Physical space is a difficult commodity to create more of in the five boroughs, as such underutilized space can provide a powerful economic development tool that supports neighborhood revitalization, housing and job creation.
In Downtown Brooklyn, back-to-school season translates to 57,000 college students descending upon the area. While many acknowledge Downtown Brooklyn as New York City's College Town, we have not done a great job of engaging with these students.
A range of constituencies in Downtown Brooklyn care about local businesses, and about retaining Brooklyn's unique character. These points of commonality could spur a productive conversation at Dekalb Market, a spot that embodies these values.
Can an app make New York City greener? It can if it influences the little decisions that New Yorkers make every day -- things like recycling a bottle instead of throwing it in the trash, or biking to work instead of driving.