Urban Matters | The City and Its Neighborhoods

Getting New Yorkers Back on the Bus

By Tabitha Decker

New Yorkers take 2.5 million daily rides on MTA New York City Transit buses, but the busiest bus system in the country is not delivering the service New Yorkers need. Reliability and speed have been in decline for years, and congestion in many parts of the city means it’s often faster to walk than to take a chance on a bus.


Parks Without Borders (2016)

NYC Parks, the Center for New York City Affairs, and the Tishman Environment and Design Center at The New School bring together thought leaders from a range of disciplines to explore the future of parks and public space.

Nature's Benefits - Climate Protection and Inspiration 

Jennifer Greenfeld, Nilda Mesa, Arturo Garcia-Costas, Timon McPhearson, David Seiter

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Edgy Explorations: The Transformative Effects of ‘Parks Without Borders’ (2016) 

 By Mitchell J. Silver
In our densely populated city, people look to parks to serve many purposes. New Yorkers use parks as backyards and living rooms, public squares and nature preserves. However, New York’s public sphere has not always been designed for this multitude of uses, especially not around park edges. 


Event | The City and Its Neighborhoods

Crossing Broadway
How Community Activists Rescued Washington Heights from Crime (2014)

How did Washington Heights in New York City emerge from the crime and decay of the crack years? Historian Robert Snyder argues that community activists who crossed racial and ethnic lines played a vital role in restoring order and vitality to ravaged streets in upper Manhattan, only to see the fruits of their labors threatened by growing economic inequality. 

Robert W. Snyder, author, Crossing Broadway; associate professor of American studies and journalism, Rutgers University-Newark; Led Black, Dominican-American writer-blogger, Uptown Collective; Dave Crenshaw, president, Uptown Dreamers Alumni Association; Victoria Neznansky, chief program officer, YM/YWHA of Washington Heights and Inwood; Michael Powell, reporter, New York Time

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Moynihan Station and the Complexity of Major Public Projects (2010)

Nearly 400,000 people use Penn Station every day, twice as many as used it when it was built. In 1993, the late Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan proposed the conversion of the Farley Post Office building into a new Penn Station. Despite longstanding support from nearly every stakeholder, the project is only now ready to break ground 20 years later. What was behind the delays? Why are delays inherent to so many major public development projects? Are there lessons to be learned here for future planning? 

Timothy Gilchrist, president, Moynihan Station Development Corporation; Christopher O. Ward, executive director, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey; Vishaan Chakrabarti, director, Real Estate Development Program, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation at Columbia University; Anna Hayes Levin, commissioner, New York City Planning Commission, Manhattan Community Board No. 4; Juliette Michaelson, senior planner, Regional Plan Association; Tokumbo Shobowale, chief of staff, Office of NYC Mayor for Economic Development; Greg David, director, Business Reporting Program, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism

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Reviving New York City's Economy with Infrastructure (2010)

As New York City struggles with the recession, infrastructure development and renewal promise new jobs and long-term growth. New transportation, energy, high technology, and communication infrastructure projects are being planned and funded. How quickly will they provide new jobs? Are they doing so already? What are the prospects for long-term structural improvements to the citys economy? What is missing from current plans?

Christopher O. Ward, executive director of The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey; Seth W. Pinsky, president of the New York City Economic Development Corporation; Joan Byron, director of the Sustainability and Environmental Justice Initiative at the Pratt Center for Community Development; Kathryn S. Wylde, president and CEO of the Partnership for New York City; Robert Yaro, president of the Regional Plan Association.