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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
Coming or Going? NYC Migration Ins and Outs
Each year, thousands of people arrive in New York City and settle here, and thousands of people leave.
By many metrics, New York City’s economy is as healthy as ever. There are more jobs in the city than at any time in history, and the unemployment rate has fallen to historically low levels. Yet this success doesn’t mean that the city will keep all of its residents. So, are more people coming or going?
New York City has a negative net domestic migration rate. Translation: more people leave one of the city’s five counties than move in. What’s more, that trend has accelerated in recent years, from a rate of -0.2%...Read More
New Yorkers and Their Cars
The New York International Auto Show runs from March 30 to April 8, which got us thinking about the car culture (or lack thereof) in New York City.
According to recent census estimates, almost 1.4 million households in New York City own a car compared to 3.1 million total households. This means 45 percent of all households in the city own a car (and almost 3 percent that own three or more!). Ownership is lowest in Manhattan, where only 22 percent of households own a car, while ownership is highest in Staten Island where cars are owned by 83 percent of all households. Queens (62 percent) is also above the city average, while the Bronx (40...Read More
If I’d Only Known: 3 Tips for Success in the Workplace
In honor of Women’s History Month, NYCEDC is highlighting the wisdom of three of its own.
We asked Nicole Ackerina, Nikita Sharma, and Tiffany-Ann Taylor what advice they wished they’d received when they were first starting out in the workplace. The women, all members of the organization’s Women’s Leadership Group, quickly agreed on some themes.
Nikita Sharma, a project manager for NYCEDC’s Capital program, remembers how much she wanted to appear familiar with her field of work when she first started out. She’d nod...Read More
Coney Island Opens for the Season
Forget that spring just blew in with a nor’easter or that Memorial Day is still two months off. The only season that matters is starting this Sunday in the south of Brooklyn: summer in Coney Island.
For more than 60 years, Palm Sunday has marked the official opening of Coney Island’s amusements. This year on Sunday, March 25, opening day will celebrate the glory and history of Coney Island with a full lineup of events, including the annual Blessing of the Rides at Deno’s Wonder Wheel Park, the Egg Cream Christening of the Cyclone’s first car (with free egg cream samples), and free rides on the Cyclone and Wonder Wheel themselves.
Generations in NYC, part 2: What’s the Generational Makeup of Your PUMA?
This is the second installment of our series looking into the different generations of New Yorkers; what they are, how the differences between them impact New York City’s labor force, and how they affect the city’s neighborhoods.
In the first installment of our series on generations, we gave a snapshot of each generation in New York City. This snapshot broke down the generations by demographic and employment trends and gave an overview of where each generation lives. We found higher...Read More