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NYCEDC and Formula E Announce 1,000 Complimentary Passes Available for Community Members for Inaugural NYC ePrix

Jul 05 2017

Race weekend is July 15th – 16th at Brooklyn Cruise Terminal in Red Hook

NEW YORK—New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) and Formula E today announced that 1,000 complimentary passes will be available for community members to attend the inaugural Formula E Qualcomm New York City ePrix at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal on July 15th and 16th. The complimentary passes provide access to the Allianz eVillage fan zone, an entertainment area for fans of all ages to watch the race and features driver autograph sessions, race simulators, and live music.

The New York City ePrix double-header will be the first FIA-sanctioned open-wheel race to take place within the five boroughs of New York City and is part of the FIA Formula E Championship, the world’s first fully-electric single-seater racing series. The 1.947km (1.21mile) track will feature 10 turns and will wind its way around Pier 11 and the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal. The course will be entirely off-street, ensuring safety and minimizing disruption for the surrounding community.

"Partnering with Formula E is a great way to promote sustainable technology, a key part of Mayor de Blasio's One NYC plan," said NYCEDC President James Patchett. "It's also an opportunity to drive more visitors - and more spending - to local Red Hook businesses. And with these complimentary passes, we're making sure that community members can access this exciting event."

"Brooklyn is 'revved up' to host thousands of fans at the inaugural NYC ePrix. This race promises to blend the heart-pounding exhilaration of open-wheel competition with the forward-thinking innovation of electric vehicle technology, something that is truly exciting as our borough continues to be a standard bearer in advancing clean, sustainable energy," said Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams.

"This summer, our district will host Formula E electric car races at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal. New terminal uses like the NYC Ferry and Formula E races mean increased opportunities for community benefits. I thank the Economic Development Corporation (EDC) for providing 1,000 free tickets for local residents," said Council Member Carlos Menchaca.

"The Allianz eVillage is an exciting location to experience all Formula E has to offer. We look forward to welcoming our Red Hook neighbors and all New Yorkers on July 15 and 16," said Formula E spokesperson Mike Hopper.

Community members interested in receiving free tickets can pick them up at any of the following locations:

Office of Borough President Eric Adams
209 Joralemon Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Hours: Monday-Friday 9-5pm, Closed Weekends
Point of Contact: Ryan Lynch or Sylvia Hamer

Brooklyn Community Board 6
250 Baltic Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Hours: Monday- Friday 9am-5pm, Closed weekends
Point of Contact: Sarah Phillips

The Red Hook Library
7 Wolcott St. at Dwight St.
Brooklyn, NY 11231
Hours: Monday-Friday 10am-7pm, Saturday 10am-4pm, Closed Sundays
Point of Contact: Sandra Sutton

Joseph Miccio Cornerstone Community Center
110 West 9th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231
Hours: Monday-Friday 8am-11pm, Saturday and Sunday 3pm-11pm
Point of Contact: Trequan Bekka

Red Hook Community Justice Center
88 Visitation Place
Brooklyn, NY 11231
Hours: Monday-Friday 9am-5pm, Closed Weekends
Point of Contact: Vivian Gordon

In addition to providing free tickets to community members, Formula E has worked to provide additional community benefits, including:

  • Investing millions of dollars in infrastructure improvements at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal
  • Hosting a job fair to provide hiring opportunities for Brooklyn residents
  • Highlighting local small businesses and hotels
  • Working with local schools to help engage students around engineering, technology, and automotive trades

The NYC ePrix will provide a unique opportunity to highlight sustainable technology, which is a key component of the Mayor’s commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in New York City by 80 percent by 2050 and ensure that New York has the best air quality of any large U.S. city by 2030.

The FIA Formula E Championship is the world’s first fully-electric single-seater racing series, competing against the backdrop of some of the most iconic cities - including New York, Hong Kong, Marrakesh, Buenos Aires, Monaco, Paris, and Montreal. The championship represents a vision for the future of the motor industry, and serves as a platform to showcase the latest innovations in electric vehicle technology and alternative energy solutions.

For more information, visit the Formula E website.

New York City Economic Development Corporation creates shared prosperity across New York City’s five boroughs by strengthening neighborhoods and creating good jobs. NYCEDC works with and for communities to provide them with the resources they need to thrive, and we invest in projects that increase sustainability, support job growth, develop talent, and spark innovation to strengthen the City’s competitive advantage. To learn more about our work and initiatives, please visit us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.