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Up on the Board: Tech demand in NYC, Freeport Armory, new Common App

Rockville Centre, NY - October 10, 2012: Earlene

Rockville Centre, NY - October 10, 2012: Earlene Hooper, Democratic incumbent candidate for New York State Assembly 18th District, speaks during a party rally at 50 South Park Avenue. -- slVOTE -- (Photo by James Escher) Credit: James Escher / Freelance James Escher

The editorial board notes a new report saying that tech firms are multiplying fast in Lower Manhattan – there are about 600 now. It’s going to be important that the city continues to update its office space to support the demands of these companies. The average Midtown space is about 70 years old, reports editorial writer Joe Dolman. However, there are dangers in overbuilding, too.

We’re also looking at state legislation that would give the Freeport Armory to a church-based nonprofit group with no specific plans for its use. Village officials are outraged; they had been asking the state to turn over this property for years. The bill that made this possible was shepherded by Assemb. Earlene Hooper and passed quietly at the end of the legislative session in June. We think moving the village's Department of Public Works to the armory is a better plan.

More young people are living in their parents’ basements after graduating from college, amounting to the highest level in four decades, according to a new study from the Pew Research Center. The editorial board believes this is particularly a problem on Long Island, where rents are so high.

High school seniors are checking out the new Common App – common application for college – that was published yesterday. The “app” is accepted by some 500 colleges and contains new essay questions. We’re reviewing it for a blog post from summer intern Patrick Crowley.

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Up on the Board is the editorial board's blog about what we just discussed at our weekday morning meeting. These meetings are where we talk about the news of the day and hash out our positions for the opinion sections of Newsday and amNew York.