Meet Fayola Fair, NYCEDC's Summer PENCIL Fellow


By Richard Solomon, Associate Creative Director at NYCEDC

Yes, our summer intern, Fayola Fair, is a PENCIL.

And she's about to be a senior at Brooklyn Latin School. Fayola worked with NYCEDC this summer as a fellow through PENCIL, an organization that places outstanding high school students at various New York City businesses to prepare them for life in the workplace.

The PENCIL fellowship program's admission process is extensive. First, there is a PENCIL application, then the call for an interview. For Fayola, part of this was a mock interview for a fictional...

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NYC Point of View: Darryl Zuk


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"Different street grids come together and you get a sense of how NYC has developed and expanded over time."

According to Darryl Zuk, that's what the city looks like from 104 floors above. Twice now, Darryl has traveled 1,776 feet to the top floor of the newly built One World Trade Center—currently the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere—for a symbolic and awe-inspiring view of the city.

As a project manager in our Capital department, Darryl has worked on some of our most exciting construction projects around the city for nearly two years. In addition to his design and...

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New York City's Design Economy


From May 9th to May 20th, NYC celebrates its many creative assets during NYCxDesign, the city’s 2nd annual Design Week. The 12-day celebration coincides with a report released last week by the Center for an Urban Future that states that NYC leads the nation in the number of design firms. With 65% more designers than any other metro area in the U.S., and employment at city design firms increasing by almost 10% since the 2008 recession, NYC’s status as a design capital is rising.

NYCEDC is honored to support...

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2014 Coney Island Opening Day


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by Alexandra Silversmith, Development Analyst at NYCEDC 

On Sunday, thousands joined elected officials, community leaders, residents, and business owners to usher in the 2014 Coney Island amusement season.

The day kicked off with the 29th annual Blessing of the Rides at Deno’s Wonder Wheel Park. This Palm Sunday opening partnership between the Salt and Sea Mission and the Vourderis family provides local Coney Island kids with the opportunity to enjoy the amusements in their very own backyard.

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Made in NYC: Target Health


Target Health is a Made in NYC health company, founded by couple Jules Mitchel and Joyce Hays. Serving the pharmaceutical community since 1993, the company has met incredible success in its 20 years through innovative optimization of drugs, biologics, and devices.

NYCEDC is thrilled to have witnessed and supported Target Health through its participation in our Eds and Meds series of roundtables, as well as the 2013 NYC to Israel program. 

We spoke with co-founder Jules Mitchel about Target Health's mission and why they are proud to be in NYC.

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High School Students Code4Tomorrow At NYC GenTech's First Hackathon


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By Pasha Gol, Project Manager, Center for Economic Transformation

Eighty students gathered at Microsoft’s NYC headquarters in Times Square last Saturday at 9 am, eager to begin an intense, day-long adventure as part of NYC Generation Tech’s (GenTech) first NYC hackathon. Seasoned GenTech veterans were joined by students from across the five boroughs to “Code4Tomorrow.”

Their challenge: to identify ways to make a positive change in the communities where they live and to think about solutions for large social problems related to health, education, employment, and seniors. Students were asked to build a website/app...

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Message From The President


Kyle Kimball - New Years MessageNew York City’s outlook entering 2014 is bright.

The City boasts continued, record-high private sector employment, surpassing a record set more than four decades ago. Supported by employment growth in the outer boroughs, the City has recovered 338% of private-sector jobs lost during the recent recession, outpacing the nation. And thanks, in part, to NYCEDC’s efforts over the past several years to diversify our City’s economy, we have seen encouraging growth in new sectors like technology and life sciences, which will help New York City maintain its competitive edge for...

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2013: A Look Back At The NYCEDC Blog


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2013 was a busy year. Here on the blog, we've revealed who the leaders of some of NYC's next big ventures are, where the city's four-legged creatures reside, and when to catch the ferry. As we approach another year, here's a look back at our ten most read posts:

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Health's Importance to New York City's Economy


New Yorkers are getting healthier. In the past decade, average life expectancy for city residents has increased by 3 years to 80.9 years. This is 2.2 years longer than the average American life expectancy of 78.7 years.

This month's Economic Snapshot highlights New York City's improving health profile, and how this affects New York City's growing health care industry.

Some of the interesting trends revealed in the report:

  • The health care industry accounts for 12% of NYC...
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Mapped and Ready


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by Kat Lau, Project Manager, Center for Economic Transformation

Today was an exciting day for broadband enthusiasts. NYCEDC announced the launch of the NYC Broadband Map, an interactive record of the broadband infrastructure available in the city, as well as the go-live launch of several free pubic wifi corridors across all five boroughs.

The NYC Broadband Map showcases the broadband speeds and technologies available in commercial buildings across the city to increase...

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