The Real Deal New York

In W’burg, tech entrepreneurs plan “Hackert0wn” — replete with sleeping pods and a hydroponic farm

October 17, 2012 12:30PM

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A rendering of Hackert0wn (credit: Capital New York)

When it comes to New York City real estate, some of the city’s most successful figures have certainly dreamed big. But Sean Auriti, head of the Hackert0wn initiative, a proposed Brooklyn workspace set to include a 38-foot silo for the testing of “flying machines,” among other wild ideas, has, perhaps, outdone himself.

Auriti, the co-founder of Brooklyn-based “hackerspace” Alpha One Labs, has proposed an ambitious re-use project on a 5,000-square-foot parking lot near the Graham Avenue L train stop in Williamsburg, Capital New York reported. The six-story collective, which he hopes to build out of shipping containers, would include a hydroponic farm, a lecture hall, “sleeping pods,” as well as retail and office spaces.

The campaign to build Hackert0wn says it needs to raise mere $1.5 million to get the project “off the ground,” according to Capital New York, most of which will go to the cost of buying the lot, which is owned by a local family, according to Auriti’s proposal on IndieGogo.com, a site that helps groups raise funds. Unfortunately, Hackert0wn has only raised $3,000 so far. But Auriti is undetterred.

“It’s going to happen,” he told Capital New York. [CapitalNY] – Guelda Voien

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