Amanda Burden

Urban Planner
Born 1944

Amanda Jay Mortimer Burden is the director of the New York City Department of City Planning and chair of the City Planning Commission. She is a proponent of revitalizing Lower Manhattan, improving public access to the Brooklyn waterfronts, improving commuter rail into the city, and reconsidering rezoning plans, and she has a reputation of holding developers to stricter design standards than previous planning directors.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Amanda Burden.


1944 Birth Born in 1944.
1947 3 Years Old In 1947, her mother married William S. Paley, the son of a successful immigrant entrepreneur who built a family acquisition into CBS. … Read More


Burden briefly attended Wellesley College until her marriage in 1964. … Read More


1979 35 Years Old Her second husband was Steven J. Ross (1927–1992), the head of Warner Communications; they married in 1979 and divorced in 1981. … Read More
1983 39 Years Old 1 More Event
Burden previously worked for the New York State Urban Development Corporation. She worked on Battery Park City from 1983 to 1990. … Read More


2002 58 Years Old …  She was the director of the New York City Department of City Planning and Chair of the City Planning Commission under Mayor Michael Bloomberg from 2002 to 2013. … Read More


2004 60 Years Old Ms. Burden's dedication to design excellence was recognized by the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, which presented her with its 2004 Design Patron Award. … Read More
2005 61 Years Old In 2005, Pratt Institute awarded Ms. Burden an Honorary Doctorate in Public Administration and the New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects presented her with its 2005 Center for Architecture Award.
2007 63 Years Old As stated in a 2007 profile of Burden in The New York Times: "Whether walking up and down 368 blocks in Jamaica, Queens, to see which streets can accommodate 12-story buildings, or grabbing a tape measure from her desk to set the dimensions of seating in public plazas across the city, Ms. Burden is leaving an indelible legacy of how all five boroughs will look and feel for decades to come."
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