Meet NYC Fancy Food Fellow Finalist: Auria Abraham


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She's known as the Sambal Lady.

You may have seen her stirring a hot batch of chili on the Food Network show, "Chopped."

Or you may have heard about her 2011 underground supper club series in Midwood, Brooklyn, with its array of exquisite dishes. You may have even tried her signature product, the all-natural ...

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Meet the Makers: Vertical Urban Factory


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What is vertical urban manufacturing?

In the fifth and final episode of our Meet the Makers podcast series, Miquela Craytor, director of NYCEDC's Industrial Desk, sits down with Nina Rappaport, Director of Publications at Yale School of Architecture, to answer this question and more about the future of the multi-storied factory.

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NYCEDC Joins The Blueprint Collective


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By Andrew O'Shaughnessy, Life Sciences and Healthcare Desk Senior Project Manager, Center for Economic Transformation

Innovation in healthcare doesn’t happen in a silo.

Sometimes you need friends to make things happen.

That’s why we at NYCEDC are thrilled to announce our participation in the Blueprint Health Collective, a consortium of leaders in health and technology based in New...

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Health Tech

Rising to the Challenge: Bright Power's Resilient Power Hub


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Superstorm Sandy revealed just how vulnerable our electric grid is to extreme weather.

This inspired Bright Power, an energy management company, to develop a product that will provide power resiliency to buildings even in the worst conditions. 

As one of 11 winning teams in our RISE : NYC competition, Bright Power will share up to $30 million with the other winners to implement its technology at Sandy-impacted small businesses across the city.

Over the next few weeks, our blog series Rising to the Challenge...

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Through the Lens: Behind the Scenes at Brooklyn Army Terminal



By Ivan Khilko, Guest NYCEDC Blogger, Senior Project Manager in Economic Research and Analysis

On April 21, NYCEDC hosted the second of its Behind the Scenes NYC tours with Untapped Cities by visiting the various buildings of the Brooklyn Army Terminal on the waterfront of Sunset Park.

The tour was led by Dean Bodnar, Senior Vice President of Asset Management at NYCEDC and the self-described “landlord” of Brooklyn Army...

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Building A More Resilient NYC


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As a coastal city, New York City is vulnerable to the effects of climate change. Our RISE : NYC competition sought solutions to protect our coastline from the dangers of extreme weather. 

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, we learned that New York City had to be more environmentally and economically resilient.

These elements came together seamlessly at the awards ceremony for RISE : NYC. Resiliency Innovations for a Stronger Economy (RISE) is a NYCEDC competition that was launched in early 2014 to seek out the world's most promising...

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Happy 75th, Essex Street Market


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The one constant in New York City is change.

Across the five boroughs, communities are constantly shifting, innovating, and evolving.

But our neighborhoods also ground us, providing foundations for New Yorkers to build their identity, heritage, and sense of place. The Lower East Side is one of these communities. It is home to more than 80,000 people from more than 80 countries and 3,000 businesses and cultural institutions. At the heart of this diverse neighborhood is Essex Street Market.

Established in 1939 by Mayor Fiorello La Guardia, Essex Street Market has been a...

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10 Under 20



By Dean Simms-Elias, Media and Tech Intern in the Center for Economic Transformation

Know of a young innovator who will change the world?

NYCEDC is proud to partner with CE Week NY to present the “10 Under 20: Young Innovators to Watch” award. This award will recognize ten students between the ages of 13 and 19 years old who have displayed exceptional potential by developing an innovative project with a civic use that can...

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NYC Tech

Thinking Ahead: New York City Bioscience Needs A Tugboat


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This post is part of NYCEDC’s Thinking Ahead series, which features editorials from New York City leaders and influencers across key sectors and neighborhoods to foster dialogue around the issues impacting our city. 

The following was written by Nina Tandon, CEO and co-founder of EpiBone, the world's first company that grows living human bones from your own cells for skeletal...

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April Economic Snapshot: Energy and the Environment in New York City


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By Kristina Pecorelli, Senior Project Manager, Economic Research and Analysis 

Global climate change is widely considered one of the greatest challenges of our time.

In a report released earlier this year, the New York City Panel on Climate Change (NPCC) predicted that NYC will experience rising temperatures and heavier rainfall over the coming decades. When coupled with...

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