Yesterday, Mayor Michael Bloomberg laid out his vision for New York during the annual State of the City Address. He discussed the cost-cutting goals, economic growth, and the on-going physical transformation of the city, which largely consists of greening our fair city and moving towards a more sustainable future. Click through to read the greenest points from Bloomberg’s speech.
- The city will expand renovations on Governor’s Island, continuing to revamp the plot of land into a vibrant park in the middle of the harbor.
- A new ferry service will begin running in May along the East River with stops at Long Island City, Greenpoint, Williamsburg, Dumbo, Wall Street, and 34th Street. Many of the development plans deal with reclaiming the city’s waterways, a more sustainable means of transportation between boroughs.
- Development of Hunts Point Landing is well underway, transforming abandoned dead end streets into new green space along the waterfront, complete with a fishing pier. Continuing work on other waterfront spaces, like Brooklyn Bridge Park, will also increase our public parks.
- Through the Green Infrastructure Plan, which was launched last year, the city is cleaning our waterways “by not spending $2 billion on tanks and tunnels and instead capturing storm water before it reaches our sewer system.” On top of that, the EPA is making steady progress on the federal Superfund clean-ups of the Gowanus Canal and the Newtown Creek.
- The city is launching a new grant program that encourages residents to get involved with the greening of their communities. The grants will help local civic groups develop more a sustainable city with buildings and projects that are right for their neighborhoods.
- Section 2 of the High Line, which stretches from 20th Street to 30th Street, will open this spring or summer. The expansion was originally suppose to open last year, but a lack of funding delayed the project.
There’s no denying that Mayor Bloomberg has played a pivotal role in making New York City a greener and more sustainable urban setting. Here’s to hoping we keep moving forward and the Mayor makes good on his green promises.