RISE : NYC Finalist Spotlight: NYC Daylighting


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Imagine if a power outage didn't automatically mean darkness.

Among the technologies being considered to help prepare New York City for future storms is one that is deceptively simple: daylighting, or using sunlight to illuminate buildings so that New Yorkers can get back to work more quickly.

Hurricane Sandy not only ravaged waterfront communities and homes across the City, it also damaged more than 20,000 small businesses. In some cases, businesses had to close for weeks or months to get back on their feet.  

Since the storm, the City has worked to ensure that recovery means more than...

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An Inside Look at NYC's Incubators: Made in NY Media Center by IFP


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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. 

To kick off the incubator series, we entered the vibrant world at...

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A Taste of Essex Street Market: Roni-Sue's Chocolates


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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.

It's hard to miss the neon Roni-Sue sign at Essex Street Market.

It's even harder to miss the orderly rows of delectable candies and their irresistible, chocolate aroma.

Rhonda Kave's affinity for chocolate began as a hobby. For over 25 years, she has artfully made...

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DCAS Partners With W2NYC To Launch IDEA Program


Could your technology help make New York City’s buildings more efficient and sustainable?

The New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) is partnering with World to NYC (W2NYC) to help find companies to participate in its newly-launched Innovative Demonstrations for Energy Adaptability (IDEA) program.

DCAS Energy Management handles electricity, natural gas, and steam accounts that serve 80 agencies and more than 4,000 City-owned and managed...

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A Taste of Essex Street Market: Saxelby Cheesemongers


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.

Calling all cheese aficionados! Saxelby Cheesemongers is the first cheese shop in the country devoted solely to American farmstead cheese. Much to the delight of New York City cheese lovers, owner Anne Saxelby has curated a unique selection of cheeses from...

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July Economic Snapshot: Industry Employment and Establishment Growth


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Which industry had the largest year-over-year employment growth in New York City? 

New Yorkers certainly have no lack of eating options. The accommodation and food services sector saw a nearly 6% jump in job growth in the past year, more than any other sector.

Our July Economic Snapshot examines the industries driving employment and establishment growth in NYC. From 2012 to 2013, 11 of the 18 major industry groups...

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Hacking Away at NYC's Waste


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Photo by David Gilford

By Matthew Weinberg, Senior Project Manager, and David Gilford, VP and Director, at Center for Economic Transformation

At IDEO’s #NYHacksWaste event this past Saturday, competitors were given 24 hours to create innovative tech solutions that addressed the issue of waste in New York City. Finished products ranged from “Tinder-like” apps that match people with unwanted items to a reusable coffee mug that works like Citibike. The winning team, Footprint...

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Spotlight on 2014 NYC Next Idea Winner: Senvol


Senvol is a NYC-based startup at the forefront of additive manufacturing.

In April, we announced Senvol as the winner of our fifth annual NYC Next Idea Global New Venture Competition. The group, founded in Philadelphia but now based in NYC, is at the forefront of 3D printing and was selected from over 240 teams from 51 countries—the most diverse pool of applicants to date for NYC Next Idea!

Prior to founding Senvol in 2013, co-founders Annie Wang and Zach Simkin attended The Wharton School as MBA...

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Made in NYC: Callida Energy


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Callida Energy is reinventing the way buildings work.

The average commercial building wastes 30% of the energy it consumes. The overall associated costs from the nation's five million buildings add up to billions of squandered dollars every year.

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Making New York's Future


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The cell phone. The air conditioning unit. Deep-fried twinkies.

These are just a few examples drawn from New York City’s long history of invention and innovation— a history that continues to evolve today, as the boroughs brim with ideas driven by the needs and imaginative powers of New Yorkers. At NYCEDC, we work to give people with ideas the tools they need to tinker, test and ultimately turn their ideas into thriving companies that create jobs. So we are proud to announce that applications for the 2014 round of

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