Preparing New York for the Next Storm

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Mayor Bloomberg speaking at the Brooklyn Navy Yard about preparing the city for climate change. (Spencer T. Tucker/

Mayor Bloomberg has announced his plans to prepare New York City infrastructure and operations for future storms. Seth Pinsky, president of the New York City Economic Development Corporation, discusses the $20 billion proposal.

→ Resources: Full Proposal | Bloomberg Presentation (PDF) | WNYC News Rundown | NYTimes Report

Maps, Renderings and More from Bloomberg's PlaNYC Proposal


Commissioner Cas Holloway and Seth Pinsky

Comments [11]

Linda Lopez from Manhattan

Wait, Battery Park City may have fared better than some other areas of the city, but it still got hit hard. For those who may be starting to forget, a simple Google search will turn up scores of photos of just how bad it was. So why are we holding up BPC as an example of how to redesign South Street Seaport? Just build higher is not an answer.

And with regard to the carbon tax, we MUST do it, we have a moral obligation. Everyone looks to New York. We have a chance to exert real leadership on this issue and we should not squander it.

Jun. 12 2013 03:13 PM
Joel from NJ

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Jun. 12 2013 10:55 AM
Richard Reiss

Great last question. Where is the carbon tax? Lehrer: "If they don't do it Washington, if they don't do it in Beijing, then it's not going to matter." And connecting the dots in one's personal life helps, too.

Jun. 12 2013 10:30 AM
fuva from harlemworld

It DOES matter what NYC does, however small the effect. Also, the example could be contagious.

Jun. 12 2013 10:28 AM
joan from Brooklyn

Guns, bicycles, charter schools, storm control. So many grand plans for another 203 days and beyond. No plan to alleviate homelessness? And, how about plans for people like me who live in fear of not being able to afford their homes because of rising property taxes, fuel costs, water and sewer costs, fines for various building and sidewalk defects and on and on and on. Not a problem, eh?

Jun. 12 2013 10:20 AM
RJ from prospect hts

What about housing for poor people? With guaranteed jobs for them in any building? Not a developer's split "80-20" or some such but housing for *all* of the people who have been pushed out of the rest of Manhattan and close areas of the other boroughs (less transit time to the majority of jobs)? What about the support systems for this new density--schools, infrastructure (plumbing, electricity, etc.), already-crowded transit?

Jun. 12 2013 10:19 AM
rose from brooklyn

Didn't Mayor Bloomie try to get approximately 12million in funds approved for these water walls a couple of years ago but plan was rejected? Think it was in his 1st, no 2nd, no 3rd term.

Jun. 12 2013 10:17 AM
Bobby G from East Village between Aves. C an D

What is to prevent the water blocked by a bulkhead, levee or sea wall from flooding somewhere else? The water has to go somewhere.

Jun. 12 2013 10:17 AM
Artrhur Aptowiz from Forest Hills, NY

While I approve of the Mayor's finally realizing that we have to prepare for sea rise, I am disappointed that some of his suggestions seem to include trying to continue the practice of placing permanent housing along our coastlines. Water always seeks its own level; if we elevate the land along a part of the coastline, the water will simply find another way onto the land.

Jun. 12 2013 10:15 AM
Julian from Manhattan

Please ask your guest how the unprecedented building boom during the Mayor's term has reduced our carbon footprint - electric power usage has gone up steadily during this time.

Jun. 12 2013 10:10 AM
Ed from Larchmont

It seems to me that if we don't turn away from our serious immoral practices, it doesn't matter how high we make the sea walls. The water will over-top them.

Jun. 12 2013 08:43 AM

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