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Until the mid-80’s, my mom was a dress manufacturer with factories in Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan. Today most clothing is made in Cambodia, Viet Nam, China, the Czech Republic, even Lithuania. Seventh Avenue didn’t die though--it became “Fashion Avenue” and remains the Mecca of the industry, although very little clothing is actually manufactured here. What remains here, are the brains.

The current commotion is a concerted effort to bring manufacturing back to Long Island because it’s good for the economy...

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Land of Opportunity

Innovation has always been Long Island’s story and it remains the key to our position in the Global Economy. During wartime Long Island companies produced the aircraft it took to win, and all Long Islanders can feel pride that the first man on the Moon was put there by Long Island-bred technology. Dr. Sharma's Foreword "The Global Economy and the Innovation Machine" is a must read. Our Universities, rich in technology and remarkably affordable attract the best and the brightest from around the world to our shores...

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Long Islanders have a disappointing history and rocky relationship with energy--probably the most widely discussed and heatedly debated issue on LI. Our high energy costs are an economic burden and obstacle to growth. Our rates are second only to Hawaii. The Shoreham debacle set us back 30 years technologically and financially, and while some experts claim the "debt" is paid in full, others will tell you "...Well yes, the debt is paid, but the cost still lingers..." And what about tomorrow? Please read A Little Background to see how the Editors of The Corridor really feel...

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Wireless technology is ubiquitous to the point that the end user invariably becomes intimately involved with it. Our "Personal Devices" have become the next step in human evolution, adding terabytes of knowledge to our mainframe flesh and blood brain with an auxiliary hard drive packing unlimited Internet access. From here, we can catch a glimpse of the Infinite Universe.

Although Long Island is small, within a distance of 100 miles between New York City and the East End we have a beautifully diverse population of intellectuals, academics, scientists, inventors, artists, writers, trades people, government, entrepreneurs and a stellar collaboration between the State University system, private education and commerce...

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I grew up under the Broadway "El" in Brooklyn and the World was at my front door. Half a block away was a movie theater, the Loew's Gates and next door to that was a pizza parlor. Also on that block were a Chinese Restaurant, BBQ Grill, Fish Fry, Lingerie Store, Tailor, Jeweler and shoe store. And of course the Notorious "Dew-Drop-Inn." High School was a climb up the El stairs, a hop onto the BMT and in 40 minutes I was on 23rd St. and 7th Avenue in Manhattan, where my High School was. I went to College in Brooklyn, and my first job was at McGraw Hill in Times Square...