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Brooklyn’s New Lab Tech Hub

New Lab’s main corridor in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. The 84,000-square-foot collaborative currently has 600 people working in the space. (Rich Gilligan)

New Lab’s main corridor in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. The 84,000-square-foot collaborative currently has 600 people working in the space. (Rich Gilligan)

Located in New York is a former shipbuilding space at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, named New Lab, which is an 84,000-square-foot collaborative tech hub dedicated to entrepreneurs working on scalable technologies and products. New Lab supports companies in nine disciplines: robotics, AI, urban tech, the built environment, energy, connected devices, additive tech, life sciences, and nanotechnology. Members benefit from access to a dizzying array of fabrication labs, including 3-D printing, woodworking, casting, CNC milling, and electronics, along with access to free software, including Autodesk and SolidWorks.

The flagship tech hub opened in 2016 and was founded to provide a supportive center for those companies working at the forefront of technology and human experience and to ensure that they have a reason to stay in the city. David Belt, New Lab’s co-founder and CEO, is careful to stress that the lab is not an incubator—that is, it is not dedicated to helping companies at the beginning of their research or product-development cycles, but rather those that have concrete products and built technologies and are ready to take the next step.

Through a formalized arm of the company called New Lab Ventures—a $50 million venture fund—the lab itself invests in some of its member companies and currently has investments in 14 of them; the lab also connects members to the world’s leading venture funds. And a joint program called the Urban Tech Hub, in partnership with the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), allows New Lab to support companies that strive to make a more livable, resilient city through their technologies and products. Additionally, the lab has other private-public partnerships in the works and a global partner network with Barcelona, Spain, and Copenhagen, Denmark, that offers other opportunities to members. New Lab currently has 103 member companies, with 600 individuals working at the space. Competition for entry is steep—just 15 percent of applicants are accepted.

Notable alumni include:


The founders see potential for their technology to be crucial for urban developers, autonomous vehicles, public transportation, and infrastructure. It allows for real-time, constantly updated 3-D mapping of cities.

Voltaic Systems

The portable solar power company creates lightweight solar panels and solar-powered solutions for people, products, and structures alike.

StrongArm Technologies

This company develops ergonomic solutions for injury prevention and peak performance for the industrial workforce, including the construction industry.

Terreform ONE

An architecture and urban think tank that advances ecological design in derelict municipal areas. Terreform is New Lab’s only nonprofit and its only architect-centric member.


“Calling All Creators

adidas has united some of the biggest names in sport, music, and fashion in one room, and turned their discussion into a minute-long film titled “Calling All Creators.”

Sport pros include FC Barcelona striker Lionel Messi, Paul Pogba from Manchester United, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, and Connecticut Sun forward Chiney Ogwumike. There’s rapper Pusha T and producer Pharrell Williams, while designer Alexander Wang and supermodel Karlie Kloss fly the fashion flag.

Can You See Someone You recognize?





Many of these creators also dabble in more than just their main field. Pharrell Williams runs his own fashion line, while Karlie Kloss has a TV show. Messi founded a charity organization and Pusha T is also a record label president.

Lionel Messi


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More On The Beautiful Blackamoors

Nardi. Venezia, Italy. "Moretto Albero della Vita " brooch with diamonds

Adorned with in gilt and gemstones, blackamoor figures are particularly decorative and are commonly seen as furniture, paintings, jewelry and textiles. They are typically swathed in fine robes and almost always wear turbans. Fashion and beauty icons Coco Chanel and Helena Rubinstein collected blackamoor furniture (two Venetian Blackamoors graced the foyer of Chanel’s Paris apartment. Vogue magazine editor Diana Vreeland had a famous collection of blackamoor jewelry from Cartier and Grace Kelly owned a diamond-encrusted blackamoor brooch from Nardi Jewelers of Venice .One of the Pointer Sisters’, Anita Pointer has some blackamoor pieces in her collection of black memorabilia.  Aleksandr Pushkin kept a blackamoor figurine on his desk; it reminded him of Abram Petrovich Gannibal, his great-grandfather, an African slave who became a successful Russian general and military engineer.The most famous blackamoor figure is the gem-studded Mohr mit Smaragdstufe, which translates to “Moor with Emerald Cluster” . Created by Balthasar Permoser in 1724, it is housed in the Grünes Gewölbe museum in Germany. see below

At times blackamoors are depicted as exotic noblemen, while at others such as statues, take on positions of servitude, as footmen or waiters. Their noblemen status dates to the Moorish invasion of southern Italy more than a millennium ago; their roots are steeped in conquest. However, some find blackamoor imagery to be racially insensitive because some of the statues look like servants. This dates to the European courts in which black attendants were dressed in exotic finery – and, some feel, were objectified as ornaments. This was particularly true of the court of Versailles in the 17th century.When Dolce & Gabbana featured blackamoor jewelry and clothing designs in its spring 2013 collection fashion show in Milan, the firm was criticized for being tone-deaf as to what blackamoors can represent. The firm responded that such imagery was a reflection of the Italian firm’s roots in a country in which Moors were of historic significance.

