The Billion-Dollar Megaprojects That Will Transform NYC By 2030

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The Billion-Dollar Megaprojects That Will Transform NYC By 2030

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As Michael Bloomberg’s reign comes to a close, our mayor/billionaire underwriter is talking up his next move, which involves teaching other cities to be more like New York. But behind the scenes, he’s also scrambling to push through dozens of building projects that will define his legacy.

A few days ago, the mayor announced his plans to form a consulting group that will teach other cities to be more like New York, an “urban SWAT team” in the words of The New York Times, helping other municipalities achieve the same economic, health, and cultural growth that New York has seen under El Bloombito.

But behind the scenes, the outgoing administration is quietly hustling to gain approvals on a whopping $12 billion worth of building projects. It seems that Bloomberg would rather be remembered for the economic miracle he nurtured into being—and the building boom it spurred—than for nannying his constituents. After all, the NYT reminds us that 40 percent of New York City has been rezoned under Bloomberg—and this new crop of approvals and tax breaks will cement that physical legacy.

Let’s get to know some of the biggest, shall we?


Domino Sugar: 1.5 Billion

The tortured project to rebuild Williamsburg’s post-industrial waterfront as a gigantic luxury housing development is finally underway—the SHoP-designed towers span 11 acres of waterfront, and though they’ve been redesigned to be more “porous.” Many still oppose the development, but on December 11, Community Board 1 approved the project with only minor quibbles.

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Hallets Point: $1 billion

“Halletts Point is one of the few remaining New York neighborhoods that feels like a timeless, undisturbed backwater, forgotten by the city and left to urban entropy,” writes Nathan Kensinger in this photo essay on the neighborhood. Well, not for long: This billion-dollar project—approved this fall by City Council—is going to turn a grassy park that points from Queens towards Manhattan into a complex of 2,100 luxury apartments, restaurants, shops, and a waterfront promenade.

The Billion-Dollar Megaprojects That Will Transform NYC By 2030

The Billion-Dollar Megaprojects That Will Transform NYC By 2030


St. George outlet mall and observation wheel: $580 million

Even New York isn’t safe from the race to build a bigger Ferris wheel. This plan will combine America’s two favorite things: Amusement parks and outlet malls. Nestled along the Staten Island waterfront, it calls for the construction of 125 outlet shops and the largest Ferris Wheel in the Western Hemisphere. The project was approved by City Council in November, though funding remains uncertain—construction is slated to begin in 2016.

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Hudson Yards: $1.2 Billion

Destined to add an insane 13 million square feet of residential and commercial property to Manhattan’s market over the next ten to fifteen years, this 16-tower development is the largest the city has seen in years. Here’s a great example of a project that incoming mayor Bill de Blasio might not look so kindly upon: Last week, the city approved $120 million in tax breaksfor the developers of Hudson Yards, a practice De Blasio has said he will cut back on.

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Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and Hunter College: $1.7 billion

A joint project between Sloan-Kettering and Hunter, this complex will build a 1.15-million square foot tower along FDR Drive by 2018. The plan was approved in November—and according to The New York Times, it will be too late to reverse it by the time De Blasio takes office in January,

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Greenpoint Landing: $2 Billion

Here’s the big one. Perhaps the most controversial plan on the docket, this mega-developmentreceived the go-ahead from City Council last week. The development will transform the sleepy Greenpoint waterfront with ten glassy residential towers, adding 5,500 units to the neighborhood.

The Billion-Dollar Megaprojects That Will Transform NYC By 2030

The Billion-Dollar Megaprojects That Will Transform NYC By 2030


Willets Point: $3 Billion

Another example of a project that would come under fire from De Blasio. Though locals argue their neighborhood isn’t as blighted as the city claims it is, this 62-acre development—including 2,490 units of housing, a shopping center and an entrainment complex—was approved by City Council October. Last week, the city approved a $43 million tax break for its developers.

The Billion-Dollar Megaprojects That Will Transform NYC By 2030

The Billion-Dollar Megaprojects That Will Transform NYC By 2030


Bloomberg might be sneaking these projects into the world like a teenager tiptoeing through the backdoor after curfew, but that’s not to say that De Blasio is anti-development. As Gothamistpoints out, he received thousands of dollars of campaign donations from the very developers mentioned in this article. He’s more likely to be a “development pragmatist,” in the words ofCapital NY, driving harder bargains but not giving developers the complete (and very tall) cold shoulder.

Whether he’ll continue or simply amend Bloomberg’s party line? We’ll have to wait for 2014 to see.

