Urban Planning

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2013

    Trinity Church Has Its Way With Planning Commission Approval of Hudson Square Rezoning

    As we wrote in December's cover story More Money Than God, Trinity Wall Street is a lot more than just a church -- it's a real estate company sitting on something like $1 billion dollars in New York property -- a dual role that sometimes brings it into conflict with its neighbors. Now it appears th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2012

    City Lawyers and Councilman Stephen Levin: Plan for Brooklyn Broadway Triangle is Solid

    Elected officials like to be cheerleaders for affordable housing. But that doesn't mean they're always cheering for the same thing. For some Brooklyn pols speaking out this week about the Broadway Triangle -- the 31-acre parcel of city-owned land on the border of Williamsburg and Bedford-Stuyvesant, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2011

    "How Would You Design a Better NYC?" Website Asks

    ​Two organizations, the Institute for Urban Design and Project for Public Spaces, have joined forces to create a competition entitled "By the City, For the City." Addressing the city's need for public input and innovation, they've asked for your opinion on a seemingly trivial question: "How wo ... More >>

  • News

    May 25, 2010
  • Blogs

    April 11, 2010

    Sanction-busting Investigation Could Threaten Nets Deal, Atlantic Yards

    ​Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr. (D-NJ) tells the Post that he's requesting a Treasury Department investigation to see if Mikhail Prokhorov, the russian investor who's trying to buy stakes in both the Nets and the planned Nets Arena in Brooklyn, has violated Bush-era sanctions against doing business wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2010

    Atlantic Yards is a Go: Streets Close March 8, Evictions Expected Soon

    ​Get those shackles ready, Freddy's: Judge Abraham Gerges has denied what appears to be the last big appeal of the eminent domain seizures for the Atlantic Yards project. Several businesses, including Freddy's, are denied all relief; others, including condo owner Daniel Goldstein, may file c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2010

    Atlantic Yards Brings "Permanent" Street Closings; Ratner Writes a Letter; Haier In On Barclays Center

    Atlantic Yards Report reproduces a notice that says, starting on February 1, stretches of Pacific Street and Fifth Avenue within the footprint will be "permanently closed," presumably in preparation for work on the Ratner megacomplex at Atlantic Yards. Dan Goldstein of Develop Don't Destroy Bro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2010

    Atlantic Yards, Bloomberg get national bad press

    The press in other places have​ discovered the Mayor's pet Atlantic Yards project, with a scathing AP piece on the human cost of eminent domain and a firebreathing George Will column on how much the Founding Fathers would have disapproved. Neither mentions the mayor, but both make it far more ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2009

    Freddy's Bar, Threatened by Atlantic Yards, Executes Dummy with Beer Cans, Vows Resistance

    Mayor Bloomberg remains bullish, or should we say Nettish, on the Atlantic Yards project: "While the rest of the country wrings its hands about the national recession," he says, "we're building our way out of it." The patrons of Freddy's Bar, who last week showed resistance to their impending evic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2009

    Freddy's to Fend Off Atlantic Yards Project With "Chains of Justice" This Sunday

    nolandgrab.orgFreddy's​Freddy's, the Prospect Heights watering hole we recently named one of Our 10 Best Brooklyn Bars, has for the past few years been dealing with the threat of destruction courtesy of Bruce Ratner's proposed Atlantic Yards Project. This Sunday, Freddy's staff and supporters ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2009

    Court Deals Blow to Columbia's $6.3 Billion Harlem Land Grab (Updated)

    A State Court of Appeals decided this afternoon that New York State was wrong to grant Columbia University eminent domain rights that enabled it to seize land from property owners whose businesses were located in the footprint of the university's expansion. This ruling marks the culmination of a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2009

    Did Atlantic Yards Ruling Pass the Buck on 'Blight'?

    Tuesday's Atlantic Yards decision, in which New York's highest court upheld the right of the state to seize private property on behalf of a mega-developer, will doubtlessly impact the lives of thousands of Brooklyn residents and be discussed for years to come. But the court backed off from a cen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2009

    As Appeal Goes Forward, MTA Hit With New Atlantic Yards Suit

    Bruce Ratner and his Atlantic Yards project are really getting it in the neck this week. Tomorrow an appeal by landholders of the eminent domain seizure of their properties for the sports, shopping, office and residential mega-plan gets going in court. And now Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn, state s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2009

    Council Caves on Coney; Sitt-to-City Deal Still in Works?

