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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NYC Point of View: Alexandra Silversmith


"As a native New Yorker and Brooklynite, I still find myself in awe of the city."

Alexandra Silversmith is an avid shutterbug, frequently posting photographic gems, big and small, from her adventures around the city on her personal Instagram. From August to September, Alexandra served as NYCEDC's Instagram Ambassador, posting several times a week to our account.

As a project manager in our Development Department (and resident Coney Island expert), Alexandra Silversmith serves as a liaison for local...

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Join NYCEDC at The Feast


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NYCEDC is excited to partner with The Feast for their flagship conference happening October 9th-11th.

The conference will bring together leaders across disciplines to re-imagine how things are done and to collaborate on making their big visions a reality.

The conference is structured to facilitate collaboration and will include:

  • Bold visions presented by inspiring speakers
  • Cross-sector collaboration on the most common goals and projects, defined and presented by industry leaders and the community
  • Interactive workshops, intimate one-on-ones, and round-tables;
  • Sessions that establish...
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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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