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InterceptingJensenUKelsey Campbell-Dollaghan

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I’m all for transforming NYC, but at what expense? The way things are going, a lot of people will be priced out of NYC.12/19/13 2:31pm

JimmyMcNultyUInterceptingJensen

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A LOT of people already have been these past 12 years… Manhattan is quickly becoming an exclusive playground for the super-rich. 12/19/13 2:39pm

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lollipopKABOOMUKelsey Campbell-Dollaghan

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Forgive me for my ignorance, I have only visited NYC once as a child, but are there any non-rich people living in this city anymore? I can hardly believe that these glass towers and fancy restorations are accessible to people making less than 100k a year. So where are those making your sandwiches, sweeping your streets, and serving your street meat living if the entirety of the city is being gentrified into oblivion? Are they all commuting from an hour outside the city? Are they all traveling from Connecticut, New Jersey, etc? 12/19/13 2:37pm

lemonsmarkUlollipopKABOOM

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Oh there are non-rich people in the city but it takes groups of 3-4 individuals to squeeze into one $3000 a month small ass apt to afford to live here. 12/19/13 2:40pm

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“are there any non-rich people living in this city anymore?”

in manhatten, below 110th street… no.

in the rest of the 5 boroughs, which is the majority of new york… yes. 12/19/13 2:42pm

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NerdtasticUKelsey Campbell-Dollaghan

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I think google earth and NYC should combine to do a “Future Earth”. If all of the officially proposed concepts (real projects, even if they aren’t funded) are completed what would the 5 boroughs look like in 25 years. 3D models you can fly in and around and see street level views. It couldn’t be too hard for the city planning board to require a 3D model submitted with any planning submission for projects over $50M or 10 stories. It could be a tool for neighborhood meetings and zoning decisions and just plain cool for the rest of us. 12/19/13 2:35pm

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Lana, Lana,…LANAAAAAA!!!UKelsey Campbell-Dollaghan

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My economics training tells me that all this new residential and commercial space will help drive down the price of renting in NYC.

My real-life training tells me that this will not happen. 12/19/13 2:51pm

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Yeaaaaah, you’d think that but I’m sure there’s such a demand for housing in the city that there’s really no way to actually get the supply to meet the demand and affect the pricing. Something something inelastic prices something something. 12/19/13 3:08pm

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Your economic training is really poor. This isn’t some theory defying mysticism.12/19/13 3:15pm

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JimmyMcNultyUKelsey Campbell-Dollaghan

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A joint project between Sloan-Kettering and Hunter

Sigh. Meanwhile, Hunter and the rest of the City University system continue to raise tuition and move further and further away from their roots as free universities accessible to all New Yorkers… Pathetic. Disgusting. 12/19/13 2:37pm

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I have to say, as a current Hunter student, I’m excited for the new building. Do you know how unbelievably crowded the Hunter campus is? How few resources we have? It’s exciting that we’re going to have access to new spaces and classes and opportunities. This will eventually be enormously beneficial for the Hunter community. 12/19/13 2:59pm

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It’s sort of how all universities are going, though. All about the money and prestige. Tuition is always going to go up =/12/19/13 3:06pm

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SmorgasborgUKelsey Campbell-Dollaghan

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The Hudson Yards project is actually pretty cool. It will integrate improvements to the High Line walkway with accessible public spaces. The skyscrapers themselves will also look quite lovely, in my opinion.

Here’s a picture of one of the planned “sky garden” parks that will be built atop the High Line next to the development:

I am following this development closely and I think it will be very good for New York City as a whole. It’s not like other developments that are completely changing existing neighborhoods: they’re building basically everything on top of an old rail yard. 12/19/13 2:29pm

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CaptainJackUKelsey Campbell-Dollaghan

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Earlier this year Mayor Bloomberg said this

“As bad as Sandy was, future storms could be even worse,” he said. “In fact, because of rising temperatures and sea levels, even a storm that’s not as large as Sandy could – down the road – be even more destructive.”

For a dude who believes catastrophic events around sea level are going to become more common over the years he sure is encouraging a whole lot of buildings at water level. 12/19/13 3:20pm

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When you build it, the investors make money. When they get knocked down and rebuilt, the investors make money.12/19/13 3:54pm

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which involves teaching other cities to be more like New York

Ah, so these other cities are gonna price poor/working people out, privatize all their schools, and have their police forces randomly stop and search innocent men of color on the street? Awesome! Thanks Bloombito! 12/19/13 2:36pm

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MaWeiTaoUKelsey Campbell-Dollaghan

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Most people living in any of NYC’s hotspots are foolishly obsessed with the lifestyle or the disgustingly wealthy. Oddly, the city has acquired a reputation as a tech center. But from what I’ve seen it’s mostly a bunch of rich investors keen on the prestige of having a New York address. Everyone I know who works in the city commutes in.

Prior to the economic downturn in 2008 I was noticing quite a lot of New Yorkers moving to Connecticut. If your work force has to travel 1 to 2 hours every day what’s the point of dumping a fortune on being located in the city? This, along with De Blasio’s promises, will likely result in a repeat of the 80s when there was a mass exodus of companies. It certainly would be a boon for Connecticut and New Jersey. 12/19/13 5:32pm

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Sadly, that’s not the developer’s problem, so they won’t address it. To analogize, it’s like the financial crisis: companies (mortgage brokers=developers in this case) have an incentive to package incomplete, inexpensive products (sub-prime Mortgage-backed securities=low-lying coastal real estate developments) that are essentially time bombs. These time bombs will only explode well after they are off of the originators’ books. It is up to the consumer (banks=real estate companies or alternatively public advocates in the case of privately owned residential developments) to address these issues. In the case of the financial crisis, the banks repackaged the toxic assets and resold them to entities with even less foresight and institutional knowledge. I think that will be the ultimate result here.

