Our Resilient City
Guided by world-class science and our commitment to equity and inclusion, we are working every day to ensure that New York City is prepared for the growing risks from climate change. In the wake of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria that devastated communities along the Gulf Coast and on several Caribbean islands, the urgency of climate resiliency has never been clearer. That’s why we’re making bold and innovative investments in preparedness and resiliency. Simultaneously, we’re working to deliver complex, first-of-their-kind coastal defense projects in vulnerable communities across New York City.
Since the release of OneNYC in 2015, we’ve taken important steps to make our city safer and more resilient. Our neighborhoods are safer with updated evacuation maps, with better-prepared small businesses, schools, and homes, and strategies to address the impacts of extreme heat. Our buildings are more resilient through updated building and zoning codes and clear information about flood risk. Our infrastructure is stronger, including upgraded traffic infrastructure, hardened telecommunications systems, and fortified wastewater treatment plants, all of which ensure that critical services continue during and after emergencies. Our coastal defenses are being implemented, including a new Rockaway Boardwalk with integrated coastal protections and nearly ten miles of new dunes across the Rockaway Peninsula and in Staten Island.
These focused actions and investments are necessary to ensure that our city is ready to withstand and emerge stronger from the impacts of climate change—but there is much more work to do. In the months and years ahead, we will continue to adapt our own strategies as we gain new knowledge about the risks we face so that we can build a stronger, more resilient New York.