Hard Work Happens In The Concrete Jungle

The New York City Hardest Working Cities award in front of the Culver Viaduct in Brooklyn.

The New York City Hardest Working Cities award in front of the Culver Viaduct in Brooklyn.

New York City (April 26, 2016) — Our visit to the Greater New York area made us realize why it's the city that never sleeps. From the Hunts Point rehabilitation project to the construction happening on the new Tappan Zee Bridge, there's constantly hard work happening around the clock.

After an exhaustive review of more than 400 metropolitan census areas, NYC was honored as one of our Hardest Working Cities for being the #1 leader in North America for construction employment, contribution to gross domestic product, and in number of transportation establishments. The city is also among the top 3 in North America for manufacturing employment, which accounts for hundreds of thousands of jobs in the area.


We started our celebration on Wednesday morning to meet with workers at Big Reuse's two facilities in Queens and Brooklyn.

Did you know more than 19,000 tons of building material are thrown out every day in New York City, and these materials clog landfills, release carbon into the atmosphere, and create a need for more materials to be manufactured? That's why nonprofits like Big Reuse are important to economies such as New York's and why we chose to visit with their amazing team of workers and volunteers.

At each stop, we brought coffee, doughnuts, and some Hardest Working Cities safety vests and hats. The best part about the visit was getting to talk with these hard workers one-on-one.


On Thursday, we headed to Citi Field ballpark to host the Hardest Working Cities award presentation along with six of the metro area's Freightliner dealerships: Diehl's Truck World (NY Freightliner), Campbell Freightliner, Hoover Truck Centers, Meadowlands Freightliner, Long Island Freightliner, and Westchester Freightliner.

The event began with an introduction from Freightliner's Ken McCullough with remarks from Freightliner's Richard Saward about the Hardest Working Cities program. A special feature of the award presentation was Mark Jaffe, president and CEO of the Greater New York Chamber of Commerce, who spoke about why hard work matters and how it makes the Greater New York area once of the most robust cities in the world.

We then invited Mr. Met to the stage to help us unveil the New York Hardest Working Cities award. This was probably the only time a Mets fan and a Yankee fan could cheer for the same thing in a stadium!

After the presentation, guests were invited to check out (and drive) some of the great work trucks we had on display.

We were honored to celebrate the city and, more importantly, take a moment to honor the men and women who do the jobs that help make places like New York thrive.

Congratulations to the Big Apple. Take a bow, then get back to work.

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