News and Updates


We need to keep outdoor dining

One of the greatest developments to come out of the pandemic was the transformation of our streets into places of public gathering and community. Busy car-filled thoroughfares transformed into pedestrian plazas overnight through the Open Streets program. Restaurants were allowed to spill out onto the street, infusing the city — which had been eerily deserted […]

Testimony to the NYC Council Hearing on the City’s Response to Poor Air Quality Events

Thank you for the opportunity to submit testimony on behalf of the 5BORO Institute — a think tank dedicated to advancing innovative and implementable solutions to tackle NYC’s most challenging problems. In our testimony, we aim to highlight innovative initiatives that the City should pursue to prepare against and respond to future air quality events. […]

Gotham Gazette Op-Ed: New York City Must Prepare Against Future Air Quality Threats; Here’s How

Read the full op-ed at Gotham Gazette. — As all of us are learning quickly, the world is a small place when it comes to the devastating effects of climate change. The eerie, post-apocalyptic orange smoke that engulfed New York City as a result of wildfires raging in Canada last week is the latest sign […]

Smoke in the City: Recommendations for NYC Government to Protect New Yorkers from Poor Air Quality Events

Last week, New York City was engulfed in smoke from the over 400 wildfires raging across Canada. A low-pressure weather system drove the smoke south, causing air pollution levels to spike in New York City and across the east coast. As a result, New York City experienced the worst air quality of any city in […]

Public Comment: U.S. Army Corps NY & NJ Harbors and Tributaries Study (HATS) Tentatively Selected Plan

Thank you to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for its study to protect New York City from future flood risks. I am writing on behalf of the 5BORO Institute, a think tank committed to advancing innovative ideas to improve New York City’s future. 5BORO is informed by a board of directors with decades of […]

Gotham Gazette Op-Ed: The Most Important Infrastructure Project You’ve Never Heard Of

Read the full op-ed at Gotham Gazette. — This week, on the heels of the latest sobering United Nations climate change report, the next round of public input will close for one of the largest public infrastructure projects ever to be considered for the New York City region. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is seeking feedback […]