Transportation Trends in NYC
New York City’s transportation industry is in the midst of an upheaval. Ridership through app-based services like Uber and Lyft has surged, while subway and bus ridership has declined.
Although there are many theories about the decline of public transit ridership, the data suggest that app-based services account for a growing share of the City’s transit network, and are, under certain circumstances, substituting public transit systems. As New York State exploresRead More
NYCxDESIGN 2017 by the Numbers
NYCxDESIGN drew nearly 350,000 attendees and added $60 million to the gross city product.
Approximately 347,000 people attended NYCxDESIGN 2017 to celebrate graphic design, architecture, urban design, fashion, furniture, and more. Of those, 71% were residents of the five boroughs and 29% were visitors. Representative of New York City’s global status, the event drew 34,600 visitors (10%) from the metropolitan area, 11,500 (3%) from...Read More
New York City's Dog Population
Those who don’t know us say that New York City is a dog-eat-dog town. We may act like alpha dogs, but real New Yorkers are truly poodles at heart. In fact, the data show that one in seven households in our city have at least one pup under its roof – so we must be softies deep down. Did you know that there are ruff-ly 425,000 canine companions in homes across the five boroughsRead More
How do Americans celebrate Fourth of July?
The National Retail Federation (NRF) predicts that 219 million Americans (nearly 70% of the population) will celebrate Independence Day this year. The number of people who will celebrate is 2% higher than last year and the average amount they plan to spend on food items this holiday is up 3% to $73.42 per person. In fact, the holiday is expected to generate $7.1 billion in revenue from food sales.Read More
New York City Construction Projects Reach New Heights
Current construction trends indicate a strong New York City economy. In 2016, the number of construction project starts was the highest in four years.
The majority of starts were building projects: 4,066 non-residential and 3,817 residential building projects were initiated in 2016. Meanwhile, there were 514 construction starts unrelated to buildings, which included infrastructural...Read More
Interest Rates and New Yorkers
The Federal Reserve raised interest rates on March 15, 2017 – only the third time since the height of the financial crisis. So, what does this mean for New York City’s economy? First, let’s explore how interest rates work.
Whenever an entity loans money, they will charge an interest rate that incorporates the time value of money that is lost when loaning out that sum of money (a dollar today is always preferable to a dollar in the future, so an interest rate is charged to make loaning money cost-effective). Therefore, as interest rates decline, more people borrow and spend...Read More
A Different Look at the Holiday Economy in New York City
New Yorkers love the holidays – it doesn’t take more than quick walk down any wintery block in Manhattan to figure that out.
Holiday music rings in every store, and “tree-lined street” fosters a whole new meaning as Christmas pines are sold on virtually every corner. And importantly, what we on the Economic Research & Analysis team call the holiday economy bustles with renewed fervor.
The holiday economy is comprised of a number of factors and this month we’re exploring how cultural and religious institutions throughout the City impact the local economic landscape.
Attendance at museums and historical...Read More
Thanksgiving in New York City: Parade, Tourism & Shopping
Thanksgiving By the Numbers
The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade draws 3.5 million enthusiastic visitors to Manhattan, as well as roughly 50 million television viewers. Festivities held over the long weekend have enticed thousands of tourists to visit New York City, boosting business for the city’s 50,000 hospitality workers and 300,000 food and beverage service employees. The economic benefits are clear: last November, retailers employed 360,000 New Yorkers for busy holiday shopping season that is kicks off on Black Friday.
Adding to the fun is Small Business Saturday which spurs business for the city’s roughly 207,600...Read More
October Sugar High: New Yorkers Love Chocolate & Sour Patch Kids
Candy and pumpkins energize the city that never sleeps.
This upcoming Halloween, 94 percent of Americans plan to purchase candy when polled by the National Retail Association. Applied to New York City’s population, this means that nearly 8 million people in the City will be flooding the closest Duane Reade and Trader Joe's for sweets.
Still deciding on treats for Halloween night? According to the sales data from the online retailer Candy Store, the New York State candy favorite is Sour Patch Kids. From 2007-2015, New Yorkers have ordered 198,000 lbs. of Sour Patch Kids on average from the online store in the...Read More
State of Manufacturing in New York City
To celebrate National Manufacturing Day, the Economic Research and Analysis team at NYCEDC looked at trends in the manufacturing industry in New York City. We found that the sector is on the rise, employing over 78,000 workers in 2015, or 2.1% of the city’s private sector employees. Specifically, since 2011, employment in manufacturing has grown 3.3% in the City. The size of manufacturing establishments is also expanding, with the average New York manufacturer employee base growing +8.1% in the last year alone.
Economists at Moody’s are also predicting that manufacturing will contribute an increasing amount to Gross City Product (GCP) over the next several decades (see below figure),...Read More