NYU School of Professional Studies to Host “New York City: The Great Reset,” on July 29, Featuring Top Urban Thought Leaders

Moderator Sam Roberts, NY Times Urban Affairs Correspondent, Will be Joined by Panelists Including: Richard Florida, Karen Brooks Hopkins, Joshua David, William Fair, Alex White, Seth Pinsky, Frank Sciame, and Rosanne Haggerty, Who Will Focus on the Innovation, Creativity, and Infrastructure That Has Kept the City Resilient During Times of Great Adversity and That Will Enable it to Remain So in the Future

NEW YORK, July 14, 2015 – Over the past 15 years, New York City has endured the devastating attacks of 9/11, two recessions, a Wall Street crisis that nearly annihilated the world’s economy, and a catastrophic superstorm that destroyed billions of dollars of its infrastructure. Yet the City has always bounced back—chastened and changed—but stronger than ever.

The reasons behind this ability to not only survive, but to thrive will be examined during “New York City: The Great Reset,” an event hosted by the NYU School of Professional Studies (NYUSPS) on Wednesday, July 29 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the NYU Kimmel Center for University Life. Prominent city leaders, urbanists, entrepreneurs, and investors will discuss what’s in store for the City as it continues to grow and evolve, as well as the ways in which New Yorkers can strive to build a more creative and inclusive city for all.

New York City: The Great Reset – Read the entire white paper.

The event will serve as a vehicle for the discussion of a complex body of research—conducted by NYUSPS faculty members and administrators Richard Florida, a renowned urbanist and clinical research professor; Hugh F. Kelly, a leading real estate economist and clinical associate professor; Steven Pedigo, clinical assistant professor and director of the NYU School of Professional Studies Initiative for Creativity and Innovation in Cities; and Rosemary Scanlon, divisional dean of the NYU School of Professional Studies Schack Institute of Real Estate, clinical associate professor, former NYS deputy comptroller, and former chief economist for the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey—that will be released in the form of a white paper on the day of the event. The research focuses on New York City’s changing economic structure, its key industrial and occupational clusters, demographic trends, and real estate development patterns. The panelists will touch upon many of the key points detailed in the white paper, including the City’s diversity, its immigrant population, the economic and cultural dynamism of Manhattan and the outer boroughs, on-ramp opportunities for upward mobility, and the growing numbers of the creative class. 


  • Sam Roberts, Urban Affairs Correspondent, The New York Times (moderator)
  • Joshua David, Co-Founder, Friends of the High Line
  • William “Bill” Fair, Managing General Partner, Ajax Ventures
  • Richard Florida, Clinical Research Professor, NYU School of Professional Studies and Renowned Urbanist (opening remarks)
  • Rosanne Haggerty, President, Community Solutions
  • Karen Brooks Hopkins, President Emerita, Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)
  • Seth Pinsky, Executive Vice President, Fund Manager, Metro Emerging Markets and Public Affairs Director, RXR Realty
  • Rosemary Scanlon, Divisional Dean of the NYU School of Professional Studies Schack Institute of Real Estate, Clinical Associate Professor, Former NYS Deputy Comptroller, and Former Chief Economist for the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey (closing remarks)
  • Frank Sciame, Chairman and CEO, F.J. Sciame Construction Co., Inc.
  • Alex White, Head, Next Big Sound, Pandora

WHEN: Wednesday, July 29, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. (Doors open at 5:30 p.m. – Reception to follow)

WHERE: NYU Kimmel Center for University Life, 60 Washington Square South, Rosenthal Pavilion, 10th Floor

MEDIA RSVP: Seating is limited. RSVP is required. Contact Cheryl Feliciano at cheryl.feliciano@nyu.edu or Alka Gupta at aag13@nyu.edu.

About the NYU School of Professional Studies

Established in 1934, the NYU School of Professional Studies (sps.nyu.edu) is one of NYU’s several degree-granting schools and colleges, each with a unique academic profile. The reputation of the School of Professional Studies arises from its place as the NYU home for study and applied research related to key knowledge-based industries where the New York region leads globally. This is manifest in the School’s diverse graduate, undergraduate, and noncredit programs in fields such as Accounting, Finance, and Law; Applied Politics; Creative Cities and Economic Development; English-Language Learning; Fundraising and Grantmaking; Global Affairs; Health Information Management; Hospitality and Tourism Management; Human Resource Management and Development; Languages and Humanities; Management and Systems; Marketing and Marketing Analytics; Professional Writing; Project Management; Public Relations and Corporate Communication; Publishing; Real Estate, Real Estate Development, and Construction Management; Social Entrepreneurship; Sports Management, Media, and Business; and Translation.

More than 100 distinguished full-time faculty members collaborate with an exceptional cadre of practitioner/adjunct faculty members and lecturers to create vibrant professional and academic networks that annually attract nearly 5,000 degree-seeking students from around the globe. In addition, the School fulfills the recurrent professional education needs of local, national, and international economies, as evidenced by close to 48,000 annual noncredit enrollments in individual courses, workshops, and seminars. The School’s community is enriched by more than 28,000 degree-holding alumni worldwide, many of whom serve as mentors, guest speakers, and advisory board members. For more information about the NYU School of Professional Studies, visit sps.nyu.edu.