Your weekly update every Saturday is here.

EDC has wonderful announcements about a new crew that will help direct our NYC Ferry Captains starting May 1st. That, and many more exciting announcements below.

Be sure to log on to Rockawayprimetime.net weekly for your updates.

NYC Ferry
This week in NYC Ferry news, WNYC reported on NYCEDC’s ferry naming competition. Check out the winners in this video!

NBC New York reported from SUNY Maritime in the Bronx as they received a sneak peak of a high-tech simulator used to train NYC Ferry captains.

NYC Ferry service Rockaway route will begin Monday, May 1. Also, check out videos and pictures of the ferry boats making it up the coast to New York City!

Graffiti-Free NYC
This week, Bronx News 12 reported on the work of the Graffiti- Free NYC crew in Port Morris. Graffiti-Free NYC is the first full-time, street-by-street graffiti removal service in New York City and is a cooperative effort between NYCEDC, the New York City Department of Sanitation, and the Office of the Mayor.

Learn more on requesting graffiti removal service here.

Are smart clothes the next digital health breakthrough?
Technically Brooklyn reports that Bonbouton has been selected as part of NYCEDC’s Digital Health Breakthrough Network.

Bonbouton specializes in making clothes that help monitor skin temperature, heart rate, sweating, and muscle motion. The company, based in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, will receive support in designing and conducting pilot studies that gauge their products’ commercial potential.
News of the Week

Jamaica FEASTS
Are you an entrepreneur? Apply to the Jamaica Food Entrepreneurship and Services Training Space (FEASTS) program. Jamaica FEASTS provides resources, training, workspace, and more for entrepreneurs to help start or grow their businesses. The registration deadline is Friday, April 14. Call the Queens Library at 718.990.0895.

City Hall in Your Borough: Staten Island
Mayor de Blasio is wrapping up a successful week in Staten Island as part of City Hall in Your Borough. On Monday, NYCEDC President & CEO James Patchett attended a cabinet meeting with Mayor de Blasio and key agency leaders.

On Tuesday, NYCEDC attended the Interagency Resource Fair and spoke with dozens of community members about the exciting work taking place in Staten Island.
Finally on Thursday, the team was happy to join the Mayor at the Mayor’s North Shore Town Hall with Council Member Debi Rose to hear directly from constituents and connect them with City resources.

Downtown Staten Island Brochure
Hot off the presses, we released the Downtown Staten Island brochure to the public, highlighting the more than $1.6 billion in public and private investment in Staten Island’s North Shore. Read about the brochure in the Staten Island Advance and ConstructionDIVE. To learn more, contact DowntownSI@edc.nyc or visit edc.nyc/DowntownSI.

NYC Department of Transportation
How do you move around New York City? Help the New York City Department of Transportation understand your needs by sharing where you go, how you travel, and what you would do to make the system even better. Click here to take the survey.

Futureworks NYC Grant Awarded to Staten Island Makerspace
On Wednesday, the Mayor’s Office and NYCEDC announced that Staten Island MakerSpace, a nonprofit community workshop and co-working space, would receive $50,000 through the City’s Futureworks NYC initiative. The funding will enable Staten Island MakerSpace to purchase new advanced manufacturing equipment. Read more about Staten Island MakerSpace in the Staten Island Advance.

Applications are now open for the International Innovators Initiative (IN2NYC), an NYCEDC program created to help international entrepreneurs build their businesses in New York City and create jobs for New Yorkers. Apply here!
NYCEDC In Your Neighborhood

Helping Nonprofits Understand Leasing & Acquisition
Many New York City nonprofits have difficulty securing suitable workspace and are struggling with the financial, organizational, and legal obstacles of major real estate projects. We’re here to help.
NYCEDC, in partnership with Denham Wolf Real Estate Services and the Nonprofit Finance Fund, is presenting a lecture series to empower New York City nonprofits to successfully engage in leasing and acquisition processes. Register today!

Participants will gain a high-level understanding of:
Real estate deal structures
Opportunities for financing real estate projects
Methods for undertaking large projects
Leasing and acquisition fundamentals
And much more
For any questions, please contact faworkshops@edc.nyc

New York City is leading the Northeast in solar panel installations. According to City Lab, “In 2016, the number of residential projects across the five boroughs rose to more than 5,300 from 186 in 2011—the majority being located in Staten Island and Queens.”

We’re looking for partners to participate in Solarize NYC. For questions, contact us at nysolar@cuny.edu.

City Seeking Developer for Mixed-Use Site at 11-24 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City
NYCEDC, in partnership with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, is seeking proposals from qualified developers for the sale and redevelopment of 11-24 Jackson Avenue in Long Island City, Queens. The site spans over 58,000 square feet and is an opportunity to create a thriving mixed-use and mixed-income development with ground floor retail, a community facility, and much-needed open space. Contact us for more information.

To download a copy of the solicitation documents, please visit the RFP page. The submission deadline is 4:00pm Friday, April 21, 2017.

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