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It’s Time to Close the Gender Pay Gap for Good

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Tips for Salary Negotiation

The world champion U.S. women’s soccer team. Crazy Rich Asians screenwriter Adele Lim. Today cohost Hoda Kotb. The list of women who’ve been offered far, far less than their male counterparts makes clear: the gender wage gap affects women of all backgrounds, with far-reaching consequences for professional growth and financial security.

In New York City, women earn about 89 cents on the dollar compared to men. For women of color, the disparities are far steeper: Asian-American women in NYC earn 82 cents for every dollar a white man makes. For Black women, it’s 66...

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ConstructNYC Applications Open

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A proven game-changer for independent construction firms, ConstructNYC is once again accepting applications for firms to work on City projects. Interested companies should apply now to prequalify for the program. 

Launched in 2016, ConstructNYC awards NYCEDC construction contracts of up to $2M to minority/women-owned and...

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On the Sunnyside Yard, Part 7: Sustainability and OneNYC 2050

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As the City of New York and Amtrak continue a master planning process to explore the future of Sunnyside Yard in Western Queens, the “On the Sunnyside Yard” blog series explores a variety of topics related to the yard. In this seventh installment: the Sunnyside Yard Master Plan’s role in a sustainable NYC.

The Sunnyside Yard master planning process presents a once-in-a-generation opportunity to reimagine the future of Western Queens—and planning for the future means planning for a changing climate. Recent heat waves, flooding, and power outages have made the...

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5 Ways to Enjoy the Waterfront at Brooklyn Army Terminal

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Did you know that the Brooklyn Army Terminal (BAT) has a landscaped waterfront esplanade and plaza? Though BAT is mostly known for its modern manufacturing space, there is also a large public recreation area right behind the iconic, century-old buildings. Equipped with lounge chairs, picnic tables, and trees, this scenic stretch of the NYC harbor is also home to the Sunset Park NYC Ferry stop. Best of all, it’s open 365 days a year, from sunrise to sunset! Here are a few ways to take advantage of this space:

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Against All Odds: Transforming 42nd Street

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A recent documentary tells the story of the economic transformation of 42nd Street in New York City.

Since the early 20th century, 42nd Street has been a world-famous icon—its bright lights, vibrant characters, and street performers have made it one of the most recognizable parts of New York City.

But at one time in the city’s storied history, Times Square and 42nd Street were more a symbol of the economic blight that descended on the city in the 1970s and 80s. The...

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On the Sunnyside Yard, Part 6: The Size of the Yard

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As the City of New York and Amtrak continue a master planning process to explore the future of Sunnyside Yard in Western Queens, the On the Sunnyside Yard blog series explores a variety of topics related to the yard. In this sixth installment: the immense size of the yard.

Sunnyside Yard covers a vast 180 acres, and this wealth of space presents many opportunities for housing, parks, schools, shops, and much more.  As the master planning process continues, public meetings and community input will help shape the future...

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The Credentialization Domino Effect

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What is credentialization and what does it mean for the workers of New York City?

Since the 2008 recession, policymakers have been split on the reasons behind weak labor markets—periods with high unemployment, underemployment and/or slow wage growth. Some say a skills gap is to blame. Meaning, the skills that employers seek simply aren’t available in the labor market. Other experts, however, suggest that something else is at play: a process called credentialization, our topic here today.

What is Credentialization?
Credentialization is when employers raise the educational requirements

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On the Sunnyside Yard, Part 5: Findings from the Second Public Meeting

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As the City of New York and Amtrak, in collaboration with the public, the Steering Committee and the interagency team, continue a master planning process to explore the future of Sunnyside Yard in western Queens, the On the Sunnyside Yard blog series highlights our second public meeting.

In the second public meeting on the Sunnyside Yard master plan on March 26, more than 200 New Yorkers gathered at PS 166Q Henry Gradstein Elementary School in...

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A Win for the Environment: The Saw Mill Creek Wetland Mitigation Bank

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NYCEDC and the City are leading the charge to clean and restore the Saw Mill Creek Wetland by selling mitigation credits—a first for a major city like New York. Here’s what you need to know about the process.

  • What is the Saw Mill Creek Wetland?
    • The Saw Mill Creek Wetland is a 70-acre area of coastal wetland on Staten Island’s western shore that’s in the final stages of being cleaned and restored to its natural state.
  • Why are wetlands important?
    • Wetlands are home to water-purifying plants; serve as a wildlife refuge for birds, fish, shellfish, and other animals; and protect the coast from...
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On the Sunnyside Yard, Part 4: A History

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April 1954, Sunnyside Yard of the PRR and an Astoria Subway Train, from The New York Public Library

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 fourth installment in a blog series about the yard, its history, and the master planning process itself.

Like all of New York City, Sunnyside Yard has evolved over time, responding to the changing demands of the city, its residents, and the railroads that use it.

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