- June 2009
More Help Needed
In 2007, the Center published a report which found that growing number of New York City teens were being turned away from the citys Summer Youth Employment Program as a result of federal funding cuts to the program. Last month, the Bloomberg administration announced that the city will use millions of dollars in federal stimulus money to pay for the summer jobs program. But as this update details, a significant shortfall remains.
- April 2009
A LEEDer in Green Building?
This edition of New York by the Numbers shows that the number of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)-certified buildings in New York City trails that of many other big U.S. cities. When it comes to the number of LEED-certified new buildings in New York, the city is decisively middle-of-the-pack, behind Chicago, Portland, Seattle, Washington, DC and San Francisco.
- April 2009
Central New York’s New Workforce
Our survey of Central New York businesses finds that 40 percent employ workers with limited English proficiency. As immigrants comprise a rising share of the population and workforce throughout the region, upgrading their language skills will be key for local businesses and the areas future economic growth.
- March 2009
This edition of New York by the Numbers provides a station-by-station examination of the growth in subway ridership between 1998 and 2008 and a borough-by-borough analysis of bus ridership changes. It reveals that the largest gains in transit ridership occurred outside of Manhattan.
- February 2009
Reviving the Middle Class Dream in NYC
This major report by the Center for an Urban Future, titled "Reviving the City of Aspiration," concludes that New Yorks longstanding legacy as a place that both sustained a large middle class and elevated countless people from poorer backgrounds into the middle class is now in serious jeopardy.
- January 2009
51 Things the Obama Administration Should do for New York City
The advent of the Obama administration offers great hope that the period of years, if not decades, when the federal government all but turned its back on the needs of urban communities is finally over. But what exactly should the new president do for New York City? Our new report, 50+1: A Federal Agenda for New York City, lays out 51 specific recommendations for what the Obama administration and the 111th Congress could do to help New York City. The ideas range from taking immediate steps to ensure that the 2010 Census does not undercount New York and providing anti-terror funds to localities based on risk to accelerating the rollout of new air traffic control technology to reduce flight delays.
- November 2008
This issue of New York by the Numbers shows that the number of 7(a) loansthe SBAs primary business lending programin the New York metro area that were approved during fiscal year 2008 fell by 40 percent from the previous year, compared to a 30 percent drop nationally. Meanwhile, the number of SBA microloans plunged by 35 percent in the New York region over the last year, compared to a nine percent increase nationally.
- November 2008
Coney Island Visions
What is novelist Jonathan Lethem's vision for Coney Island? What does the CEO of Copenhagen's Tivoli Gardens think the city should do to reinvigorate Coney? What about New York video game developer Eric Zimmerman? In this new report, 23 influential architects, writers, developers and amusement industry experts from New York and around the world offer their "vision" for Coney Island's future.
- October 2008
New York’s Decentralized Economy?
When the local economy does pick up again, will most of the new jobs be created here or elsewhere in the region? It's impossible to predict, but this edition of New York by the Numbers reveals that the city's share of private sector jobs in the 17-county region has steadily declined over the last 30 years.
- September 2008
Five Borough Growth
In this edition of New York by the Numbers, we provide a neighborhood by neighborhood examination of where the jobs were created during the past 10 years.
- July 2008
Attack of the Chains?
This inaugural edition of New York by the Numbers, a new monthly CUF feature, features a ranking of more than 150 national retailers with multiple stores in New York City, from Dunkin' Donuts (341 stores) to Crate and Barrel (2 stores). We provide a borough-by-borough breakdown of the number of stores each retailer has here.
- May 2008
Schools That Work
This new report finds that New York City's long overlooked and under-funded career and technical education high schools might hold the key to improving citywide educational outcomes and ensuring a steady stream of skilled workers for local employers.
- May 2008
Getting in the Game
This report finds that the fast-growing video game industry represents a promising opportunity for New York City's economy, but the sector faces significant challenges and still lags well behind established gaming hubs like Seattle, Los Angeles and Montreal.
- March 2008
Affordable Housing Gaps in High Cost Urban Areas
As the nations housing and lending crisis began to unfurl in 2007, banking, government and housing experts convened for a groundbreaking conference sponsored by the Office of Thrift Supervision and Citi to discuss the future of affordable housing in NYC. This white paper details the ideas discussed.
- November 2007
Still Lost in Translation
A new analysis shows that the enormous gap between demand for ESOL and the supply of available classes in New York State has gotten even worse over the past year.
- August 2007
A Bumpy Ride
This new report finds that cultural trolleys hold promise in raising the profile of arts institutions outside of Manhattan, but a lack of marketing funds and operational challenges means most trolley programs have not yet boosted attendance at local cultural venues.
- August 2007
Working to Learn, Learning to Work
This new report by the Center and the Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy documents the critical importance to New York's economy of expanding college attendance among working adults, and finds that the rate at which adults attend college has fallen sharply.
- June 2007
Work in Progress
This report finds that four years after Mayor Bloomberg moved to remake workforce development in NYC, much has been accomplished, but even more remains to be done.
- June 2007
This report finds that NYCs Summer Youth Employment Program will serve 21 percent fewer young people this summer than in 1999, a troubling decline since the citys teen employment rate is half the national average.
- April 2007
Staten Island 2020
This new report shows that New Yorks fastest-growing borough faces serious economic and infrastructure challenges, from an exodus of young people to stubbornly high vacancy rates in the boroughs office buildings.