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In order to be the mayor of New York you have to be able to carry a New Yorker cartoon. Ed Koch did, many times… Everyone in the city knew about his Chinese-food evangelism and his apartment-living; anyone might be asked how the Mayor was doing and, being New Yorkers, would be ready to laugh about it.

Click-through for a slideshow of Koch cartoons:


Getting back to business on the Lower East Side, East Village and Chinatown. 

If your business was impacted by Hurricane Sandy, here are a set of services and programs available to help small businesses recover and rebuild: NYC Back to Business

Photos by Shelby Hodgen/NYCEDC


Our new Take the HELM competition rewards and promotes new Lower Manhattan tenants that can bring the best and brightest employees to the neighborhood, with the potential to add more in the near future; continue the re-branding of Lower Manhattan as a hub of innovative businesses poised for growth; and diversify the economic base of this 85-million square foot central business district, complementing the financial sector.

To encourage business growth in Lower Manhattan, Take the HELM is looking to award four $250,000 cash grants to the following types of companies:

  • Creative: If you’re a creative company, Take the HELM wants to reward you for joining Condé Nast, SHoP Architects, The Paris Review, and XO Group in Lower Manhattan. 
  • Tech: If you’re a technology company, Take the HELM wants to welcome you to a neighborhood that has nearly doubled its tech presence in the last five years.
  • New New Yorkers: If you’re a company from outside New York City, Take the HELM will help you establish roots in Lower Manhattan and continue the neighborhood’s appeal to the world’s best and brightest.
  • Startups: If you’re a startup less than three years old, Take the HELM will help you build an office and connect you with the neighborhood’s burgeoning startup community.  

Take the HELM will select up to 20 finalists that best meet the goals of the competition and seek to open an office in Lower Manhattan. Finalists will each receive a $10,000 cash grant and an opportunity to interview with the distinguished Selection Committee, and will participate in two days of exclusive business development programs in Lower Manhattan. Up to four Take the HELM winners will receive an additional $250,000. At least one $250,000 prize will be reserved for startup applicants.

Interested? Find out more at Applications are due November 30, 2012.


In Focus: One World Trade Center: Construction Progress

Tomorrow will mark the 11th anniversary of the attacks of September 11, 2001. After years of effort and numerous setbacks, three of the proposed seven towers to be built at the World Trade Center complex have “topped out,” reaching their structural maximum height. Seven WTC was completed in 2006, Four WTC topped out in June of this year, and the tallest, One World Trade Center (formerly known as Freedom Tower), just topped out at 104 floors on August 30. Financial difficulties have left the future of the remaining towers in doubt, and have raised concerns about the still-incomplete National September 11 Memorial and Museum, as the foundation that runs the memorial estimates that it will cost $60 million a year to operate. 

See more. [Images: Reuters, AP]

The Statue of Liberty in Paris, 1886. Unattributed
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The Statue of Liberty in Paris, 1886. 

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People, Places, and Things…check out our New York Times Word Cloud of the most mentioned PP&T from their online edition. Check out more here.

Enjoy some of our favorite sights and sites from around the world. (Featuring “Chez Le Photographe Du Motel” by Miles Davis)

Guardian Eyewitness: Police start to make hundreds of arrests on the Brooklyn bridge during an Occupy Wall Street protest in New York. Demonstrators had occupied a Manhattan square for two weeks

Photograph: Jessica Rinaldi/Reuters

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