Category: Community Planning

Lawsuit to compel public review of Holmes Tower infill development

birds eye view of Holmes Towers I’ve filed a lawsuit against Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYCHA demanding that the plan for Holmes Towers Infill development on First Avenue and 93rd Street be subject to the City’s Uniform Land Use Review Process (ULURP) as required by the state public housing law. State public housing law requires that localities follow a standard approval process. In New York City, that’s the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure, and… Read more

B.P. Brewer calls for halting construction on 200 Amsterdam Ave. tower

NEW YORK – Tuesday morning, April 9, 2019, I joined advocates and elected officials to push to stop construction on the residential tower by SJP Properties and Mitsui Fudosan America at 200 Amsterdam Avenue. Last month, the New York State Supreme Court ordered the Board of Standards and Appeals (BSA) to once again review the Department of Buildings (DOB) approval of the building to ensure that it is “in accordance… Read more

B.P. Brewer to Albany: Include concerns of Manhattan residents in congestion pricing plan

Canal street on a busy day will a lot of cars and trucks stuck in traffic In a letter, I’m calling on leadership in Albany to add exemptions for people with disabilities, discounts for residents in the proposed zone, and a hold on congestion fee currently in place on NYC yellow and green taxis NEW YORK – I’m calling on Governor Andrew Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie to add exemptions and discounts for New York City residents in their proposed… Read more

Garment District plan moves forward with Council vote

Various vibrant colors of fabric on a self NEW YORK – Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer issued the following statement shortly after the City Council’s vote approving amendments to the zoning text governing the Garment District. “Collaboration and negotiation make good policy, and the process that brought us to today’s vote is yet more proof of that. I thank Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen and EDC President James Patchett for working with me and Speaker Johnson to produce… Read more

A Brighter Future for East Midtown: Council Member Dan Garodnick Stands with B.P. Gale A. Brewer and New York City Leaders to Support East Midtown Rezoning

New Zoning Rules Unlock 6.5 Million Square Feet of New Commercial Office Space in New York City’s Premier Business District Will Generate Hundreds of Millions of Dollars for Public Improvements as Buildings Come Online — Alleviating Sidewalk Congestion and Creating Open Spaces Developers Will Also Contribute Approximately Half a Billion Dollars For Specific Subway Upgrades In Nearby Stations Additional $50 Million in Immediate Public Investment to Activate Open Spaces, including Read more

B.P. Brewer, Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen, and Council Member Corey Johnson Announce Formation of Garment Industry Steering Committee

Brewer stands with government officials Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer, New York City Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development Alicia Glen, and Council Member Corey Johnson today announced the formation of the Garment Industry Steering Committee. Following the pattern of the successful East Midtown Steering Committee, this new group will be chaired by Borough President Brewer and will meet for three months with the following objectives:
  • Engage stakeholders in the Garment District and
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Keeping Manufacturing in NYC, and a functional garment center ecosystem

various rolled-up fabrics Our office hosted a symposium on the “Future of Manufacturing in NYC—the Garment Center and Beyond” at the High School of Fashion Industries on April 24. Local residents and industry stakeholders—labor, business owners, and building owners came together to listen to two panels: What urban manufacturers are making today, and how zoning can help or hurt them. Moderated by the Pratt Institute’s Adam Friedman, featuring Sara Romanoski of Townsquared, Armando… Read more

B.P. Brewer recommends approval of East Midtown rezoning plan

Recommendation letter available for download here NEW YORK – Late yesterday, Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer issued her formal recommendation on the Greater East Midtown rezoning proposal working its way through the city’s Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP), approving the plan with a number of conditions and recommended changes. “For decades East Midtown has been the economic heart of our city and this plan will make it stronger… Read more

Brewer to de Blasio administration on Garment Center: “Start over”

NEW YORK — Despite a public outcry from garment industry stakeholders, the city’s Economic Development Corporation forged ahead with an announcement this morning of millions of dollars in funding dedicated to moving garment manufacturing businesses from Manhattan to Sunset Park, Brooklyn while the Dept. of City Planning considers the repeal of zoning protections for manufacturing in Manhattan’s Garment District. Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer issued the following statement in… Read more

B.P. Brewer and West Side elected officials raise concerns over threat to Garment Center

B.P. Brewer and West Side elected officials wrote to leaders of the City Planning Commission and Economic Development Corporation (EDC), raised concerns over planned zoning changes for Manhattan’s Garment Center and urging the agencies to delay their plans and consult more thoroughly with garment industry stakeholders. The planned zoning text amendment would scrap protections for industrial and manufacturing spaces the garment and fashion industries rely on, and pins those industries’… Read more