Penguin-Jackson-Heights-w-boy-and-Tux-feet.JPGJackson Heights, New York, February 15, 2009 - In January 2009 Wink The Penguin, who stood on a boulder at the south end of the Elm-Jack Mall, at the intersection of 75th Street and 37th Road, vanished. Chicknapping is suspected. Wink, a 22″ high bronze statue of a penguin was installed in 1995.

City officials have been notified with inquires made of the Police, Parks, and Transportation Departments by Council Member Helen Sears. But at present his whereabouts remains a mystery. 

Fliers requesting help have been posted locally.Linux-Tux-small.JPGWe also call upon the Linux collaboration, with Tux the penguin its mascot, to help secure Wink’s return. We’ve long supported that free and open source software movement and call upon the global penguin community to help determine Wink’s whereabouts by monitoring online channels. Anyone with information should email it to tom@connectingnyc.org.

Follow the search for Wink. (Commons photo courtesy voteprime.) 

Learn more about The Campaign for .nyc on our wiki pages.

Filed February 15th, 2009 under Civics

It’s a dream come true.  Anyone who has had a passion or solution to a problem lives for the day when his / her ideas are being adopted.  It’s an indescribable thrill to have those ideas be a crucial part of City Council Speaker Christine Quinn’s State of the City address on Feb 12, 2009!  As you can see from all the content on this website putting a city on the Internet is a big job that Tom and the staff at Connectingnyc.org have been tackling for almost a decade.  We’ve been going to civic meetings and bring the ideas we’ve culled to the technology organizations that are anxious to use their skills for the love of NYC. This is an exciting moment in technology and city history!

 

Filed February 13th, 2009 under Hannah Kopelman, City Council, City-TLDs

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­­New York, ­­­­­City-Hall.JPGFebruary 12, 2009 - City Council Speaker Christine Quinn announced today that New York City will seek the acquisition of the .nyc TLD.

Speaker Quinn said:

While we look to cut spending, we’ll keep our eyes open for any new sources of revenue. Here’s one that’s been right in front of us for years. Web sites end with dot com, dot org, dot this and dot that.

Thanks to the leadership of Council Member Gale Brewer and Deputy Mayor Bob Leiber, New York City will soon have its own place on the web – with dot NYC.

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Mark Twain famously advised “Buy land, they’re not making it anymore.” Well now we can make more New York addresses – just on the internet! A local business won’t have to outbid a guy in Kansas to get Tony’s Pizza dot com. They’ll be able to get Tony’s Pizza dot NYC, a name associated with the greatest city – and home of the greatest pizza – in the world.

Most importantly, we expect to generate millions of dollars a year through the sale of web addresses ending in dot NYC.  ­(See the full speech here.) ­

While we’re delighted that the city has come aboard, t­he Speaker’s first and last sentences are somewhat troubling and we are watching out that Manhattan is not again sold for a few beads. Easy to imagine in these troubled economic times.­

Our latest initiative on a civic opportunity e­nabled by a thoughtfully developed .nyc is entitled Traditional Neighborhood Names. Take a look.

We look forward to continuing our work with the city council and administration to assure that the .nyc TLD is developed in the public interest, availing ourselves of short term opportunities while providing for the long term needs of our city.

For those new to the issue, we suggest reading Toward City-TLDs in the Public Interest for some overview. And if you have thoughts or questions, enter them here or through our wiki.   

Learn more about The Campaign for .nyc on our wiki pages.­­

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