“On the planning side there are multiple options for adaptation to sea level rise. The first is protection, which is what everybody calls the first line, which usually turns out only to be over the short to mid-term, that is 10 to maybe 100 year time scales. But if we want to have New York City around more than 500 years, that means we have to think about what the conditions will be 500 years from now. We need to think about how it is laid out in terms of the waterfront and elevation. Is it really built in a way that is sustainable? I would say absolutely not.”

– Professor Klaus Jacob, Columbia University, Seismology Geology and Tectonophysics 12/19/13 3:19pm

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This was my first thought. All of these don’t appear to have any planning for expected rises in water. A recent NatGeo article expects, at a conservative thought, ocean rises between 2 and 3 feet in New York by 2100. This is considering increased air temperature, increased water temperature, and a warming, shifting Gulf stream and Atlantic current. All these proposed structures appear to be right on the water. Might be time to start thinking about such things… 12/19/13 3:33pm

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DeltaOmegaUKelsey Campbell-Dollaghan

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Right, because Sharknado 2 needs an excuse to place another CG ferris wheel in the middle of New York.

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I’m a huge fan of both model and life-size railroads, I can’t wait for the entrainment complex in Willets Point to be done 🙂12/19/13 2:48pm

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SGTalonUKelsey Campbell-Dollaghan

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How about a Before and After picture of these areas? That would be awesome.

I am completely unfamiliar with any of these places as I have only briefly been through NYC on my way to NJ.12/19/13 3:24pm

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Kelsey, interesting article.

BTW, although ‘entrainment’ is a real word, I think ‘entertainment’ is the one you are looking for. 12/19/13 3:48pm

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lmpUKelsey Campbell-Dollaghan

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But, it’s so far from the views you really want to see… 12/19/13 2:55pm

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“…teach other cities to be more like New York…”

Hmmm… not really sure I’d want that.12/19/13 3:56pm

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Core.2UKelsey Campbell-Dollaghan

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Hudson Yards looks like 3 huge light refracting tiki’s to me. 12/19/13 2:56pm

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The 13 Best Maps of the States in 2013

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Maps: Where would we be without them? This was banner year for beautiful, information-dense cartography, which provided a moment of self-reflection like a giant, geographic mirror. Here are our favorite maps from 2013 that helped us find our place in the world.


A Map of Who’s Got the Best (And Worst) Internet Connections in America

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Why’s your internet so slow? We mapped relative download speeds by congressional district across the contiguous U.S. in 5,600 cities and towns. Sadly, most of the country is far below the country’s average of 18.2 megabits per second.


A Map of the Closest Pizza Place to Anywhere in the United States

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I love maps that tackle the great unanswered questions in our lives. Like what is the closest pizza chain within a 10-mile radius?


You Can Compare 16 Cities 35 Different Ways With This One Mapping Tool

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One of the coolest mapping tools we saw this year was Richard Saul Wurman’s Urban Observatory, a site that lets you compare maps of cities using various datasets.


Mapping the Rise of Craft Beer

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The New Yorker (who we’ve never really thought of as Budweiser people anyway) provide interactive proof that independent craft beers are marching across the country.

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The 100 Most Astonishing Images of 2013

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We post tons of great images on Gizmodo, from space to science to art to design. Here’s a treasure trove of our very favorites that proves that 2013 was, if nothing else, eye-catching.

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Stunning Night Images of a Nuclear Ice Breaker in the Middle of Nowhere

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iOS Maps Atrocities? Nah, These Are Works of Art

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Behold the Gigantic 98-Foot-High Horse Heads Just Completed in Scotland

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The Creepiest Photographs of Things You Can Only See Under the Microscope

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Flowers Shatter Like Glass Thanks to Liquid Nitrogen and a Gun

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This High-Speed Digital Camera Can Freeze Objects Moving 7,500 MPH

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What 35MM Film Looks Like Developed in Ammonia

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The Best Nature Photo of the Year Is This Badass Polar Bear

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These Incredible Light Columns Are Caused by Ice Crystals

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Trial by Ice at GE’s Engine Testing Site in Winnipeg, Canada

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Helicopter Incredibly Rescues a Man Trapped on a Crane After Explosion

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This Is What the Universe Would Look Like If It Were a Tiny Model

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You Won’t Believe How Accurate GE’s New CT Scanner Is

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Holy Wow, You Can Actually Swim Like Scrooge McDuck in this Bank Vault

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The First Video in History to Capture the Moon Orbiting Earth

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Behold the Centrifuge That Looks Like a Laser Cannon

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Largest True-Color Image of the Sky Ever Is Made of 37,000 Photos

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This Beautiful Orchid Is a Deadly Predator

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This Museum Is Actually an Unbelievable Gingerbread House

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The Grand Canyon Completely Flooded by Clouds in “Once-in-a-Lifetime” Event

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What Are the Odds of Capturing a Moment This Rare?

