The future of New York City stands at a crossroads, with the pandemic adding an unexpected fork in the road. One of the main drivers behind the direction of the City’s future is its zoning process and associated land use policies.
While a number of neighborhood rezoning initiatives and regulatory reforms have been shelved in recent months, several proposals that will significantly impact the landscape of New York City remain on the table (e.g. Gowanus, SoHo and NoHo, Flushing Waterfront). These proposals could be exciting economic drivers for their communities and help the broader recovery of the City, but not without valid criticisms and concerns of gentrification. If these proposals move forward and other rezoning initiatives emerge, what does it mean for the City on a macro and micro level? What could New York City look like in five, ten, fifteen years from now?
The pandemic has also significantly disrupted and altered the way that space is utilized in the city. What land use policies or changes to the zoning code should be considered to help NYC recover, grow and to improve the lives of city residents?
Melanie Meyers, Partner, Real Estate, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP
Honorable Brad Lander, Member, New York City Council, Brooklyn’s 39th District
Purnima Kapur, Chief of University Planning and Design, Harvard University
Susi Yu, Managing Director and Head of Development, MAG Partners