Amanda Burden
American urban planner
Amanda Burden
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.
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The Resistance Bill de Blasio Will Face on his Affordable Housing Plan
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Despite being a long shot candidate when the New York City mayoral race began, Bill de Blasio won the election in a landslide. He won not only by talking about the problems of everyday people that so many politicians ignore, but also by proposing some very specific solutions. As a candidate, de Blasio focused on issues like curbing the abuses of stop-and-frisk and enacting universal pre-K. Once he enters into office, he'll need to show the voters that it was more than just empty talk. The biggest challenge for de Blasio, however, will be containing the astronomical rise of the city's rents. The cost of housing all over New York is going up so quickly that many residents are wondering how they will afford a place to live within the next few years. Addressing the other issues won't be easy, but there are at least clear strategies for what to do next. The universal pre-K proposal will require state approval, and thus a diplomatic effort to get Gov. Cuomo on board. There have already been ...
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MSG Limited To 15 Year Permit
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
By Alan Neuhauser MIDTOWN — The Department of City Planning voted Wednesday morning to limit Madison Square Garden to a 15-year renewal on its permit to operate as a large-scale arena. The Madison Square Company had sought an unlimited extension for The World's Most Famous Arena, which had been operating under a temporary certificate of occupancy since its 50-year permit expired in December. Local leaders and community groups, by contrast, had advocated for a 10-year cap, which they said would help force the arena to relocate and make way for an expansion of Penn Station, the busiest and one of the most overcrowded transit hubs in the country. City Planning ultimately tried to find middle ground, Planning Commissioner Amanda Burden said Wednesday. "The special permit term limit we are approving today recognizes that Madison Square Garden occupies a unique location on top of a major transit hub," Burden explained, adding that the vote was unanimous. "We have endea ...
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Scorsese Urges City To Protect Bowery From Development
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
NEW YORK — Famed director Martin Scorsese wants New York's mean streets to keep some of their grittiness. The "Gangs of New York" director has joined an effort to curb redevelopment of the Bowery. That's the former skid row near where Scorsese grew up. Scorsese wrote to New York City Planning Commission Chairwoman Amanda Burden last week. He praises the neighborhood's grittiness, ambience and vivid atmosphere. Scorsese is backing a plan that would limit the height of new development on the east side of the Bowery to eight stories. The plan also calls for preservation of several historic buildings. Planning Department spokeswoman Rachaele Raynoff tells the Daily News ( ) the agency has not made a ruling. She says the department recognizes and appreciates the Bowery's historic value. http://nydn.us/148vMyr ___ Information from: Daily News, http://www.nydailynews.com
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L.A. fire investigators release video of suspected arsonist
LATimes - about 4 years
Los Angeles Fire Department arson investigators released surveillance video Sunday of a man they believed responsible for a dozen fires in the west San Fernando Valley. The fires occurred between Oct. 21 and Oct. 28, said Brian Humphrey, spokesman for the Fire Department. The fires were set in garbage bins in an area bordered by Canoga Avenue on the west, Devonshire Street on the north, Corbin Avenue on the east and Parthenia Street to the south. On the video, the suspect can be seen getting out of his vehicle in the early morning hours of Oct. 28 outside a restaurant on Devonshire Street. He is walking toward a garbage bin, which he sets on fire. The suspect then gets back in his car and watches the fire grow. Amanda Burden, reporting for CBS2 and KCAL9, spoke to Gerry DeJesus who saw the arsonist when he was scanning his security camera video. DeJesus said signs warning that security cameras are in operation are clearly visible. “He parked right in front of the sign. And he ...
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Video: Shoppers in Calif. camp for black Friday
CBS News - over 4 years
According to a duo of shoppers in Los Angeles, "You can't ever be too early for a good deal," with that sentiment in mind, these bargain hunters camp out over a week in advance for black Friday deals. KCAL's Amanda Burden reports.
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Video: $23 million mystery lotto winner
CBS News - over 4 years
They were sitting on a gold mine and didn't even know it. KCAL-9's Amanda Burden reports on a San Bernardino, Calif., woman who nearly let a $23 million ticket expire.
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Bear cubs cool off in Calif. pool
CBS News - over 4 years
Two bear cubs were caught on camera taking a dip in a Pasadena, Calif. swimming pool. KCAL-TV's Amanda Burden reports.