0.00% chance of ever photographing the starlit sky with that many stars and enough back light to outline the Earth, illuminate clouds, and illuminate the ground around the Joshua tree. It can’t happen in a 30-second exposure or any length exposure. And a two-color sky? C’mon! Who believes that wasn’t Photoshopped? Monday 10:23am

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There’s no doubt that the photo has been through photoshop (or lightroom/aperture/etc.) for processing, but that doesn’t mean that it’s been altered in a misleading way. The two color sky is because there is light pollution coming from one side that is largely absent from the other. Having taken many long-exposure photos at Joshua Tree, I can also tell you that yes, that level of illumination in the sky/clouds and on the ground is not unusual. Plus, the reason that Joshua Tree is such a revered photo destination (particularly for astrophotographers) is that there is an order-of-magnitude more stars visible in the night sky than most anywhere else so easily accessible. Monday 11:02am

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So you’re saying that 30 seconds is long enough to see objects on the ground in the pitch blackness of the desert night sky, right? And that a meteor is bright enough to cast a shadow on the ground and block out the stars to the left but not the stars immediately in the line of sight of the meteor? And that the meteor is bright enough to illuminate all the clouds in the sky from horizon to horizon? And that the meteor was bright enough to provide a blue sky at the horizon to the left and a purple(ish) sky to the right?

I’ve been much further out in the desert than Joshua Tree National Monument is from the LA light pollution influence and I can guarantee you there is nothing blue about the sky. When it is that dark you absolutely cannot see your hand right in front of your face. Except for the stars (millions of them!) it’s like closing yourself in a closet at night – no light at all. I’m obviously not convinced. Monday 4:52pm

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This was a great idea! Love it.

(Just a suggestion for the future: it’s kinda hard and time consuming to scroll through 100 images. I got overwhelmed by the awesomeness about halfway through. Maybe next time do 4 separate posts of 25 images each, spread them out throughout the day or something.) Monday 10:06am

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I’d even suggest maybe creating a download link for all of these in one spot. These would make a great wallpaper set! Monday 11:18am

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This is the BEST use of tilt-shift I have ever seen.

Glad you posted this article because I missed this one when it was originally posted.Monday 10:17am

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It’s not tilt-shift though, it’s just some blur added in post. Still cool, but not the same thing. Monday 11:04am

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11 Photos Of the Sewage Flood That’s Devastated Gaza

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One week after the historic snow storm blanketed much of the Middle East, areas of the Gaza Strip continue to struggle with severe flooding in its aftermath. Dangerously under-prepared for such violent flooding, Gaza City residents have few resources available to them, and have resorted wading through neighborhoods on fishing boats and makeshift watercrafts to rescue people from their homes. More than 5,000 people have been evacuated from their homes, and that number keeps climbing.

Leading up to the storm, Gaza had endured an energy crisis with daily 12-hour blackouts and severe fuel shortages, which has hampered officials’ ability to respond and pump water out of flooded areas. United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) spokesperson Chris Gunness has since labelled Gaza a “disaster area” and called on the international community to lift the Israeli blockade so that recovery efforts can proceed.

“Any normal community would struggle to recover from this disaster,” Gunness said. “But a community that has been subjected to one of the longest blockades in human history, whose public health system has been destroyed and where the risk of disease was already rife, must be freed from these man made constraints to deal with the impact of a natural calamity such as this.”

Here are some images of how Gaza residents are dealing with this calamity.

1. Gaza has become a lake of waste

For several weeks, Gaza has been dealing with major sewage issues after several pumping stations failed due to a lack of electricity and fuel. The flooding has therefore effectively turned much of Gaza into a lake of waste.

2. Citizens and some service officers help people escape their flooded homes

Because of severely limited resources, a mix of capable citizens and service officers have been travelling through the streets by boat to help stranded residents and, in some cases, monitor homes to prevent looting.

3. Egypt’s Government Has Stopped Diesel From Entering Gaza

A few month ago, Egypt’s new military-backed government closed the tunnels that were used to transport around 1 million liters of diesel to Gaza daily. The city has been facing rolling blackouts ever since.

4. Gaza’s health system is in danger of major failure

The mixture of sewage and water has made traversing the water-filled streets of Gaza quite difficult, and in some ways, very dangerous. UNRWA spokesperson Chris Gunness warned that Gaza’s health system faces a serious risk of major failure or complete dysfunction.

5. Some estimate 40,000 people displaced from flooding

Large swaths of Northern Gaza have been flooded with two-meter-high waters, creating lakes that have trapped and stranded many residents. Some put estimates of displaced people at 5,000, others at 10,000, and some as high as 40,000.

