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So Nice to See You Warby Parker: NYC-based lifestyle brand company takes big step and opens its first optical lab

Posted on 10 January 2017 by Editor

barkow-photo-for-warby-parker-wp-wmRockland County, N.Y. — First came the summer 2016 announcement from New York Governor Andrew Cuomo about growing lifestyle company Warby Parker’s decision to locate its new optical lab in Rockland County, right down the road from Sloatsburg in part of the Rockland Standard Gears building.

Then came the quick build out of the space, beginning in late fall which involved a complete warehouse conversion and installation of advanced machinery and a state of the art conveyor system.

Most recently employees were recruited, some at a Rockland Community College jobs fair, then hired and trained at WP’s Manhattan headquarters. Now the new Warby Parky lab, which occupies a 34,000-square-foot factory and is outfitted for assembling glasses and finishing prescription lenses, opens its doors for business.

The optical lab is an important domestic move by WP that steers it closer to possibly manufacturing its own frames some day right here in the USA.

barkow-photo-for-warby-parker-warehouse-creditThe move is also expected to create some 128 jobs in the area over the next five years.

“Opening our first optical lab represents a significant milestone for both our customers and our team,” said Dave Gilboa, Warby Parker co-founder and co-ceo.

“Warby Parker’s lens-making facility will usher new economic vitality into Rockland County, creating high-paying, skilled labor jobs and investing millions of dollars in the region,” Governor Andrew M. Cuomo said.

The Warby Parker optical lab on Sloatsburg’s doorstep opens officially for business on Wednesday, January 11, 2017.

A wide shot of the new 36,000 sq ft Warby Parker optical lab just outside Sloatsburg in Rockland County that officially opened on January 11 2017.

A wide shot of the new 34,000 square feet Warby Parker optical lab in Rockland County that officially opened on January 11, 2017, and is expected to eventually employ up to 128 people over the next five years. The optical lab is part of WP’s lifestyle brand that offers designer eyewear online and at stylish bricks and mortar stores across the country.

The roadside industrial warehouse space is well-lighted, open and reflects Warby’s arty brand and look, with signature blue and a prominent So Nice to See You logo to greet employees and visitors.

The lab’s wall also showcases a custom mural by artist Jason Munn that illustrates the entire finishing process.

“We designed the interior to look and feel like any other Warby Parker space, said Warby co-founder and co-ceo Neil Blumenthal. “We’re really happy with how our first industrial space turned out.”


U. S. Senator Chuck Schumer was also sweet on Warby Parker’s new Rockland County lab, having worked to help convince the company to keep its business in New York.

“From the day I heard that Warby Parker was looking to locate here in the Hudson Valley, I knew that the world-class workers we have were a perfect match for their needs,” said Sen. Schumer.

“Warby Parker has a clear vision to expand their workforce and I couldn’t be happier that Rockland County is part of that vision,” Sen. Schumer said. “By adding 128 new jobs in the heart and soul of Rockland, it proves how efficient and talented Rockland County workers are.”


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Explore Harriman — a constellation of activities and events along the corridor

Posted on 19 September 2015 by Editor

exploreharrimansloatsburg2-smThe Trail Town corridor lifted off Saturday morning with the launch of the Explore Harriman initiative — a promotion of all the good things the corridor communities have to offer Rocklanders and beyond.

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Liberty Rock Trail Makes It Onto New NY/NJ Trail Conference Harriman Bear Mountain Maps

Posted on 06 April 2015 by Editor

libertyrockbuzzardtxtJust in time for the spring thaw and warm weather, the New York/New Jersey Trail Conference has announced brand new Harriman State Park Trail maps, complete with trail junction to trail junction mile mileage. Continue Reading

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Sloatsburg Fire Department Awarded FEMA Grant

Posted on 02 September 2014 by Editor

The Sloatsburg Fire Department’s recent colorful mid-August Classic Car Show featured a special guest bearing a great gift.

