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New York City, United States

New York’s streetscapes serve as more than a setting for our work. This city, which faces its own unique list of challenges, inspires and informs an active appreciation for and investment in the strength, resilience, and cultural innovation of cities around the world. The Rockefeller Foundation exercises unwavering commitments to urban experimentation, civic responsibility, and creative expression in our hometown—practices that expand into our global initiatives as well.

  • In 2012, Hurricane Sandy became the most destructive hurricane of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season, as well as the second-costliest hurricane in United States history.

Although the New York City office serves as a hub for many of the Foundation’s international programs, a particular focus is given to the city itself. Leading the way in the Foundation’s work in the arts and humanities, the NYC Cultural Innovation Fund supports creativity and the arts. These efforts have increasingly proved to align with the Foundation’s broader goals of resilience and inclusivity, and they act as a case study for future initiatives that foster the arts.

Specific to the unique urban environment of New York, the Jane Jacobs medal is awarded in honor of the author of “The Death and Life of Great American Cities,” the book that transformed how city dwellers and scholars think about cities and urban planning. Medalists are those urban visionaries that have challenged traditional assumptions and conventional thinking, while making New York City a place of hope and expectation.

In an effort to promote resilience for the Sandy-affected region, The Rockefeller Foundation was the lead funding partner for Rebuild by Design, a multi-stage regional design competition launched by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The competition attracted world-class talent to uncover the innovative collaboration and connections that build upon our commitment to promote urban resilience, including the recent launch of 100 Resilient Cities, which includes New York City.