Post-Sandy Resiliency Planning in NYC

You'll learn about:

  • How New York City is addressing multiple issues of resiliency: coastal flooding, severe rainfall, heat waves, and social resiliency. 

  • How the city prioritizes projects to address the risk faced in a city of 8.5 million residents. 

  • The legal and financial constraints facing resiliency planners in New York City.

Hurricane Sandy vividly demonstrated the City's vulnerability to coastal storms. With 520 miles of coastline, New York City has been exposed to these risks since its founding. Over the past 400 years, the City's shoreline has been developed and modified in ways that have contributed to increased risks from coastal storms. Now, a changing climate is adding to the risks.

In 2015, New York City released OneNYC, a plan for strong growth, sustainability, resiliency, and equity. After months of research and conversations, the city found fundamental, cross-cutting challenges and opportunities ahead for New York City as it enters its 5th century. Among the greatest challenges to address are the risks the city faces from natural and manmade forces. The city’s neighborhoods, economy, and public services must be ready to withstand and emerge stronger from the impacts of climate change and other 21st century threats. The City will adapt buildings throughout the five boroughs to withstand and recover from extreme weather events and other hazards, while continuing to serve residents and businesses during normal conditions. The risks from climate change and other 21st century threats will further challenge the resiliency of the city's aging infrastructure for years to come. The City aims to adapt infrastructure systems in the city and across the region to withstand the impacts of climate change, to ensure the continuity of critical services in an emergency, and to recover more quickly from service outages.

New York City residents and local institutions energize and anchor the neighborhood recovery process. The opportunities that come from long-term recovery operations should ensure that residents impacted by disasters are able to participate in their neighborhood recovery.