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Star SCSU Diver Amanda Burden Receives New All-American Honor
Bethwood Patch - over 4 years
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Amanda Burden, Planning Commissioner, Is Remaking New York City
NYTimes - almost 5 years
To her fans, Amanda M. Burden, the director of the New York City Planning Department, is a visionary.
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Southern Connecticut Sweeps Major Northeast-10 Swimming And Diving Awards
Blogs.Courant.com - almost 5 years
Southern Connecticut swept the major Northeast-10 swimming and diving awards with junior Amanda Thomas of Oakville being named swimmer of the year for the second year in a row, and senior Amanda Burden of Orange being named diver of the year for the fourth consecutive year.
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Raves (and Some Good-Natured Roasts) for the Woman with the Plan at Architectural League of New York Gala
Architectural Record - almost 5 years
The Architectural League of New York held a gala last night to award its President’s Medal to Amanda Burden, chair of New York City’s Planning Commission and director of the Department of City Planning.
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THE NEW SEASON | MOVIES; October Release Schedule
NYTimes - over 5 years
OCTOBER Oct. 5 HELL AND BACK AGAIN Danfung Dennis’s documentary follows Nathan Harris, a 25-year-old Marine sergeant, as he returns to life in small town North Carolina after being seriously wounded in Afghanistan. Oct. 6 THE NINE MUSES The British filmmaker John Akomfrah combines Greek mythology, views of the Alaskan landscape, archival
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Architect and 9/11 Memorial Both Evolved Over the Years
NYTimes - over 5 years
A FEW years ago the World Trade Center memorial was in trouble. Michael Arad, an unknown young architect, had won the design competition in 2004, and by 2006 the estimated cost of the memorial and related projects had nearly tripled, to close to a billion dollars. Construction had still not begun. The project seemed to be ''spinning out of
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Via Web, Zoning In on City - Wall Street Journal
Google News - over 5 years
"It makes people feel that they don't have any power over their destiny," said Amanda Burden, commissioner of the Department of City Planning. Enter ZoLA. Last week, the city unveiled the interactive map to help New Yorkers track the ebb and flow of
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End Game: Feeling The Heat - New York Daily News (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Listed for 2011: Patti Harris, Kirsten Gillibrand, Kathy Wilde, Christine Quinn, Merryl Tisch, Amanda Burden, Sandra Lee, Diana Taylor, Jennifer Raab, Suri Kasirer and Pat Lynch. Not listed: Scarlett Johansson, me. (Crain's) Two months ago,
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City Planning launches all-in-one app to access zoning and land use information - The Real Deal New York (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
"Zoning is the language of the physical city," said Planning Commission Chair Amanda Burden, "and the Department of City Planning is committed to making zoning and other important land use information readily accessible to the public
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Fourth Avenue finds footing - The Real Deal New York (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
But City Planning Commission Chair Amanda Burden's recently unveiled plan aims to make the area more pedestrian-friendly, with more storefront retail space and fewer garages. The rezoning, which still needs city council approval, will address issues
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Amanda Burden, Seth Pinsky To Speak At October Livability Conference - Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Google News - over 5 years
MANHATTAN — The first wave of speakers has been confirmed as the Municipal Art Society (MAS) gears up for the second annual MAS Summit for New York City, scheduled for Thursday
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Amanda Burden
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2007
    Age 63
    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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  • 2005
    Age 61
    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.
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  • 2004
    Age 60
    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.
    More Details Hide Details In 2008, Ms. Burden was inducted into the membership of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) College of Fellows, and was named the 5th most powerful person in New York real estate by The New York Observer. In 2009, Amanda Burden received ULI's J.C.Nichols Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development. This prize is the Institute's highest honor and comes with a $100,000 award. Burden announced that she will donate the J.C. Nichols prize money to ULI to create a yearly award honoring transformative and exciting public spaces around the world. In 2011, Amanda Burden received the American Architectural Foundation Keystone Award, which recognizes an individual or organization from outside the architectural discipline for exemplary leadership in design that improves lives and transforms communities. The Award recognizes Commissioner Burden’s legacy as a champion of good design and her continuous efforts to use design excellence to increase quality of life in the five boroughs and promote New York City as a world-class city. Previous recipients include Rick Lowe, Mayor Joseph P. Riley Jr., the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), The Pritzker Family, Save America’s Treasures, Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), and former Mayor Manuel A. Diaz.
