Harboring ingenuity in the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

Our Mission

New Lab is a community of hardware-centric designers, engineers, and entrepreneurs leveraging advanced technologies to create meaningful new products. We offer a place and platform for inciting new paradigms in manufacturing and seek to nurture companies who are pushing boundaries and developing the next evolution of responsible enterprises. We are home to a group of innovators in robotics, nanotechnology, material science, biology, industrial design, and physical computing working together to rethink, redesign, and unleash products that enrich our lives.

New Lab is powered by its members. Growth-stage companies are coming to New Lab because they want to be near people who are not thinking like them. In a world that has been preoccupied with the digital and intangible, New Lab’s programming, tools, and network of advisors create a place where the imagined becomes real.

New Lab Disciplines

You can never predict the outcome, but you can manipulate the collision. Bringing together experts in a wide variety of industries, New Lab is a community and platform that supports collaboration across disciplines.

  • Robotics

  • Nano Technology

  • Built Environment

  • Additive Tech

  • Connected Devices

  • Energy

  • Industrial Design

  • Life Sciences

  • Transportation

Our History

In 2011, the President of the Brooklyn Navy Yard invited David Belt to visit Building 128, a deserted, rotted-out, but beautiful iron skeleton of American manufacturing. David, a real estate developer and founding partner of Macro Sea, had a zeal for bringing historic properties back into cultural relevance. He invited friend and sometime collaborator Scott Cohen to walk with him through the primary machine shop for every major ship launched a during World Wars One and Two. David and Scott’s discussion turned to what constituted “state-of-the-art” both then and today.

The Navy Yard was where the USS Arizona was built, Squibb invented anesthesia, and opera singer Eugenia Farrar sang the first song broadcast over wireless radio. These and other innovations inspired the friends to imagine what the building should be in the future.

The historical significance of this site, coupled with a present-day need to provide NYC’s design and manufacturing community access to the tools and space it needed to address the current era of manufacturing challenges, formed the impetus for Cohen and Belt to create New Lab. Belt worked with his team at Macro Sea to design and develop the project alongside his project management firm DBI. Cohen dedicated himself to learning about the technologies and companies that would take up residence in New Lab.

The partners developed a plan that would repurpose the 51,000 sq. ft machine shop into an 84,000 sq. ft. multidisciplinary design, prototyping, and advanced manufacturing hub. Not only would the reclad Building 128 constitute a non-denominational media lab environment, it would place the variegated botany of NYC’s design and manufacturing vanguard under one roof and harness its collaborative potential.

The Beta Space

Beta testing is not just for software, but for hardware and even places. Any reliable platform needs real-time testing. In 2013, the New Lab founders built the Beta Space, a living prototype of New Lab, to begin understanding the possibilities when a diverse group of people leverage shared resources of tools, technology and one another.

Over the last two years, with New Lab’s mothership under construction outside the Beta Space 8th floor windows, early New Lab members have birthed numerous products, businesses and partnerships, and realized in excess of $100M in capitalizations. On any given workday, a walk through the Beta Space might reveal bricks and furniture grown from mushroom roots, pipe-crawling robots, or lights sensing your presence. Well before the full opening of the revamped Building 128 in June of 2016, in a Beta Space that has tripled in size over the past two years, the essence of New Lab is thriving.