On the Sunnyside Yard, Part 2: Master Planning 101


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


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


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


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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Essex Street Market Vendors on the Move


With Essex Street Market on the verge of a new home, a few vendors share their thoughts on the move.

When Essex Street Market relocates to the new Essex Crossing this fall, its current vendors will be moving along with it. We sat down with a few of them to hear their stories, thoughts on the market and community, and feelings about to moving to a new home. Learn more about the upcoming move here and enjoy the videos below.

Essex Olive & Spice House

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On the Sunnyside Yard, Part 1: What is Sunnyside Yard?


Over the next 18 months, the City and Amtrak are engaging in a master planning process to explore the future of Sunnyside Yard in western Queens. This is the first installment in a blog series about the yard, its history, and the master planning process itself.

The natural place to start when embarking on a years-long conversation about Sunnyside Yard is to answer the basic, yet important question: What is Sunnyside Yard?

 Here are a few facts to start:

  • Sunnyside Yard is an active approximately 180-acre rail yard, stretching over a mile and a half from east to west, surrounded by five distinct...
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Every Week is Shark Week at the New York Aquarium


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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3 Trends Changing Freight—and Why They Matter


Global Container Terminal- New York on Staten Island 

Freight is one of those not-quite-behind-the-scenes industries that affect us all. We want the items we’ve ordered online to be delivered quickly. We want our favorite stores to stay routinely stocked with fresh goods. And we want clean air and little traffic. Freight affects all of this and more.

The freight industry is anything but static. As consumer behavior evolves and technology advances, modes of freight transportation change, too. Three trends are currently altering...

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LifeSci NYC Internship Boot Camp


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


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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