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Talking Transition is an open conversation about the future of New York City. Over two weeks, New Yorkers came together online, in the streets, and in a pop-up tent on Canal Street to help shape the transition to a new mayor. Tens of thousands of New Yorkers engaged. The mayor-elect embraced the process. Sign up and stay tuned to see the results. 
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Talking Transition has created a new gathering place for New Yorkers to talk about the future of the city. Open 9AM - 9PM daily November 9th - 23rd, join for events, activities, food, and culture, and come to talk transition.

Canal Street & 6th Avenue

Hudson Square’s Duarte Square

New York, NY 10013

(See Map)


Talking Transition is in your neighborhood! Look out for our street teams on your block, our mobile tents at your community events, or join the conversation at your local public library. Or, host a Talking Transition event of your own!






The Talking Transition tent is open 9AM to 9PM every day of the week. Our specific events and activities continue to change every day as more and more NYC experts, elected officials, community organizations, industry groups, and others are being scheduled to elevate our city’s most important issues. Check out our current list of events below, but be sure to RSVP to be notified of updates, or check back often. All events are open to the public.

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We're waiting for you at Canal St & 6th Ave

Calling all New Yorkers. Starting at 9am today, the doors of the #TalkingTransition tent will open. We can't wait for you to see our incredible space on Canal St. & 6th Ave., especially our Forum, featuring TalkNYC on iPads, where you can tell the mayor-elect about the quality of city services in your neighborhood. You can also engage by recording a video message to our new mayor on our soapbox and share it instantly with your friends.

At 1:30pm our programs commence in the Town Hall with important conversations on the state of NYC's budget. At 3pm you can work with fellow New Yorkers and participate in a simulated participatory budgeting exercise.

You won't want to miss Transition in Brooklyn Innovation tonight, presented by the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, which is hosting a lively conversation on the Innovation Economy and job creation in Brooklyn at 6pm. Finally, you can round out Day 1 of #TalkingTransition by attending the Brooklyn Chamber's after-party featuring a live Brooklyn DJ!

So whose coming? What are you looking forward to? Tell us in The Tent, on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.


Talking Transition is pioneering the first open transition in New York City. We're transforming the typically closed-door transition process between Election Day and the Inauguration into an opportunity for New Yorkers to make their voices heard. Whether you’re a lifelong New Yorker or you’ve just arrived, everyone has a unique vision for this great city. Now is your chance to tell our new mayor what’s important to you and your neighborhood.

Join us to share your questions, stories, and ideas for the city's future. By making your voice heard, you can help inform the mayor-elect's agenda for the next four years and make sure that City Hall prioritizes the issues most important to you.

Come visit the Talking Transition tent on Canal Street and Sixth Avenue, stop by our mobile tents as they make their way across the city, meet our street teams in all five boroughs, and discuss neighborhood issues at your local library. Make this transition count. Get involved. #TalkingTransition.

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For the first time in 12 years, New Yorkers will have a new mayor.

On January 1, 2014 the mayor-elect will be inaugurated to become the leader of the largest city in the United States. He will inherit a $70 billion budget, assume responsibility for administering city services and overseeing public agencies. As the city's chief executive, he will manage 250,000 employees - including teachers, police officers, fire fighters, and sanitation workers - and enforce all city and state laws in the five boroughs.

Aside from these important administrative responsibilities, the new mayor will directly represent the 8.3 million people who call the city home. To do that effectively, he must listen to what they have to say.

Talking Transition seeks to give New Yorkers a voice during this transfer of power, creating a more transparent process. Whether it's in the tent, at the mobile “tents,”, or in public spaces across the city, this project invites New Yorkers to come together and re-imagine what the city can and will be in the future. By joining the conversation, New Yorkers can share their ideas and concerns, inform the new mayor's agenda, and continue to move this city forward.

It’s time to start talking.

Want to organize a discussion in The Tent?

Talking Transition is offering small grants to organizations with 501c3 status to produce interactive and engaging events in the Talking Transition tent. Funds would support the staff capacity and/or production expenses involved in convening a multi-part, ninety minute or longer, interactive event. The convening organization would also need to demonstrate their capacity to mobilize at least 200 people for participation. The foundations sponsoring Talking Transition will evaluate each proposal. Please email NYC@TalkingTransitionNYC.com to receive the application. 

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Contact TalkTeam@TalkingTransitionNYC.com or (917-722-2424) with any questions you may have.

Please note that due to a high volume of requests, responses may not be delivered on the same day.

Please note that the schedule of locations of Talking Transition mobile tents is subject to change due to weather and other factors. Please confirm locations daily and see live updates on twitter by following @TalkNYC2013.

Talking Transition conversations are happening all across the five boroughs. We make it easy for you to host your own Talking Transition conversation in your home, school, community center, or public library, to make your neighborhood's questions, ideas, and vision for NYC's future heard. Just tell us a bit about how you want to get your neighborhood Talking Transition, and we'll give you your very own website, discussion guide, and opportunity to tell us what issues you think should be the mayor's top priorities.

Oh, and if you get 250 RSVP's, we'll work with you to have a mobile tent show up at your event with TalkNYC, our iPad tool for you to inform the new mayor.


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