Envisioning The Future Together With NYC Communities


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No matter what neighborhood you live in, we are in your community, listening to your voice.

Over the past few weeks, NYCEDC has been spending more time on the ground, speaking directly to communities to develop new neighborhood strategies.

Engaging with local residents is critical to the way we plan and implement future projects. After all, New Yorkers know best what their neighborhoods need. That’s why we’re getting input on priorities from the people who actually live, work, and play in neighborhoods all across the city.

This bottom-up approach to...

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Spotlight on 2015 NYC GenTech Winners: RIME


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Challenging. Eye-opening. Life-changing.

These are the words high-schoolers use to describe NYC GenTech, a tech-entrepreneurship summer program for students in lower-income communities across all five boroughs. GenTech provides hands-on learning experiences and mentorship opportunities for NYC’s budding entrepreneurs.

On September 17th, NYC GenTech finished off its 4th year with a standing-room only Demo Night.

Three finalist teams pitched their mobile apps and socially-minded...

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Get Wacky At The 2015 World Maker Faire


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It's an exciting week for anyone interested in learning to fix and create things in New York City. Maker Faire is here!

Maker Faire is the week that hackers, designers, roboticists, wearable fashionistas, programmers, creators, burners, forever learners, and the endlessly curious wait for all year long.

This weekend, World Maker Faire will make its presence known at the New York Hall of Science to showcase some of the most interesting, wacky, creative inventions around.

Visit New York's Next Top Makers Booth 

On Saturday, September 26th and Sunday,...

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3 Ways To Build an Inclusive, Equitable Model of Economic Opportunity


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By Alysa Hannon, Senior Project Manager, Center for Economic Transformation's Social Capital Desk

How do cities build a new urban practice?

On September 16, NYCEDC staff gathered for a discussion on this very question as part of our Policy to Practice Speaker Series featuring Ben Hecht, President and CEO of Living Cities. The event was organized by NYCEDC's Social Capital Desk and Chief Diversity and Innovation Officer Valerie Kennedy.

Hecht shared insights on innovative urban practices across the U.S. that are...

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Get Matched With Pilot Health Tech


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Pilot Health Tech NYC 2015 Has Launched!

NYCEDC, in partnership with Health 2.0 and Blueprint Health, is proud to announce today’s kickoff of Pilot Health Tech NYC 2015.

Pilot Health Tech NYC is a pioneering innovation initiative: a unique marketplace for digital health technologies, connecting buyers and sellers through curated matchmaking, technical assistance, and competitive commercialization awards.

Since launching in 2013, the Pilot Health Tech NYC program has successfully stimulated the growth...

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Inside House of Juice's New Brooklyn Storefront


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Without a doubt, the new juicery and brewery in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, House of Juice, is a "Made in Brooklyn" business.

Equipped with a "Garden to Cup" ethos, House of Juice's organic ingredients come from gardens in Brooklyn (including one in its own backyard!). House of Juice also serves its own freshly-brewed alcohol ciders, making it both a juicery and brewery—evoking the local spirit of Brooklyn in every sense.

House of Juice got its start as one of the inaugural group of small businesses offered affordable rent space at the...

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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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