Category: Community Planning
“For months we have been advocating for making 49th and 50th Streets between 5th and 6th Avenues car-free as a means to address pedestrian congestion in one of the City’s busiest public spaces. Yesterday, we were encouraged to hear that the City was moving forward with a proposal to enlarge pedestrian space along 5th Avenue to address this congestion during the holiday season. While this is not a long-term solution,… Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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:
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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
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
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
- Engage stakeholders in the Garment District and