South African diplomats expressed gratitude to New Yorkers and the City of New York as they marked Freedom Day. In this SABC Digital News video, we learn of the appreciation South Africans expressed at the support of the community around the world in the role it played in eliminating apartheid.
Around 200 people assembled to mark the day in NY which was attended by Sherwin Bryce-Pease, Chef de Cabinet to Antonio Gutteres UN Secretary General Maria Luiza Viotti, South African model and Miss Universe Demi-Leigh Nel Peters, Aziz Pahad, Johannesburg West Highlands MP.
April 29-May 5 is National Small Business Week 2018. But it actually started earlier. One event was held on August 27 – #SmallBusinessWeek Hackathon at the Ronald Reagan Building on Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, DC. Those in attendance received assistance from third party companies and the federal government.
The idea behind National Small Business Week is to “encourage all New Yorkers to support local small businesses.” There are 530,000+ small business owners around New York, comprising 98 percent of all businesses, employing over 3 million individuals – 40 percent of New York’s private sector workforce.
According to Roberta Reardon, State Labor Commissioner:
“Small businesses are vital to the economic tapestry of our great state, and the Department of Labor is proud to support them through the many services we offer to help them with everything from finding employees to applying for tax credits and incentives.”
Yesterday the Microsoft Store hosted a series of workshops for small business owners including: Networking events, ChangeMakers: Modernize Your Small Business in the Cloud for Medical Professionals; Modernize Your Small Business in the Cloud for Realtors; NYC Speaker Series; Fuel Your Business with LinkedIn; LinkedIn Lunch and Learn; Modernize Your Small Business in the Cloud for Accountants; Microsoft 365 Business Mondays and more.
A century ago, one of the things New York City had a good reputation for was its infrastructure. Just looking at its water tunneling and reservoir systems, one could immediately tell that there was good, solid work done on the city’s infrastructure. At the time, that was very important to quality of life and popularity of such a large, cosmopolitan city.
But the 21st century changed the way we look at infrastructure and it is unclear as to how much NYC changed with it. Due to digitalization of the economy, building infrastructure is not the big name, but rather data infrastructure is. And it appears that NYC is not keeping up with its Silicon Valley counterparts.
When it comes to business and corporations, New York has it all. It gets mentioned in Fortune 500 and Forbes articles and is a hub for business development. But when you look at the start-up industry it seems like it is just not “all that” and when comparing it to Silicon Valley it has almost been an embarrassment.
It is not all doom and gloom though. Things do seem to be changing with their up-and-coming firms which are taking quite a chunk of the market share. In addition there is an increasing number of startups with core technological aspects which are focused on the creation and development of enterprise infrastructure and apps that have traditionally been lacking so much in the area. And thus authors of this article believe that there is now a “changing exit environment for startups in NYC, the rise of a set of mafias which are incubating startups, and the changing culture of customers and how that is assisting NYC startups with their competition out west.”
With the start of the New York International Auto Show on 1stof this month, attendees were subject to some wonderful new SUVs, trucks and some supercars.
With self-driving cars stealing a lot of car-lovers’ attention, one show stopper was the Genesis Essentia. This has actually been in the works since shortly after last year’s Auto Show with a design team led by Luc Donckerwolke. With its “fully retro-futuristic bubble roof,” it definitely commanded a lot of stares.
But that’s not all. Featuring over four floors of displays spanning international automakers, close to a thousand vehicles were displayed at “North America’s first and largest-attended auto show dating back to 1900.” Held at the Jacob Javits Convention Center, from Friday March 30 to Sunday April 8, a $3 million Bugatti was among the most expensive vehicles featured.
WeWork in Manhattan is today, Manhattan’s “second-biggest private office tenant.” This comes less than a decade after opening its first co-working space in NYC (in the SoHo region).
According to data from Cushman & Wakefield, today WeWork boasts almost 50 locations in NYC, opening 10 new locations last year. This spans 2.9 million square feet in the region. A further five are set to open in 2018. The company has received much support, in particular, from SoftBank’s Vision Fund ($4.4 billion). SoHo has five WeWorks.
Each of these WeWorks features: beer and microbrew coffee on tap; large open common spaces and more. some have special things like photo studios/indoor garden/workout equipment.
The spring is here and it’s a great time for the blossoming of New York arts and culture scene. Herewith a few examples of what is going on.
First, we have – from April 5th to 8th – the yearly show held by the Association of International Photography Art Dealers. Taking place at Piers 92/94, this is one of the world’s “biggest fine-art photography shows.” It features images from the 1800s until today and there is a specially-curated exhibition by Elton John called “A Time for Reflection,” which takes a nostalgic trip to the time of the Black Panther movement and Joe Baio collection.
And then at The Met Fifth Avenue at Fifth Avenue and 82nd Street, Huma Bhabha (a Pakistani artist) is depicting her work. This is quite unique in that she creates images of haunting humankind by using old, discarded materials she finds in her everyday life. This begins April 17th.
An investigation is being undertaken into how New York’s major utility companies have responded to the loss of power to close to 600,000 homes/businesses in the northeast earlier this month. Also being considered is the groundwork that was embarked upon prior to the events.
Seven utility companies are being inspected. They have all been notified by the Public Service Commission of this. there were two utilities that received the bulk of the criticism due to the amount of time it took to restore power following the snow storms of March 2nd and March 7th with some people being without power for up to 10 days.
Cuomo said he was “not satisfied,” calling the situation “wholly unacceptable. These storms have now become the rule rather the exception. They have to have the capacity to quickly restore power.”
MSNBC’s Steve Kornacki weighs in on the New York primary race with Andrew Cuomo’s latest challenger who rose to fame as Miranda in Sex and the City – Cynthia Nixon. Her platform is education, claiming that ““The gap in our richest schools and our poorest schools under Gov. Cuomo is wider than it’s been before. And that’s got to stop.”
Rather than moving away from New York to beat high overheads and rentals, it looks like some companies are moving in. A whole slew of IT jobs with Estée Lauder Companies Inc. are being moved from Melville to new offices in Long Island City, Queens. The company’s “new technology hub” is set to open in July 2018 at 1 Queens Plaza North and will open in July.
In more good news for those in Queens, some believe that the Tax Cuts and Job Act will be beneficial for them…and not just the large corporations. One native, Tom Clarke, a franchisee of Arby’s and Burger Kings, called the new law a “phenomenal thing,” resulting in his workers getting an additional $40-50 increase in their biweekly paychecks. That’s really money in the pocket which, until the law would go directly to “government coffers.”