During the 18th century wealthy Venetians employed Moors as bodyguards, as they were impressed by their fighting prowess. The regal bearing of the resulting depictions seem to put these exotic immigrants in high regard; they are beautiful and are not demeaned in any way, as evidenced by this sculpture by Andrea Brustolon (photo, below). 

Blackamoors should not to be confused with emblems of American slavery, such as the more recent “Aunt Jemima” figures. To make this mistake is to make a mistake of history.

In 2011 a diamond, sapphire and gold blackamoor brooch once owned by Elizabeth Taylor sold for $60,000 at Christie’s. One look at the piece, photo left, reveals the delicacy and respect with which the piece was created by the famous Giulio Nardi, an artist of jewelry design .


Im only down with blackamoor as long as they are depicted as kings and princes !!! Cartier Oro, diamantes y turquesasBlack figure broochBust Brooch, Blackamoor Venetian Talismano

The inhabitants of the coast wore gold earrings with enamels white and black like amulets to exorcize the danger of pirates or gave to the churches as votive promises. This is for sure the primigenial blackamoor jewelry that anyway arrived in few years to the motherland.

Venetian artisans created various kinds of Moors exploring all kind of jewelry: earrings, brooches, pendants and necklaces with blackamoors in ebony usually adorned with precious stones and enamels. They love to adorn jewels upon black men and women figurines

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A Scone (candle  holder),purchased by Louis XIV in 1684 from the dealer Le Bru m. Said to be a wedding gift from the state of Venice to Henry IV of France and Marie de'Medici in 160o LOUVRE

Egyptian revival hardstone cameo 1880"Blackamoor" Hardstone Cameo Diamond/Gold BroochA Bold Wood, Diamond, Enamel, Pearl and Gold "Blackamoor" Brooch at 1stdibs

18kt Diamond and Pearl Blackamoor | Flickr - Photo Sharing!9a01926f46bb55bbe1d91383025db954.jpg 600×786 pixelsAdditional Art of Medieval and Renaissance era Blacks in EuropeItalian, 17th century cameo  Shoteby's                                                                                                                 CAMEO ...Gioielleria Oreficeria Dogale Venezia. Moretti Veneziani, gioielli fatti a mano. Jewelry Gold Dogale Venice. Moretti Venetians,, jewels handmadebrooch by Pierre Sterlé, 1960 - peridot, citrine, diamonds and carved hematiteCarved Ebony, Diamond and Emerald Blackamoor Clip-Brooch -  Platinum, 79 diamonds ap. 1.90 cts., ap. 14 dwt.Highly Collectible Nardi Blackamoor. Italy. ca. 1950s. Guilio Nardi, founder of the renowned Venetian jewelry house of the same name, first started to design blackamoors in the early 1920s.NARDI Diamond Ruby Black Onyx Yellow Gold Blackamoor Pin Brooch | From a unique collection of vintage brooches at Blackamoor with Turban Inset Jade and Ruby Pendants Pin ClipVERY RARE Butler & Wilson Enameled & Rhinestone Figural  Blackamoor Head Brooch! #ButlerWilsonVictorian Stone Cameo Of A Male And Female Blackamoor, Rose-Cut Diamond And Gold Brooch - French.Beautiful antique Blackamoor cameo19th Century black and white agate cameo depicting a woman in profile, her earring and necklace set with diamonds and pearls, to the black enameled, textured gold and pearl surround, mounted in gold.Askew London blackamoor red glass gold-plated earrings

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Jewelry Lährm Salzburg, JeweleryNARDI Emerald Blackamoor Clip BroochVendôme - Nardi signed Moretti Brooch, made of yellow gold, fire opals, ebony, diamonds and pearls, Venice circa 1940.A ruby, emerald and diamond blackamoor brooch, by Nardi

Blackamoors were a favorite style statement of the Victorian era;Nardi Tiger's Eye Carved Ebony Gold Blackamoor Brooches 3


Exquisite Blackamoor Jewelry: A Brief History

The inhabitants of the coast wore gold earrings with enamels white and black like amulets to exorcize the danger of pirates or gave to the churches as votive promises. This is for sure the primigenial blackamoor jewelry that anyway arrived in few years to the motherland.