    Photo (cc) Spuz. The way things are going, the never-ending Coney Island rezoning process is going to have more "final hearings" than Astroland had last days. Originally scheduled to meet last week to weigh in on the shape of Coney's future, the city council's land use committee instead repeatedl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2009

    Atlantic Yards Continues to Not Get Built

    If you're wondering what's going on with the troubled Atlantic Yards development project, the answer is nothing much and nothing good for developer Forest City Ratner. Back in 2007 a judge ruled that the way a long-term tenant of Henry Weinstein's Pacific Street building transfered his lease to Ra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2009

    Coney Community Board Votes Yes to Rezoning Plan, No to Plan's Actual Details

    It took four years, but the fate of Coney Island's future finally began the deliberative phase tonight, with a meeting of Brooklyn's Community Board 13 in the packed, sweltering auditorium of Coney Island Hospital to vote on the rezoning plan put forward last April by the Bloomberg administration, w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2008

    Chinatown Group Complains About English-Only Rezoning Hearing

    This morning the City Council will hold a public hearing chaired by Tony Avella on rezoning in Community District 3. The area under consideration contains Chinatown, and the Coalition to Protect Chinatown/LES is complaining of the plan on offer that it "protects" the "wealthy East Village from high- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2008

    Protest, Bloggers Keep Heat on Willets Point Plan

    NY Metro reports a City Hall protest of the Willets Point redevelopment plan yesterday at which attendees "banged pots and pans." Brad Lander of the Pratt Center for Community Development told Metro the plan "seems to be killing 1,500 non-Wall Street jobs for an outdated vanity project that’s not ... More >>

  • News

    October 1, 2008

    Columbia Ignores Peril

    When Klaus Jacob talks, important people take action. Except the important people paying him.

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2008

    Storm Brewing for Marathon Planning Commish Meeting

    Next week on August 13, the City Planning Commission will host a marathon public hearing on three different large scale projects: the Lower East Side rezoning, Hunter's Point South and the Willets Point Redevelopment Plan. Already the meeting is drawing attention from Borough President Scott String ... More >>

  • News

    August 5, 2008

    Michael Rosen Fights Back Over East Village Rezoning

    Rosen defends himself against 'Yuppie Scum' charge while activists claim conflicts of interest.

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2008

    Protesters Tell Gristede's King Catsimatidis: Give Us Back Our Supermarket

    It's undoubtedly not how John Catsimatidis, the billionaire Gristede's owner and rumored 2009 mayoral candidate, would have liked his bespectacled, slightly pudgy face get public recognition: aloft on a pole held by a Brooklyn pre-teen, beneath the words "SHAME ON YOU!!" The occasion was a protest ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2008

    Manhattan BP Hotseat for Chinatown/LES Rezoning Plan

    A coalition of groups opposing the proposed rezoning of the Lower East Side held a trilingual press conference and protest outside Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer's Office today, delivering a petition asking him to reject the rezoning plan recently approved by Manhattan Community Board 3. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2008
  • Blogs

    May 21, 2008

    Scenes from the Chinatown Border War

    Today's story "Lower East Side Rezone Sparks Border War in Chinatown" highlighted the opposition to the city's plan to rezone 111 blocks in the Lower East Side and East Village. Critics say the plan protects the wealthier, whiter parts of the Community District 3 from aggressive development but igno ... 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

    May 1, 2008

    Harlem Residents Blast 125th Street Rezoning 'Sellout'

    “You are the Aunt Jemimas, you are the Uncle Toms that have showed us that you don’t stand for the people who put you in office!” bellowed Sikhulu Shange, a member of the Coalition to Save Harlem and a local business owner who was part of a small but vocal group of Harlemites who made the trek ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2008

