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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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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From Brooklyn Startup to IPO, Etsy Makes Its Debut on NASDAQ


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Etsy sellers joined Etsy's CEO and CFO as they rang the Nasdaq bell with handmade vintage bells purchased from Etsy shops. Photo Credit: Etsy 

In just over a decade, Etsy took the artisan’s age-old desire to sell her wares and turned it into a $3.5 billion company that is revolutionizing how we think of commerce.

Today, when an artist or entrepreneur joins Etsy, they are immediately...

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Helping Urban Tech Startups Reach the Next Level


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By David Gilford, Vice President, and Jason Goode, Project Manager, Clean Technology & Energy

To help New York City's entrepreneurship ecosystem grow, NYCEDC is launching a new model of support for fast-growing companies that are solving our most pressing urban challenges 

New York City has a vibrant and extensive early-stage startup ecosystem that includes NYCEDC’s network of 16 business incubators and co-working spaces. These facilities have helped over 1,000 companies and 1,500...

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March Economic Snapshot: Research and Development in the Life Sciences


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By NYCEDC's Economic Research and Analysis Team

NYC's life sciences ecosystem is growing.

While the dense, urban space that characterizes New York City may be the bane of our rental rate woes, the geographic proximity it provides is an asset for research and development. Studies have found that the returns to R&D investment are high when academic research and commercial development are close enough to meet up for coffee.

In the March 2015 Economic Snapshot,...

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