Decision on Allowing Supersized Development in NYC Expected Soon — ACT NOW!

(Clockwise from top left) The 1,550-ft-tall Central Park Tower, the tallest residential building in the world; Brooklyn’s 766-unit “The Hub”; Queens’ 974-unit “The Hayden”; West 42nd Street’s 1,175-unit “Sky”; and West 42nd Street’s 1,359-unit “Silver Towers.” All were built under existing restrictions proposed to be lifted for being “too restrictive,” so even larger buildings can go up.

Do you think new residential high-rises in NYC are too small or too short?

Do you think more residential neighborhoods in NYC should have supertall and mega-dense new residential development, far exceeding what current rules allow?

Do you think rules should be changed to allow bigger luxury high-rises without any requirements for affordable housing?

Do you think building massive amounts of new luxury housing will benefit all New Yorkers and make the city more affordable?

If you do, then you no doubt support the Governor’s proposal to lift the residential density cap for NYC, allowing even larger developments than currently permitted, letting the city zone to allow them in neighborhoods where they’re currently restricted, and not requiring any affordable housing in return.

That proposal is supported by some pretty powerful people in the real estate industry who’ve been salivating over the possibility (which we’ve helped stop before) for years. In addition to the Governor, it’s supported by the Mayor, the City Council Speaker, and Manhattan Borough President Mark Levine.

Last week, we joined local Assemblymembers Deborah Glick and Grace Lee, State Senator Liz Krueger, and City Councilmember Chris Marte in opposing it.

The proposal is built on false promises and misinformation. In mid-March we were able to help get both houses of the State Legislature to reject this plan in their one-house budget bills. But the proponents of the plan are pushing hard down to the wire to get it included, and anything is possible until the final State budget plan is approved (scheduled for April 1, but likely later).

We’ve beaten this developer-giveaway plan back before, and we can AND MUST do it again!


March 31, 2023