NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio shows off designs for planned tech hub

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and his team haverevealed the designsfor the 250,000-square foot Union Square Tech Hub.

The hub, which was first announced in December, will include58,000 square feet of fluid space for startups and a 36,500-square foot tech training center. (Partners in the training program include theNew York City Foundation for Computer Science Education, General Assembly, Per Scholas, FedCap, Code to Work and Coalition for Queens.)

The anchor tenant will be Civic Hall a 1,000-member work and event space that focuses on what founder and CEOAndrew Rasiej said is the idea that technology can be used to support the public good.

De Blasio unveiled the designs at an event this afternoonat the New York City headquarters of adtech company AppNexus, where he also talked about his hopesfor the space.


After praising NYCs tech community for being the most diverse tech community in the country and the most socially conscious tech community in the country, de Blasiosaid the hub is about making sure more and more New Yorkers benefit from this extraordinary tech ecosystem.

Its about protecting democracy, he added, prompting a loud round of applause. Ithink you were able to infer my meaning.There is a fervent passion for ensuring an openness of information and debate and inclusive society.What were doingwith this beautiful hub will be a part of that.

As the name suggests, the hub will be located in New Yorks Union Square, in the location currently occupied by electronics storePC Richard & Sons. The plan is to start construction in 2018 and open in 2020.

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