New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s twelve years in office will leave an undeniable impression on the physical landscape of the city for future generations. The new and revised policies of this administration have encouraged unprecedented growth of New York City and its outer boroughs in the years following 9/11. According to a new series calledThe Bloomberg Years by WNYC, and this article by Matthew Schuerman, Bloomberg’s three consecutive terms have made New York City taller, more attractive and, in turn, more expensive.
One of the mayor’s major motivations for running aggressive policies that promote growth came from a need to sustain the city’s fiscal health during the shaky times that followed 9/11. Aside from the major work that has been done by the Port Authority at the World Trade Center site, the city has boomed with new building reaching new heights, covering revitalized neighborhoods throughout all five boroughs. During the past twelve years, 7 of the 20 tallest buildings in New York City were built under Bloomberg.