Reading and Discussion
Many veterans of the New York startup world, from venture capitalists to entrepreneurs, write blogs that have become discussion forums in the community. Reading and participating in them is a way to understand what is going on.
NY publications with good coverage of New York news include:
Startup Digest has a curated list of major news, including a New York section.
Startup Genome lets you search for startups, investors, incubators etc.
We Are NY Tech spotlights every day a member of the NY community.