“Great parks make great neighborhoods – providing opportunities for recreation and reflection, acting as community gathering places, and improving the environment.”
“Hunter’s Point South Waterfront Park is an example of a space that does all of these things, and will act as a cornerstone for the continued growth and reclamation of the East River waterfront. I would like to acknowledge the hard work of our partners in government and the community, and congratulate the Economic Development Corporation on the completion of this stunning new park.”
- NYC Parks and Recreation Commissioner Veronica M. White, at today’s official unveiling of Hunter’s Point South Waterfront Park in Queens.
Photo Credit: NYC Mayor’s Office
Mayor Mike Bloomberg and NYCEDC president Kyle Kimball unveiled Hunter’s Point South Waterfront Park in Queens today. The 5.5-acre waterfront space will include an adult fitness area and dog run, as well as a stunning view of midtown.
The Makers are coming to New York City!
The Maker Faire is a family-friendly festival where the most creative, curious and constructive minds come together to show their creations, inventions, toys and experiments. This yearly event is a spectacular display of innovation and experimentation across all fields. You’ll find anything from robotics, rockets and RC toys to gaming systems, food innovations, textile making and more. It is two full days of demonstrations, interactive displays and experimental performances.
The Faire will be held on September 21st and 22nd at the New York Hall of Science in Queens, NY. The call for makers is open until Sunday, July 28th and early bird tickets for attending are now available.
Don’t miss this celebration of innovation!
The upcoming All-Star festivites hosted by the Mets will bring an estimated 176,000 visitors and generate $191.5M in economic impact for the City. Read more in Crain’s: http://bit.ly/17ETFgK
Weekday ferry service between the Rockaways (Beach 108th Street and Beach Channel Drive) and Lower Manhattan (Pier 11) will continue for at least the next six weeks, with the potential to continue the service through Labor Day weekend if ridership remains strong, Mayor Bloomberg, City Council Speaker Quinn, Deputy Mayor Steel and NYCEDC President Pinsky announced today.
In addition, beginning July 4th, enhanced weekend service between the Rockaways and Pier 11 in Lower Manhattan will also start with the addition of one service run in each direction every Saturday and Sunday through Labor Day. The weekend ferry will now also stop at Beach 108th Street. The enhanced ferry service, including the new stop, will provide an additional commuting option for Rockaway residents and bring visitors and economic activity to beaches and businesses impacted by Hurricane Sandy.
Keep reading on NYCEDC’s blog.
NYCEDC Chief Operating Officer Zac Smith and NYC Department of Parks and Recreation break ground on the repair of the Queensbridge Park Seawall, protecting the Long Island City shoreline from the effects of erosion while increasing waterfront access.
Photo credit: Ian Fried/NYCEDC
Yesterday, Mayor Bloomberg and NYCEDC announced the restoration of the long-abandoned Rockaway Courthouse, transforming a historic building into a new medical center. Built in ornate classical style in 1932, the 24,000-square-foot building has sat vacant for over 30 years, suffering significant neglect and deterioration. For over a decade, the City has been working with local stakeholders and developers to rehabilitate this historic building and restore it to an active use serving the local community.
NYCEDC has selected Harmony Group to renovate the building and establish a new medical center in the space featuring a multi-specialty ambulatory surgical center, which will provide new medical services for a community that recently saw the closure of a major hospital, Peninsula Hospital Center. Harmony will rehabilitate the entire building, which will house medical tenants providing medical and outpatient surgical services in specialties including ophthalmology, urology, obstetrics, gynecology, and orthopedics once construction is complete. The project is estimated to bring 64 construction and 45 permanent jobs to the Rockaways.
Read more on NYC.gov.
March 2013 Economic Snapshot: NYC Commuting Patterns, Residents and Workers
For our March 2013 Economic Snapshot, NYCEDC looked at new journey-to-work data via the Census Bureau that provide new insight into where New York City residents work and New York City workers live.
- 3.6 million NYC residents worked during the reporting period. The data show that City residents primarily work in their borough of residence: 84.2% of Manhattan residents worked there, while figures for the other boroughs range from 41.7% (Queens) to 50.3% (Brooklyn).
- 4.3 million people worked in NYC during the reporting period. 78.5% of these workers were also NYC residents, while 11% traveled from elsewhere in New York State and 8.4% came from New Jersey. Of commuters from other states, the two largest shares were Connecticut (0.9%) and Pennsylvania (0.5%).
- On a daily basis, commutes outweigh reverse commutes—the 912,451 people who traveled into the City is roughly three times the number of NYC residents who traveled to jobs outside the five boroughs (303,497).
Do you work in your borough of residence?