SFDtruckRockland U.S. Congresswoman Nita Lowey made an appearance at the car show and gathered firefighters together, including Village Trustee Peter Akey, to announce that Sloatsburg’s volunteer fire department was the recipient of a 2013 FEMA Assistance to Firefighter Grant (AFG) for radio equipment. Continue Reading

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That Good Old Time Music Returns With The Highlands Bluegrass Festival

Posted on 20 August 2014 by Editor

HHBluegrassFest2014Soon enough Sunday will roll through the Ramapo Mountains and with it the Highlands Bluegrass Festival at Harmony Hall. Pull up a chair and for a bit of twanging banjo and fiddle whine — a perfect way to welcome in the harvest season. Continue Reading

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Suffern High And Sloatsburg Elementary Named High Performing Schools

Posted on 15 August 2014 by Editor

With the school season just around the corner, it is notable that four Ramapo Central schools were named High Performing Reward Schools by the New York State Education Department. Continue Reading

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Tuxedo Reserve: What It Means For Rockland County

Posted on 02 July 2014 by Editor

Tuxedo Reserve: What It Means For Rockland County is an Executive’s Corner op-ed published in April from Rockland County Executive Ed Day’s office. The Day administration met with Town of Tuxedo and Related Companies decision-makers on the topic of connecting Tuxedo Farms/Reserve into the Rockland County Sewer District 1’s Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant in Hillburn, NY. The issue relates to interagency partnerships at the county level, one presumes. Day frames the topic from the perspective of the the County Executive’s office. Continue Reading

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Torne Valley Medicine Garden

Posted on 09 June 2014 by Editor

Representative from the Ramapough Lenaape is given a gift from member of the Mohawk nation while Chuck Stead and Chris St. Lawrence look on. / Photo by Geoff Welch

Turtle clan Chief Vincent Mann from the Ramapough Lenaape is given a friendship gift while Chuck Stead and Chris St. Lawrence look on / Photo by Geoff Welch

The sun shone bright and hot Sunday as people from across Ramapo, and beyond, gathered to celebrate the huge new medicine garden in Torne Valley. Covering half an acre, the Ford Motor Company built a large, raw-post and fenced-in garden that will feature Sweet Grass for basketry and smudging as well as herbs and other native plants. Continue Reading

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Rockland Co-composting Facility Shut After Roof Collapse

Posted on 10 March 2014 by Editor


Rockland County Co-composting Facility in Hillburn, NY.

The recent clear weather and attendant snow melt revealed an interesting issue at the Rockland County Co-composting Facility in Hillburn, NY. Two large sections of the facility’s roof apparently buckled and collapsed during February’s heavy snows. Continue Reading

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Ramapo Central School Budget Put Before The District

Posted on 24 April 2013 by Editor

The Ramapo Central School Board of Education met Tuesday evening to a standing room only audience. With people once again lining the halls, walls and meeting room itself, the BOE was set to make its final proposed budget presentation to the public and then take a vote on the item. Continue Reading

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1:00 pm Sloatsburg Easter Egg Hunt @ St. Mary's Church Villa
Sloatsburg Easter Egg Hunt @ St. Mary's Church Villa
Apr 15 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Sloatsburg Easter Egg Hunt @ St. Mary's Church Villa | Sloatsburg | New York | United States
Spring will arrive just in time for the annual Easter Egg Hunt for Village of Sloatsburg Children at St. Mary’s Villa. The festive afternoon celebration and egg hunt takes place Saturday, April 15, at 1 p.m. Sponsored[...]
11:00 am Sloatsburg Community Cleanup @ Sloatsburg Municipal Building
Sloatsburg Community Cleanup @ Sloatsburg Municipal Building
Apr 22 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Sloatsburg Community Cleanup @ Sloatsburg Municipal Building | Sloatsburg | New York | United States
Join in to Keep Rockland Beautiful on Sunday, April 22, when Sloatsburg community members join as part of the Great America Cleanup effort. Volunteer will meet at the Municipal parking lot at Village Hall at 11[...]
3:00 pm Bruce Price Lecture @ Tuxedo Historical Society
Bruce Price Lecture @ Tuxedo Historical Society
Apr 22 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Bruce Price Lecture @ Tuxedo Historical Society | Tuxedo Park | New York | United States
Save the date for this one … a lecture on Bruce Price, the architect extraordinaire of Tuxedo Park. That constellation of  A-frame houses down by the Tuxedo Park Library — also Bruce Price designs. The Tuxedo Historical[...]