Deputy Mayors of Amsterdam and 'New Amsterdam' Meet in New York City to Strengthen Ties


It’s been more than 350 years since New York City was called New Amsterdam or "Breuckelen," the "Bronck’s," and "Staaten Eylandt" —but even today, there’s a long-standing relationship between our city and the Dutch government.

Earlier this week, Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development Alicia Glen met with Deputy Mayor Kajsa Ollongren, her counterpart from Amsterdam, to discuss opportunities for collaboration between the two cities.

As a result of the meeting, which included leaders from Amsterdam’s startup world and representatives from the Dutch Consulate, NYCEDC and

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NYCEDC's Social Capital Desk Invests In Change


Investing in Change

By Alysa Hannon, Senior Project Manager, Social Capital Desk at the Center for Economic Transformation

On Wednesday night, NYCEDC's Social Capital Desk joined over 100 attendees at Investing in Change, an event organized by the Partnership Fund for New York City, DarcMatter, and the Centre for Social Innovation to showcase businesses that are growing our economy while also solving our City’s problems. 

NYCEDC co-sponsored the event in a joint effort to highlight NYC’s vibrant and growing social enterprise sector...

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SBIR Impact: Measuring Its First Two Years



In the first two years of the SBIR Impact NYC program, over $5 million in federal funds have been awarded to program participants, representing a 25-fold return on investment.

SBIR Impact is a NYCEDC program designed to help NYC-based bio and health tech companies be more competitive in recruiting early-stage funding, SBIR funding is crucial as it addresses what the industry calls the “Valley of Death”—that crucial gap for any company after institutional research grants run out and before investors step in.

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Rising to the Challenge: Floodproofing NYC with OptiRTC


Thousands of homes and businesses were ravaged by floodwaters during Hurricane Sandy. 

The team behind OptiRTC saw an opportunity to combine three different technologies—cloud-based sensors, physical floodproofing, and alert systems—to help protect buildings in New York City from future floods. 

As one of eleven winning teams in our RISE : NYC competition, Geosyntec Consultants will share up to $30 million with the other winners to implement the OptiRTC technology...

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Thinking Ahead: How Do We Get More Girls In Tech?


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. 

Women are vital to New York City's economy.

Yet while they make up more than half of our workforce, they are underrepresented in the field of computer science. 

Enter Girls Who Code, a national non-profit whose goal is to provide...

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Meet NYC Fancy Food Fellow Finalist: Xilli


Nacxitl Gaxiola is a serial chef and culinary researcher.

Lucky for us, he’s also a serial entrepreneur, bringing his culinary sensations to restaurants around New York City. His latest venture is Xilli, a company that makes and sells handmade salsas, moles, and pickles with Mexican flavors. “Xilli” is the original word for chili in Nahuatl, the pre-Columbian language of Mexico.

Xilli’s products are centuries-old staples of Mexican cuisine, but tweaked using modern cooking techniques from...

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Essex Street Market's 75th Anniversary Block Party


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Someone had a birthday party on Saturday...

Essex Street Market celebrated its 75th Anniversary, serving the Lower East Side community this past weekend with all the delicious food and fanfare deserving of a legendary culinary destination. 

Throughout the month of May, Essex Street Market and its vendors, in conjunction with NYCEDC and the Lower East Side Business Improvement Dstrict (LESBID), celebrated the incredible vendors through a series of art exhibits and storytelling projects, a community brunch series, and other public events.

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Meet NYC Fancy Food Fellow Finalist: Port Morris Distillery



Have you ever tried Pitorro?

Ralph Barbosa and Billy Valentin, New Yorkers of Puerto Rican heritage, opened up the Port Morris Distillery to bring the “moonshine of Puerto Rico” to New York City palates.

The duo produces spirits based on the heritage, traditions, and family recipes of Guayama, Puerto Rico, at their distillery in the Port Morris neighborhood of the Bronx.

Pitorro has been produced since the 1600s with sugar cane as its primary ingredient. Although considered a rum, it is much stronger than most commercial varieties. With many family preferences throughout the island,...

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Meet NYC Fancy Food Fellow Finalist: Pierre's Spicy



Looking to turn up the heat with your food?

Pierre Henry was born in Haiti, where "bold and spicy" are all but essential elements of the region's cuisine.

He moved to the United States at age 12 and quickly adapted to American life through sports, even participating in the Junior Olympics as a member of the U.S. volleyball team.

But he never forgot about the flavors of the island he left behind, particularly that of the "Mamba," a spicy peanut butter from his childhood. He started experimenting with the best of ingredients—peanuts, chilli, butter, and sea salt—to...

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Meet NYC Fancy Food Fellow Finalist: Spoonable


attitude caramel

It's caramel with attitude. 

Otherwise known as Spoonable, Brooklyn's saucy caramel.

Spoonable Founder Michelle Lewis derives her 'saucy' inspiration from a multitude of cultural influences, stemming from her French-Moroccan heritage and life overseas. Her line of confectionery caramel sauces include zesty flavors like ‘Spicy Chili Caramel’ and ‘Brooklyn Butterscotch.’  

Based in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Spoonable's story starts with a cheesecake. Leftover caramel sauce turned into a regular gift to...

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