LinkNYC announces new campaign to celebrate ‘City of Immigrants’

Posted On Mon, August 27, 2018 By

Posted On Mon, August 27, 2018 By In City Living, immigration, Technology

Photo courtesy of LinkNYC

The city’s 1,742 LinkNYC Wi-Fi kiosks are the site of a new campaign to highlight facts and photographs related to immigrants’ impact on New York City’s life and culture. “City of Immigrants” will feature historic photos from the Associated Press, along with facts from the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs’ annual report. For example, did you know 52% of NYC businesses are immigrant-owned, or that nearly half of the city’s population speaks a language other than English at home?

Ruth Fasoldt, Link’s Director of Community Affairs, said in a statement: “New York City is a city of immigrants, and we are thrilled to use the Link network to highlight their important contributions to city life. Through bringing facts and photography about our history to the streets of New York, we hope to inspire pride in our city’s diversity, our heritage, and our neighbors.”

Some of the facts that will be on display include:

  • 52% of NYC businesses are immigrant-owned
  • The top countries of origin for NYC immigrants are the Dominican Republic, China, Mexico, Jamaica, and Guyana
  • NYC is home to 3.1 million immigrants, the largest number in city history
  • Immigrants make up nearly 38% of the NYC population and 45% of the city’s workforce
  • 49% all New Yorkers speak a language other than English at home
  • Immigrants contributed an estimated $195 billion to NYC’s GDP in 2017

Since Mayor de Blasio launched LinkNYC in 2016, more than 1,700 kiosks have been activated across all five boroughs. You can find a Link near you here.


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