ALLIANCE FOR DOWNTOWN NEW YORK RELEASES NEW VIDEO SERIES DEMONSTRATING LOWER MANHATTAN'S EXCITEMENT + ALLURE

Just listen to who’s making Lower Manhattan New York’s most dynamic neighborhood to do business in.
Newly arriving mad men, tech innovators, fashionistas and media titans are joining established neighborhood forces in law and finance to usher in a new era in Lower Manhattan. The area’s business landscape is undergoing a dramatic transformation. Find out from the firms who are making New York’s oldest neighborhood new again why they call Lower Manhattan home by watching their videos below.
 

Neighborhood Guide: It’s Time to Give NYC’s Battery Park City Another Chance

What a difference a year makes. The World Trade Center complex in lower Manhattan is open for business, and it's as if overnight an entire world of food options has become available. And in a way it has. Brookfield Place—the mall area that connects the towers of American Express, Goldman Sachs, and others—added 14 "fast-casual" options like Mighty Quinn's and Dig Inn, in a cluster called Hudson Eats that just escapes feeling like an airport.

New York City Is Turning Smart Garbage Bins Into Free Wi-Fi Hotspots

Garbage cans may no longer be just for junk. Bigbelly, a Massachusetts-based waste management company, is hoping to turn its trash and recycling bins into wireless hotspots throughout New York City.
The project began in downtown Manhattan, where more than 170 of Bigbelly’s solar powered “smart” bins have already been installed. Each container is equipped with a chip that detects when the bin is full or too smelly, allowing trash collectors to make a pick-up where they’re needed most. But the city thought the already-high-tech bin could still use an upgrade.

The highly-selective startup school that's teaching Victoria's Secret model Karlie Kloss to code just raised $9 million

The Flatiron School, a New York-based programming school for adults and high schoolers, has raised a $9 million round of funding led by Thrive Capital with participation from CRV and Matrix. The startup is teaching a bunch of people, including Victoria's Secret model Karlie Kloss, how to code.

Matchmaker for Service Industry Scores $35M

Last year, Booker—a Web-based platform that helps service companies run their businesses—handled $2 billion in transactions and booked 3 million appointments.
The financial district-based company still wants to grow. On Tuesday, Booker announced it had raised $35 million in a Series C round led by Medina Capital—an investment firm whose leader, Manuel Medina, built the IT giant Terremark, which is now owned by Verizon. Another backer is First Data, a payments-processing giant that is expanding into small-business services, which is expected to help Booker gain more customers.

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