Waterfront views are a sought after luxury for many New Yorkers, but post-Hurricane Sandy, many urban planners and government officials are questioning the wisdom of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s emphasis on waterfront development as part of his PlaNYC goals for 2030. These development plans include incentives to builders in Coney island, Red Hook, and the Rockaways, which were among the hurricane’s worst victims.
The Bloomberg administration may be the biggest booster of waterfront redevelopment efforts, transforming industrial buildings into luxury high rises across the city, but the rethinking of the waterfront from factories to condos began in the 1960s and 70s, with Battery Park City which is built on former landfill. DUMBO in Brooklyn followed in the 1990s, later to become one of the costliest neighborhoods in the entire city. This kind of development shows few signs of slowing down. Near the northern