It's closer to Boston (if traffic permits it's a bit over an hour's drive) than New York and nowadays basically is part of Greater Boston. The Boston area got the high tech industry too OTL. Midway between Boston and NYC is more Connecticut like Hartford or New Haven or New London.In terms of economy, is Providence, RI midway between New York, NY and Greater Boston? IDK but I would imagine in OTL NY, NY and Boston have delegated much of its seafaring of commercial shipment outside of the metropolises. Then maybe Providence can perform some kind of high tech secondary sector of industry?