- February 2008
Something To Build On
The Mayors Commission on Construction Opportunity has produced promising early results in bringing women and non-whites into the citys construction workforce. But will the changes prove lasting, or merely cosmetic?
- December 2007
Immigrants Would Thrive With More English Classes
In this op/ed for Newsday, the Center's Tara Colton argues that the growing unmet demand for English-language instruction could have dire economic consequences for Long Island.
- November 2007
Recapturing Suburban Shoppers
This policy brief shows that ethnic retail strips from Jackson Heights to Richmond Hill are attracting hordes of suburban shoppersand having a big impact on the citys economy.
- September 2007
Too Few Jobs For Youth
New York City's Summer Youth Employment Program recently completed another successful summer--but, as CUF notes in this recent Gotham Gazette op-ed, it's still reaching too few of the city's teens.
- August 2007
Libraries, An Invaluable Resource for Immigrants
In this op-ed for El Diario/La Prensa, CUF Director Jonathan Bowles argues that the restoration of six day a week service at the city's public libraries is a huge victory for immigrants, children, seniors and working adults.
- August 2007
Engineering A Tech Sector
This Off the CUF essay argues that NYU's proposed merger with Polytechnic University could provide a critical spark to the city's long-frustrated efforts to establish a more robust high-tech sector.
- August 2007
This Off the CUF essay argues that the decision to restore six day a week library service is a landmark achievement that will boost the competitiveness of New Yorks workforce.
- August 2007
Immigrant Entrepreneurs on Staten Island
In this op-ed in Staten Island Business Trends, CUF director Jonathan Bowles argues that Staten Islands growing immigrant population could be a catalyst for the boroughs economy in the years ahead.
- December 2006
Help More Immigrants Learn English
In an op/ed in the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, CUF Associate Research Director Tara Colton highlights the tremendous need for English language instruction throughout New York State and urges business leaders and elected officials to step up their support for ESOL programs.
- November 2006
Q&A with NYC-based video game developer Eric Zimmerman
New York is a global creative hub, home to an unmatched number of creative people and scores of businesses in industries from film to advertising. But where does the city stand when it comes to the video game industry, one of the nations fastest growing creative fields? To find out, read the Centers latest Q&A, with Eric Zimmerman, CEO and co-founder of Tribeca-based Gamelab, the city's largest game development studio.
- September 2006
The Many Faces of Poverty: Disconnected Youth
CUF project director David Fischer weighs in on the recent report by the Mayor's Commission on Economic Opportunity with this short overview in Gotham Gazette about New York City's disconnected youth: who they are, what they need and why they are important to New York City's economic future.
- August 2006
Q&A with Coney Island entrepreneur Dianna Carlin
In the Center's latest Q&A with business leaders and policy experts from around the five boroughs, CUF director Jonathan Bowles interviews Dianna Carlin, founder of Lola Staar, an eclectic boutique with locations on Coney Island's boardwalk and in the base of the Cyclone roller coaster. Read what Carlin has to say about the changes proposed for Coney Island and some of the surprising obstacles she's faced as an entrepreneur in the neighborhood.
- November 2005
What the Next Mayor Must Do
In this op-ed from the Nov. 9 Daily News, CUF director Jonathan Bowles highlights a number of important issues that Mayor Bloomberg will have to address in his second term. For a more detailed look at the most pressing issues facing the mayor, please check out "Framing the 2005 Mayoral Debate," a recent study issued by the Center for an Urban Future, the Regional Plan Association and the Center for New York City Affairs.
- October 2005
Q&A with Irwin Cohen: Learning From Chelsea Market’s Success
In the Center's latest Q&A with NYC's leading economic development experts, CUF director Jonathan Bowles speaks with Chelsea Market developer Irwin Cohen about the role of food markets in economic development, the planned High Line development and the future of the Bronx Terminal Market.
- May 2005
Q&A with Neil Pariser: Can the South Bronx be a New Beacon of Growth?
In the fifth in our ongoing series of conversations with leading NYC economic development experts, CUF research director Jonathan Bowles interviews Neil Pariser, Senior Vice President of the South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation (SoBRO) about a flurry of development projects on tap in the Bronx.
- February 2005
Help those whose hard work is no just reward
In this Newsday op-ed, CUF project director David Fischer and Schuyler Center executive director Karen Schimke discuss Governor Pataki's proposed 2006 state budget in the context of New York's low-income working families.