The city just released a Request for Proposals “from qualified individuals, organizations, or companies to develop, operate and maintain a co-working space, business incubator, or combination thereof in the Queens neighborhood of downtown Jamaica, with preference for locations on or proximate to Jamaica Avenue and/or Jamaica Station.” The New York City Economic Development Corporation will assist with funding for specific start-up costs and operating expenses. The NYCEDC is looking for proposals that include a well-managed work space with amenities and affordable rent, as well as a place that encourages local entrepreneurship and innovation. It must be a self-sustaining operation within three years. RFPs are due to the city by December 19th.

Photo by DHackettNYC


Image source: – announcing the New York’s Next Top Makers competition in October 2012

We recently heard from the folks at the NYCEDC about their New York’s Next Top Makers competition – this is “a competition to promote innovation in New York City;” we mentioned the competition a little while back. Now it’s time to whittle down the entries and the NYCEDC has decided to put it up to a vote – by you! Voting will help determine which entrepreneurs/inventors/makers are selected to receive studio space and mentorship from companies like Adafruit Industries, Shapeways and Honeybee Robotics.


We’ve found another map we like, this one from the NYC EDC on coffee and tea in NYC (click to enlarge).

Image source: NYC EDC

As you can see, in Queens, the dark patches are in Ridgewood, Glendale, and JFK (there are plenty of spots to get coffee at the airport). Frankly, the Glendale part threw us a bit, since we don’t think of Glendale as having one of “the highest density of cafés per ZIP code.” That said, it shares a zip with Ridgewood, which has a more pronounced cafe culture (here are some of the cafes in Ridgewood/Glendale)


Image source: Seastreak

Gothamist reports that temporary ferries are going to be available in the Rockaways as residents continue to handle the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Ferries will start running on Monday, November 12, and are the result of a partnership between the Mayor’s office, New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) and Seastreak, the ferry company. Mayor Bloomberg announced the news on Friday:

“Ferries will depart from Beach 108th Street and Beach Channel Drive (GMAP), where the Economic Development Corporation has been working to install a temporary landing, and stop at Pier 11 in Lower Manhattan with free transfers between Pier 11 and East 34th Street in Midtown. The service will start at 5:45 AM in the Rockaways with ferries departing for Manhattan regularly until 9:20 AM, with regular service resuming during the evening rush. One-way fares will be $2.”