Mayor de Blasio Releases One New York:
The Plan for a Strong and Just City
The de Blasio administration just recently released its latest project, “One New York: The Plan for a Strong and Just City,” a comprehensive plan for a sustainable and resilient city for all New Yorkers, that addresses the profound social, economic, and environmental challenges ahead.
OneNYC builds on prior long-term sustainability plans for New York City, expanding on the critical targets established under previous plans, as well as on the de Blasio administration’s work over the last 16 months. Growth, sustainability, and resiliency remain at the core of OneNYC. But with the poverty rate remaining high and income inequality continuing to grow, the de Blasio administration added equity as a guiding principle throughout the plan.
The plan recognizes New York City’s role and responsibilities as a regional hub, and calls on the city’s partners to work together on shared goals for building a strong region. The plan follows months of engagement with thousands of New Yorkers across the five boroughs – including through an online survey available in seven languages, dozens of community meetings, a phone survey, and meetings with hundreds of civic organizations and local and regional elected officials. In the coming months, the de Blasio administration will continue the conversation with residents, civic leaders, and elected officials to refine initiatives and encourage civic engagement. New Yorkers can also share their thoughts and priorities at nyc.gov/onenyc.
The plan pursues the vision of a stronger, more equitable, more sustainable, and more resilient New York City, and includes over
200 new initiatives, with over 80 specific new metrics and targets.
The report includes the following plans:
• All New Yorkers will live in neighborhoods that promote an
active and healthy lifestyle.
• New York will continue to be the safest among large U.S. cities.
• New Yorkers will continue to accept no traffic fatalities on
New York City Streets.
• By 2050, New York City’s greenhouse gas emissions
will be 80 percent lower than
• New York City will send zero waste to landfills and have the best air quality among all large U.S. cities by 2030.
• All New Yorkers will benefit from useful, accessible, and beautiful open spaces.
• Infrastructure systems across the region will be upgraded to adapt to enable continued services.
The full report can be viewed at nyc.gov/oneNYC.
Midtown’s Nordstrom Tower Set to Surpass
1 World Trade Center
One World Trade Center, the massive downtown beacon planned as the tallest tower in the city, might become just the second tallest, after a Midtown developer decided to supersize plans for his own tower, the New York Daily News reported.
The new building, planned for 57th St., is slated to stand at 1,795 feet, making it
19 feet higher than One World Trade Center. The property, located at 217 W. 57th St., is expected to draw the “who’s who” of global millionaires and billionaires.
Developer Gary Barnett of Extell Development, who has already successfully built one luxury tower on 57th St., is heading the project, at 217 W. 57th St., which will have a giant seven-floor Nordstrom department store on the lower levels.
The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat designated One World Trade as the city’s tallest building in 2012, and would have to do the same for the 57th St. tower, if the project proceeds as planned.
Adrian Smith & Gordon Gill Architecture, an architecture firm associated with some of the world’s tallest buildings, is said to be involved in Barnett’s project. The firm is best known for designing the world’s tallest building, The Kingdom Tower in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, which will be more than 1,000 meters, or 3,280 feet, tall.
The 57th St. building is one in a string of giant structures planned just south of Central Park. Park advocates have long been opposed to the spate of new towers, saying that it will cause long shadows over the park.