U.S. Secretary of Labor visits Kingsbridge Armory, broadening support of repurposing a ‘diamond’

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The Kingsbridge Armory is garnering attention from Washington, with the U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh visiting the site with local electeds.

Walsh came to the west Bronx site as part of a workforce development and readiness tour on Friday alongside U.S. Rep. Adriano Espaillat, whose district encompasses the long-vacant armory. The two national representatives were joined by New York State Commissioner of Labor Roberta Reardon, Bronx Borough President Vanessa Gibson, City Council Speaker Adrienne Adams and councilmembers Pierina Sanchez and Oswald Feliz.

The 180,000-square-foot space was built in 1917, and while it’s been used as a venue for sporadic events like rodeos, horse races, the filming of Amazon’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” and the storing of donations for survivors of the Twin Parks North West fire in January, its only long-term use since 1996 has been as the subject of plans that never came to fruition, like an ice rink and shopping mall.

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