Umbrella House Raaka Chocolate

The Final Mile: Food Systems of New York is a year-long series of public programs organized by Open House New York to explore the architecture of New York City’s uniquely multi-layered food system. In the midst of a resurgent interest in food that expresses itself in the proliferation of food halls and farmer’s markets, CSAs, and celebrity chefs, The Final Mile considers how the spaces of the production, distribution, and consumption of food shape the city at all scales and what choices we can make to design a better food system for the future.

During OHNY Weekend, Open House New York invites you to visit sites of food production and processing across all five boroughs. From rooftop farms to innovative incubators to factories that make everything from chocolate to baked goods, visitors will have the chance to learn about how New York City’s Food system works; the kinds of spaces it occupies; and what forces are at work in feeding our city.

 

Q-Tom Cat Bakery_credit Vicki Wasick

Food Factory Friday

 

On Friday, October 16, the day before OHNY Weekend officially begins, food and beverage manufacturers across the city will open their doors for public tours for Food Factory Friday. Discover one of New York City’s fastest-growing industries and learn about the people responsible for the unique products that define the city’s vibrant food culture.

Participating factories include:

Brooklyn Roasting Company
Dumbo, Brooklyn

Breuckelen Distilling
Gowanus, Brooklyn

Industry City (Multiple Factories)
Sunset Park, Brooklyn

Liddabit Sweets
Sunset Park, Brooklyn

Li-Lac Chocolates
Sunset Park, Brooklyn

Raaka Chocolate
Red Hook, Brooklyn

Tom Cat Bakery
Long Island City, Queens

Uncle Louie G’s
Tottenville, Staten Island

Tour times for participating factories vary, and Advance Reservations are required.

Food Factory Friday is organized by the urban manufacturing experts at the Pratt Center for Community Development. All of the participating factories are members of the Made in NYC network, a Pratt Center initiative that seeks to promote and strengthen the 6,500+ manufacturing businesses making products and creating jobs across New York City’s five boroughs.

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BX-Bronx CookSpace at Urban Horizons_credit Samir Abady Farm on Kent

Production Spaces

 

A selection of urban farms and food business incubators will also open to the public during OHNY Weekend, a rare opportunity to talk to local food producers and farmers to learn about what they do and how their unique spatial needs are met in innovative ways in the city’s dense urban fabric.

Participating production spaces include:

Bronx CookSpace at Urban Horizons
Morrisania, Bronx

Brooklyn Grange
Long Island City, Queens

Entrepreneur Space
Long Island City, Queens

Farm on Kent
Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Hana Kitchens
Sunset Park, Brooklyn

Umbrella House Rooftop Garden
Lower East Side, Manhattan

All production spaces are Open Access. More information including dates and times will be released on October 6 at www.ohny.org.

The Final Mile: Food Systems of New York is made possible with generous support from the Reba Judith Sandler Foundation.

Images (from top): Umbrella House at Rooftop Farms/Antigona Gonzalez; Raaka Chocolate/Raaka Chocolate; Tom Cat Bakery/Vicki Wasick; Uncle Louie G’s/courtesy of the site; Brooklyn Grange/Anastasia Cole Plakias; Farm on Kent/Andrew Kluger.