De Blasio Time Capsule: How Will NYC Be Different in 2017?

Wednesday, November 06, 2013 - 08:00 AM

Bill de Blasio on election night, Nov. 5,  2013 Bill de Blasio on election night, Nov. 5, 2013 (Stephen Nessen/WNYC)

Bill de Blasio is New York City's next mayor. Now, make your bold predictions for our 2013 time capsule:

How will New York City be different in four years?

Post your specific predictions below (serious entries only, please!) and we'll bury it on the internet, not be touched until we open it back up in 2017... Remember, this is for specific predictions about how NYC will be change, not comments or suggestions for the new mayor. We'll edit out those to preserve the time capsule.

We're reopening the time capsule on inauguration day, but closing it again Wednesday afternoon, so get your comments in soon.


Bill de Blasio's Own Statement for 2017 Benchmarks

I’ve said throughout this campaign, I want to address the inequalities of this city. To me, it would mean that we’re doing something very meaningful to increase wages and benefits, including things like paid sick leave and living wage legislation. It would mean that we’ve gotten children full-day pre-K and after-school programs, that we’re steadily increasing that. It would mean that we’ve repaired the relationship between police and community. And obviously, substantial progress on the goal of 200,000 units of affordable housing.


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Comments [32]

Lindsay-Beame financial and governmental chaos.
Corruption and malfeasance on a scale only realized in rigidly socialist societies.
(How did the de Blasio's come to afford their $1,000,000+ private house in the tony Park Slope enclave of Brooklyn?)

Jan. 02 2014 08:50 AM
Dennis from NYC

There will be slightly more crime, municipal workers will have received small pay increases, the budget surplus will have been turned into a small deficit, and tax revenues will have decreased.

Jan. 02 2014 08:46 AM
Brian from Hoboken NJ formerly UWS for 9 years

In 2017, NYC will still be unfriendly to small business. More people will continue to move in and out of NY to NJ and other locations. Central park will have wifi.

Jan. 01 2014 07:21 PM
Jon Young from Staten Island

The Red Sox fan, Mayor de Blasio will celebrate the third World Series title by the Dustin Pedroia-led Bosox in his four years in office. Their only loss will be in 2016 when the Cubs finally win the title over the Red Sox in seven games.

Jan. 01 2014 01:50 PM


Jan. 01 2014 01:42 PM
Beekay from Brooklyn

Based on what we've just heard--and I'm a left leaning liberal--I'm not very hopeful. The inaugural festivities were disastrous. The tone was cheesy and naive.

Looks like we're back to the Liberal Amateur Hour.

Jan. 01 2014 01:37 PM
Daniel Pecoraro from Kips Bay

Phase 1 of SAS, 7 train extension, improvements to Water Tunnel #1, universal pre-K (I think he can do it), possibly modest congestion pricing serving towards actual transportation projects rather than just the general fund, and hopefully FLYING CARS AND JETPACKS

Jan. 01 2014 12:37 PM
Gabriel Bonilla-García from Bronx NY

How NYC Will Be Different? In no ways whatsoever... De Blasio have little idea of what he is walking in to... Less see what his excuses will be in the first year... then: people must understand, protest or stay away from the election posts in the next election period... If this meant to be not true, lets go and look how many people vote in his nomination for the "democrats", how many people nominated the Republican candidate for mayor; how many "democrats" are register in that party; how many are register in the Republican Party; and at the end, how many new Yorker were to vote in the November elections (?). Does people believe in "democracy". No. They accept democracy as a social condition... It does not goes beyond that...

Jan. 01 2014 12:25 PM
Diana Pearl from BK

Wishing and hoping that he restores a balance to the rent guidelines board to end the landlord favoritism and so that rents once again become affordable four working people.

Jan. 01 2014 12:21 PM

If de Blasio is willing to tackle the corrupt political machines of the Democratic and Republican Party he may have a shot at being a great mayor. If not he will be just another mediocre mayor

Jan. 01 2014 12:10 PM
City Island Images from City Island, NY

END OF PLUTOCRACY - When will we see the end of government by the wealthy? Will the controlling class of the rich, which has been gaining power for several years ever change course?

Over time, many political thinkers like Winston Churchill, Alexis de Tocqueville, Juan Donoso Cortés, Noam Chomsky and some others have loudly condemned plutocrats for ignoring their social responsibilities, by using power to serve their own purposes, ignore poverty and nurturing class conflict, corrupting societies with greed.

Inequality is nothing new in life. It has not only been around forever, but the film Wall Street, with its portrayal of a rising plutocracy insisting that greed is good enforced this message. Too many politicians have avoided class warfare and the ever-growing gap between the very rich and US.

if you look only at the impact of rising inequality on the all important middle-class, you may find that inequality played an important role in creating our economic mess and has played a crucial role in our failure to clean it all up.

When will the administration will take some time to map out a new plan?

Jan. 01 2014 12:09 PM
Cathy Miller

The carriage horse trade will have become a distant bad memory and NYC will be known as a leader in the compassionate treatment of animals. Bloomberg just didn't want to move on from the pre-gasoline era!

Jan. 01 2014 11:57 AM
Greg from Jamaica, Queens

Bill will have grown his beard back! Thankfully!

Jan. 01 2014 11:48 AM
Nancy from Brooklyn

High quality education for all NYC schoolchildren, with students at all points on the economic spectrum learning together in the same settings. Looking forward to seeing this vision become reality at Park Slope Collegiate, a grade 6 - 12 school in Brooklyn, where higher-income and higher-performing sixth graders from Park Slope are currently learning alongside lower-income and lower-performing students from other neighborhoods. A stronger push for parent involvement and differentiated education, and greater success for a diverse range of learners!

