Department of City Planning

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2014

    Another Crowdfunding Effort Is Underway to Build Something Beachy in the Hudson River

    "I want a beach in Manhattan soooo badly," a man confides to the camera. He leans forward, hands in his pockets. A cheery tune plunks along in the background. "Like, this much," the woman next to him adds, stretching her arms as wide as they go. One by one, a parade of eager, hopeful beach bums f ... More >>

  • News

    August 7, 2013

    Watching the Wheels

    Columbia planning prof and his students imagine a New York of bike shares and self-driving cars

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2013

    Just Because It's My Brooklyn Doesn't Mean It Can't Be Yours

    On Saturday afternoon, Rerun Theater at Rebar was full. It seemed only fitting that even the name of the place is a do-over, its chairs the back seats from old minivans--and not just because Rerun is a venue for post-film festival movies that don't yet have distributors. Today the theater was screen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2012

    City Elaborates on Mayor Michael Bloomberg's Midtown Knock 'Em Down Plan

    Yesterday, the Voice wrote on reports that Mayor Mike wants to speed up rezoning schemes near Grand Central Terminal, so that out-of-date, short buildings can be replaced with modern towers. The Mayor's idea would run from East 39th Street to East 59th Street, between Third and Fifth Avenues -- and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2012

    The New York Of The Future? Say Hello to 'LoLo'

    And another hundred people just got off of the train? Try another two hundred thousand. An article printed in the Sunday New York Times -- which poses in its headline the daunting question: "How Many People Can Manhattan Hold?" -- explains that the Department of City Planning's Population Division e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2012

    Resistance is Futile: UWS Shopkeepers Fight (Inevitable) Domination from Chains

    ​New York continues its onward march toward looking just like the rest of America. From the New York Times: "The proliferation of chain stores, banks and pharmacies in the past decade or so has robbed many neighborhoods of the quirky one-of-a-kind shops that give those places their distinct ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2011

    Yes, There Are Still Fewer Men Than Women in New York City. So What?

    It's that time of year when we dredge up old stats and check them again! And in so doing, we can confirm, via Census data and the New York Post, that women outnumber men in the city "by 52.5 to 47.5 percent," translating to 410,045 more women then men overall, and nearly 10 percent more women than m ... More >>

  • News

    November 2, 2011

    Life Under Occupation

    The demonstration wears thin for those who call Wall Street home.

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2011

    Will Zuccotti Park Help the Real Estate Board of New York Change POP Access Hours?

    ​The Real Estate Board of New York, a powerful developers' trade association, is trying to get the city to change a 1975 law requiring privately-owned public spaces to be open 24/7. REBNY hasn't yet submitted a proposal to the city, but following reports of REBNY's plans, there's been somethin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2010

    New York City Likes Old People After All

    ​New York City is hoping to improve the lives of elderly residents by doing things like increasing street crossing times at major intersections by four seconds (do this at Delancey Street, please!), operating school buses for grocery store runs, and just making NYC a kinder, gentler place, th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2009

    Groups Sues Planners to Stop Sunset Park Rezoning

    ​Our ever-busy city planners are eager to rezone Sunset Park. To hear them tell it, the rezoning is benign, aiming "to preserve neighborhood character and scale by placing height limits throughout the area, allowing for new development where appropriate at a height and scale that is in keeping ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2009

    Astroland Sign Comes Down

    Coney landmarks continue to be dismantled. Here's Dietrich's Flickr image of workers taking down the Astroland sign on Monday (h/t Gowanus Lounge). Yesterday the Department of City Planning began its review of the Coney Island Rezoning Plan, including a "Wonder Wheel Way Elevation" and a six-block " ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2008

    Bill Opening Workplaces to Bikes is a Lock, Says Sponsor

    It may seem like it's all Clinton Global Initiative here at Runnin' Scared, but we're also keenly interested in bicycles. Councilmember David Yassky says this time for sure he's going to get his "Bikes In Buildings" Bill passed in the City Council. The bill would require commercial property owners ... More >>

  • News

    May 20, 2008

    Lower East Side Rezone Sparks Border War in Chinatown

    Out of patience and out of order over city's 'racist' rezoning plan

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2007

    Bloomberg Unveils Coney Redevelopment Plan

    Locked in a stalemate with a developer over the future of Coney Island, city officials unveiled a new vision for the area that seemingly solves the problem: Make the disputed land into parkland. The parcel of Coney that includes the much-beloved Astroland would keep its current amusement zoning bu ... More >>

  • News

    May 22, 2007

    On the Outs in Brooklyn

    The city's complicity behind the borough's soaring eviction rate

  • NYC Life

    January 2, 2007
  • NYC Life

    July 25, 2006

    Life in the Footprint

    Voices of the fading community in the shadow of the Atlantic Yards

  • News

    March 7, 2006

    Two Stadiums. No Waiting.

    Yanks and Mets plans leave little room for public debate

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2005

    Bike the Strike: Tips, Pools, Etc.

    Judging from this morning's commute, more New Yorkers are choosing to bike into Manhattan than did before the citywide transit strike, and more took to their cycles on day two of the strike than pedaled in on day one. The cycling advocacy group Transportation Alternatives counted more than 800 rider ... More >>

  • News

    June 28, 2005

    Poor Excuse

    Rezoning plan for Brooklyn's fourth avenue forces lower-income neighbors out

  • News

    June 7, 2005

    The Hucksters

    The people who tried to sell you the world's most expensive stadium

  • NYC Life

    October 5, 2004

    God Bless América

    Talk of Bush, Kerry, and Mexicans—the fastest-growing group in town

  • NYC Life

    December 2, 2003
  • News

    January 7, 2003

    Bye Bye Bowery

    Work to Start on Loisaida Luxury Units

  • News

    February 12, 2002

    Rebuilding at Ground Zero

    Will Any of the Possibilities Really Be Considered?

  • News

    November 28, 2000

    Beating the Odds

    A Bosnian War Vet in Astoria Drums Away Tragedy One-Handed

  • News

    September 1, 1998

    Porn Free

    The city's war on sex shops has nothing to do with morality and everything to do with development. Especially around Times Square.

  • News

    July 28, 1998

    Act II: The Siege

    Battle Over Theater Zone Nears Final Scenes