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.Read More
Rising to the Challenge: Red Hook Initiative
When a neighborhood goes dark, keeping communities connected is key.
Like many other neighborhoods, the low-lying community of Red Hook was hit hard by Superstorm Sandy. While internet and communication systems were down throughout much of the city, Red Hook remained connected through its community designed, community built wireless mesh network.
Red Hook WIFI, a product of the Red Hook Initiative (RHI), began as a small pilot project in early 2012 to provide a resilient platform to access essential services and...Read More
Rising to the Challenge: Bright Power's Resilient Power Hub
Superstorm Sandy revealed just how vulnerable our electric grid is to extreme weather.
This inspired Bright Power, an energy management company, to develop a product that will provide power resiliency to buildings even in the worst conditions.
As one of 11 winning teams in our RISE : NYC competition, Bright Power will share up to $30 million with the other winners to implement its technology at Sandy-impacted small businesses across the city.
Over the next few weeks, our blog series Rising to the Challenge...Read More
Building A More Resilient NYC
In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, we learned that New York City had to be more environmentally and economically resilient.
These elements came together seamlessly at the awards ceremony for RISE : NYC. Resiliency Innovations for a Stronger Economy (RISE) is a NYCEDC competition that was launched in early 2014 to seek out the world's most promising...Read More
Helping Urban Tech Startups Reach the Next Level
By David Gilford, Vice President, and Jason Goode, Project Manager, Clean Technology & Energy
To help New York City's entrepreneurship ecosystem grow, NYCEDC is launching a new model of support for fast-growing companies that are solving our most pressing urban challenges
New York City has a vibrant and extensive early-stage startup ecosystem that includes NYCEDC’s network of 16 business incubators and co-working spaces. These facilities have helped over 1,000 companies and 1,500...Read More
Compete To Be Best For NYC
Your business may be best in NYC, but is it the best for NYC?
New York City businesses are at the cutting-edge, offering first-class products and services. Lots of companies compete to be the best in NYC.
But at NYCEDC, we’re asking a different question with a new initiative launched last week: can you be best for NYC?
What is Best for NYC?
When Bogota Latin Bistro, a Colombian/Latin American restaurant in Park Slope, Brooklyn, opened...Read More
The Solar Alternative
Installing a Solar Photovoltaic System with Grid Alternatives. Photo by Stacy Lee, OLTPS
By Luke Clause, Senior Project Manager, Center for Economic Transformation
Earlier this month, members of NYCEDC’s Clean Technology and Energy Team helped install a solar photovoltaic (PV) system on a home in Far Rockaway through Grid Alternatives, the nation's largest nonprofit solar contractor.
Grid Alternatives is a nonprofit organization that installs clean, cost-saving solar electric systems exclusively for low-income families at no cost, with help from various...Read More
Rising to the Challenge
At this week’s Technology Demo Night, set against the stunning backdrop at the New York Academy of Sciences, companies demonstrated exactly how they would protect communities and small businesses from future storms.
A few weeks ago, at the start of Climate Week, Mayor de Blasio committed New York City to a bold new goal: reducing carbon emissions 80% by the year 2050. Through the new plan, “One City: Built to Last," the City will work to...Read More
2014 NYC BigApps Expands Tech's Reach
Can your cell phone help reduce your heating bill and strengthen tenant’s rights?
Yes, thanks to one of the winners of this year’s NYC BigApps competition.
On Tuesday night, NYC BigApps, the nation's largest municipally-supported civic innovation competition, awarded over $100,000 in prize money to tech solutions that help solve some of New York City’s most pressing challenges. In an award ceremony that Mayor de Blasio joked is "bigger than the Grammys, bigger than the Emmys,” NYC BigApps awarded $20,000 to each winner in...Read More
RISE : NYC Finalist Spotlight: NYC Daylighting
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...Read More