Mayor Michael Bloomberg vowed to keep building on the waterfronts today during a speech about protecting New York against future storms.
“Let me be clear,” he said. “We are not going to abandon the waterfront.”
Speaking at the New York Marriott Downtown this morning, he said the post-Sandy question he received the most was whether people could rebuild homes in neighborhoods like Breezy Point and Midland Beach.
The answer, he said, was yes.
“We are not going to leave the Rockaways or Coney Island or Staten Island’s South Shore,” he said. “But we can’t just rebuild what was there and hope for the best.”
He said the city would take a second look at all waterfront infrastructure.
Deputy Mayors Cas Hollloway and Linda Gibbs will review the city’s preparedness and recovery, zeroing in on how resources and services were deployed, and provide a report in February to be made public.
Seth Pinsky, president of the Economic Development Corporation, Bloomberg added, will craft new community plans, from rebuilding schools to how parks or cultural spaces like the New York Aquarium are created.
“We may or may not see another storm like Sandy in our lifetimes, but I don’t think it’s fair to say that we should leave it to our children to prepare for the possibility,” Bloomberg said.