In The Spotlight: Esther Tsvayg, NYC Generation Tech


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NYC Generation Tech is a tech-entrepreneurship program that provides hands-on learning experiences and mentorship opportunities for New York City high school students from low-income communities interested in transforming the world through tech-based innovations. 

Launched by NYCEDC in partnership with the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) in 2012, NYC GenTech has had a fantastic year. After a successful Demo Night in September, 2014 NYC GenTech participants received a tour of City Hall—and even shook hands...

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The Solar Alternative


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Installing a Solar Photovoltaic System with Grid Alternatives. Photo by Stacy Lee, OLTPS

By Luke Clause, Senior Project Manager, Center for Economic Transformation

Earlier this month, members of NYCEDC’s Clean Technology and Energy Team helped install a solar photovoltaic (PV) system on a home in Far Rockaway through Grid Alternatives, the nation's largest nonprofit solar contractor.

Grid Alternatives is a nonprofit organization that installs clean, cost-saving solar electric systems exclusively for low-income families at no cost, with help from various...

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A Taste of Essex Street Market: Essex Farm


A historic culinary destination on the Lower East Side, Essex Street Market is home to more than 20 independent merchants. This series features the characters that make up the bustling corner of Delancey and Essex Street.

This week, we ventured into Essex Farm, a grocery store inside the market that offers a wide array of high-quality fresh produce including fruit, herbs, sauce!

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NYC Point of View: Alexandra Silversmith


"As a native New Yorker and Brooklynite, I still find myself in awe of the city."

Alexandra Silversmith is an avid shutterbug, frequently posting photographic gems, big and small, from her adventures around the city on her personal Instagram. From August to September, Alexandra served as NYCEDC's Instagram Ambassador, posting several times a week to our account.

As a project manager in our Development Department (and resident Coney Island expert), Alexandra Silversmith serves as a liaison for local...

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Taste of Essex Street Market: Pain d'Avignon


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A historic culinary destination on the Lower East Side, Essex Street Market is home to more than 20 independent merchants. This series features the characters that make up the bustling corner of Delancey and Essex Street.

At Pain d'Avignon, bread is made the old-fashioned way.

Step in and you'll see that this cozy, warmly lit shop at Essex Street Market is no ordinary bakery or boulangerie, as the owners would like to call it.

The three owners of

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Rising to the Challenge


RISE blogAt this week’s Technology Demo Night, set against the stunning backdrop at the New York Academy of Sciences, companies demonstrated exactly how they would protect communities and small businesses from future storms.

A few weeks ago, at the start of Climate Week, Mayor de Blasio committed New York City to a bold new goal: reducing carbon emissions 80% by the year 2050. Through the new plan, “One City: Built to Last," the City will work to...

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RISE NYC, Resiliency

2014 NYC Development Finance Conference Registration Is Open



What does innovative development look like for communities across the 5 boroughs?

On Wednesday, November 5, get inspired at the 2014 Development Finance Conference. Held at the stunning Four World Trade Center, top industry experts from government, real estate, not-for-profits, finance, law, and business will present insights and share experience on using development finance tools to enable...

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An Inside Look at NYC's Incubators: Staten Island MakerSpace


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What's incubating, NYC?

To date, NYCEDC has helped launch 15 startup incubators across New York City's five boroughs. These incubators collectively support over 1,000 jobs and provide affordable working space to innovative and promising entrepreneurs who are building businesses. This Incubator Series provides an inside look into each unique workspace, the companies they house, and how they promote economic growth in New York City. 

A 6,000 square-foot workshop on Staten Island's North Shore...

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Progress at Bush Terminal Piers Park


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UPDATE: October 7, 2014 

Following completion of the Bush Terminal Piers Park construction in August, NYCEDC submitted the paperwork requested by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) for review and approval. The State and the City have been engaged in active and productive dialogue since that initial submission. As is expected with any project as complex and environmentally challenging as turning a former brownfield into a waterfront open space, the NYSDEC has requested additional documentation that must be reviewed before they can affirm that the site...

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National Manufacturing Day


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Today is National Manufacturing Day!

National Manufacturing Day is about embracing the ingenuity of New York City’s manufacturers. From Williamsburg's iconic Brooklyn Brewery to Precision Metal Fabricators at Gowanus, to newer creators like Jacques Torres, making things has always been a main part of who we are as New Yorkers.

Meet the Makers

To celebrate, NYCEDC is excited to announce the launch of “Meet the Makers,” our newest podcast series. Each month, we will share stories of the next generation of manufacturers who live and work right here in New York City. Listen to this sneak preview of the first...

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