Resilient Neighborhoods Initiative

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Resilient Neighborhoods Initiative

Jonathan Sandor Goldman, MUP 2015 Summer 2014 Organization: Waterfront and Open Space Division of the NYC Department of City Planning, New York, NY, USA Sponsor: Harvard Club of New York Fellowship


“I spent Tuesday, June 24, conducting a field survey of Beach 116th Street in Rockaway Park with staff and fellow interns in the Urban Design and Waterfront divisions of the NYC Department of City Planning. The survey was part of the larger Resilient Neighborhoods Initiative, which is an effort to identify and remove regulatory barriers to flood resilience. As an example, existing zoning regulations may restrict building heights, so property owners cannot elevate their buildings above the floodplain without sacrificing valuable floor area. While some of the city-wide impediments to resilience were addressed in NYC’s 2013 Flood Resilience Zoning Text Amendment, others require in-depth study of unique local conditions, such as the building typologies pictured here, standing on stilts above Jamaica Bay in the in the Hammels section of the Rockaways.”


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July 5, 2014