Jan. 01 2014 11:48 AM
Cherise from Brooklyn

I believe there will be more Affordable housing for all
teachers should be able to teach again!

Jan. 01 2014 11:46 AM
Greg from Yorkville, NYC

The 7 Extension & Phase 1 of the Second Ave Subway will be running, and Phases 2 & 3 of the Second Ave Subway will be under construction.

Jan. 01 2014 11:35 AM
April from Harlem, NYC

The city will see more diversity in prosperity and leadership, as policy changes will allow working families and individuals more safe, clean, affordable housing and extended after-care hours for schoolchildren. Environmentally conscious development will become the focus as the city faces the threat of increasingly severe weather due to climate change.

Jan. 01 2014 11:34 AM
99-percent from NYC

Despite de Blasio's best efforts, we will see that over the past decades since Reagan the extremely wealthy and privileged have managed to successfully insulate themselves from the rest of us, and can do as they please with impunity - we are not relevant, except as potential staff.

Jan. 01 2014 11:23 AM
Francis from Ridgewood

The press will be consumed with the tit-for-tat infighting between Cuomo and de Blasio, because it will be much easier to report on that than to do research on the more complicated (and pressing) policy issues of the day.

Nov. 06 2013 09:41 PM
Yolanda from East Village

De Blasio will be one of the most popular mayors in New York History.

Nov. 06 2013 08:22 PM
Wendy Jones from Springfield, NJ

After-school programs are scattered throughout the city's neighborhoods. There is also more affordable housing. Since they can now afford to live there again, artists slowly begin to return to NYC. (I am a native New Yorker, transplanted to New Jersey for love.)

Nov. 06 2013 08:18 PM
Art Vandelay

More out of control development.
Higher taxes.
Higher crime.
Higher income inequality.
Higher fire and EMS response times.
Higher debt.

Dinkins version 2.0

Nov. 06 2013 03:44 PM
ndlela from Bronx

Medical marijuana will be legal in NYC under tight restrictions.

Nov. 06 2013 03:23 PM
LH from downtown from SoHo

There will be less scaffolding as the rezoning craze tapers off. Manhattan will look better as fewer monstrous skyscrapers that obliterate the skyline are not allowed to spring up like weeds. MAYBE this administration will have some foresight about the quality of life and human scale going forward.

Nov. 06 2013 11:56 AM
Sweet flower from NYC

Nothing will have changed, except for a "reformed" Stop & Frisk that looks better on paper but works the same in practice, and an older Dante whose innocent smile will have disappeared.

Nov. 06 2013 11:56 AM
Alex from New York City

I hope I'm am wrong and that having to lead, rather than just criticize, Di Blasio will do it in a levelheaded way, trying to bring more equality to the city without killing the goose that laid the golden egg.
My fear is that under Di Blasio the crime rate will rise substantially, wealthy people and business will leave, reducing the tax roll, and NYC will be a candidate to be the next Detroit. There is nothing I fear more than an ideologue, be he from the left or from the right and Di Blasio certainly talks like one.

Nov. 06 2013 10:49 AM
antonio from baySide

I predict De Blasio will look like a genius, because he appointed the plain speaking, New School Economics professor, "RIchard D. Wolff" as the czar (j/k) of his economic advisory team...

The payroll tax for SS goes up to include wages above 115K and the new tax on capital gains brings a windfall to fund new transportation projects and provides free tuition to all city colleges...

Nov. 06 2013 10:44 AM

Nothing changed,
Except we are all older or dead.
The city will still be standing.

Nov. 06 2013 10:37 AM
Jessie from Sunset Park, Brooklyn

-A better relationship between police and the communities which they serve will hopefully lead to safe neighborhoods and happy people.

-Hoping for more affordable housing for those (like myself) with income that is not quite high enough to afford to buy a home, but not quite low enough to qualify for any sort of assistance.

-Unions will see better contracts and wages.

-The end to the privatization of our public schools.

New York City will belong to the middle class.

Nov. 06 2013 10:29 AM

Will Brooklyn have peaked? If you're a trustfund indie rocker should you sell that Bushwick loft your dad bought you when you graduated from Brown while property values are still high? If you're a celebrity chef has the Brooklyn bandwagon already passed you by or can you still get in on the action? Of course some historians may determine that Brooklyn actually jumped the shark with the opening of the tacky Barclays center and DeBlasio had nothing to do with it. Only time will tell!

Sorry to be snarky but whenever you meet someone with a Brooklyn address they just have to go on about it and let everyone know how cool it is. Yeah, cool man, go back to your cool neighborhood and be cool, what are you telling me for?

Nov. 06 2013 10:12 AM
Albert Arthur from Brooklyn

Crime will increase after de Blasio makes good on his promise to remove Ray Kelly and to discontinue the policing tactics that have changed NYC from one of the most dangerous cities to the safest large city in the world. De Blasio will also implement "affordable housing" laws that will make housing less affordable.

Nov. 06 2013 10:06 AM

HPD will not be accountable for leaving residents with new construction defects under this administration. As prior administrations, due to the fact that Deblasio will partner with the Real Estate industry and accept additional bribe money. Due to all the construction defects all around NYC these buildings increased maintenance fees will cost to repairs will make people move out of their units.

Nov. 06 2013 09:50 AM


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