Category: Zoning

Religious Facilities Task Force

Religious institutions are a bedrock of neighborhood life and identity, and serve as a social and cultural resource for thousands of New Yorkers. When religious congregations are faced with real estate challenges and must move or close, the impacts on the surrounding community can be significant. Since 2014, my office has worked to assist them in meeting their challenges – which have been particularly serious in Central and East Harlem,… Read more

Court rules in Brewer lawsuit: calls for Two Bridges projects to undergo ULURP

I’m please to report that NY Supreme Court Judge Arthur Engoron has ruled in favor of our lawsuit against the Two Bridges project. He agreed with us that the Two Bridges developments will have a ‘huge’ impact on the neighborhood, and must undergo the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP) process. In his opinion, Judge Engoron recognized that “…evading a required ULURP irreparably harms a community…” and that “…ULURP is… Read more

Open Call: Seaport Community Mural Project 2019

Open Call: Seaport Community Mural Project 2019 My office and the New York City Emergency Management (NYCEM) are announcing an open call for mural designs to be applied to structures that are part of the Interim Flood Protection Measures (IFPM) program, which will be installed along South Street in Manhattan’s South Street Seaport neighborhood. The Open Call isn’t just limited to professional artists—anyone is invited to submit a design, which will be printed on vinyl banners and… Read more

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

Woman speaks on street in front of crowd holding signs about zoning 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

Faith-based institutions face real estate challenges

Reverend Harper seated at the back of his church The pressures facing the Harlem faith-based institutions highlighted in this article are not unique. This is a borough-wide problem that must be addressed, which is why my office has conducted outreach and hosted events, like the Faith-Based Development and Preservation Conference we held early last year in conjunction with Community Board 10.

Mayor de Blasio needs to change his plan for Holmes Towers infill development or face legal action

birds eye view of Holmes Towers I am calling on Mayor Bill de Blasio to scrap his plan to proceed with the Holmes Towers infill development on First Avenue and 97th Street without going through the Uniform Land Use Review Process (ULURP). There are many things wrong with the Mayor’s proposal, all of which can be rectified through robust public review. Everybody knows that I’m always supportive of efforts to increase affordable housing, but I have… Read more

An open letter to the Soho/Noho Community

Soho street on a beautiful day Borough President Gale A. Brewer, Department of City Planning, and Council Member Margaret Chin would like to thank everyone who attended the first public meeting of the SoHo/NoHo Planning Process on Wednesday, February 6, 2019. We apologize for being unprepared for the tremendous turnout—over 250 people attended. We’ll do better for the next meeting in February. But because of that turnout, we obtained a significant amount of feedback on where… Read more

Statement from B.P. Brewer on Dept. of Building’s decision to revoke permits for Extell development on West 66th Street

Construction being done on dirt in NYC NEW YORK – Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer issued the following statement Wednesday in response to the Department of Building’s decision to revoke permits for the Extell development on West 66th Street: “I applaud today’s decision by the Department of Buildings (DOB) to revoke the permits for Extell’s proposed supertall tower on West 66th Street. From the beginning, I have opposed the developer’s decision to use a monstrous 160-foot… Read more

Brewer says no to JPMorgan Chase zoning proposal for 270 Park Avenue

270 Park Ave JP Morgan Chase building on a dark afternoon NEW YORK – Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer issued her formal ULURP recommendationon the zoning text amendment proposed by JPMorgan Chase for its new headquarters building at 270 Park Avenue. In her recommendation, she rejected the proposal because it came without adequate public realm improvements and it breaks with the standards set by the East Midtown rezoning enacted in 2017. “The East Midtown rezoning was meant to balance… Read more