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Community: Working with New Yorkers, for New Yorkers.

For us, economic development is about more than just the bottom line—it’s about human impact and making a positive difference in how New Yorkers live, work, and interact with one another. That’s why we are investing in the jobs, industries, and communities that will drive New York’s economic future and make our city stronger, safer, and more equitable.

We’re working with community leaders and elected officials across the city to deliver resources that meet long-standing needs, from affordable housing that enables individuals and families to plant roots in their communities to strategic investments in transportation that create new points of connection to new cultural amenities that celebrate the incredible diversity and history of NYC’s neighborhoods.

NYCEDC puts New Yorkers in the driver’s seat, empowering people of every background to shape the future of their communities.

The Peninsula

We broke ground on The Peninsula, a transformational project to convert the former Spofford Juvenile Detention Center in the Hunts Point community of the South Bronx into a vibrant, mixed-use development.

Before its closure in 2011, the Spofford Juvenile Detention Center had been a source of pain and loss for Hunts Point—but we’re working with the community and our City partners to transform it into a symbol of hope and renewal. The Peninsula project represents everything we stand for at NYCEDC: affordable homes, community facilities, open space, and good-paying jobs for New Yorkers.

Restoring Hope

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Square feet of open/recreational space at The Peninsula, including a new public plaza

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Units of 100% affordable housing

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Square feet of light industrial space at The Peninsula for food entrepreneurs

NYC Ferry Expansion

The NYC Ferry system is coming to all five boroughs, with the extension of service to Staten Island and Coney Island, plus the modification of two existing routes to include new stops in the Bronx and Brooklyn. This provides new points of connection for New Yorkers, helping them get where they need to go, while increasing access to jobs, schools, and communities.

Essex Market

Flavor has a new address on the Lower East Side with the opening of Essex Market at its new Essex Crossing home. The revitalized market features:

  • A 37,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility
  • 37 vendors
  • Two full-service restaurant spaces
  • A demonstration kitchen for cooking classes and educational programming

A key piece of the larger Essex Crossing Development project on the Lower East Side, Essex Market will continue to offer affordable foods and specialize in a wide variety of grocery items and culinary products, including gourmet cheeses, premium cuts of meat and fresh fish, and prepared foods for every palette.

Harlem African Burial Ground Exhibition

We worked with the City and the Harlem African Burial Ground Task Force to launch “Reclaiming History, Reinvesting in East Harlem”, a free exhibition at the La Marqueta public market in East Harlem.

The exhibit tells the incredible story of the Harlem African Burial Ground—the half-acre spot where New York’s community of African descent buried its dead from the 17th through the 19th centuries. As the city expanded and developed, the burial ground was neglected, left behind, and ultimately developed over. Now, NYCEDC is righting this historical wrong by reclaiming, preserving, and recognizing the site’s historic significance.

A new outdoor memorial is being built on the footprint of the former burial ground, while the remainder of the block will become home to a new cultural center and mixed-use development for the East Harlem community.

126th St African Burial Ground Exhibition. Photo by Kreg Holt/NYCEDC.

Restoring History, Building the Future

Explore the 126th Street African Burial Ground Memorial and Mixed-Use Project.

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Downtown Far Rockaway

NYCEDC and City partners broke ground on the $139 million Downtown Far Rockaway project. This project is the Queens neighborhood’s first major infrastructure investment in decades, designed to bring new streets and pedestrian space, landscaping and green infrastructure, and improved stormwater drainage. We’ve made great progress to-date—and we’re just getting started.

Investing in the Neighborhood

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Square footage of the pedestrian plaza to be created

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Small businesses outfitted with state-of-the-art wireless mesh network infrastructure

New Public Open Space

NYC Parks is transforming the City-owned lot at Nameoke and Augustina Avenues, transforming it into a new community park.

Legal Services for Tenants

From September 2017 to June 2018, the City provided 574 households in Far Rockaway with free legal services through HRA’s Office of Civil Justice.

Bedford Union Armory

It’s a new day for Crown Heights, Brooklyn. We’ve officially broken ground on the redeveloped Bedford Union Armory, a former US Army horse stable and equipment storage facility. The new Armory will bring major benefits to the community, including:

  • 250 affordable homes
  • A 60,0000-square-foot recreation center with hardwood basketball courts, a full-length pool, and a multi-purpose court
  • Athletic facilities for local public schools and youth sports leagues
  • Free and low-cost sports and fitness programming for the community
  • A flexible space to host cultural events, as well as local civic and community meetings
  • Affordable office space for nonprofit organizations
  • STEM classes and tutoring
  • LGBTQ support services
Bedford Union Armory

A New Vision for the Armory

A center for community and culture, strengthening Crown Heights and creating new opportunities for neighborhood residents for generations to come

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Charleston Library

NYCEDC, along with New York Public Library, broke ground on the new Charleston Library, a 10,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art branch on Staten Island.

The New York Public Library and NYCEDC Break Ground on New Charleston Branch on Staten Island

The new branch will feature:

  • Flexible community spaces for a variety of uses
  • Children’s room with computers, storytime area, stroller parking, and bathroom
  • Teens’ room with computers and lounge space
  • Adult reading room with computers, seats, park views
  • On-site programs, classes, and workshops for all
  • An entry plaza with bench seating
  • The artwork installation Curiouser by Mark Reigelman, commissioned by the Department of Cultural Affairs