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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Queens Wants to Join NYC Tech Boom- WNYC

Queens Wants in on NYC's Tech Boom

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

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After several years, New York City has become a significant technology hub in the country. But until recently, much of the growth in this sector has been located in Manhattan and a few corners in Brooklyn. That could be starting to change as startups take a closer look at Queens.

With large spaces left behind from a previously industrial base, Queens is attractive to new tech companies in the “maker” community, companies that are developing a physical product that needs to be prototyped and then tested.

But the borough has work to do convincing people who don’t live in Queens that those jobs and companies are here to stay. Software engineers and developers who live in Brooklyn and beyond often see Queens as being on the fringes of New York tech’s scene. That, in turn, can make it tough to recruit talent.

Queen’s supporters, however, say that the growth of the tech sector in the borough will continue and point to one future development: Cornell Tech, the new applied sciences campus set to open on Roosevelt Island in 2017. Legions of Ivy League students studying will be right off the borough’s western shore. The hope is that many of them will look to Queens as a place to launch their businesses.


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