Venetian Blackamoor jewelry is known as the most representative example of the typical Italian skill and handicraft that takes his roots in the history of the Venice Republic (“La Serenissima”): since the 16th century the antique moors have become symbols of Venetian goldsmith tradition and still, now they’re part of our culture and legacy

Even today, blackamoors are considered the most wanted and typical expression of Venetian jewelry: testimonials of this everlasting elegance have been icons of the 20th century as Grace Kelly, Ernest Hemingway, Liz Taylor, Barbara Hutton, Arthur Rubinstein and Elton John (cit. Wikipedia)

Exquisite artwork with jewels on black-faced images


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Sweden Has An Ice Hotel For Those Who Like The Frrezing Cold

Queen of the north, by Emilie Steele and Sebastian Dell’Uva, is one of the incredible rooms...

Queen of the north, by Emilie Steele and Sebastian Dell’Uva, is one of the incredible rooms available in the 28th Icehotel(Credit: Asaf Kliger)

The hotel made of snow andiceis located in Jukkasjärvi in northern Sweden. Now in its 28th edition, the Icehotel features 15 rooms decked with frozen sculptures. Highlights include a space-themed room and another dominated by a strange ice queen.

The Icehotel involved harvesting thousands of ice blocks from a nearby frozen river. A 30,000 cubic meter (1,059,440 cubic ft) mixture of snow and ice was used to construct the hotel. It includes warm rooms, sub-zero ice rooms, an ice bar, as well as a ceremony hall suitable for weddings and the like. Guests who opt to brave the cold are woken with a hot drink, plus a sauna, hot shower and roaring fire are available too. Activities include a northern lights tour on snowmobile, a half-day tour with dog sled, ice sculpting, and yoga.

Daily travelers, by Alem Teklu and Anne Karin Krogevoll, is inspired by the boat journey thousands...

Daily travelers, by Alem Teklu and Anne Karin Krogevoll, is inspired by the boat journey thousands of refugees have made across the Mediterranean Sea(Credit: Asaf Kliger)

White desert, by Timsam Harding and Fabián Jacquet Casado, translates a desert landscape into ice

White desert, by Timsam Harding and Fabián Jacquet Casado, translates a desert landscape into ice(Credit: Asaf Kliger)

Tianjin China Library Defends Use Of Fake Books

The deputy director of the futuristic six-story library in the coastal city of Tianjin – designed by Dutch architectural firm MVRDV China has defended the building’s design. Reports about it went viral when it was revealed that many of its “books” were actually only images printed on the walls.

The library soon was the talk on the internet after photographs of its interior and white floor-to-ceiling bookshelves in the main entrance hall circulated on social media.

However, the euphoria was short lived with stories about its “fake books” soon making headlines around the world.

Tianjin Binhai Library, deputy director told Agence France-Presse that the mix-up was because authorities approved by the plan stating that the atrium would be used for circulation, sitting, reading and discussion, but omitted a request to store books on shelves. therefore they can only use the hall for the purposes for which it has been approved.

The library has about 200,000 books stored and hopes to house 1.2 million volumes in the future. About 15,000 visitors flocked to the library over the weekend

Appropriations Committee Voted To Approve Funding for Libraries


The full House Appropriations Committee voted to approve FY2018 funding for libraries. By a 28-22 margin, the committee approved the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (LHHS) funding bill, which proposes roughly $231 million for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)—including $183.6 million for Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) programs, and $27 million for the Department of Education’s Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) program—essentially at 2017 funding levels.

In addition to saving the IMLS, the LHHS bill includes level funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. However, it funds the Department of Education (DOE) at $66 billion—a cut of $2.4 billion from 2017, which includes the elimination of some important library-related programs, including the DOE’s Striving Readers program. ALA officials said they would work to restore it.

Meanwhile, on July 18, the House Appropriations Committee approved by a 30-21 margin the FY2018 Interior and Environment Appropriations, which includes $145 million each for the NEH and the NEA, roughly equal to FY 2017 funding levels.

The key votes come after President Trump’s call  in May to eliminate IMLS and virtually all federal funding for libraries, as well as a host of other vital programs and agencies, including the NEH and the NEA. And, it comes after Congress, earlier in May, passed a belated 2017 budget that actually upped the IMLS, NEH, and NEA budgets.

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