On the Sunnyside Yard, Part 1: What is Sunnyside Yard?


Over the next 18 months, the City and Amtrak are engaging in a master planning process to explore the future of Sunnyside Yard in western Queens. This is the first installment in a blog series about the yard, its history, and the master planning process itself.

The natural place to start when embarking on a years-long conversation about Sunnyside Yard is to answer the basic, yet important question: What is Sunnyside Yard?

 Here are a few facts to start:

  • Sunnyside Yard is an active approximately 180-acre rail yard, stretching over a mile and a half from east to west, surrounded by five distinct...
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Every Week is Shark Week at the New York Aquarium


Shark Week comes only once a  year, but Coney Island now offers sharks-on-demand all year long.

The annual overdose has started—for the purists, there’s prime-time programming every night on Discovery. For the cross-over fans, there’s Shark Tank Meets Shark Week. For the shopper, there are shark-themed chip bowls, leggings, and pool toys. But if you prefer your sharks a little more up-close and personal, your particular fix is right at the New York Aquarium in Coney Island.

The aquarium’s new exhibit—Ocean Wonders:...

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3 Trends Changing Freight—and Why They Matter


Global Container Terminal- New York on Staten Island 

Freight is one of those not-quite-behind-the-scenes industries that affect us all. We want the items we’ve ordered online to be delivered quickly. We want our favorite stores to stay routinely stocked with fresh goods. And we want clean air and little traffic. Freight affects all of this and more.

The freight industry is anything but static. As consumer behavior evolves and technology advances, modes of freight transportation change, too. Three trends are currently altering...

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LifeSci NYC Internship Boot Camp


The LifeSci NYC Internship Program held its pre-internship “boot camp”— a four-day intensive training program—right after Memorial Day. The program was held at CUSP, NYU’s Center for Urban Science and Progress, located on NYU Tandon School of Engineering’s campus in Brooklyn. 

A stellar roster of guest speakers presented the modules on professional and career development for the 65 students. Subjects studied included:

  • What Does Health and Health Care Mean? Industry Overview and Trends
  • Beating Burnout and Tackling Impostor Phenomenon
  • Intrapreneurship—Being a Changemaker from Within
  • From the Bench to the Boardroom...
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Life Sciences

Why Hot Dogs? Plus Independence Day by the Numbers


Hot dogs are originally a German food, so why do we relish them so on this most American of American holidays?

First, some hot dog history
A pre-cursor to the modern day hot dog seems to date as far back as the 9th century BCE, with mention in Homer’s Odyssey. Then in the 1600s, the German “Dachshund Sausage” (not actual dog!) was invented and eventually took on the name “Frankfurter” when its inventing butcher travelled to Frankfurt to market his new product.  The term “hot dog” itself, is American, dating...

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Economic Data

Raising a Glass to the Brooklyn Army Terminal’s Past


Summer in New York City means many things, but maybe chief among them: barbecues. Picture it—friends, the grill, some burgers and hotdogs. And, of course, a nice cold one.

But it hasn’t always been so easy to crack open a beer in America.

When Elvis Presley deployed out of the Brooklyn Army Terminal in 1958, fans swarmed the terminal trying to reach their favorite singer. But this wasn’t the first time Americans lusted after something out of reach inside the Brooklyn Army Terminal. During Prohibition, the terminal was used to house an army’s worth of confiscated liquor.

When the spirits ban passed in 1920, federal agents...

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As the Brooklyn Army Terminal Turns 100, Glimpsing the Future of Industry in NYC


The industrial campus in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, celebrates the past 100 years and leads the way toward the future of industry in New York City.

In May 1918, the federal government broke ground on a 4-million-square-foot military facility on the Sunset Park waterfront. This became the Brooklyn Army Terminal, which served the country for decades as a supply base and an Army headquarters during World War II, helping to deploy troops and supplies to battlefronts across the globe. By the 1960s, the terminal reached the end of its military service and, in 1981, the City purchased the facility to...

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Digital Health Spotlight: How Citus Health is Transforming Care for Patients at Home


The Digital Health Breakthrough Network (DHBN) is currently seeking its fourth class of startups, just as an alumnus of the program is reaching new and exciting milestones.

The Digital Health Breakthrough Network, a partnership between HITLAB and NYCEDC, provides promising startups in New York City with early pilot studies planned and executed by a team of experts in research and participatory design. Driven by a commitment to innovation, job growth, and business development, DHBN...

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Health Tech

NYCxDESIGN Returns, May 11–23, 2018


NYCxDESIGN, New York City’s annual showcase of all things design—and a showcase befitting the city’s premier status in the global design community—is returning for its sixth edition from May 11 to 23.

New York City is an undisputed global capital of design. As a leader in fashion, furniture, graphic design, architecture, interior design, and more, the city is the springboard to success for major design companies and entrepreneurs. NYCxDESIGN was created in collaboration with the New York City Council in 2013 to highlight the important role that the design...

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Captain’s Log: A Look Back at NYC Ferry’s First Year of Service


As the spring season sails ahead and as the summer nears, we have a lot to celebrate – including a very successful inaugural year for NYC Ferry!

Launched on May 1st of last year, the system currently operates across four routes -- East River, Astoria, South Brooklyn and Rockaway. The ferries have been a big hit, shortening commute times for millions of New Yorkers, giving them more time to be with family and friends, and the chance to get to know other neighborhoods they might not otherwise visit.

The popularity of NYC Ferry and ridership demand has far exceeded initial...

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