In New York City 18 percent of startups are founded by women, while in Silicon Valley the number is a mere 10 percent. Attributed to the city’s diverse array of industries and a cohort of female professional willing to both invest and mentor, the city has become a preferable location for female-led startups.
The horse-drawn carriage industry, comprised of about 300 drivers and more than 200 horses, is harshly criticized by animal rights groups who say the horses are mistreated, don’t belong in city traffic, and could successfully be replaced with electric cars. But the drivers say they are animal lovers who work with very healthy horses, the industry wouldn’t survive if electric cars took over, and tourism could suffer.
Declining city funds and the growing number of non-industrial businesses in and around industrial business zones (IBZ’s) are at odds with the program’s original purpose.
A small number of startups have put Queens on the map as a potential place for the city’s expanding tech industry. Local advocates and business leaders believe the borough’s immigrant population—combined with affordable real estate and the promise of better amenities—could attract more companies to join its nascent tech scene and generate more jobs.
The Brooklyn Tech Triangle, an urban planning project designed to bring more than a million square feet of office space and at least 20,000 tech jobs to the area by 2015, is a wildly ambitious attempt to steer public resources and private interest in a new direction. But the scope of the project, and the sheer number of initiatives involved, makes the complete realization of the Brooklyn Tech Triangle unlikely, at least anytime soon.
The Landmarks Preservation Commission will hold a public hearing at the end of the month to discuss expanding Park Slope’s historic district, but not everyone is pleased to see the community locked in the past.