These signs have been appearing up and down 3rd Avenue indicating an “Industrial Zone”.

This is from the Mayor’s office of Industrial and Manufacturing Business section or imb.

The, which is listed on the sign, says imb is…
“…dedicated to addressing the needs of New York’s industrial and manufacturing businesses.”
Looks like the city is putting a lot of investment into the booming industry within the Gowanus area by dedicating this part of Brooklyn to Southwest Brooklyn Industrial Development Corporation. That seems like good news for the many businesses that have been around for years in the area and for the new textile groups that have recently moved in. The imb site says that these areas of the cities will be used to…

“…foster high-performing business districts by creating competitive advantages over locating in areas outside of New York City.”

Within Gowanus the designated Industrial area only covers below 3rd Street and West of 3rd Avenue. The area above 3rd Street are covered by an Ombudsman.
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