Three years after the release of our OneNYC strategy, New York City is thriving as we are creating the fairest big city in America. Jobs are at record highs across the five boroughs. Crime is lower than it’s been since the 1950s. The air and surrounding waterways are cleaner than they’ve been in decades. Our neighborhoods are safer, more affordable, and more environmentally just. And we have raised the bar on climate leadership by taking the fight straight to the fossil fuel companies that have created the climate crisis.
In April 2015, New York City took stock of its most significant challenges—population growth, aging infrastructure, increasing inequality, and climate change—and released a blueprint for tackling these challenges head on. That blueprint, One New York: The Plan for a Strong and Just City (OneNYC), is the City’s strategic plan for inclusive growth and climate action. It is the first resilience strategy released by any city in partnership with 100 Resilient Cities, pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation. OneNYC also set a global tone for the pursuit of sustainable development that has influenced the work of other cities around the globe.
In OneNYC, we made significant commitments: lifting 800,000 New Yorkers out of poverty or near poverty; creating new job opportunities; dramatically reducing our greenhouse gases and waste sent to landfills; achieving the cleanest air of any large U.S. city; and ensuring that those on the front lines of climate change—often the most vulnerable New Yorkers—are protected against its risks.
The four OneNYC visions and their corresponding goals and initiatives will ensure that as our city grows, it also becomes stronger, fairer, and more capable of meeting the challenges that lie ahead. So how are we doing?
VISION 1: Our Growing, Thriving City
New York City will continue to be the world’s most dynamic urban economy, where families, businesses, and neighborhoods thrive.
- We have seen record job and wage growth and record low unemployment—with gains in all five boroughs.
- Affordable housing in 2017 hit a 30-year high, with over 87,500 homes financed since 2014.
- CreateNYC, with an over $15 million investment, will expand and diversify cultural offerings across the five boroughs.
Population Change by Borough from 2010 Census to July 2017
VISION 2: Our Just and Equitable City
New York City will have an inclusive, equitable economy that offers good-paying jobs and opportunities for all New Yorkers to live with dignity and security.
- The City’s jail population has fallen to the lowest number in decades, alongside record low crime rates.
- We are ahead of schedule in lifting 800,000 New Yorkers out of poverty or near poverty by 2025, with the lowest poverty level since the Great Recession.
- We tripled the number of children in free, full-day, high-quality pre-k and launched 3-K for All.
- NYC has achieved the safest roads since record-keeping began in 1910.
- Over 1 million New Yorkers have secured municipal identification through IDNYC.
NYC Traffic Fatalities 2000–2017
VISION 3: Our Sustainable City
New York City will be the most sustainable big city in the world and a global leader in the fight against climate change.
- NYC was the first major city or state in the nation to commit to divesting pension funds from fossil fuels.
- NYC was the first city to align with the Paris Agreement; the City has reduced annual greenhouse gas emissions 15 percent; first-in-the-nation mandatory building retrofits will deepen the City’s emissions cuts.
- The City’s renewable solar energy has increased solar sixfold to over 148 megawatts.
- NYC enacted landmark environmental justice legislation to guide City decisions.
- The City has over 1,200 electric vehicles in use by its agencies and over 500 charging stations are already installed.
- Over 3.3 million New Yorkers are already served by organics collection.
VISION 4: Our Resilient City
Our neighborhoods, economy, and public services will be ready to withstand and emerge stronger from the impacts of climate change and other 21st century threats.
- We brought pioneering litigation against five fossil fuel companies most responsible for climate change.
- New Climate Resiliency Design Guidelines will institutionalize climate-smart construction across the city.
- The City secured a groundbreaking commitment to redraw our flood maps to better account for flood risk.
- Major project milestones continue to be met across the City’s over $20 billion resiliency program, including completion of the Rockaway Boardwalk, interim flood protection measures, and hundreds of home elevations.
- Launched a comprehensive $106 million heat mitigation and adaptation program to keep New Yorkers safe during extreme heat.
NYC Projected Floodplain with Sea Level Rise (SLR)
The City continues to hold itself accountable for the delivery of OneNYC initiatives, milestones, and indicators. Next year, the City will report on its continuing progress and will deliver an updated strategy. To accomplish that, we intend to deepen our engagement with New Yorkers in all five boroughs to address the challenges of today and tomorrow. This is how we will build the fairest big city in America.