Friday, February 22

ByKevin Sheekey

It Started With a Jolt: How New York Became a Tech Town (New York Times)
Euan Robertson started his job with New York City’s economic development team at an ominous moment. It was Monday, Sept. 15, 2008, the day Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy and ignited the financial crisis. Robertson made his way through City Hall’s sprawling open office to a conference table, where he huddled with top advisers to Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg.

“No one knew what was going to happen or how bad it would be,” Mr. Robertson recalled. “But everyone agreed we’d better come up with a plan.” The plan that emerged called for developing tech start-ups and tech workers in New York. The goal, Mr. Robertson said, was to “build a talent engine” that would help make the city a magnet for coders and companies.

Nike-Gate – Day Two: A Star’s Shoe Breaks, Putting College Basketball Amateurism Under a Microscope (New York Times)
May be a “classic” liability case.

Brexit Delay?: EU Is Said to Expect Theresa May to Request Three-Month Delay to Brexit (Bloomberg)

Tax Cut Benefit: U.S. Banks Crushed Profit Record With $237 Billion in 2018, FDIC Says (Bloomberg)

The Silence is Deafening: Trump and the Right Stay Quiet on Alleged Domestic Terror Plot by White Nationalist Coast Guard Officer (Politico)

U.S. – North Korea Summit Preview: Kim Jong Un’s Game Plan Ahead of Summit in Vietnam – Get Trump Alone and Deal (Bloomberg)

Border Showdown Weekend: Maduro Blockades Guaido as He Heads to Showdown in Venezuela-Colombia Border Town (Bloomberg)


Climate today.

Bold Leaders: Five Women Mayors to Watch for Climate Leadership (Bloomberg.org)
Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo is convening mayors, business leaders, and others this week to bring attention to a troubling problem: While women globally are more impacted by climate change than men, they’re underrepresented at decision-making levels in government. The good news is, that’s changing.

In the U.S., some of the boldest leadership on climate is coming from women mayors. Here are five who recently won the Bloomberg American Cities Climate Challenge because of their efforts to reduce climate pollution from the transportation and buildings sectors, including: Keisha Lance Bottoms (Atlanta), Vi Lyles (Charlotte, NC), Jenny Durkan (Seattle), Lyda Krewson (St. Louis), Muriel Bowser (Washington, DC).

The False Choice Between Economic Growth and Fighting Climate Change (The New Yorker)
Read about The New Yorker’s cover decision, calling Climate Change “The Real Emergency.”

Survey: Most U.S. Money Managers See Sustainable Investing as Essential to Thrive (Pensions & Investments)


Arts section.

Oscar Sunday: A Netflix Best-Picture Win with Roma Would Complete Its Hollywood Invasion (Bloomberg)

See the final predictions by Variety here.

Preview: What to See in New York City This Spring (New York Times)
The Shed’s first full-scale offering celebrates the heritage and scope of African-American music. Over five nights from April 5-14, “Soundtrack of America” sets out to explore a “family tree” of American music, from spirituals to hip-hop, with a lineup of 25 young performers to bring out continuities and breakthroughs.

See The Shed’s schedule here and read more about Mike Bloomberg’s support here.


Best of late night.

“Today Southwest had to cancel hundreds of flights due to mechanical problems. The CEO of Southwest was like ‘I’m sorry but two wings seems pretty redundant’.”
— Jimmy Fallon

On the Oscars this Sunday:

“I saw that ‘Roma’ could become the first foreign language film to win ‘Best Picture’, unless you count Bradley Cooper talking in ‘A Star Is Born’ as a foreign language.”
— Jimmy Fallon

“I read that each gold-plated Oscar is only worth $400. It’s pretty crazy: If someone offers you an Oscar or an Apple watch, you have to stop and think about it.”
— Jimmy Fallon