Neighborhoods

Revitalizing Neighborhoods

Mike Bloomberg brought new life to areas long neglected by the City, including major sections of the waterfront that had been mostly abandoned. From the South Bronx to Coney Island, and from Greenpoint and Williamsburg to Willets Point, the Mayor worked to revitalize communities with new jobs, housing, and parks.

Major new commercial districts
Major new commercial districts built at Hudson Yards and Downtown Brooklyn, and Lower Manhattan came back stronger than ever.
Major new investments in neighborhoods
Neighborhoods that had struggled historically - including Harlem, the South Bronx, Red Hook, and Coney Island - experienced major new investments.
Revitalizing NYC's waterfront
Launched PlaNYC, a sustainability plan comprised of 132 initiatives that protected NYC’s environment, prepared the City for one million more residents, strengthened the economy, and enhanced quality of life for all New Yorkers.

Progress: Revitalizing Neighborhoods

CITYWIDE

Re-zoning: From 2002 to 2013, 37% of the City had been re-zoned.

PlaNYC: In 2007, the Bloomberg administration launched an unprecedented sustainability plan. PlaNYC was comprised of 132 initiatives that were designed to protect New York City’s environment, prepare the City for one million more residents, strengthen the City’s economy and enhance the quality of life for all New Yorkers.

BROOKLYN

Downtown Brooklyn: From the rezoning in 2004 to 2013, 29 buildings with nearly 5,300 units, 484 of them affordable, were built and 4,746 more units are in the pipeline, 937 of them affordable, along with more than a million square feet of commercial space, and three new hotels. Thousands of new jobs were created thanks to new hotels, retail, businesses, cultural and academic space. The ground floor of the Municipal Building will be a large retail space, and a consortium led by NYU will take over 370 Jay Street, a predominantly vacant building, and transform it into an applied science center.

Greenpoint-Williamsburg: The 2005 re-zoning will facilitate the development of approximately 10,000 units of new housing and new parkland. By the end of 2013, approximately 4,500 units of housing were built. In addition, 2 acres of public esplanade and over 5 acres of public parkland were built with another 4 acres of public parkland to come.

Brooklyn Navy Yard: The Brooklyn Navy Yard’s Admiral’s Row Plaza project includes 125,000 square feet of new retail space, including a full-service grocery store, and 125,000 square feet of new light-industrial and manufacturing space to provide jobs and opportunities to the surrounding neighborhood.

Coney Island: The City’s Coney Island Redevelopment Plan led to the creation of new parkland and a major expansion of the amusement district that attracted record crowds to Coney Island, and spurred new job growth, as well as set the stage for new housing development.

Red Hook: The City’s 2004 re-zoning led to the development of an Ikea that helped spur new retail, commercial, and light manufacturing jobs in the area.

BRONX

Melrose Commons: The City built a new model of affordable, sustainable housing in an area once world-famous for being burned out and abandoned.

The Hub at 149th St: The City took a long vacant site and turned it into a mixed used development.

Fordham Road: The City created a new Business Improvement District, new Select Bus Service, and a new Workforce 1 Center in Partnership with Fordham University.

Hunts Point: The City moved the Fulton Fish Market to Hunts Point. In addition, Fresh Direct brought more than 2,000 jobs to the area, with plans to create an additional 1,000 jobs.

Yankee Stadium Area: The City facilitated the construction of the new stadium by investing infrastructure and new parks, and transformed the old Bronx House of Detention into the Bronx Terminal Market, which is a major shopping destination.

Kingsbridge: Long vacant land was turned into River Plaza at 225th St and Broadway, with new shopping options, and an additional retail center to be developed nearby. The iconic Kingsbridge Armory – vacant since 1996 – will be transformed into the world’s largest indoor ice facility and generate nearly 900 construction jobs and more than 250 permanent jobs.

Crotona Park East/West Farms: The City played an active role in the largest private rezoning in decades in the Bronx, which was approved in 2011. It will revitalize an underutilized industrial area with 1,300 units of housing and 46,000 square feet of commercial space.

MANHATTAN

Far West Side: From the 2005 rezoning to 2013, more than 7.5 million square feet of development was completed or is underway in the Hudson Yards area. These include 15 hotel buildings and 20 residential projects. The City’s investment in Hudson Boulevard, open space, and the #7 train extension helped spur development of the City’s next great business district.

Lower East Side: The Bloomberg administration reached a historic agreement with the community to redevelop Seward Park, a long underutilized 6.5 acre site, into residential, commercial and open space, anchored by 1,000 units of housing, half of which will be permanently affordable.

Rebuilding Lower Manhattan: As a result of the City’s investment in new sewage and gas lines, new roads and parks, and new housing and cultural space, the number of residents downtown had more than doubled by 2013 compared to September 10, 2001. In 2013, there were more businesses downtown than there were on September 10, 2001.

Harlem: The re-zoning of 125th Street led to the creation of thousands of new housing units, new commercial development, new cultural space, and the arrival of major new retail outlets. The Frederick Douglass Boulevard rezoning in 2003 resulted in more than 800 new housing units and the construction of the first hotel (Aloft Hotel) to open in Harlem in more than 50 years.

Chelsea/High Line: The rezoning of West Chelsea, and the creation of the High Line Park, led to $2 billion in commercial, residential, and cultural investments.

Roosevelt Island: As a result of Mayor Bloomberg’s commitment to growing our innovation economy, Cornell University and the Technion Institute of Israel are is building a 2 million square foot applied science and engineering campus that will lead to hundreds of new companies, tens of thousands of jobs, and generate billions of dollars in economic activity over the next three decades.

Columbia, Fordham & NYU: The Bloomberg administration helped usher through re-zonings that will allow Columbia, Fordham and NYU to conduct major expansions of their campuses.

QUEENS

Long Island City: A major re-zoning was completed that will allow for new residential and commercial development. In 2013, there were 20 hotels in Long Island City, with the majority being built in recent years. In addition, Queens Plaza Garage was transformed into a private office building.  

Flushing: The Bloomberg administration rezoned Muni Lot 1 in downtown Flushing to transform a municipal parking lot into a mixed used development with open space, called Flushing Commons.

Jamaica: The City rezoned the area surrounding Jamaica Station and the Air Train and invested nearly $100 million in it to allow for more development of residential, commercial, and open space.

Willets Point: The first phase of the redevelopment will remediate 23 acres of polluted land and is expected to generate 4,400 permanent jobs and 7,800 construction-related jobs.

Hunter's Point South: The Bloomberg administration’s plan for Hunter Point South, a long abandoned stretch of the Queens waterfront, includes 5,000 units of housing, 100,000 feet of retail, and an 11-acre waterfront park. It will include the largest affordable housing complex built in the five boroughs since the 1970s and generate $2 billion in private investment and create 4,600 jobs.

STATEN ISLAND

Navy Homeport: The Bloomberg administration began transforming the former Naval base into mixed-use residential community with open space, generating 1,000 construction jobs and 150 permanent jobs.

St. George: The largest observation wheel in the Western Hemisphere is coming to Staten Island under a plan envisioned by the Bloomberg administration and adopted by the City Council. The plan also includes a major retail destination in the same area.