New York City Getting Bigger--Will it Become the Number One Digital City?

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The New York Times reported recently that Mayor Bloomberg plans to make New York City the “No. 1 Digital City.”

Manhattan Going Digital


Now, I’m not saying that we’re leading the pack here as far as technology goes or that Mayor Bloomberg took a cue from us, but we’re already using the latest and greatest at Keller Williams New York City.  A recent article from the New York Times stated that Bloomberg plans to make Manhattan the Number One Digital City, employing all kinds of technology to do so.

We’re already using these tactics, so I’m just saying...


Our company has grown by leaps and bounds since the first of this year, not only in adding superb real estate professionals but by (as Mayor Bloomberg plans to do) using every social media platform we can to communicate.


There’s so much happening as we grow.  If you’d like to stay abreast of what’s going on with Keller Williams New York City, you can by following us on Facebook and Twitter -- our followers are from everywhere and we’re having lively discussions about everything New York--every day.   


We’re also ramping up our website in a big way.  We’ve got Live Chat where our customer service professionals will help guide you through our website and answer any questions that you have.  If you’d like even more access to Manhattan properties register on our site and you can access any property, anywhere in Manhattan!  


Bloomberg’s Plans to Make Manhattan Go Digital


Manhattan Going DigitalAfter Rachel Sterne, Manhattan’s chief digital officer, revealed a 60-page report detailing the city’s “vast online presence,” stating that more that 24 million people peruse every year, Bloomberg believes it’s time to expand Manhattan’s digital horizons.


He wants to expand wireless Internet access to parks throughout the city and make data available to programmers, as well as hosting live chats with 311 agents (New York City government employees).


He plans to work with private companies to encourage participation to offer New York City residents free Wi-Fi, making information available that “really makes a difference” and not just “wonky stuff.”  In other words, the city’s going to need help in order to make Manhattan Number One in the digital world, relying on the private sector to help make it happen.


The city plans to revamp the’s website that will undoubtedly link to other New York City-related sites such as the New York City Police Department’s YouTube Channel and of course, the mayor’s channel.  


Bloomberg has his own Facebook and Twitter accounts, but says he doesn’t personally update them; instead he mainly uses e-mail.


Digital Plans for Safer Streets


The mayor’s not only interested in making our digital lives more accessible, but he’s also ensuring that our streets are safer.  According to an CNN article, to make drivers more aware of speeding and its consequences, New York City will soon have LED warning signs with reminders -- an image of a skeleton with the words, “Slow Down” will be set up to detect speed.  


You’ll see the 30 mph speed limit, but if you’re going too fast, it will change to the ominous skeleton.  These speed boards are working in conjunction with the Department of Transportation’s ad campaign, “That’s Why It’s 30.”  


Manhattan Going DigitalThis summer, slower speed zones will be implemented in the Claremont section of the Bronx.  According to the article, Claremont will be a “test community.”  Plans are to introduce these slower speed zones in other boroughs as well.


A city news release revealed that out of the U.S.’s largest cities by population, New York has half the traffic-related fatality rate.


Thanks, Mayor Bloomberg for trying to make Manhattan another “Number One” in a long list of reasons of why we think it’s great to live in New York City!  


How are you using social media?  Has it brought more awareness to your company? Has your city/hometown “gone digital?”  What are some do’s and don’ts you go by on social media?  Please voice your opinion and leave me a comment--thanks!




Hernandez, Javier C. The New York Times. Bloomberg Wants to Make ‘No. 1 Digital City.’ 


Boyette, Chris. CNN.US. NYC unveiling ‘bare bones’ approach to crosswalk safety.


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Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
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Hello Ilan and I spent one week in Manhattan back in 1982 and I would like to visit again soon! Very interesting post and I hear Silicon Valley in the Bay Area is snapping back, can NYC compete with this area?

VB ;o)

May 20, 2011 05:10 AM #1
Ilan Bracha
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Hi Bob,

Thanks for stopping by!  I think NYC can certainly compete! :).  

May 23, 2011 02:23 AM #2
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