Big Week For NYC Daylighting
Rockaway residents Mike and Susan Shea, owners of NYC Daylighting are having a special kind of a week. First, they learned they were named the 2015 “Innovative Entrepreneurs of the Year” Award, presented by New York Small Business Development Center (SBDC).
Then, on April 30, they learned they were one of the winners of the Resiliency Innovations for a Stronger Economy (RISE : NYC) competition, a New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) program designed to help small businesses impacted by Hurricane Sandy prepare for future storms, sea level rise, and other effects of climate change. RISE : NYC was a competition designed to identify and deploy those creative new technologies and solutions.
As one of the 11 winners of the competition, NYC Daylighting will receive a share of $30 million via the Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery program administered through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to implement their technologies at Sandy-impacted small businesses across New York City.
Mike Shea has deep roots in Rockaway. His father lived here and his grandfather before that.
He went to school at St. Francis de Sales, learned to surf on Rockaway’s beaches and grew up loving the boardwalk.
Shea moved to California in his early 20s, attended Palomar College and became a general contractor, specializing in sustainable, energy-efficient construction.
He met his wife Susan there, and the two returned to the peninsula in 2009 and moved into Mike’s childhood home on Beach 119th Street.
As Shea worked to renovate the old house, he realized there wasn’t a business in the area that specialized in the work he was doing in California, so their company, NYC Daylighting, was born.
Based in Rockaway Park, NYC Daylighting is the exclusive authorized provider and installer of Solatube Daylighting Systems in New York City and surrounding areas.
NYC Daylighting offers a variety of Solatube products including the Solatube® 160 DS and 290 DS Daylighting Systems – tubular skylights which capture daylight on the rooftop and transfer it via highly reflective tubing into the home.
The pipes, Shea explained, bring light into a room similar to a skylight, but without increasing the room temperature the way a skylight does. Installation is also much quicker, with the process promised to take only a couple hours.
They also offer the Solatube Smart LED System – a fusion of LED lighting and natural light for day and night, offering up to 94 percent in lighting energy savings.
NYC Daylighting also makes vent and light kits – providing ventilation and light for nighttime use.