Do you have a technology that can reduce building energy use & operating costs?
The NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services and World to NYC want your IDEA!
Learn more about their partnership and newly-launched Innovative Demonstrations for Energy Adaptability (IDEA) program.
Do you have a technology that can reduce building energy use & operating costs?
This past Saturday, NYC tech supporters gathered at Industry City for NYC BigApps’ first-ever Block Party. A celebration of civic tech and innovation, the party showcased tech demos, pitches, food, live music, and more! Thanks to HR&A, our esteemed panel of judges, and all who came out to support.
Check out some of the photos on Flickr.
Microsoft is supporting BigApps and other initiatives like it because we understand that some of our community’s most-needed solutions will be created by ad-hoc teams of regular people leveraging technology in new and innovative ways to change lives for the better.
That’s the power of technology. That’s what gets us up every morning.
John Paul Farmer, Director of Tech and Civil Innovation at Microsoft, on why programs like NYC BigApps help make the world a better place.
It’s that time of year!
Residential building owners and managing agents must register and update their property information with NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development (HPD).
Get your forms at on.nyc.gov/RegisterYourProperty and submit them by September 1st, 2014. Be sure to include your email address to receive updates to Housing Maintenance Code requirements, notices of complaint, and information about violations issued to your property.
This Week in NYC Tech
This Week in NYC Tech is a NYCEDC weekly series that features interesting happenings in the New York tech community. Events are curated from what we see around the Internet. Get plugged in!
Monday, July 21
6:00 pm: Are you a game developer interested in creating a game in Flash but aren’t familiar with the platform? Get a introduction to working in Flash at tonight’s class at General Assembly.
7:00 pm: Learn from experienced entrepreneurs on how to go about your first, or next, round of investment capital for your startup.
Tuesday, July 22
6:00 pm: Interact and network with fellow New York City entrepreneurs at this month’s “This Ain’t Your Mama’s Business Mixer.” Collaborate with colleagues as particular businesses showcase their products and services.
7:00 pm: Come out to Culturefix for a fantastic round of demos, cool brews, and some awesome folks who are building, creating, and making moves in New York City.
Wednesday, July 23
6:00 pm: Head over to the Scandinavia House to see Fashion 2.0 put on their annual startups showcase which will be the first and biggest event celebrating entrepreneurship in the fashion & tech community.
7:30 pm: A content model defines the structure of your web contect. This session explores the concept of content modeling, shares examples, discusses implications, and showcases latest trends that offer notable impact on how you can craft your content and deliver your stories through the web.
Thursday, July 24
7:00 pm: Get advice from experienced and successful startup entrepreneurs on how you can best market yourself to land a job with a NY Startup.
6:30 pm: Technology is now pervasive in many industries and understanding the elements that comprise tech is becoming more and more important. Learn why it is important to learn how to code no matter what industry you work in.
Friday, July 25
9:00 am - 5:00 pm: SQL provides powerful but reasonably simple tools for data analysis and handling. This bootcamp will take absolute beginners through the basics of SQL to an ability to write queries with confidence.
Saturday, July 26
10:00 am - 6:00 pm: Bring your creative ideas to life with Adobe Illustrator, the industry-standard vector graphics software, used by designers and illustrators who want to create digital graphics, logos, illustrations, and original typography. Learn the basics of this software at this Weekend Workshop.
A historic culinary destination on the Lower East Side, Essex Street Market is home to more than 20 independent merchants. This series features the characters that make up the bustling corner of Delancey and Essex Street.
Saxelby Cheesemongers is the first cheese shop in the country devoted solely to American farmstead cheese. Much to the delight of New York City cheese lovers, owner Anne Saxelby has curated a unique selection of cheeses from over 30 dairies in the Northeast and beyond.
We caught up with Anne to discuss how she’s been able to build a shop that successfully connects cheesemakers to foodies in New York.
Owner name: Anne Saxelby
Business name: Saxelby Cheesemongers
Market start: May 2006
Product sold: Locally produced cheese and dairy products
Why did you start Saxelby Cheesemongers in Essex Street Market?
I started the business in May of 2006. As a former resident of the LES, I discovered the market when I moved into the neighborhood in 2003. I’ve always been fascinated by the market and it’s crazy, chaotic diversity.
When it came time to start Saxelby Cheesemongers, a friend mentioned that there was a vacant stall in the market, so I went to check it out and thought it was the perfect place to try and launch my cheese business.
What is your favorite memory at the market?
Probably Saxelby Cheese’s opening day. All of my friends and family were there. We had cheese, wine and accordion music, compliments of Walter, the owner of Main Squeeze on Essex Street.
What is Saxelby’s specialty?
Saxelby Cheesemongers specializes in locally produced cheese and dairy products. These are some of the best cheeses, butters, yogurts (you name it!) in the world… certainly on par with anything coming out of Europe.
The stories of the cheesemakers, how they got started, why they chose cheese, and why they make the cheeses they do is endlessly fascinating, fun, and inspiring. In the US there are now over 1,000 small-scale artisan cheesemakers at work! That’s something that most Americans aren’t aware of…
What is your favorite time of the week at the market and why?
Monday, when it is quiet in the market and we can get ahead with the week’s prep.
Do you source any products from within the market?
We source bread from Pain d’Avignon for our grilled cheese sandwiches, and all of our cleaning supplies from Batista around the corner.
Most importantly, we also source all of our snacks from the market! Between Rona’s cookies, Viva’s fruit salads, Ron and Ira’s fish sandwiches and Ni’s array of delicious and healthy cooking, we’re more than all set.
Do you have any “fun facts” about your business?
In addition to our shop in the Essex Market, we also have a cheese ‘cave’ in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Since the launch of the business, we’ve started selling to a lot of restaurants, so we needed more space!
I also host an internet radio show all about cheese called ‘Cutting the Curd’ on the Heritage Radio Network.
This Weekend In NYC
It’s going to be pleasant so get out and enjoy the many events happening around NYC. Here are our 5 picks:
- Build a Sand Castle: Saturday, July 19th, 9 am. Staten Island Beach Fest is launching! Join award-wining sand castle builder Matt Long at Staten Island’s Midland Beach for a view of his latest work, plus live music and free ice cream.
- Dance: All weekend, July 18th - 20th. Head out to Fire Island for the 20th Anniversary of the Fire Island Dance Festival. Enjoy live performances from professional dance groups while supporting a good cause.
- Sleepover: Saturday and Sunday, July 19th - 20th. Know anyone who has slept in a major league baseball stadium? Probably not many. But the Mets are giving you a chance to sleep under the lights of CitiField with this 15-hour sleepover event.
- Walk the Block: Saturday, July 19th, 12 pm. Watch NYC BigApps competitors pitch their innovative applications at the first ever BigApps Block Party in Industry City. Food, games, and team tech demonstrations. May the best app win.
- Sing: Friday, July 18th, 7 pm. Let everyone hear your best Aretha Franklin impression tonight at Coney Island’s Free Karaoke on the Boardwalk Summer Series. Don’t be shy!