NYC BigApps 3.0 Launches

 |  CET


By Andrew Chen, Betsy Scherzer, and Kristy Sundjaja

On October 11, 2011, at a star-studded New York Tech Meetup headlined by Mayor Bloomberg himself, New York City launched the NYC BigApps 3.0 Competition. Entering its third year, the BigApps competition promotes government transparency and innovative new technologies by challenging mobile and web developers to create cool, free apps for New Yorkers using publicly released NYC data. With more data, prizes and resources this year than ever before, we're really...

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Sidewalk Cafes in NYC

 |  StatsBee

StatsBee is a new column featuring interesting statistics about NYC, written by economists at the Economic Research & Analysis department within NYCEDC’s Center for Economic Transformation. This week, StatsBee studies the proliferation of sidewalk cafés in NYC.

There’s something magical about dining streetside in NYC. And you can do so all across the City, especially in the West Village in Manhattan and in Astoria in Queens—both neighborhoods of which boast unusually high numbers of outdoor cafes. Read on for our top 5 list of largest sidewalk café spaces where we hope you can score a table.

  • The City has 861 licensed unenclosed sidewalk cafés, which contain a cumulative 209,784 square feet of space.
  • The vast majority of these (80%) are...
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BigApps: Advice From Previous Winner Danny Moon


The deadline for BigApps 3.0 submissions is less than one month away. For inspiration, we asked previous BigApps winners for words of wisdom for this year’s competitors. Read on for insights from Danny Moon, creator of UpNext 3D NYC and Co-Founder/CEO of UpNext. His team’s app gives users the scoop on the greatest shopping, the hottest restaurants, the coolest nightlife in the New York City area with a map in 3D.

What advice would you give new BigApps applicants?

Create something useful, unique and compelling. Take a look at all the datasets and figure out how to mash a couple together to extract greater value. 

What are your future goals for your app, your company, and/or yourself?<...

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New York Magazine: Reason #18 to Love New York? The East River Ferry.


Illustration by Peter Arkle

New York magazine hails our East River Ferry Service, which launched this year:

Since it launched in June, the East River Ferry, which currently stops at seven sites along the Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens riverfront, has transported nearly 600,000 people. That is 200,000 more riders than the city anticipated in the ferry’s entire first year. And yet, hopping aboard one of the ferries, you feel as if...

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Iconic Lighting Installation in Lower Manhattan RFP


Lower Manhattan

NYCEDC is seeking creative proposals for an iconic lighting installation in Lower Manhattan. The multi-year lighting and placemaking initiative is designed to build upon the neighborhood's reputation as a global hub of commerce and expand its appeal in the evening hours. It will also spur more diverse business activity by using the neighborhood's buildings and public spaces to create a strong neighborhood identifier visible to viewers both near and far.

Over the past decade, many investments have been made in Lower Manhattan to create and redevelop public spaces, enliven active corridors, and further connect the area to the rest of the city. The proposed...

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2012 Summer Fancy Food Show Contest



As part of the City’s continuing effort to strengthen the food manufacturing industry, NYCEDC is offering a great opportunity for NYC-based food manufacturing firms to win an all-expense paid package to showcase their product at the NASFT 2012 Summer Fancy Food Show on June 17-19, 2012 in Washington, D.C. A premiere international food trade event, the show is expected to connect more than 15,000 buyers to...

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New York Pizza

 |  StatsBee

As New Yorkers, we love to talk pizza. Nearly everyone has a favorite place, and many people claim to know the best slice. To our knowledge, only Colin Hagendorf would know objectively where the best in Manhattan is – because he has now been to every pizza place in the borough.

Whether you prefer coal oven, Sicilian, or a dollar slice from 2 Bros, sometimes what matters most is just which place is the closest. So which New York City neighborhoods have the highest number of pizza establishments? Using the latest available data from the Department of Health restaurant inspection results, we know this to be the East Village (zip 10003) with 33 pizza places....

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NYCEDC Holds Eds & Meds CEO Workshop on Proposed Industry Initiatives, October 19th

 |  CET

Session Summary by Chelsea Rao, Julie Chan, Lenzie Harcum, & Kristy Sundjaja
Center for Economic Transformation

New York City’s bioscience enterprises, academic medical centers, non-profit research institutions and healthcare technology companies—also known as “Eds & Meds”—represent a significant asset base from which to develop a broader bioscience cluster. On October 19th, we held the latest in our series of NYC workshops with senior leaders from the life sciences and healthcare sector as part of our Bio (Eds & Meds) NYC 2020 study. Building on a series of interviews, roundtables and workshops

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Applied Sciences NYC Update

 |  Seth Pinsky

In just one week, we will reach the City's deadline for academic institutions to submit their final proposals for Applied Sciences NYC, a groundbreaking initiative that has the potential to permanently impact the future of our local economy and create thousands of new jobs.

Last December, we launched Applied Sciences NYC with a Request for Expressions of Interest in which we received 18 responses from 27 top-tier science and engineering institutions around the world. In July, we began the next phase of the project with the issuance of a final Request for Proposals (RFP). This RFP seeks a university, institution or consortium to develop and operate a new or expanded applied sciences and engineering campus in New York City.

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The New York Times: "East River Ferries Are a Hit"


The New York Times praised our East River Ferry Service, which offers commuters a new transportation option and will help to revitalize New York City's waterfront:

The East River service is an experiment to spur development in revitalized sections of the industrial riverfront in Queens and Brooklyn. The boats connect Midtown and the financial district near Wall Street with, for the fall and winter, five spots on the east side of the river.

On weekdays, the boats have been running...

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