6. Gaza residents are forced to fend for themselves because of the blockade

Along with limiting fuel supplies, the Israeli siege of Gaza has made it almost impossible for foreign aid to enter the city, leaving residents to fend for themselves in many cases.

7. No fuel means no water pumping means a lot of flooding

The lack of electricity and fuel has crippled water pumps that would usually be used for clearing out this much water.

8. Displaced Gaza residents are seeking shelter everywhere

Many displaced people have taken shelter in schools and police stations, most of which is highly unprepared to deal with such a high influx of people.

9. An endless surge of sewage is filling the Gaza streets

About one months ago, 35,000 cubic meters of raw sewage overflowed into the streets of Gaza. The number has since been climbing with no real end in sight.

10. The effects of last week’s snowstorm are being felt in many ways

Last week’s snowstorm caused damage in the form of fallen trees and blocked roads, making recovery efforts that much more difficult within Gaza City.

11. Gaza residents are using whatever they can to get around

Several years into the blockade, residents of Gaza City have very limited resources and are using whatever they can to get by. Here, a man is floating on a tire to find and help others.

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8 Photos You Didn’t See From Obama’s Trip to South Africa

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On Tuesday, conservative news outlets in the United States decided that the best way to commemorate the life of Nelson Mandela, and to report on the memorial services in his honor, was to manufacture a controversy about an AFP photo of President Barack Obama shooting a selfie with Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt. According to Fox News, the “international incident” was so bad that, “The tsk-tisk-ing could be heard across continents.”Liberal news outlets countered with a photograph from former President George W. Bush’s Instagram feed, taken at the same memorial, in which he’s seen posing with pop star Bono.

Two things were lost amid the nonsensical partisan wrangling. First, the furor shamefully overshadowed the memorial service itself, and the heartfelt messages that were delivered by Mandela’s family and colleagues. Second, such outcries overlook the close quarters in which our Democratic and Republican politicians actually live and work.

Candid images from White House photographer Pete Souza tell another story.

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Looking at the individual AFP and Instagram shots, you would have no idea that Obama and Bush traveled to South Africa together on Air Force One.

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You would miss the fact that they and their wives dined together on the plane …

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… or that Bush dazzled Michelle Obama and a smiling Hillary Clinton with photos of his recent paintings.

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You wouldn’t see that Obama managed to sneak in his own photo op with Bono …

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… or that the Bushes and Clintons spent the day together at FNB Stadium.

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… and by political adversaries and allies alike.

Perhaps, instead of giving in to the frantic us-or-them discourse proffered by the media (Funeral selfies! Handshakes! Ted Cruz!), it’s time that we acknowledge that conservative and liberal politicians spend more time together, and have more in common with one another, than we’d like to believe.

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– Mainstream media fail to break even one of four Obama scandals

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28 Most Iconic Feminist Moments of 2013

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28 Most Iconic Feminist Moments of 2013

The year 2013 was a heck of a year for feminism. Because we’re often primed to focus on how far we’ve got to go, I wanted to give us a reason to celebrate how far we’ve come. We’ve had some amazing victories this year, so let’s take a minute to soak it all in and celebrate the greatest moments!

1. Jennifer Lawrence Inspired Women to Love Their Bodies

After one of her superiors threatened to fire her if she didn’t slim down, Jennifer Lawrence was pretty angry. She told Harper’s Bazaar UK that “If anybody even tries to whisper the word ‘diet,’ I’m like, ‘You can go f**k yourself.'” This inspired young women across the country to do the same thing.

If J-Law can do it, why can’t we?

2. Robin Thicke Got the Feminist Treatment He Oh-S0-Deserved

A lot has been said about Robin Thicke and most of it hasn’t been very nice. After he produced one of the most offensive music videos of all time, he became an easy target for the feminist community. The song sparked an important conversation around rape culture and consent, but it didn’t stop there. The popularity of the song launched a slew of memes, imitations, and entertaining feminist parodies. They say imitation is the best form of flattery, right? This was definitely our favorite one.

3. Amy Poehler and Tina Fey Made Us Pee Our Pants

After Seth McFarlane ruined the Oscars and made women across the country check their clocks to make sure the year was 2013 and not 1962, the world really needed someone to host an award show without saying the word “boobs” 17 times. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler came in like a breath of feminist fresh air, and they were so successful that they were immediately booked for the next two Golden Globes, proving once and for all that anyone who still believes  women aren’t funny is completely crazy.

4. Beyoncé Came Out as a Proud Feminist

In an interview with Vogue UK this May, the star said, “I guess I am a modern-day feminist. I do believe in equality. Why do you have to choose what type of woman you are? Why do you have to label yourself anything? I’m just a woman and I love being a woman.”

Boom.

