Eric Adams

Bronx, Policy, Transportation

Photo courtesy of Michael Appleton/Mayoral Photography Office on Flickr

New York City is expanding the Harlem River Greenway to the Bronx. Mayor Eric Adams on Wednesday announced plans for a seven-mile continuous walking and biking path linking Randall’s Island and Van Cortlandt Park. The new greenway aims to reconnect Bronxites to the Harlem River waterfront, which has been largely inaccessible since the construction of the Major Deegan Expressway in the 1930s.

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Policy, Transportation

NYC to lift ban on e-bikes in city parks this summer

By Aaron Ginsburg, Wed, March 22, 2023

Image courtesy of Shinya Suzuki on Flickr

New Yorkers will soon be able to ride electric bikes and scooters in New York City parks legally. As part of a pilot program starting this summer, the city’s Department of Parks and Recreation will drop its current ban on certain electric vehicles on park drives and greenways, lifting a rule that conflicts with state laws. The pilot program is one part of a plan unveiled by Mayor Eric Adams on Tuesday aimed at promoting the safe usage of e-bikes and other electric micro-mobility devices and preventing fires caused by lithium-ion batteries.

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City Living, Policy

All images courtesy of WeLoveNYC

New York officials announced a new campaign using an adaptation of Milton Glaser’s iconic “I ♥ NY” slogan. Gov. Kathy Hochul and Mayor Eric Adams on Monday kicked off the new “We ♥ NYC” campaign, aimed to “inspire optimism and civic action” among New Yorkers post-pandemic.

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Brooklyn, Gowanus

gowanus canal

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New York City on Wednesday broke ground on one of two new underground storage tanks that will prevent pollution of Brooklyn’s Gowanus Canal. The $1.6 billion project will prevent up to 12 million gallons of sewer overflow from entering the canal during rainstorms and flooding events. The first tank, bounded by Nevins Street, Butler street, and Degraw Street, will hold up to eight million gallons of sewage waste and include 3.6 acres of public open space on the waterfront.

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Midtown, Policy, Urban Design

Rendering of Greeley Square after capital construction work is completed; Courtesy of “New” New York Panel

New York City will begin its transformation of an iconic stretch of Broadway into a pedestrian-friendly corridor this week, Mayor Eric Adams announced Sunday. The work is part of the first phase of “Broadway Vision,” a plan to make the chaotic and crowded streets between Madison Square and Herald Square safer by banning cars on some blocks and creating more space for pedestrians. As part of the first phase, the city will add two new plazas, shared streets, and a two-way bike lane on Broadway from West 25th Street to West 32nd Street.

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Policy, Restaurants, Transportation, Upper West Side 

Photo by Jimmy Baikovicius on Flickr

The Upper West Side voted against a proposed rest stop for delivery workers on 72nd Street and Broadway, as first reported by Gothamist. During a public hearing Tuesday, Manhattan Community Board 7 voted 27-8 against the transformation of an empty newsstand into a charging station for delivery workers.

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City Living, Policy

Photo courtesy of Michael Appleton/Mayoral Photography Office on Flickr

Following the notable success of the program in Queens, curbside composting will soon expand to all of New York City, Mayor Eric Adams announced on Thursday during his State of the City address. The program will launch in Brooklyn this October, followed by the Bronx and Staten Island in March 2024 and Manhattan in October 2024. According to the mayor, the program will be the nation’s largest curbside composting program.

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Brooklyn, immigration, Policy, Red Hook

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About a week after declaring there is no more room for migrants in New York City, Mayor Eric Adams announced the opening of a fifth emergency response and relief center to accommodate the growing number of asylum seekers. The new center will open at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal in Red Hook in the coming weeks and serve roughly 1,000 single adult men, providing them shelter and medical, food, laundry, and reconnective services. The men will be relocated to the terminal from the Watson Hotel, which will be used to house families with children instead. An opening date for the center has not been announced yet.

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Midtown, Policy, Transportation

Conceptual renderings from one proposal for a reimagined Fifth Avenue. Credit: Fifth Avenue Association

Mayor Eric Adams on Sunday released a plan that reimagines a stretch of Fifth Avenue from Bryant Park at 42nd Street to Central Park at 59th Street as a pedestrian-focused space that prioritizes safety, mass transit, and the public realm. This new vision of one of the world’s most iconic tourist destinations and commercial districts is part of a broader plan to make the area more appealing to new residents and workers and builds upon the recent closure of Fifth Avenue this month for the holidays.

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affordable housing, Policy

Photo by Patrick Tomasso on Unsplash

Gov. Kathy Hochul and Mayor Eric Adams on Wednesday announced a new plan to improve New York City as a place to live and work and help prepare it for a post-pandemic world. An essential part of the plan involves the reimagination of the city’s central business districts, Midtown and Lower Manhattan, by transforming them into dynamic, mixed-use neighborhoods that will draw more residents, businesses, and tourists. The plan also includes proposals to transform public space by expanding preexisting pedestrian spaces and envisioning new projects for the public realm.

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