This Weekend in NYC
Say it ain’t so. It’s Labor Day Weekend, which some say is summer’s last call. Finish the summer off right with these events.
- Friday Night Fireworks: 9:30 pm. Make your way to Coney Island for Brooklyn Unicycle Day, then on to the boardwalk for the last fireworks of the season. Position yourself between West 10th and West 15th Streets for the best view.
- Staten Island Beach Fest: All weekend. Enjoy one last weekend of amazing food, live music, and activities on the beautiful Staten Island beaches. Snap a photo and tag #SIBeachFest for a chance to score a Staten Island Yankees gift pack! Check the calendar for a listing of events.
- Brooklyn Bazaar: Friday and Saturday night, 7 pm - 1 am. Greenpoint’s Brooklyn Bazaar hosts a parade of hip artists who play free shows Fridays and Saturdays. Enjoy great food and art as well.
- Brazilian Day New York: Sunday, August 31st, All Day. Celebrate Brazil’s Independence Day with the 30th Annual Brazilian Day Festival. Enjoy music, dance, food and a sea of green-and-gold-bedecked expatriates. The festival’s main stage will be located on Sixth Avenue between 43rd and 44th Streets, while the street fair takes place on East 46th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues—the heart of Little Brazil.
- West Indian American Day Carnival: Monday, September 1, 11 am. The annual celebration of NYC’s Caribbean community. Hear the colorful sounds of reggae and calypso music and admire elaborate costumes. The parade runs along Eastern Parkway from Schenectady Avenue to Grand Army Plaza and then continues down Flatbush Avenue.
Our August Economic Snapshot reports solid job and establishment growth across all five boroughs in the last decade.
Manhattan is still home to the greatest share of the city’s total jobs. But with significant growth outside of Manhattan, the other four boroughs combined now hold a slim majority of City establishments (51%).
Here are other highlights from the report:
- Brooklyn is home to the highest share of small businesses, with 92% of its businesses employing fewer than 20 people. Brooklyn also saw the greatest absolute gain in establishments.
- See the top employment growth industries by borough above.
Find more highlights from the snapshot here.
Last month, the de Blasio Administration announced Small Business First, a new initiative led by the NYC Department of Small Business Services and the Mayor’s Office of Operations. In coordination with multiple City agencies, this initiative seeks to simplify the City’s regulatory climate and make it easier for businesses to interact with government. Building upon previous reforms, the initiative seeks to make changes that will assist businesses by:
- Providing better information about government requirements and how to comply
- Simplifying rules and compliance processes to reduce violations
- Ensuring enforcement focuses on promoting compliance through education and flexibility
- Easing the process for correction and adjudication of violations
- Engaging underserved communities to better deliver services
Mayor de Blasio has tasked the NYC Department of Small Business Services and the Mayor’s Office of Operations with developing recommendations by working with City agencies, community stakeholders and soliciting input from businesses across the five boroughs.
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, August 25
7:00 pm: Join the NY EdTech meetup at Knewton for a discussion on technology’s application to the Common Core standards. Follow the discussion on Twitter with @NYEdTech and #NYEdTech.
6:30 pm: Calling all CTOS, come ready to discuss common dilemmas with other technology officers.
6:30 pm: Get ready to doge, duck, dip, dive and dodge! Join Silicon Valley Bank and UA Maker Academy for a night of friendly competition and networking at the inaugural NYC Startup Dodgeball Tournament. Sign up to secure a spot. All proceeds will be donated to the UA Maker Academy, a high school designed for the next-generation entrepreneur.
Tuesday, August 26
7:00 pm: Join Startup Weekend as they bring fashion tech to a global stage. Panelists include the founders of Rebecca Minkoff and Decoded Fashion.
7:00 pm: Meet key players in the real estate industry from startups in the city and how they’ve used tech to innovate. Panelists will include representatives from Floored, Suitey, and KISI.
7:00 pm: Leading data scientist Hilary Mason will share some of her experiences and insights related to visual exploration.
Wednesday, August 27
7:00 pm: BetaTalk’s meetup will feature advocates who are working to improve the future of Open Government in our State House. Reinvent Albany representatives will walk through several reports that outline transparency issues at stake.
6:30 pm: Check out some amazing things lady coders have been building.
7:00 pm: David Nolen, one of the developers behind the Brooklyn-based workshop Kitchen table Coders, will be speaking about the Immutable Stack at Gilt’s offices. Be sure to RSVP.
Thursday, August 28
6:30 pm: This meetup will focus on tools for web performance optimization. Held at Spotify headquarters, the meetup will also discuss use cases for other tools.
6:00 pm: Come to the monthly Latin America Tech Meetup in New York, where every month noted entrepreneurs, hackers and investors get together to discuss trends and opportunities in the convergence of tech startups and Latin America.
10:00 am: During this intense full-day workshop, you’ll learn to advance your skills in Unity. This seminar is designed for people with beginner-to-intermediate experience and who are looking to advance their skills with cross-platform 2D games.
Friday, August 29
12:00 pm: Legal Hackers’ annual fundraiser gala will be held at Fridman Gallery and help fund amazing future events and projects through NYLH.
12:00 pm: Enjoy great conversations with people passionate about tech and startups.
Saturday, August 30 - Monday, September 1: Labor Day Weekend
Disconnect and enjoy!
This Weekend in NYC
Is it really August? This weekend we’re in for cool weather that will feel more like fall than summer. Enjoy with these free events.
- Staten Island Beach Fest: All Weekend. Enjoy the beautiful Staten Island beachfront with free fitness, ice cream, music and games for the whole Staten Island community! Check out the schedule here.
- Governors Island Vintage VW Show: Sunday, August 24th, 7 am - 1 pm. It’s the largest gathering of vintage VW Beetles, dune buggies and microbus models in NYC. Don’t miss this once-a-year view of the NYC skyline behind a line-up of vintage buggies. (There’s also a Volkswagen traffic jam lined up if that’s your scene.)
- Metropolitan Opera Summer HD Festival: Saturday, August 23 - September 1, 2014. Opera’s biggest stars shine on the big screen during the Met’s annual HD festival. Held outdoors and it’s FREE!
- International Hip Hop Parade: Saturday, August 23rd, 11 am - 5 pm. Held on Bathgate Avenue between Cross Bronx Expressway and Claremont Parkway, the parade will showcase all elements of hip hop.
- La Marqueta Retoña: Cultural programming all weekend. There will be an open house tonight from 6 - 8 pm with live music and movies, tomorrow will kick off Salsa Satruday and alternative music on Sunday.
Which team of young scientists will prevail?
For the past 3 weeks, 6 high school teams have been prototyping biomedical devices and business plans through Harlem Biospace’s summer Hk Maker Lab. These budding engineers are now hammering out final tweaks for tonight’s pitch event, where they will present their ideas to executives in the biomedical community.