  • FIFTIES
  • 2002
    Age 58
    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.
    More Details Hide Details She was a proponent of revitalizing Lower Manhattan, improving public access to the Brooklyn waterfronts, improving commuter rail into the city, and reconsidering rezoning plans. Burden was an important supporter and active contributor to the success of the project for public redevelopment of the High Line. She had a reputation of holding developers to stricter design standards than previous planning directors.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1983
    Age 39
    From 1983 until 1990 Ms. Burden was Vice President for Planning and Design of the Battery Park City Authority.
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    Burden previously worked for the New York State Urban Development Corporation. She worked on Battery Park City from 1983 to 1990.
    More Details Hide Details She is also a member of the International Best Dressed List since 1996. Born Amanda Jay Mortimer, she is the daughter of socialite Babe Paley (1915–1978) and her first husband, Stanley Grafton Mortimer, Jr. (1913–1999), an heir to the Standard Oil fortune. She is a descendant of the first chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, John Jay, and a granddaughter of Dr. Harvey Cushing, the "Father of American Neurosurgery" and Pulitzer Prize winning author. She has a brother, Stanley Grafton Mortimer III; five half-siblings, William Cushing Paley, Kate Cushing Paley, Averell Mortimer, Jay Mortimer, and David Mortimer; and two stepsiblings, Hilary Paley Califano and Jeffrey Paley.
  • 1979
    Age 35
    Her second husband was Steven J. Ross (1927–1992), the head of Warner Communications; they married in 1979 and divorced in 1981.
    More Details Hide Details Burden has had a continuing relationship with television personality Charlie Rose since 1993.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1964
    Age 20
    Burden has been married twice. Her first husband was Carter Burden, Jr. (1941–1996), a multimillionaire descendant of Cornelius Vanderbilt and a great-nephew of the actor Douglas Fairbanks Sr. At the time of their marriage on 13 June 1964, Carter Burden was a student at Columbia Law School.
    More Details Hide Details An owner of The Village Voice and New York magazine and later a New York City councilman, he worked as an aide to Sen. Robert Kennedy in the 1960s, sparking his wife's interest in social justice and inspiring her to pursue a teaching career. They had two children, Flobelle Fairbanks Burden and S. Carter Burden III, before divorcing in 1972. Their son, S. Carter Burden III, is the founder of the managed web hosting provider Logicworks.
    In an interview for New York magazine, she cited her stepfather's influence on her design sensibilities, noting the Canadian black granite she chose for the esplanade was the same stone he selected in 1964 for "Black Rock", the CBS headquarters.
    More Details Hide Details Among her other New York projects are the Midtown Community Court and the Red Hook Community Justice Center, which provides integrated legal, economic and social services. Burden also worked as a public school teaching aide in Harlem in the 1960s. As New York City's Planning Director, she has spearheaded Mayor Bloomberg's economic development agenda with comprehensive urban design master plans and new initiatives to reclaim the waterfront. She emphasizes open space, continuous shop fronts, and the inclusion of trees and other elements that foster lively street life, according to The New York Times. Burden's meticulous approach has been criticized, however, by some real estate developers, who have stated that she is imperious and arbitrary, using her seat in government to dictate the composition of buildings and insist on architectural innovation. Burden has been a major force in saving the High Line and transforming it into the well-established park that it is today.
    Burden briefly attended Wellesley College until her marriage in 1964.
    More Details Hide Details She graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in 1976, with a concentration in Environmental Science. She later earned a Master of Urban Planning from Columbia University, writing an award-winning thesis about solid-waste management. She worked with the architecture firm Gruzen & Partners and one of her mentors was William H. Whyte, the urbanologist, with whom she worked on his Project for Public Spaces.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1947
    Age 3
    In 1947, her mother married William S. Paley, the son of a successful immigrant entrepreneur who built a family acquisition into CBS.
    More Details Hide Details Her stepmother, Kathleen Mortimer (born 1917), was a daughter of railroad heir and United States ambassador W. Averell Harriman.
  • 1944
    Age 0
    Born in 1944.
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