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New Lab: Inside Brooklyn’s Sprawling New Tech Hub

April 28, 2017 | by Brandon Carter

Don’t call it co-working

That’s the advice New Lab’s Communications Director Molly Erman gives to anyone visiting Brooklyn’s new anchor in the so-called Tech Triangle. Since opening in June 2016, New Lab could be mistaken for co-working space, albeit on a grand scale. It offers desks and shared space to young companies and small operators. It offers community the way your standard WeWork might.

But the crux of New Lab’s place in the tech vanguard is the rash of growth-stage companies working in the applied sciences that have taken up residence. Companies with names like 10xBeta, Nanotronics (on whose board Peter Thiel sits), Honeybee RoboticsGraph Commons and Light.

Personalizing your morning smoothie, these companies are not. Their work is in AI and bioengineering and 3D printing. They pursue complex global challenges like worker safety and smart cities. They share in common outsized ambitions and the need for workspace that enables design, engineering, construction, agriculture and lab work. You know, the typical startup demands.

This is where they call home for the time being.

New Lab has over 200 rent-paying tenants, many of whom work in the applied sciences and hardware. Photo by Brandon Carter.

New Lab has over 200 rent-paying tenants, many of whom work in the applied sciences and hardware. Photo by Brandon Carter.

Member companies occupy a range of multi-purpose suites and studios, while Nanotronics, the largest tenant, occupies an entire floor and then some. Photo by Brandon Carter

Member companies occupy a range of multi-purpose suites and studios, while Nanotronics, the largest tenant, occupies an entire floor and then some. Photo by Brandon Carter

No shortage of gadgetry on display at New Lab; here, a 3D printer in action. Image by Brandon Carter

No shortage of gadgetry on display at New Lab; here, a 3D printer in action. Image by Brandon Carter

3D-printed shoes. Photo by Danielle Chan.

3D-printed shoes. Photo by Danielle Chan.

Outer space/inner space; a high-powered microscope and model rover. Photo by Danielle Chan.

Outer space/inner space; a high-powered microscope and model rover. Photo by Danielle Chan.

New Lab has 5,000 sqft of event space that will see some action this fall. Photo by Danielle Chan.

New Lab has 5,000 sqft of event space that will see some action this fall. Photo by Danielle Chan.

At least one member is thrilled with New Lab's benefits. Photo by Danielle Chan

At least one member is thrilled with New Lab’s benefits. Photo by Danielle Chan

Members can take lunch and coffee in a number of open lounge areas. Photo by Brandon Carter

Members can take lunch and coffee in a number of open lounge areas. Photo by Brandon Carter

Lunch is served at Chef's Club's 1st floor counter. Photo by Danielle Chan.

Lunch is served at Chef’s Club’s 1st floor counter. Photo by Danielle Chan.

Communications Director Molly Erman is in charge of showcasing everything New Lab—and its members—can do. Photo by Danielle Chan.

Communications Director Molly Erman is in charge of showcasing everything New Lab—and its members—can do. Photo by Danielle Chan.

New Lab's common space quite often coexists with its other featured residents: plants. Photo by Danielle Chan.

New Lab’s common space quite often coexists with its other featured residents: plants. Photo by Danielle Chan.

Not your average conference table. Photo by Danielle Chan.

Not your average conference table. Photo by Danielle Chan.

Biking is one of the more convenient ways to get to New Lab's location in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Photo by Danielle Chan.

Biking is one of the more convenient ways to get to New Lab’s location in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Photo by Danielle Chan.

 

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