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Lord & Taylor Returns to New York

At the beginning of 2019, New Yorkers bid farewell to the iconic Fifth Avenue Lord & Taylor department store. But now, at the end of 2019, New Yorkers can rejoice once again. Lord & Taylor will be opening a 2,400-square-foot pop-up shop for two weeks in mid-December. The temporary shop will be in Soho, an area of Manhattan that is full of seasonal pop-ups, high-end fashion shops, and empty storefronts. Shoppers can expect a meticulously…

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New York Named Most Innovative City

As 2019 comes to a close, New York has one more thing to be proud of: making #1 on the list of the world’s most innovative cities. Last year’s winner, Tokyo, got bumped down to number two. Three other U.S. cities also made the top 10, Los Angeles, Chicago and Boston. This was the first time since 2007 that Chicago made the list, due to the growing number of start-ups and top-ranked universities planting roots…


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California Mom Brings Tech, Jobs, and Innovation to NYC

2020 will see an estimated 1.4 million tech jobs available in the U.S. Some 70% may remain unfilled. Tina Lee, the founder of MotherCoders, is determined to bridge that gap by arming moms with the necessary tech skills to land these well-paid opportunities. Lee first thought of the idea when she was on maternity leave from her job as a director of innovation for the California State Controller’s Office. She realized that her lack of…


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Absolut(e) Air: Vodka Made From What We Breath

Brooklyn-based startup Air Co. has just released a vodka made from carbon dioxide. The electrochemical conversion of carbon dioxide into alcohol is not new; Air Co. is the first to produce and scale a drinkable beverage out of it. The new drink’s label reads “vodka made from air, water and sun.” As a player in the trendy food and beverage sustainability movement, Air Co. made “the world’s first carbon-negative vodka,” with each bottle a result of the…


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New York Welcomes Start-Up Nation’s Best

New York’s growing tech force has led many Israeli high tech companies to open headquarters in the Big Apple. A report by the New York-Israel Business Alliance, an outfit promoting economic prospects between New York state and Israel, showed that Israeli-founded companies make a significant impact on the state economy: $18.6 billion in revenue in 2018. The study also found that between 2014 and 2016, Israeli start-ups secured $3.5 billion in venture capital funding. Just…


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Wegmans Now in NYC

Wegmans Food Market, the popular family-owned regional chain, now has a branch in New York City.  The retailer opened a 74,000-square-foot store in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, making it the 101st store for the 103-year-old company. With headquarters in Rochester, New York, Wegmans locations can be found all along the east coast as far south as North Carolina. New York Sen. Chuck Schumer attended the store’s grand opening ceremony and explained that Wegmans “is what…


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Teens Need Some Credit (Cards)

Teens and young adults (under 18 years old) are not eligible to apply for their own credit rating, but they can be “carried” on their parents’ cards as authorized users. While giving a teenager a credit card may seem precarious, it can also be a positive educational tool for emerging adults. Jack E. Kosakowski, president and chief executive of Junior Achievement USA, an organization for financial literacy and entrepreneurship promotion among young people says: “I…


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Eco-Friendly Construction Aided by New Lending Program

New environmental laws, designed to combat climate change, are driving up the costs of real estate development. Now developers are taking advantage of a financing tool to help pay for green-building requirements. The loan model, known as Property Assessed Clean Energy, or PACE, was created in 2008 to subsidize the costs of building improvements that create environmentally sustainable and resilient properties. PACE is emerging as developers go-to for creating more energy-efficient buildings that are compliant with…


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New York Businesses Selected as Finalists in Grow-NY Food Business Competition

Seven New York businesses were among eighteen companies selected to take part in the first round of the state-funded Grow-NY food innovation and agriculture technology business challenge. The finalists were chosen from nearly 200 startups that had submitted applications to the contest, which seeks outstanding ideas for new food, beverage or agriculture businesses. An additional two rounds of competition will ultimately select seven winners who will be awarded a total of $3 million, paid in stages based…


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Health-tech hub expands to New York

New York is the newest location for an innovation center of the Chicago-based health-tech incubator Matter.  In collaboration with the New York City Economic Development Corporation, Matter is working to connect startups with life sciences companies, health care providers, academic research centers and health-related organizations. Steven Collens, Matter CEO, said “the expansion will create East Coast opportunities for Chicago-based companies and help New York companies enter the Midwest,” yielding economic growth for all. Matter plans to leverage its nonprofit, no-equity model to…