Mayor Bill de Blasio

14th Street Busway New York City

How New York City's Appearance Changed Under de Blasio

The former mayor's administration oversaw several major changes in the city's skyline, streets, and public spaces.

January 4, 2022 - The City

de Blasio Administration

New York City Mayor Goes Out With a (Covid Policy) Splash

Mayor Bill de Blasio's second term ends on New Year's Eve. On Dec. 6, he announced the nation's strictest COVID mandate: All workers in New York City must be at least partially vaccinated by Dec. 27. Did he consult with his successor, Eric Adams?

December 12, 2021 - The New York Times

Traffic Safety Advocates

Zero Vision Zero: Streets Deadlier Now Than When De Blasio Started

Mayor Bill de Blasio in 2014 set a goal to eliminate traffic fatalities from New York City. Now, with de Blasio preparing to leave office, more people are dying on the city's streets than when he made that announcement.

October 4, 2021 - The New York Times

New York City, New York

NYC on a Roll: Citi Bike Breaks Ridership Records

The Citi Bike bikeshare system in New York is achieving record new successes, despite never having received zero funding from city coffers.

May 26, 2021 - Gothamist

New York City Traffic Cop

Reopening New York, New Jersey and Connecticut: Is May 19 Too Soon?

Coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and deaths are dropping in the U.S. Govs. Andrew Cuomo, Phil Murphy, and Ned Lamont jointly announced on May 3 that their states would lift most restrictions on May 19. Experts and residents have mixed reactions.

May 11, 2021 - The New York Times

Garbage truck and garbage collector

New York City Battles a Garbage Crisis

Last year's budget cuts have led to mounting complaints as the city's sanitation department falls behind on collections and rodent complaints surge.

April 28, 2021 - Bloomberg

Brooklyn Queens Connector

Brooklyn-Queens Streetcar Will Live or Die in the Next Administration

Construction on the Brooklyn-Queens Streetcar, a potential legacy project for New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, was supposed to begin in 2019. The fate of the heavily debated project will rest with the next mayor.

March 12, 2021 - NY1 News

14th Street Busway New York City

Judge Clears the Obstacles for Queens Busway Project

One piece of New York City's Better Buses Action Plan has been relieved of legal resistance.

January 6, 2021 - amNew York

Rooftop Bar

Special Permits Could Be Required to Develop a Hotel in New York City

It could become a lot harder to develop a hotel in New York City, even in areas where hotel developments are zoned as-of-right and even after the pandemic has ravaged the industry.

December 23, 2020 - The Real Deal

Coronavirus and Transportation

Backtracking From Ambitious Bus Lane Promises in New York City

Back in June, the city of New York seemed poised for a major shift in transportation priority. In October, reality is setting in about how hard a sell the transformation will be.

October 28, 2020 - StreetsBlog NYC

New York City Open Streets

New York Outdoor Dining, Open Streets Programs Now Permanent

New York City will now be measurably less car-centric for the indefinite future.

September 27, 2020 - Eater New York

Columbia University Athletics

A New Generation of Community-Led Planning in New York

With a benchmark success in demanding rights for the community during an ongoing rezoning process in Inwood, a neighborhood in Manhattan, a new generation of community-led resistance to top-down planning is coalescing in New York City.

July 13, 2020 - Yes!

New York City

Advocates Push for Gowanus Rezoning, Stuck in COVID-19 Limbo, to Move Forward

According to advocates, the relative affluence of Gowanus is the reason a plan to rezone the neighborhood must move forward.

June 23, 2020 - The Real Deal

Inwood Hudson RIver

Lack of Racial Impact Analysis Opens Inwood Plan to Legal Challenge in New York City

New York City is appealing a judge's decision to toss the Inwood NYC Action Plan, approved by the city in 2018. Next City describes the racial justice implications of the court case and the plan.

June 17, 2020 - Next City

New York Subway Coronvairus

New York City Reopens Today. How Will People Travel?

The last of the ten economic regions in the Empire State opened for Phase One on June 8. Transportation planners fear massive traffic congestion as residents and workers may abandon the subway due to concerns about being infected by the coronavirus.

June 8, 2020 - The New York Times

New York City Bus

MTA Calls for 60 Miles of Bus Lanes and Busways in New York City

New York City Transit wants to make improved bus transit a feature of the post-pandemic recovery in New York City.

June 7, 2020 - StreetsBlog NYC

East Harlem

Urbanism Pays the Price for High COVID Death Toll in New York and New Jersey

Opponents of dense housing and public transit have seized on the disproportionate death toll originating from the epicenter of the nation's coronavirus outbreak. Is it time for the leaders of New York and New Jersey to admit they acted late?

April 30, 2020 - Slate

Hidden New York City

Massive Affordable Housing Effort in New York Faces Coronavirus Reckoning

A controversial but sweeping housing initiative in New York City, one of Mayor Bill de Blasio's signature initiatives, had a full head of steam before the coronavirus. Now it's facing drastic cuts.

April 29, 2020 - Politico


Learning from Seattle

The original epicenter of coronavirus outbreak was also the first region in the nation to implement social distancing measures, serving as a national model of behaviors that lessen the spread of the deadly virus.

April 7, 2020 - The New York Times

New York Construction

Planning Stops in New York City; Same for Construction in Boston

Planning and building the future will have to wait.

March 17, 2020 - NYC Planning

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