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2014 NYC BigApps Expands Tech's Reach


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Can your cell phone help reduce your heating bill and strengthen tenant’s rights?

Yes, thanks to one of the winners of this year’s NYC BigApps competition.

On Tuesday night, NYC BigApps, the nation's largest municipally-supported civic innovation competition, awarded over $100,000 in prize money to tech solutions that help solve some of New York City’s most pressing challenges. In an award ceremony that Mayor de Blasio joked is "bigger than the Grammys, bigger than the Emmys,” NYC BigApps awarded $20,000 to each winner in...

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Making It Here: Martin Greenfield Clothiers


Walk upstairs to the second floor of an ordinary-looking building in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and you might suddenly think that you’ve entered a time machine.

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Tailors mark up specially selected textiles with chalk; stitchers use foot-pedaled machines to sew horsehair fabric to hand-cut jackets; even the remnants of the gas jets for lanterns that lit up the shop floor a century ago are visible on the walls.

And perhaps you may not know where you are, since those same walls display both a Mezuzah and the bright red paper of a Chinese calendar; Mexican, Puerto Rican, and...

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Join NYCEDC at The Feast


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NYCEDC is excited to partner with The Feast for their flagship conference happening October 9th-11th.

The conference will bring together leaders across disciplines to re-imagine how things are done and to collaborate on making their big visions a reality.

The conference is structured to facilitate collaboration and will include:

  • Bold visions presented by inspiring speakers
  • Cross-sector collaboration on the most common goals and projects, defined and presented by industry leaders and the community
  • Interactive workshops, intimate one-on-ones, and round-tables;
  • Sessions that establish...
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An Inside Look at NYC's Incubators: Harlem Garage


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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. 

Enter the coworking space at

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Taste of Essex Street Market: Essex Market Flowers


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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.

The newest member at Essex Street Market deviates from the market's usual scent.

Instead of aromatic soups or the sweet fragrance of

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La Marqueta Returns!


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East Harlem has always bred both cultural pioneers and business innovators.

It was here that Latino immigrants first settled in New York City, opening bodegas and botánicas that left an indelible mark on American culture. It was here that Salsa music and Latin Jazz were created, given life, and shared throughout the Americas as a staple of “El Barrio.” It’s here that La Marqueta, upper Manhattan’s home for new businesses, food, and cultural and community entrepreneurs is being reinvigorated today.

As far back as the early 1900s, the area under today’s Metro-North...

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A Taste of Essex Street Market: Shopsin's


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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.

Decisions, decisions...

With tantalizing names for dishes like the Say Yesshort rib sandwich or the So GoodFrench toast, who can resist a meal from Shopsin's in Essex Street...

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August Economic Snapshot: Employment and Establishment Growth by Borough


New York City has seen solid job and establishment growth across all five boroughs in the last decade. 

Manhattan is still home to the greatest share of the city's total jobs. But with significant growth outside of Manhattan, particularly in Brooklyn, the other four boroughs combined now hold a slim majority of City establishments (51%).

Our August Economic Snapshot examines the industries driving employment and establishment growth in NYC. As seen below, Accommodation and Food Services, Retail Trade, and Health Care and Social Assistance sectors are strong employment drivers...

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Making the Next Generation of Scientists


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Photo Credit: Tim Lee

Experiential laboratories are changing the way New York students learn science.

Dr. Aaron Kyle initially went into engineering because he preferred working with machines over people. But a few years into his grad program at Purdue University, Dr. Kyle started teaching undergraduate courses and found that he actually loved working with students.

“It was the most exciting thing I did in grad school,” he said. “After meeting my wife, of course.”

Today, Dr. Kyle directs the

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Meet Fayola Fair, NYCEDC's Summer PENCIL Fellow


By Richard Solomon, Associate Creative Director at NYCEDC

Yes, our summer intern, Fayola Fair, is a PENCIL.

And she's about to be a senior at Brooklyn Latin School. Fayola worked with NYCEDC this summer as a fellow through PENCIL, an organization that places outstanding high school students at various New York City businesses to prepare them for life in the workplace.

The PENCIL fellowship program's admission process is extensive. First, there is a PENCIL application, then the call for an interview. For Fayola, part of this was a mock interview for a fictional...

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