5. Bollywood Actress Slammed Down a Reporter Who Criticized Her Views on the Patriarchy

When a female reporter asked Mallika Sherawat to defend her comment that India is “regressive and depressive,” she ripped her apart. “As a woman, I should lie about the state of women that’s in our country?” the actress replied. When the reporter wouldn’t give it up, the Bollywood actress just started dropping knowledge: “With female feticide, infanticide happening on an almost daily basis; with gang rapes making the headlines of almost every newspaper; with honor killings …” Her response came only a few weeks after the head of India’s Central Bureau of Investigation said if rape can’t be prevented, it should be enjoyed.

6. International Outrage After Gang Rape in India Sparked Historic Change in Laws

After the fatal, brutal gang rape of a student caused international uproar and mass protests, the Indian government took drastic action. On March 19, the parliament passed an anti-rape bill that doubled the punishment for rapists. “Under the changes, the minimum sentence for gang rape, rape of a minor, rape by policemen or a person in authority will be doubled to 20 years and can be extended to life without parole,” BBC reported.

This set the stage for a global conversation about sexual assault and the persistence of rape culture across borders.

7. GoldieBlox Proved That Girls Can Be More Than Princesses

Who knew feminism has so much viral potential? For decades, we’ve been targeting women and girls with pink princess junk, but as it turns out, telling females they can be anything can also work! When the good folks at GoldieBlox noticed that women only make up 11% of engineers in the world, they decided to reverse that trend. “By designing a construction toy from the female perspective, we aim to disrupt the pink aisle and inspire the future generation of female engineers,” a statement on the company’s website says. “We believe there are a million girls out there who are engineers. They just might not know it yet. We think GoldieBlox can show them the way.” Well, I know what to give my niece for Christmas this year!

8. Mindy Kaling Exposed One of the Worst Double Standards for Women

In an interview with Parade magazine, Mindy Kaling made a brilliant point about the assumptions we make about women. “I always get asked, ‘Where do you get your confidence?’ I think people are well meaning, but it’s pretty insulting. Because what it means to me is, ‘You, Mindy Kaling, have all the trappings of a very marginalized person. You’re not skinny, you’re not white, you’re a woman. Why on earth would you feel like you’re worth anything?'”

Get it, girl.

9. Wendy Davis Performed a Historic Filibuster and Became a Feminist Hero

After Republicans tried to pass an anti-choice abortion bill that would shut down one-third of abortion clinics in Texas, Davis took it upon herself to filibuster the heck out of that law. More than 200,000 people watched the livestream and, at times, Davis’ heroics sparked 1,700 tweets a minute using the #StandWithWendy hashtag. The legislation ended up passing over the summer, but Davis has vowed to run for governor and reverse that bill the minute she gets into office.

10. Sarah Slamen’s Badass Takedown of Anti-Choice Texas Republicans Went Viral

Slamen was one of the many brave activists who fought the anti-choice battle until the end in Texas this year. Thousands showed up to support Wendy Davis before and following her filibuster. Even after officers banned tampons inside the Texas legislature, these tireless activists stayed loyal to their fight. Without these people, there would be no filibuster. Without these people, there would be pro-choice movement.

11. John Legend Told All Men They Should Be Feminists

During a press conference in March promoting The Sound of Change Live, John Legend became the women’s studies professor you wish you had in college. He not only identified himself as a feminist, but turned a reporter’s question on its head and asked why any manwouldn’t consider himself a feminist too.

“All men should be feminists. If men care about women’s rights the world will be a better place […] We are better off when women are empowered — it leads to a better society.”

Well that was unexpected.

12. Kerry Washington Became the First Black Female Emmy Nominee for Lead Since 1995

Although the actress was totally robbed from her award (Where’s Kanye when you need him?), and it’s shocking that it took such a long time to see another black woman star in her own drama, Washington’s nomination was celebrated as a huge step forward. Let’s just hope we don’t have to wait almost two decades for the next woman of color to be nominated.

13. Ellen Took Down Abercombie and Fitch’s CEO for Shaming Plus-Size Women

There were a lot of responses to Abercombie and Fitch’s CEO’s god-awful discriminatory policy against plus-size women, but Ellen’s takedown was the best by far. In addition to coining the awesome phrase “Fitch Please,” she also made sure to point out that “Beauty is not between a size 0 and a size 8. It is not a number at all.” Oh, Ellen. Looking forward to more amazing takedowns in 2014! Watch out, douchebag CEOs.

14. Malala Made a Groundbreaking (and Very Feminist) Speech at the United Nations

On July 12, Malala Yousafzai celebrated her 16th birthday by delivering her first speech since she survived a bullet to the head by the Taliban. Her words inspired millions around the world, especially after she made some enlightening feminist statements like, “We cannot all succeed when half of us are held back.”

The teenage girl’s courage and grace left us all (including Jon Stewart) speechless. TIMEmagazine got it wrong because in our hearts, she was definitely the Person of the Year.

15. #SolidarityIsForWhiteWomen Trended Around The World

Created by Mikki Kendall, the #SolidarityIsForWhiteWomen hashtag was designed to prompt a conversation about the exclusion of voices of color in the feminist movement. It trended in four continents, at times reaching up to 50 tweets a minute.

