Development in Harlem today, post-rezoning of 125th street
A great article written by Tom Angotti.
This is an audio recording of the panel discussion at our last screening. Listen to Tom Angotti and Ndigo Washington answer questions from the audience about rezonings and New York City development.
They led a local community board vote to suspend presentations by the city and developers.
One night this spring, Amanda Burden went to see the new Broadway musical “If/Then.” She had recently returned from a “psychic healing” retreat in Arizona, having spent twelve years as Mayor Bloomberg’s director of city planning. One of Bloomberg’s aides had recommended “If/Then,” which stars Idina Menzel (you have heard her sing “Let It Go”) as an urban planner named Elizabeth. After a chance moment in a park, her life takes two divergent paths: In one, she calls herself Liz, marries an Army reservist, and has two kids. In the other, she’s Beth, a career woman who becomes New York City’s chief planner. Burden trembled in her seat. “Oh, my God,” she recalled thinking. “I think that’s me!”
Advocates who have been pressuring Mayor Bill de Blasio to make half of new apartment units affordable will focus on other issues in quest for “united front.”
When the city rezones to allow more density, developers should be required to include more truly affordable housing. By Ismene Speliotis.
Errol Louis discussed rezoning and development in the East New York section of Brooklyn with a panel of community stakeholders: Maritza Silva-Farrell from the Real Affordability for All campaign; the Rev. David Brawley of East Brooklyn Congregations; Bill Wilkins from the Local Development Corporation of East New York; and Barrie Smith, a construction worker and labor advocate for the group “100 Black Construction Workers.”
Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito rejected claims today that the de Blasio administration is moving too quickly with their housing plan.