing! The announcement has been met with elation equal to what we’d expect to see with the discovery of life on Mars or another massive feat of human achievement. Ok, that's maybe an exaggeration, because the response hasn’t been quite that insane. But news that the 99-year-old Rochester-based, family-owned supermarket will...

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