Crowd Based Capitalism – Thinking Ahead with Prof. Arun Sundararajan


By Maria Surilas, Research Assistant, Economic Research and Analysis

Airbnb, Uber, TaskRabbit and Lyft. These companies are just a few examples of what has been called the “sharing economy.” On Friday, February 26th, as part of its Thinking Ahead speaker series, NYCEDC hosted Prof. Arun Sundararajan of the Stern School at NYU to discuss the evolution and impact of the sharing economy. An authority on what he calls the “Crowd Based Capitalism”, the title of a forthcoming book, Prof. Sundararajan has advised the National Economic Council, the Federal Reserve Bank, the White House, and the Federal Trade Commission on the explosion of...

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Meet NYCEDC's Urban Assembly Interns


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Hi, our names are Viany Mejia and Theodore Perry.

We attend the Urban Assembly School for Global Commerce in East Harlem and have had the opportunity to intern with NYCEDC's Ports and Transportation department this summer. It's been a busy one!

As part of our internship at NYCEDC, we participated in the APA’s Youth In Planning Program. During the weeklong program, we worked on an urban planning project at La Marqueta, a NYCEDC...

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Maria Torres-Springer Takes The Helm As NYCEDC President



We are thrilled to welcome Maria Torres-Springer back to NYCEDC!

After being appointed President and CEO last month, Maria Torres-Springer steps into her new role at NYCEDC today.

Maria comes to NYCEDC from her post as Commissioner of the City’s Department of Small Business Services, where she focused the agency’s work around three key pillars: creating good jobs, stronger businesses, and a fairer economy.

From overseeing first-of-its kind...

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Imagine Your #FutureNYC



What's Your #FutureNYC Vision?

That’s the question we posed to attendees at last Thursday’s launch of the sixth annual BigApps competition, NYC’s premier civic tech initiative and the largest civic innovation competition in the country.

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BigApps challenges New Yorkers to build tools that help solve our city’s most...

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Let's Talk Data: I Quant NY's Ben Wellington Speaks At NYCEDC


By Devin Gould, Budget Analyst, Guest Blogger, and NYCEDC Social Media Advisory Council Member

Improv, urban planning, and quantitative analysis are not usually used in the same sentence. 

But for I Quant NY’s Ben Wellington it is the perfect cocktail to help planners make NYC a better place to live.

On June 3rd, Ben Wellington—a visiting assistant professor at the Pratt Institute and the vision behind the NYC open data blog, I Quant NY—came to NYCEDC's offices...

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NYCEDC and Untapped Cities Go Behind the Scenes of NYC's Most Prized Assets


Untapped Cities

Rediscover NYC.

NYCEDC, in partnership with the popular urban discovery blog, Untapped Cities, is thrilled to announce a new Behind the Scenes NYC Tour Series that will shine a light on some of our most exciting development projects.

Over the next several months, a monthly tour will give New Yorkers a unique, behind-the-scenes look at projects such as...

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2014: A Year in Review on the NYCEDC Blog


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2014 was another busy year for NYCEDC.

Under the de Blasio administration, we embarked on initiatives that create new paths to prosperity for all New Yorkers through expanded living wage laws and the reactivation of landmark cultural institutions. At the same time, 2014 served as a continuation of our work to build...

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NYC Point of View: Max Taffet


Max TaffetBy Max Taffet, Project Manager, Ports and Transportation Division

Over the month of November, I had the opportunity to be an NYCEDC Instagram Ambassador.

Before taking on the temporary title, I never could have guessed the variety of subjects and places I’d capture for my Instagram posts. When thinking about photo content, I regularly asked myself, “Is this right for the NYCEDC Instagram feed?”

After a month of posting, I’m surprised to say almost everything that came to mind was “right," or at the very least, not “wrong." NYCEDC is an...

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Thinking Ahead: An Introduction


Thinking Ahead

What does the future of New York City hold?

It’s no small question, but here at NYCEDC it’s among the big questions that drive us every day.

There are many: how do we develop opportunities for New Yorkers at all rungs of the economic ladder? How can we creatively use resources to improve transportation and housing? How do we foster the next generation of talent? Most fundamentally: How do we make New York City the best place to live, work, play, and raise a family?

We have the privilege of working with...

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NYC Point of View: Kat Lau


macs on macsA Tech September To Remember

Kat Lau had quite the month this past September contributing to a number of NYC tech milestones. As a project manager in the Center for Economic Transformation on the Media and Tech team, Kat works on projects that include Digital.NYC, NYC Tech Talent Draft, and our suite of...

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