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The city’s High Line, a major project undertaken during Michael Bloomberg’s tenure as mayor

From the High Line to Citi Bikes to rezoning developments in New York City, the projects of Michael Bloomberg and his staff during his tenure as mayor helped to craft the city as a leading 21st century urban center. But who was left out of this grand reshaping of New York City, over the course of an unprecedented three terms?

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Photo Credit: Flickr user exakta Photo Credit: Flickr user exakta

If you live or work in Manhattan, you are bound to see people selling things on the street. Winter-wear, umbrellas or even art. We’ve also seen the shuffle vendors make to gather their wares when a police officer approaches. For New York City artist Robert Lederman, the founder of Artists’ Response To Illegal State Tactics (ARTIST), this shuffle became routine as officers procured him 42 times for selling his artwork without a license or in a restricted area. Newsweek called it “New York City’s War on Artists” because unjust regulations prohibit artists like Lederman to sell in most high-volume areas, but allow street performers, or “buskers,” greater privileges for soliciting money in the city.  (more…)

Remix the Mayor-WNYC-LaGuardia-Wanger-O'Dwyer-Impelliteri-Beame-Guiliani-Bloomberg-Koch-Dinkins

WNYC’s Soundcheck is hosting this amazingly fun challenge called Remix the Mayor, just in time for the NYC Mayoral Election. Using archival soundclips from Mayor LaGuardia to Bloomberg (as El Bloombito, of course), you can combine as many mayors as you like (but at least one), manipulate them however you wish, and add any of your own musical elements.

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The following is an op-ed by Julia Vitullo-Martin, a senior fellow at Regional Plan Association and Untapped Cities writer. 

East Midtown: Park Avenue

Many of the sleek Modernist buildings in which the advertising “Mad Men” toiled decades ago are now shabby and tired, their once glamorous tenants dispersed to neighborhoods to the west and south. The advertising industry has been gone from Madison Avenue for so long—its exodus started in the early 1970s—that only people of a certain age automatically understood the play on words behind the title of the smash hit “Mad Men.”

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stairs-NYC New York-Untapped Cities-Lara ElmayanThis open, sculptural, naturally-lit staircase at Poets House in Battery Park City is exactly the type that Mayor Bloomberg hopes to see in new buildings.

Mayor Bloomberg is doing what many naysayers call “nannying” again–but this time, the legislation he hopes to enact involves involves more encouragement and good design than a straight up ban on a behavior. This time, the mayor is putting his focus on making stairs cool, as reported by The Atlantic Cities. With better stair design in new buildings and signage encouraging people to use them, Bloomberg hopes to create a healthier, stair-climbing culture in New York.

One of Bloomberg’s recently proposed bills targets buildings codes. It would require at least one stairway in each building in New York to be accessible for non-emergency use at all times. Another bill would, if approved, require that new buildings make stairs more conspicuous, with posted signs encouraging stair use. 

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New York CSA Local Roots NYC was honored with the Entrepreneur Award. Photo by Local Roots NYC.

It’s hard to form a community without involving food, a fact that Mayor Bloomberg seemed to recognize in the 12th annual Neighborhood Achievement Awards. The awards honor organizations, people and businesses–especially small ones–that have enhanced New York’s neighborhoods and local economies. Of the sixteen recipients recognized, a third of them were food-related ventures.

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