16. DOMA and Prop 8 Were Struck Down On the Same Day

On June 26, America took a huge step towards justice and equality by striking down two discriminatory laws that severely limited the rights of LGBT people. Gay people celebrated by getting engaged on the steps of the Supreme Court, while straight people took this opportunity to day-drink and watch Will and Grace marathons.

17. This Awesome Rape Prevention Video Parody From India Traveled ‘Round the World

This parody video created by All India Bakchod went viral around the world for its honest look at the worst persisting stereotypes about sexual assault. It features women using humor and sarcasm to point out the absurdities of rape culture. Given that a recent United Nations report found that two women are raped every hour in India, this video couldn’t come at a better time. Its reception was positive. The filmmakers told Al Jazeera that within a couple of days, they were already flooded with requests to translate the video into Hindi in order to reach a wider audience.

18. Rick Perry’s Wife Accidentally Came Out of the Pro-Choice Closet

While speaking to Evan Smith at the 2013 Texas Tribune festival back in September, Anita Perry made a statement that took many by surprise. After she made a pretty obvious pro-choice argument, her interviewer said, “Mrs. Perry, I want to be sure you didn’t just inadvertently make news. Are you saying that you believe abortion is a woman’s right, to make that choice?”

“Yeah,” she answered. “That could be a woman’s right. Just like it’s a man’s right if he wants to have some kind of procedure. But I don’t agree with it, and that’s not my view,” she replied.

19. Zerlina Maxwell Took Down Rape Culture Like a Boss

During an appearance on Fox’s Sean Hannity Show, Zerlina Maxwell was invited to speak about guns, rape, and violence. As a rape survivor, she had a lot of notable reasons to shame conservatives who believe the solution to ending rape resides in giving out more guns.

“I think the entire conversation is wrong. I don’t want anybody to be telling women anything. I don’t want women — I don’t want men to be telling me what to wear, how to act, not to drink. And I don’t, honestly, want you to tell me that I need a gun in order to prevent my rape,” she said during her appearance.

After the segment, she was attacked with a slew of racist online rape and death threats, but still managed to keep her cool. She’s a troll pulveriser and if you try and mess with her, you should watch out.

20. New York’s Celebrity Pro-Choice Telethon Raised More Than $50,000 for Texas Women

Hosted by Sarah Silverman and Lizzie Winstead, this three-hour telethon was a treat to attend and watch. It featured celebrities like Amy Schumer and Jemima Kirke teaming up with pro-choice activists like NARAL’s Ilyse Hogue and NYAAF’s Alison Turkos. It raised a heck of a lot of money and sent a powerful message to Texas lawmakers: If you mess with Texas, you’re messing with all of us.

21. Elizabeth Warren Brought Her Milkshake to the Republican Yard

During the oh-so-annoying government shutdown in October, Elizabeth Warren took it upon herself to say what we were all thinking about politicians who were more motivated by brinkmanship rather than the American people. The 16-day shutdown ended up costing our economy $24 billion, and made women and children particularly vulnerable. According to political analysts, it’s men who got us into the shutdown, while women got us out of it. A group of female senators that includes Elizabeth Warren was crucial in striking the final deal that brought both sides together. Like many other of her memorable speeches, Warren’s speech on the Senate floor shaming  Republicans responsible for the political crisis went viral.

22. Melissa-Harris-Perry and bell hooks Hung Out, and Let the Rest of Us Watch

In this highly anticipated event, the two prominent feminist thinkers talked about the growing distance between black women and black men, how shame produces trauma, and the persisting stereotypes of the “black angry woman.” The conversation took place on the afternoon of Nov. 8 and was watched by thousands of women and men across the country.

23. Marissa Alexander Was Released From Jail

After a Jacksonville mother of three was condemned to 20 years in prison for shooting a warning shot in her ceiling during a conflict with her abusive partner, protests erupted across the country. The case gained national attention when George Zimmerman was found not guilty of killing an unarmed African-American teenage boy on July 14 using Stand Your Ground as a defense.

Marissa Alexander wasn’t allowed to use the law to defend her actions. Critics blamed racial discrimination in the court system for the judge’s decision. Her sentence has now been overturned and she’s been released from jail, where she’ll be awaiting her new trial.

24. GLAAD Expanded Its Mission to Include Trans People

When asked about the organization’s decision, Wilson Cruz, the spokesperson for GLAAD,told Melissa-Harris Perry that their fight must include transgender people. “It is a natural progression that reflects the work GLAAD’s staff is already leading […] We respect and honor the full name that the organization was founded with, but GLAAD’s work has expanded beyond fighting defamation to changing the culture. Our commitment to marriage equality, employment nondiscrimination, and other LGBT issues is stronger than ever, and now our name reflects our work on transgender issues as well as our work with allies.”

