May 4, 2017 by ckilkus
NYCxDESIGN Gets Rolling With Hundreds of Events
Artist Anish Kapoor helped city officials kick off this year’s edition of NYCxDESIGN, a three-week citywide effort that celebrates design in all its forms.
With more than 7,500 design firms and 50,000-plus full-time designers based here, New York is has more designers than Los Angeles and Chicago combined. Having seen a 30 percent gain in the number of design firms in the last decade, the sector brings in more than $555 million annually in city tax revenue. The average full-time designer earns $50,000. New York’s design workforce is being groomed in part thanks to 10 design and architecture schools that turn out twice as many design and architecture students as any other American city.
Wednesday morning’s press event at Brooklyn Bridge Park doubled as the opening of Kapoor’s installation “Descension,” which is presented by Public Art Fund as part of its 40th anniversary season. Alicia Glen, deputy mayor for Housing and Economic Development, was also joined by Interior Design magazine’s editor in chief Cindy Allen, among others. This year’s event will run through May 24 and features new tie-ins such as retail partnerships, design-focused events, window displays and installations at Brookfield Place, the MoMA Design store, the Microsoft store, WantedDesign shops and