The Big Apple's Big Plans for the Future

If you’re a New York City resident, chances are you’ve seen the article the Huffington Post published – ” This Is What New York City Could Look Like In 2033.”  Personally, I love this stuff.  The city of New York and all these private investors have visions of grandeur and dream of revolutionizing Manhattan.  Some of these projects are capital works like the new Penn Station, the new World Trade Center, and the Low Line Park, while others are mainly funded privately like Cornell’s planned campus expansion on Roosevelt Island and Williamsburg’s Bedford Avenue.  New York is the kind of city that requires constant growth.  It fuels our economy, provides jobs, enhances property values and often contributes a great deal to our skyline. That being said, I wholeheartedly support some of these ideas. I’m even excited about them.

Penn Station is the literally the gateway to hell.  Ascend down those escalators into a hallway of architectural disappointment and sub-par fast food and pizza.  In every eye shot there is a guarantee of drunken 20-somethings, or police officers dealing with a homeless person. Three different rail lines operate out of Penn – the Long Island Railroad, New Jersey Transit and Amtrak. In contrast, the other major rail station across town, Grand Central, operates only the Metro-North Railroad.  It’s not just me that seems odd to, right?  Luckily the city wised up and began an $8 billion project to divert some LIRR trains to Grand Central, known as East Side Access.  Brilliant.  Estimated date of completion? 2019.

I’ve seen images on the internet of the old Penn Station boasting beautiful wrought iron arches and tons of natural sunlight.  Honestly I have no idea what happened, but the proposed new Penn Station looks like a glorified version.  It’s super new age and modern looking, with several mezzanine levels and a glass ceiling – fancy.  As an infrequent, yet occasional rider of both the LIRR and Amtrak, a new Penn Station would reduce a great deal of stress when I do in fact have to utilize its services. However, I wouldn’t expect too much to happen too soon.  Madison Square Garden, tactfully placed atop Penn has been given 10 years to find a new location, so these projects go hand in hand.

One of the wetter ideas New York has ever had, +POOL intends to filter East River water and create a 285,000 gallon swimming pool between Manhattan and Brooklyn.  The prototype alone cost $270,000.   In my opinion, this is something of an unnecessary investment.  There are plenty of public pools in the city and beaches close enough to satisfy your Vitamin D and aquatic needs.  That being said, +POOL does bring with it a lot of good.  +POOL is designed to filter river that it floats in through the walls of the pool, making it possible for New Yorkers to swim in clean river water for the first time in 100 years. The pool will clean up to half a million gallons of river water every day, and in doing so, +POOL will make a considerable contribution to the rivers of New York City.  They have also come up with a really fun and creative way to tile (and fund) the pool – by having people purchase them, and have a word or phrase etched on it.  Prices for tiles range from a sensible and modest $25 to $10,000.  

One of the most dense and expensive works on this list is the expansion of Cornell University on Roosevelt Island.  They have plans to sink an astonishing $2 billion into what they’re calling a “mega-campus.”  The architects predict that the main building will produce as much energy as it consumes, which means to me, (disclaimer: I’m not a scientist) the university will have absolutely zero affect on the environment.  What I’m wondering though, is what will happen to the residential buildings already on Roosevelt Island?  Where will they go?  Also, getting to and from the island is no picnic.  The F train is the only subway that stops there, and it is only accessible by car from Queens.  The real zinger, though, is the estimated year of completion – 2037.  What’s the rush, right?

Well there you have it.  There are 14 other works happening, but I don’t want to ramble on forever, so read on here! Personally, I’ll believe that these projects are happening when I see them.  They’re exciting endeavors that will bring a lot of joy and prosperity to the city that never sleeps.


Don't forget to 'LIKE' us on Facebook!

Post your Comments

Book with OneTravel

  • Flights
  • Hotels
  • Cars
Click here for calendar
Click here for calendar
Seniors: (65+)
Infants on lap:
Infants on seat:
Save on Bookings with 3+ pax
or hotel stays of 3+ nights
this month withSM25


  • 5 Ways To Save Money on Travels in GermanyComments: 0Rating: 0 / 0

  • By:Suzy Guese, last post 24 Sep 2014
  • After spending a month in Spain, I touched down to Germany where my wallet received a rude awakening. Not only could I not find places to stay in a reasonable budget, but I also found costs in the country added up quickly. If I could do it all over again, I would have initially embraced these five ways to save money on a trip in more

  • 7 Things I've Learned about Air TravelComments: 0Rating: 0 / 0

  • By:Chris Osburn, last post 23 Sep 2014
  • Four flights and three countries in under a week – that's how my calendar's shaping up for the last bit of this month. So, in addition to all the stuff I'm packing in my suitcase, I'm going to bring the following time tested observations along with more

  • Win a Trip to One of These Amazing Destinations in Asia!Comments: 1Rating: 0 / 0

  • By:Suzy Guese, last post 23 Sep 2014
  • When plotting a trip to Asia, it can be difficult for travelers to know which points on the map they should include as part of their itineraries. Most nomads begin with those cities in Asia with stand out highlights and attractions. Here are six cities in Asia that pack in the grand more

  • Win a Trip with OneTravel and Etihad AirwaysComments: 0Rating: 0 / 0

  • By:Diana Denza, last post 22 Sep 2014
  • Oh, the places you’ll go! Whether you dream of strolling down Kochi’s historic Princess Street or gazing across Hong Kong’s glittering harbor, you could be a simple vote away from the trip of a more

  • 4 High and Low Tech Tips For Protecting Your Identity AbroadComments: 0Rating: 0 / 0

  • By:Suzy Guese, last post 22 Sep 2014
  • If you don’t want to be a victim of identity theft on your next trip abroad, here are four high and low tech tips to follow to make sure you are the only one looking at your bank account or using your more