25. Tampons Went Viral

This advertisement, brought to you by Hello Flo, a company that delivers care packages to women on their periods, blew up faster than any commercial in the history of female hygienic products. In the video, a spunky 12-year-old describes her excitement after getting her first period and calls the packages “like Santa, for your vagina!” The clip coined the term “red badge of courage” and made us all wish we had seen an ad like this when we were kids.

26. Facebook Leaned in and Promised to Crack Down on Rape Jokes

Back in May, we finally started having a conversation about Facebook’s very evident woman problem thanks to a powerful campaign launched by activists Soraya ChemelyWomen, Action & the Media‘s Jaclyn Friedman, and Everyday Sexism Project‘s Laura Bates. After the women joined forces and wrote an open letter to Facebook asking for it to remove its gender-based hate speech, it went viral and so did their petition. The letter was co-signed by Equality NowHollaback!Fem 2.0 and many other women’s organizations. Seeing the potential damage this could do to the company’s brand, Facebook issued an official response. In it, the company recognizes that “systems to identify and remove hate speech have failed to work” and vowed to correct the problem. This was hailed as a huge feminist victory.

27. “Orange is The New Black” Premiered, Featuring the Amazing Laverne Cox

Orange is the New Black, a groundbreaking show that premiered in July, was hailed as first-of-its-kind for numerous reasons. It features a huge cast of women who are as complex as they are diverse. There are a lot of reasons to love this show, but our favorite is Laverne Cox, who is the first trans woman of color to have a leading role on a mainstream, scripted television show. The show returns again in January, and we are all pumped!

28. Gloria Steinem Was Awarded With The Highest Civilian Honor

The writer, feminist and co-founder of Ms Magazine has been fighting for equality for more than four decades. She received her award in November at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. The activist just so happens to be the first woman to have ever spoken at the Club back in 1971. When she accepted her medal, she said it “was a medal for the entire women’s movement.” Oprah Winfrey and Dolores Huerta’s invaluable contributions were also highlighted by the president. The three women received the award along with 14 other honorees.

What were your favorite feminist moments? I know I left some out! Share them with me on Facebook and Twitter.

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D. Grace Rose12 hours ago

While I have no opinion on Beyonce vs Robin Thicke, not having listened to either of their art, I will take a small amount of exception to the diss of TIME Magazine.

Most of the time, I don’t read TIME, and I tend to disagree about their “Person of the Year” but this year something is different. I *like* Pope Francis. I am not a Catholic, and I never would convert to Catholicism (I believe in using birth control.) But I like Pope Francis. I think of any religious leader he is expressing valuable and world-changing sentiments, that if put into practice could greatly benefit women world wide. He brings a refreshingly Christ-like attitude to a position that desperately needed it. And he has an influence that I believe will rock the world.

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Emily An12 hours ago

Abortion is not a feminist issue. I am a feminist and I am pro life, 50% of the children you kill are female, where are their feminist rights?

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Candice Gaye14 hours ago

Is there ANYONE in a better position to challenge misogyny in popular music than Beyonce? Do her friends use bitch and ho more times than you can count in every song…does she say shit?https://www.google.ca/#q=jay+z+misogynist+lyrics

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Yves Orsino16 hours ago

I read this the other night and it literally made me cry. I’m so proud.

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Manasi Godbole16 hours ago

And by research I mean, “actually read the article you link to.”

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Manasi Godbole16 hours ago

So, did anyone actually read what Ranjit Sinha actually said? It was clumsily worded, maybe, but he was basically saying that the idea that gambling should be embraced because it can’t be prevented is as ridiculous as telling women that they should enjoy rape if they can’t prevent it. He wasn’t actually saying that women should enjoy rape– he was saying that such an IS NONSENSE. The stupid part of what he said was just in comparing gambling to rape, but he said nothing close to what you’re claiming he did. Do a little research damnit.

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brett roberta day ago

Great stuff, thank you. I’m interested to know why Beyonce is so lauded here and Robin Thicke so put down as they traffic in exactly the same goods. Granted, Beyonce is a legendary talent and Thicke very far from that, but I find his song and video despicable much more for the fact that it’s cheap and rip-offy than bigoted and rape-y. If Feminism would claim a rockstar like Beyonce (as well I think they should) don’t they have to allow then for the occasional Robin Thicke? The guy is mediocre and crass but he’s also married with a family. Bigot? Misogynist? Careful, plz. You take the strut out of Rock and Roll and it no longer rocks, it just rolls over and goes to sleep.

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Satu Runaa day ago

Not on this list, but making a HUGE impression, worldwide: Amina Tyler for FEMEN.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/20/kick-ass-women-of-the-muslim-world_n_3624299.html

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Lindsay Kitea day ago

Elizabeth, you’ve gotta add attribution to the #8 image for Mindy Kaling or find a new image for that piece. I created the quote graphic myself for my nonprofit, Beauty Redefined, and you’ve cut off the original attribution entirely. Please correct this!

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Liz Casey2 days ago

Yes, yes, and yes. Thank you for compiling so many fantastic stories in one place for me to enjoy. Great as always!

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