    Harlem Residents to Proclaim Rezoning 'Ain't Over' on Saturday

    “IT AIN’T OVER!” exclaims a flier by Voices of the Everyday People, a main opponent of the city’s plan to rezone 125th Street. The group announced today that it would file a lawsuit against the city to stop the rezoning from moving forward, even after the city agreed to make significant re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2008

    Harlem Vendors Protest 125th Street Rezoning

    by Mr. 119th Street via Flickr Yet another demonstration is planned this afternoon to protest the city's proposed 125th Street rezoning plan, which could change the face of Harlem's main commercial thoroughfare. This time it's street vendors who claim the proposed rezoning is top-down plan that put ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2008

    Harlemites to Join Hands to Protest Rezoning

    Photo by striatic via Flickr At least 500 Harlemites are expected to join hands and create a human chain along 125th Street tomorrow to protest a sweeping rezoning proposal that could radically alter the face of the neighborhood. The rezoning, detailed by the Voice in December, would allow develo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2008
  • News

    December 4, 2007

    Zoned Out

    High-rises on 125th Street? Harlem's transformation gathers speed.

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2007

    Questions Await New Atlantic Yards Ombudsman

    Projected view of the Atlantic Yards project from Dean Street and Sixth Avenue courtesy of More than half a year after announcing the position, the Empire State Development Corporation has hired an ombudsman for the controversial Atlantic Yards project. The ESDC tapped Forrest R. Tayl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2007
  • Art

    July 24, 2007

    The City Is Their Laboratory

    Pratt students invent the next New York—for real.

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2007

    Coney Island Lives! Astroland, Maybe Not

    The remains of go-kart rides demolished by Thor Equities await the city's rezoning decision. Last night, the somewhat unlikely pairing of the Municipal Art Society (representing white-haired Manhattan urban planning geeks) and Coney Island USA (representing a different kind of geek) sponsored "Cone ... More >>

  • News

    May 22, 2007

    On the Outs in Brooklyn

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

  • NYC Life

    April 3, 2007

    Coney Island's Last Ride? The Bulldozer!

    Behind the scenes, a scary game of chicken between the city and a developer who dreams of high-rise condos that won't amuse you

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2007

    All Quiet on the Western Yards

    It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like ... Basketball?: A pile of torn-up asphalt is all Bruce Ratner has to show so far for his Atlantic Yards groundbreaking. Approaching the proposed site of the Atlantic Yards complex in Brooklyn on the day after developer Bruce Ratner's much-ballyhooed announcement ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2006

    Harlem Suit: State Keeps Secrets

    A group of West Harlem business owners and activists sued the Empire State Development Corporation on Thursday, alleging that the agency violated the state's Freedom of Information Law by refusing to divulge documents related to Columbia University's plan to take over 17 acres north of 125th Street. ... More >>

  • NYC Life

    July 25, 2006

    BAM Goes the Neighborhood

    While Atlantic Yards grabs the headlines, an art attack quietly transforms downtown Brooklyn

  • News

    May 9, 2006

    Fear of Heights

    Skyscrapers, fronted by tantalizing promises, set to invade Williamsburg's interior

  • News

    January 31, 2006

    Rubble With a Cause

    Redevelopment woes: Williamsburg residents yanked out by their roots

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2005

    Is Gotbaum Master of Her Domain?

    Public Advocate candidates dispute what's eminent and imminent in the Atlantic Yards deal What's worse, feigning ignorance or being ignorant? That is the question raised by the latest attack by public advocate candidates Andrew Rasiej and Norman Siegel on the woman they each want to unseat, incumbe ... More >>

  • News

    June 28, 2005

    Poor Excuse

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

  • News

    April 26, 2005

    Supersized Williamsburg on the Way

    Council committee approves great big zoning plan

  • News

    March 29, 2005

    Hipsters Defend Brooklyn

    NYC pols want a Williamsburg Gold Coast. Cool kids and neighborhood vets say no way.

  • NYC Life

    September 2, 2003
  • News

    December 19, 2000

    Property Rights and Wrongs

    East Harlem Suit Challenges Eminent Domain

  • News

    November 7, 2000

    Double Duty

    Why Is a Planning Commissioner Hawking the Olympics?

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