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A wave of entrepreneurs are reversing the traditional morning commute, building their businesses in Brooklyn instead of Manhattan. Beyond its emerging status as New York’s creative epicenter, the borough is also flowing with venture capital money. Per CB Insights research, Brooklyn-based companies have attracted some $1 billion in funding since 2010. Charlie O’Donnell, CEO of Brooklyn Bridge Ventures, says launching a business in Brooklyn is a no-brainer. Naturally, he is a bit biased: His seed-stage investment...
Before Prospect Park was Prospect Park, it was covered by a chilly glacial system called the Wisconsin Glacial Episode. As this tremendous chunk of ice began to melt and retreat, it left behind the most expensive sections of the east coast: Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket, Long Island, Block Island, Manhattan, and Brooklyn. This glacier rough-housed through Central Park, left scratches on the nice rocks there, then fussed around with the dirt in Prospect Park to create the pleasant hills and valleys we...
Internet connectivity is one of the most necessary aspects of modern life, so why not have WiFi-enabled garbage cans? (That's totally where you thought this was going, right?) Massachusetts-based company Big Belly, an innovator in the field of waste-management, has already pioneered the field of solar-powered garbage cans in NYC. Big Belly's cans can be found internationally, and they've helped alleviate garbage build-up in various cities around the world. As per the company's website: Using energy collected by solar...
It’s easy to take for granted the massive scale of a city’s infrastructure: the cables, tubes, wires and tunnels that undergird a network of streets, buildings, bridges and subways. In New York specifically, where people scamper through traffic with their eyes glued to phones, it’s no wonder we underestimate how our city functions mechanically. But there are markings left all over the place that are literal gateways to New York’s underground networks, like manhole...

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