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Libraries implement CUF recommendation on ebook purchasing

Impact - April 2013

Libraries implement CUF recommendation on ebook purchasing

Our January 2013 Branches of Opportunity study recommended that New York City’s three library systems pursue new revenue opportunities including facilitating book purchases by library patrons. We’re pleased to report that this recommendation is being implemented.

CUF Influences Speaker Quinn’s New Transportation Proposals

Impact - April 2013

CUF Influences Speaker Quinn’s New Transportation Proposals

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn announced a series of new proposals to improve mass transit in New York City. Three of the proposals were influenced by our 2011 Behind the Curb report which found that New York City’s public transit service has not kept pace with recent job growth and transit ridership gains.

Low-Wage Jobs, 2012

Data - April 2013

Low-Wage Jobs, 2012

Over the past five years, the number of New Yorkers who work in low-wage jobs has steadily increased, with more than a third of adults in the city—and nearly half in the Bronx—now stuck in low-paying occupations.

CUF Report About NYC's Libraries Sparks New Proposal From Speaker Quinn

Impact - April 2013

CUF Report About NYC's Libraries Sparks New Proposal From Speaker Quinn

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn announced a new proposal to harness the incredible power of New York City's branch libraries. The proposal was sparked by our January 2013 Branches of Opportunity report about the increasingly important role that the city's public libraries are playing in communities around the five boroughs.

Is Manufacturing Back in Brooklyn?

Data - March 2013

Is Manufacturing Back in Brooklyn?

Like the rest of New York City, Brooklyn has been bleeding manufacturing jobs for decades. But in the last few years, manufacturing employment in the borough is up slightly, even though the average company now has considerably fewer employees on average. Is Brooklyn in a new age of entrepreneurial manufacturing?

New York's New Business Boom

Data - March 2013

New York's New Business Boom

Nearly twice as many new businesses were started in the five boroughs in 2011 than in 1991, and the lion’s share were started outside of Manhattan.

Legal Limbo

Data - March 2013

Legal Limbo

New York remains a global center for law firms, but employment in the city's legal services sector is down 3 percent over the past two decades.

Brooklyn Designs Returns in May 2013

Impact - January 2013

Brooklyn Designs Returns in May 2013

One of the recommendations we made in our 2011 Growth by Design report was that city and state officials should bring back Brooklyn Designs, the annual exhibition for Brooklyn-based designers that was discontinued in 2011 after nearly a decade in operation. We are pleased to report that Brooklyn Designs is returning to DUMBO this May.

Data from Branches of Opportunity

Data - January 2013

Data from Branches of Opportunity

Selected charts and graphs from the Center for an Urban Future's major January 2013 report on NYC's public libraries. The report found that public libraries are serving more people in more ways than ever before, and have become an increasingly critical part of the city’s human capital system; but they have been undervalued by policymakers and face growing threats in today’s digital age.

CUF Study Influenced New Report by Manhattan Borough President on NYC’s Tech Sector

Impact - December 2012

CUF Study Influenced New Report by Manhattan Borough President on NYC’s Tech Sector

Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer published a major new report on the future of the city’s entrepreneurial economy with recommendations echoing policy prescriptions from our New Tech City report.

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