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Jul. 2, 2014 4:34 pm

Lyft is coming to New York City

Lyft, one of the controversial ridesharing services that has faced regulatory pressure for using its own class of drivers, appears to be on its way to opening in the country's largest city. The company is hiring drivers in Brooklyn via Craigslist.

(Image via Lyft's recent Craigslist posting)

Updated 7/3/14, 9:45 a.m.: Added comment from Lyft spokesperson.

Ridesharing service Lyft appears to be coming to New York City. Sharing economy advocacy organization, Peers, had an event at the Dumbo Startup Lab last night, and attendees confirmed that Lyft plans to launch with a special emphasis on Brooklyn. From the event announcement:

You are invited to an intimate gathering with LYFT as they look into launching into NY with their community friendly ride sharing service! Come hear about the ride sharing economy from LYFT, network with others from the Let’s Collaborate community, take a picture with the infamous “pink stache”, and get LYFT swagged out over drinks and snacks. As a bonus, LYFT is offering you 2 weeks of free rides!

A listing on Brooklyn’s Craigslist page seeking drivers confirms that the company is building a network here. The sharing economy has had a bumpy year, notably in the ridesharing space, as it grows large enough to warrant regulatory challenges. In Maryland, Lyft and Uber have partnered in lobbying its state legislators, as Technical.ly Baltimore has reported. Both services are operating there.

Update: We’ve heard back from Lyft. Spokeswoman Paige Thelen writes, “We’re currently exploring the market as we are [in] many cities in the U.S. and have no firm plans to launch at this time.”

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Brady Dale

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