Rising to the Challenge: goTenna


Superstorm Sandy knocked out wireless cell towers in its path, leaving millions unable to communicate when they needed to most.

Realizing the need for off-grid communication, particularly in the case of a natural disaster, siblings Daniela and Jorge Perdomo developed goTenna, a small communications device that pairs wirelessly with a smartphone using Bluetooth Low-Energy. 

Consisting of an antenna, rechargeable Lithium-polymer battery, micro-USB connector, and a flash memory that can store hundreds of messages, goTenna devices are able to generate...

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Thinking Ahead: How Extra Office Space Drives Pivotal Thinking In The Big Apple


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This post is part of NYCEDC’s Thinking Ahead series, which features editorials from New York City leaders and influencers across key sectors and neighborhoods to foster dialogue around the issues impacting our city. 

Buildings are static, but business is dynamic.

Having started several companies and served as a Techstars mentor, David Mandell was all too familiar with the bane of every startup’s existence: office space. He...

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August Economic Snapshot: Ferry Transit in New York City


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By Kristina Pecorelli, Assistant Vice President, Economic and Research Analysis 

A new, affordable means of transportation to waterfront communities in New York City is coming soon...

Citywide Ferry Service! 

With service set to launch in 2017, water transit in NYC is the focus of our August 2015 Economic Snapshot.

History of NYC's Ferries 

Ferry service between Manhattan and what are now Governors Island and Brooklyn dates back to the 1630s.

By 1870, the ferry...

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Rising to the Challenge: CALM Energy


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By Royce Gene, Intern, Urban Innovation & Sustainability, Center for Economic Transformation 

New York’s power grid is old, unreliable and increasingly more strained–and it doesn’t take a Superstorm Sandy to prove it.

On hot summer days in the city, the vulnerability of our system can be just as apparent.

NYC-based smart grid company CALM Energy has developed a product that can help address this challenge, without requiring billions in capital investments to the grid.

Their product, 

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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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Behind the Scenes NYC with Untapped Cities: Staten Island



By Marcela DeLorenzo, NYCEDC Social Media Advisory Council Member and Guest Blogger 

Welcome to the new frontier. 

On July 25, I attended an enlightening behind the scenes walking tour of Staten Island.

Hosted by NYCEDC and Untapped Cities as part of the Behind the Scenes NYC tour series, the tour covered the developing areas of St....

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Helping Brooklyn's Youth Build Strong, Sustainable Futures at Reconnect Bakery


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Reconnect Bakery may look like your typical business, but something very special is happening behind the counter.

The bakery is fully staffed by young people and residents of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn and is part of a unique model for providing entry-level job opportunities to New Yorkers in need. 

Reconnect, a Brooklyn not-for-profit, operates a bakery, café, and graphic design company in the Bed-Stuy neighborhood and serves as a much-needed source of employment in the high-poverty area.

Founded in 2010 in response to youth violence, Reconnect’s mission is two-fold: to give young...

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Rising to the Challenge: FW Brown and Flood Panel


Superstorm Sandy's powerful winds and unprecedented high waves devastated New York City's coastline.

A record-setting thirteen-foot storm surge inundated subway tunnels, office buildings, and businesses, causing billions in flood damage and revealing our coastline’s vulnerability in an era of rising sea levels.

F. William Brown LLC, in conjunction with Flood Panel, LLC. offers a full range of flood protection services to protect small businesses from the threat of flooding and costly flood damage in the face of a future storm.

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Shooting For The Moon


By Katie Rosman and Matthew Weinberg, Center for Economic Transformation 

The term “moonshot” has come to define a breakthrough technological solution to a pressing, global-scale problem. 

Examples range from giant underwater buoys that harness the renewable power of wave motion to durable balloons that beam internet connectivity to disconnected geographies.

"Moonshots help drive the radical solutions that are necessary to solve some of humanity's toughest challenges," says Katy Kasmai, Google Program Manager and founder of “They propel humanity forward because they challenge our assumptions about...

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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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