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Now through Saturday, December 6, 2014



Chalk in My Pocket and Other Happy Accidents

The happy accident of chalk in my pocket and kindergarten lunch duty led to two years of photographs and drawings culminating in this exhibit.

Now through Wednesday, December 31, 2014

"Point of Origin" by Rosemarie Di Donna 
When finality hits us, we search for the point of origin. Through religion, nature, experience, or the depths of imagination, we discover where we come from and where we will return. When I close my eyes, these are the images I see, replicate, and share with you.

Buddha Wheel


New York StartUP! 2015 Business Plan Competition

New York StartUp! 2015 Business Plan Competition
Win up to $15,000 to start your business!

2014 Winners announced - view the details.

Read the press release


The New York Public Library in conjunction with its sponsor, Citi Foundation, is proud to announce the 6th Annual New York StartUP! Business Plan Competition for New York-based startup entrepreneurs with cash prizes totaling over $30,000.
Entrants gain practical insights about starting and growing a business, while using the comprehensive small business resources at NYPL’s Science, Industry and Business Library (SIBL).


  • You must be 18 years of age or older, live in Manhattan, The Bronx, or Staten Island as a legal resident or US citizen, and wish to start a business in Manhattan, The Bronx, or Staten Island.  See Rules and Eligibility

  •  Start Ups Only.   All businesses must have ideas or business models in the start-up phase. Operating businesses that have earned more than $10,000 in revenue are not eligible to enter the competition.

  • This competition is for For–Profit Businesses ONLYNon-profits are NOT eligible. 


To Enter the Competition:

  1. Create an account on the NY StartUP! 2015 site on FluidReview.

  2. Submit an entry form on the NY StartUP! 2015 site on FluidReview by midnight, Monday, February 3,  2015

    Note: Creating an account doesn't mean you've submitted an entry form. If you previously participated in the 2014 New York StartUP! Competition your name may already be in the Review Room site and you will need to reset your password.

    Your entry form must include the type of business you plan to start.

StartUP! Entrants:  Plans are due no later than June 9, 2015 at midnight.  
Please upload your plan in PDF format to the NY StartUP! Fluid Review site. 


1st Place Award:  $15,000.
2nd Place Award: $  7,500 
3rd Place Award: $  5,000  
4th Place Award:  $ 1,500  
5th Place Award:  $ 1,500  

Read about the 2013 Winners and Finalists!

Video of the 2013 New York Start Up! Winners! :


Video of the 2013 New York Start Up! Winners!

Read about the 2013 Winners and Finalists!

Previous competition winners:


StartUP 2012 Winners and Finalists below:

First place $15,000 - Dwayne Samuel, R.N., Esq. and Jason Funes, JD
for a business plan to create Curatio HCS, a full-service home health care agency in the Bronx.
Second place $7,500 Bernice Mast and Richard J. Becker for their plan to create Wheatless and Meatless, gluten-free vegan burger mixes and meal starters.
Third place 5,000 Rina Mansukhani and Christi Helsel for iEvoke, a plan to create a line of products that uses the powerful connection between scent and memory.
Runner-up : $1,500 Jean-Pierre Adechi of Wheelie
Runner-up : $1,500 Monica Sharma and Kim Nguyen of Runway Exchange

Read about the 2012 winners in Upstart Business Journal 


New York StartUp! 2012 Finalists:

Jean-Pierre Adechi
Case Carpenter
Regina Clark  
Kurt Franz
Rina Mansukhani
Bernice Mast
Dwayne Lloyd Samuel
Monica Sharma
Precious L. Williams, Esq
Shaunte L. Williams

2012 New York Start Up! Winners!

Read about the 2012 finalists.

Start UP! 2011 Competition - Read about 2011 winners. Link to list of 2011 winners and judges
View a list of the finalists for the 2011 competition.View a video of 2011 Winners (bottom of page) 

Watch a Video about 2010 winners (1st annual competition, 2010) 



New York Start Up Business Plan Competition 2011 Winners
October 5, 2011

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Now through Wednesday, December 10, 2014

"As an artist I am captivated by a great many things.  Nature has always had a large creative pull for me, especially how light passes through trees and water.  The portrayal of light in general and how it influences and transforms the subject is a constant source of inspiration for me.  Architecture and history, especially that of large urban spaces, has also shaped my voice as an artist.  New York City, my current home, is a constant muse that satisfies these many areas of my artistic expression with an endless supply of new content to use in my work.   

Now through Saturday, January 31, 2015

The exhibition was organized by Bedford Gallery, Lesher Center for the Arts,  Walnut Creek, CA


With its elaborate stages and celebrity casts, New York’s Broadway theater district is one of the most popular destinations in the United States, drawing more than 11 million visitors annually from around the world. When we hear the word “Broadway,” we remember the stars, the costumes, the sets, and the stories. But who are the people behind these magical performances? 

One of the upper level classes at the Aguilar ALC is currently reading the 1954 play Twelve Angry Men in connection with the civics theme this month. Many of the students in this class were not born in this country and have a keen interest in the American judicial system.

Elements of A Business Plan - New York StartUP! 2015 Business Plan Competition

Win up to $15,000 To Start Your Own Business

What is a Business Plan?
The Business Plan is perhaps the most important document an entrepreneur can create. The Business Plan helps guide the direction of the company's first several years in business and gives potential investors an idea of the company structure, goals, and future plans. Companies at all levels of success create business plans. It is a working document that should be updated on quarterly or yearly basis.

The following business plan template is adapted from Rhonda Abrams,  Successful Business Plan.

SIBL and other libraries have many other business planning resources which you should consult.

The Business Plan template linked here should be used as the format for your Business Plan:

Business Plan Template (PDF)

Business Plan Template (Word)

Use this schedule to stay on track with your plan development:

Business Plan Development Schedule (PDF)

Business Plans must be uploaded to the NY StartUP! 2015 Competition site no later than midnight on June 9, 2015. 


Now through Friday, January 16, 2015


Parable, hand-pulled prints and monumentally scaled works by Kristin Casaletto will be on exhibit at the New York Public Library’s Muhlenberg branch, 209 W. 23rd Oct. 16, 2014, through Jan. 16, 2015. An opening reception will be held Oct. 16 from 6-8 p.m.

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