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This is How NYC Will Look Like in 5 years

Ilsa Z.
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Currently, New York is one of the greatest cities in the world, offering a wide variety of everything a person can wish for. What will the most fantastic city in the world look like five years from now? Let's take a look.


According to Gov. Hochul's administration, the legal cannabis industry in New York State may be worth $4.2 billion by 2027 and provide 76,000 more employees by that year. But what will happen in practice? If dispensaries are legally allowed in late 2022, a "liquor store model" will develop, with cultivation warehouses in industrial zones like Jamaica and Red Hook. In contrast to "Big Cannabis," most dispensaries will be operated by locals in the communities where they are situated. Chris Alexander  said, "cannabis czar" of New York City, praised the "Mom and pop-shops connected to the community." For example, you will not see a single company with stakes in a dozen or more dispensaries. An organization may only legally own up to three. The effect is "unique establishments with their character and atmosphere, like a neighborhood watering hole."

The New Penn Station

This summer, a development costing several billions of dollars will eventually get underway to spruce up the dingy train station and make it more accommodating for the 600,000 passengers who use it daily. Yet, it will take some time before the much-maligned area seems clean and well-organized. Madison Square Garden, which sits above the transit hub, had its permit renewed at the start of the year. The City Council extended MSG's prior 50-year license for just 10, leading to a disagreement with the company's owners, who are under increasing pressure to go.

Hudson Yards

After a decade worth of discussion, including the cancellation of Olympic and Jets stadium ideas, developers have proposed turning 26 acres of railroad infrastructure into the city's largest commercial and residential complex. According to the New York Daily News, Hudson Yards is  “a $15 billion 15-structure mini-city on Manhattan's West Side that will create more office space than exists in Portland, Ore.," This statement was made about the fact that Hudson Yards is located on Manhattan's West Side.


According to Maureen Raymo, "We will be seeing the impact of climate change on our everyday lives on a much more regular basis." Heat waves will become more often, extreme rainfall will increase, and storms that do approach us will grow more powerful in the next five years. Nonetheless, vital preventative measures are in the works: In response to the floods caused by Hurricane Sandy, the East Side Coastal Resiliency Project was initiated. It is expected to be finished in 2026.

Night Life

Ariel Palitz, Senior Officer at the NYC Office, predicted that in the following years, the city's nightlife will become safer and more personal due to the presence of Narcan in all bars, "consent ambassadors," and the use of cannabis that is "as natural as having a beer." Palitz makes use of the new hookah and dessert bar Sands of Persia in Astoria to illustrate the future of low-key New York City nightlife. She added that it is "easier to be flirtatious and explore yourself" when you do not have to worry about becoming drunk. Then be ready for a night on the town in far-flung neighborhoods of Queens, Staten Island, or Brooklyn.

Daniel Nardicio, the undisputed king of the gay club scene, predicted that the "outer boroughs will continue to take over" since that is where "young people and artists" dwell. Nardicio mentions, "They are creative and welcoming and all that good stuff," he said. Future nightlife will revolve around these venues.

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