Category: Zoning

B.P. Brewer says no to current Inwood rezoning plan and outlines protections for businesses, tenants needed to gain her support

Inwood Rezoning Graphic 2 NEW YORK – Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer issued her formal recommendation on the Inwood rezoning proposal working its way through the city’s Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP), rejecting the plan in its current form and outlining the protections for local businesses and area tenants that would be needed for the plan to win her support. “Inwood is a vibrant, multicultural neighborhood with a huge amount of rent-stabilized… Read more

Brewer, Chin officially file zoning text amendment to clarify Two Bridges rules, end abuse of “minor modification” loophole allowing out-of-scale luxury development

NEW YORK – Wednesday afternoon, Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer and Council Member Margaret S. Chin officially filed paperwork at the Department of City Planning’s 120 Broadway intake office to amend the zoning text governing the Two Bridges neighborhood and protect the area from out-of-scale luxury developments made possible by the abuse of a zoning loophole. The application is the first submitted solely by elected officials in roughly 15… Read more

B.P. Brewer, Rep. Espaillat, uptown elected officials and Washington Heights community celebrate agreement to keep Coogan’s open

For Immediate Release: Sunday, January 14, 2018 NEW YORK – Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer and U.S. Rep. Adriano Espaillat gathered Sunday afternoon with a broad coalition of uptown Manhattan elected officials, Community Board members, and neighbors to celebrate the agreement between Coogan’s and New York-Presbyterian Hospital that will keep the beloved Washington Heights pub open for years to come. The locally-owned, 33-year-old pub was slated to close after… Read more

B.P. Brewer, Council Member Corey Johnson, and National Supermarket Association rally to end supermarket rent tax, save Manhattan supermarkets

NEW YORK – Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer, Council Member Corey Johnson, and members of the National Supermarket Association rallied today to end the unfair, regressive Commercial Rent Tax (CRT) burdening supermarkets in much of Manhattan. Brewer and Johnson sponsor Intro 1472, City Council legislation that would offer supermarkets a full exemption from the CRT.

Brewer, Chin file rare zoning text amendment to protect Two Bridges from out-of-scale luxury development

NEW YORK – Late last week, Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer and Council Member Margaret S. Chin filed with the Department of City Planning to formally request a zoning text amendment to protect the Two Bridges neighborhood from new, out-of-scale luxury development. The application is the first submitted solely by elected officials in nearly 15 years. “Council Member Chin and I have been down this road before: when we… Read more

“Rezoning done the wrong way”: Brewer says no to current East Harlem rezoning proposal

This morning, Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer released her formal recommendation rejecting the de Blasio administration’s East Harlem neighborhood rezoning proposal. Brewer cited the lack of significant progress on Community Board 11’s areas of greatest concern and the plan’s failure to satisfy the principles of the East Harlem Neighborhood Plan as major factors in her decision. The East Harlem Neighborhood Plan, a roadmap for rezoning and community planning in… 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