BROOKLYN — A new gallery and cafe showcasing the work of manufacturers from the Brooklyn Navy Yard kicked off with an exhibit of products from local woodworkers.
The inaugural exhibit opened at the new gallery, called Yard Work, Thursday inside Building 92, the Navy Yard’s visitor and employment center.
The show, “Wood Works,” features pieces from 18 woodworking businesses that range from high-tech to artisanal.
Visitors to the gallery can see original work like a table made with reclaimed materials from Refoundry, a program that works with former inmates to help them launch their own businesses. The featured table was made by Refoundry participant Gene Manigo, who founded Kambui Custom Craft after a year in the program.
The Brooklyn Roasting Company cafe at the Navy Yard's new Yard Work gallery. (Credit: Brooklyn Navy Yard)
Other work includes a water cooler made with reclaimed wood from a water tower by Bien Hecho, a side table with a pattern inspired by New York City Ballet co-founder George Balanchine’s choreography by designer Asher Israelow, and a magnetic levitating tissue holder by Rock Paper Robot.
The new space will feature a cafe from Brooklyn Roasting Company that will serve coffee and food during the day and wine and beer at night, making it the first of the cafe's eight outposts to serve alcohol.
The cafe will serve coffee, food and alcohol. (Credit: Brooklyn Navy Yard)
The cafe’s design plays on the Navy Yard’s past with nautical embellishments and a coffee bar built from tin-clad doors salvaged during demolition of the yard's Building 28.
“The new gallery and cafe at BLDG 92 will be a public place for tenants and visitors alike to come together as a community,” said Navy Yard President David Ehrenberg in a statement.
Yard Work will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.