Magazine article National Parks

Summer in the City

Magazine article National Parks

Summer in the City

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Nearly one year ago, on October 29, Hurricane Sandy struck the East Coast, affecting thousands of people and damaging more than 70 national park units, including Gateway National Recreation Area in New York and New Jersey.

Essentially neglected since its creation in 1972, Gateway consists of three areas including most of Jamaica Bay on the south-side of Brooklyn and Queens. In recent years, under the leadership of Senator Charles Schumer, NPCA, the Regional Plan Association, Columbia University, and the Van Alen Institute came together with many local community groups and the Borough Presidents of Brooklyn and Queens to craft a new vision for Jamaica Bay. In 2012, these efforts culminated in New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar signing an agreement allowing the City and the Park Service to manage Jamaica Bay together. This summer, Mayor Bloomberg outlined ambitious plans for Jamaica Bay in the City's $20 billion storm-protection plan, including the announcment of a new conservancy to support the park.

Now, thanks to the Department of Interior, the City of New York, and other partners, Jamaica Bay will be home to a new Science and Resilience Institute, which will study how urban ecosystems contend with storms and rising sea levels, a topic also being studied by a group of New York based students. …

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