The Dutch built the first European structure here 400 years ago in 1624. Giovanni da Verrazzano visited New York Bay 500 years ago in 1524.
Lower Manhattan is a natural for a micro urban world’s fair. On top of all NYC’s advantages, Lower Manhattan has specific ones:
> Recognized international destination
> Already tourist destination
> Home to NYC government
> Contained, water on 3 sides
> Already a live, work, play community.
If necessary, Lower Manhattan has easy PATH and ferry access to Liberty State Park, and easy ferry access to the Navy Yards, Governors Island.
A showcase of urban innovation across a spectrum of industry including:
An exhibition on the future of cities, especially with respect to climate change. This includes NYC but also London, Shanghai and Tokyo, among others.
The People Pavilion will in part highlight the precolonial era, innovation in specific cultures (e.g. Maya) and also highlight NYC’s great tapestry of diversity.
> Community gardens
> Water recycling
> Community urban farms
Invent City will use a bottom up neighborhood focused data and analytical platform to track all assets, all partnerships and all activities. This approach will:
> Track assets
> Visualize neighborhood data
> Uncover opportunities
> Enable economies in scale purchasing
> Be basis of way finding
QR codes will be used with the Invent City App. Advantages include:
> Low cost
> Extremely flexible
> Can present in any language
Easily getting around is critical. Lower Manhattan may be the most transit accessible area in North America. Existing transit service includes:
> MTA (2, 3, 4, 5, A, C, E, J, Z, N, R + W)
> PATH (to NJ including EWR)
> NYC Ferry (all 5 boros)
> NY Waterways (to NJ)
> Staten Island Ferry
> Hornblower Ferry (various)
> Governors Island Ferry
> West Side Highway (to Javits)
> FDR (to UN)
Existing transit will be complemented with a micro transit network, including induction charged EV vans.