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Silicon Alley

About Silicon Alley

Silicon Alley is the nickname of a rapidly expanding community of new media and related companies, in the New York City metro area. Many companies in this high-tech corridor are start-up companies.

The nickname Silicon Alley emerged in the early '90s as The Big Apple's answer to California's Silicon Valley, at least where Internet and Web companies are concerned. New York was already home to most major media companies, so it's not surprising that new media is the natural evolution.

Silicon Alley has no official borders. Some think it quietly originated in Chelsea and the Garment District before exploding into SoHo, TriBeCa and the Flatiron District. More recently, companies are also locating in the Downtown Financial District, in or near The New York Information Technology Center at 55 Broad Street.

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