The world is gearing up for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, which kick off this weekend. In advance of that, it’s worth remembering that New York City was once an aspiring Olympic host. In fact, it wasn’t so long ago that former mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration was hustling hard to bring the 2012 Summer Olympics to the five boroughs, an honor that eventually went to London.
In its quest for Olympic glory, the Bloomberg administration undertook a number of initiatives intended to woo the International Olympic Committee—some of which were successful, and some that weren’t. The Far West Side stadium, the centerpiece of the Olympics campaign (dubbed NYC2012), was scrapped at the last minute, which is one of the factors that ultimately doomed the campaign.
But other ideas that were realized drastically changed the city as we know it. The most obvious is the rezoning of Midtown West, allowing for the creation of Hudson Yards, but other major projects (like Long Island City’s Hunters Point South developments) can also trace their roots to the Olympics bid.
Here, we look at some of those initiatives, and what happened to them post-NYC2012.Read More