Where we are now!

  • NYC Daylighting is the first technology provider to have completed their RISE : NYC work with the installation of 610 Solatubes at 25 Sandy-impacted small businesses in Rockaway, Queens! This technology delivers natural light indoors and cuts down on electricity costs.
  • goTenna distributed nearly 4,000 goTenna mesh devices to 150+ small businesses across the five boroughs and is recruiting additional small businesses for their next phase of distribution. These devices use radio waves to connect mobile phones when network coverage is lost during outages. If you’re a Sandy-impacted small business and are interested in receiving goTenna mesh devices, check out goTenna’s website for more information!
  • The New America Foundation has completed installation of their resilient wireless mesh networks at 18 small businesses in Gowanus and Far Rockaway in coordination with local community-based organizations. New America will soon install additional networks in Sheepshead Bay, East Harlem, and the Bronx. The networks create a reliable source of internet connection for the neighbourhood, providing free internet for small businesses and the ability to stay connected during potential future emergencies. Residents from the neighborhoods have been trained as Digital Stewards and will be installing and maintaining these networks, ensuring their sustainability.
  • RHI, a nonprofit organization that works directly out of Red Hook, has begun to expand the Wi-Fi network originally in place when Superstorm Sandy hit. Most neighborhoods lost connection during the storm, but Red Hook was one of the few communities that was able to stay connected due to its wireless mesh network. Red Hook’s Digital Stewards will install, maintain, and promote these networks, ensuring long-term sustainability.
  • Meanwhile, CALM Energy, Urban Green Energy, Local Office Landscape and Urban Design, and Bright Power are completing design of their resilient technology systems for small business sites and will begin installation in the upcoming months. Stay tuned!

Winning projects announced!

  • Following months of community engagement, project design and careful evaluation, the winners of RISE : NYC have been announced!
  • The 11 winning projects represent a diverse group of innovative technologies and solutions that will help improve the resiliency of local small business’s energy systems, telecommunication networks and buildings.
  • Special thanks to our esteemed Advisors , whose knowledge, input, and advice ensured that the most promising and impactful projects were selected, helping find scalable and replicable solutions to small businesses’ resiliency challenges.



RISE : NYC is funded by the Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) program administered through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Award funds are contingent on NYCEDC receiving funding from HUD as a subrecipient.


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