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On the Sunnyside Yard, Part 3: Findings from the First Public Meeting

 |  NYCEDC

As the City of New York and Amtrak embark on a master planning process to explore the future of Sunnyside Yard in Western Queens, the On the Sunnyside Yard blog series highlights our very first public meeting.

Community engagement and feedback play a key role in any master planning process, and they are essential to the effort for Sunnyside Yard. Members of the many surrounding communities are in a position to offer unmatched local knowledge to help shape the vision for the future of the yard. With this in mind, the City and Amtrak hosted...

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Small Business Saturday in New York City

 |  NYCEDC

Small Business Saturday boosts support and awareness of local and small businesses nationwide. In light of the upcoming event, we’re taking a look at the economics of small businesses in retail [1] across the five boroughs of New York City.

Small Business Saturday may be a shop-local oasis between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but ever since its introduction by American Express in 2010, the day has been making waves.

NYC’s Small-Businesses: Where they Are
With over 32,000 small business retail establishments citywide in 2016, Brooklyn is king, with around 10,000 of them. [2]...

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A Day In the Life of a LifeSci NYC Intern: Brad Langhoff

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For the third in a series of posts from participants in this summer's LifeSci NYC Internship Program, we hear from Brad Langhoff, who spent the summer at AXON, a company that simplifies complex information to improve outcomes in health care.

Simplifying Complex Communications—My LifeSci NYC Internship with AXON

by Brad Langhoff

I’m originally from a very small town in Connecticut. Recently, I decided to swap out the quiet, wooded setting of the suburbs of East Granby for the bustling streets of New York by attending Fordham University and diving head first into a...

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On the Sunnyside Yard, Part 2: Master Planning 101

 |  NYCEDC

As the City of New York and Amtrak embark on a master planning process to explore the future of Sunnyside Yard in Western Queens, the On the Sunnyside Yard blog series takes a deep dive into what master planning is.

Cities across the globe are experiencing unprecedented population growth, and NYC is no exception. As more people move to already densely populated areas of the city, neighborhoods face complex challenges around housing, jobs, infrastructure, and quality of life. Creating a master plan is a primary method cities use to coordinate between public agencies, community advocates, elected officials, and other...

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A Day In the Life of a LifeSci NYC Intern: Husain Sodawalla

 |  NYCEDC

For the second in a series of posts from participants in this summer's LifeSci NYC Internship Program, we hear from Husain Sodawalla, who spent the summer at a nonprofit that supports biotech startups.

How I Incubated My Career with an Internship: The KiiLN Experience

by Husain Sodawalla

What is a person if not an aggregate of their experiences? I have had the joy and good fortune of learning at the feet of giants. My parents gave me my love for pharma, my teachers imbued me with scientific temper, and my alma mater in Udaipur, India gave me the tools to conduct research and contribute to science....

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A High School Intern’s Experience at NYCEDC

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This summer, New York City Economic Development Corporation invited select high school students to intern with the organization. Raymond Bell, a senior at Ralph R. McKee High School, interned with NYCEDC’s Development team, which is currently working on a master planning process exploring the future of Sunnyside Yard. In the below, Raymond shares some of his experiences as an NYCEDC intern.

A High Schooler at NYCEDC?

by: Raymond Bell

Being a 16-year-old high school junior isn’t the easiest thing, especially when you...

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A Day In the Life of a LifeSci NYC Intern: Aminoor Rashid

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Lucerna Inc. staff and internsAminoor Rashid (second from right) with colleagues at Lucerna, Inc.

For the first in a series of posts from participants in this summer's LifeSci NYC Internship Program, we hear from Aminoor Rashid, who spent the summer at Lucerna, Inc., an R&D company working to create tools to visualize and study RNA. 

From Science Fiction to Reality: A Day In the Life of a LifeSci NYC Intern
by Aminoor Rashid

As the only child of working...

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Every Week is Shark Week at the New York Aquarium

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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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LifeSci NYC Internship Boot Camp

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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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Why Hot Dogs? Plus Independence Day by the Numbers

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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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