New York University is set to host far-left political activist Linda Sarsour next week, despite widespread concern, as well as the activist’s continued embroilment in scandals involving antisemitism. Linda Sarsour, who was recently asked to step down from her position with the Women’s March for perpetuating antisemitism and continuing ties with anti-Semitic Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, is set to speak at New York University (NYU) next week.The event, scheduled for March 25, is sponsored by NYU’s Asian/Pacific/American Institute, and co-sponsored by the school’s Center for Multicultural Education & Programs, Islamic Center, and Students for Justice in Palestine, among several other groups. “Best known for her intersectional coalition work and building bridges across racial, ethnic, and faith communities, Sarsour has been at the forefront of major social justice campaigns,” reads the event description, devoid of any … [Read more...] about New York University to Host Linda Sarsour Amid Antisemitism Scandals
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Nearly 80 New York City leaders in public office, business, and the community have sent an open letter to Jeff Bezos asking him to reconsider building an Amazon headquarters in Queens. In a full page ad in the New York Times, a number of officials, including a former Mayor of New York City and a number of elected representatives, said: “A clear majority of New Yorkers support this project and were disappointed by your decision to not proceed.” Read more: Amazon confirms locations for its two new headquarters The ad states that the headquarters would have brought “25,000 permanent jobs, 11,000 union construction and maintenance jobs, and $28bn in new tax revenues”. Among those who signed the letter were a former New York City mayor, chief executives of both Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan, the presidents of both New York University and Cornell University, and Congress representative Hakeem Jeffries. In their bid to urge Amazon to reconsider its decision to pull out … [Read more...] about New York leaders beg Amazon to reconsider scrapping proposed HQ
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Technology Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper Technology | It Started With a Jolt: How New York Became a Tech Town Supported by BySteve Lohr Feb. 22, 2019 Euan Robertson started his job with New York City’s economic development team at an ominous moment. It was Monday, Sept. 15, 2008, the day Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy and ignited the financial crisis. Mr. Robertson made his way through City Hall’s sprawling open office to a conference table, where he huddled with top advisers to Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. “No one knew what was going to happen or how bad it would be,” Mr. Robertson recalled. “But everyone agreed we’d better come up with a plan.” The plan that emerged called for developing tech start-ups and tech workers in New York. The goal, Mr. Robertson said, was to “build a talent … [Read more...] about It Started With a Jolt: How New York Became a Tech Town
Breaking News Emails Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. SUBSCRIBE Feb. 16, 2019, 10:48 AM GMT By Jason Abbruzzese New York City’s growing tech scene was poised to receive a once-in-a-lifetime boost: tens of thousands of high-paying jobs. Now, with Amazon having announced its cancellation of plans to build a sizable office in the Long Island City neighborhood of Queens, the city’s tech community — which has enjoyed years of growth and remains optimistic — is left to wonder what might have been. "The cost of this rejection will be felt more in 10 years than tomorrow," wrote Fred Wilson, a partner at New York-based VC firm Union Square Ventures and among the city’s most influential tech investors, in an email, "and it is the next generations of New Yorkers who are the biggest losers today." The issues raised by local activists and politicians about Amazon’s development … [Read more...] about New York techies predict fewer ‘big bets’ after Amazon exit. And that’s OK.
New York A transformer exploded Thursday night at a Con Edison facility in Queens, causing scattered power outages and sending a spectacular light across the New York skyline. Authorities said a fire caused by the explosion was under control. No injuries were reported.Story Continued Below Fire officials said they fielded a flurry of calls reporting explosions in the Long Island City and Astoria areas. The explosion caused power outages and also impacted subway service in the area. It also prompted a brief ground stop at LaGuardia Airport. But power had been mostly restored to LaGuardia by 11 p.m. and the airport was resuming normal operations. Travelers were still asked to check with their carriers for updated flight information. The lights caused a stir on social media as several witnesses posted photographs and videos of a bright, blue flash that filled the night's sky. The Manhattan skyline and iconic East River bridges were suddenly silhouetted against a backdrop of pulsating … [Read more...] about New York City transformer explosion lights up sky, social media