Eloise Hirsh is the Administrator of Freshkills Park and the President of the Freshkills Park Alliance. At 2,200 acres, the Freshkills Park projects is one of the most ambitious public work projects in the City's history. Ms. Hirsch also spent 20 years in New York City government during the fiscal crisis.
Maintenance: A Retrospective
Join Eloise Hirsh, Sam Schwartz, Margaret Tobin, and Deborah Marton for a retrospective on caring for New York City’s public assets from the fiscal crisis to today.
The city’s heralded renaissance is often contrasted with the 1970s, a distant past through which the city had to pass to arrive at our current era of brand new parks, transit and unprecedented construction of new housing. But in fact, the fiscal crisis of the ’70s—and the subsequent budget cutbacks—reshaped the city’s approach to maintaining the public realm.
What led to the diverse public-private partnership models that currently maintain our parks, transit systems and public amenities?
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Help us craft a vision for maintaining New York City!
Maintenance: A Retrospective is the first program of Maintaining, a year-long inquiry into strengthening New York City’s physical and social infrastructure.
Share your ideas about how to care for New York City’s public assets.
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Sam Schwartz is President and CEO of Sam Schwartz, a firm that specializes in transportation planning and engineering. Previously Sam was New York City’s Traffic Commissioner and was the Chief Engineer of the NYC Department of Transportation.
Margaret Tobin serves as Senior Vice President of Development for the New York Convention Center Operating Corporation. Margaret was also instrumental in the formation of the Hudson River Park Conservancy as the Executive Vice President and CFO.
Deborah Marton joined New York Restoration Project in 2011. As Executive Director of New York Restoration Project, Deborah manages NYRP’s work transforming open space in underserved communities to create a greener, more sustainable New York City.