Affordability and Preservation

“City of Yes” Would Allow for Bigger, Taller Luxury Condo Developments While Stripping Neighborhood Zoning Protections

Some provisions of Mayor Adams’ “City of Yes,” now making its way through public review and approval, are extremely concerning, and some are cloaked in mystery and lack clarifying information. They all are built on the premise that creating unaffordable housing by transforming zoning regulations will solve the affordable housing problem across the city. It won’t, and you can tell City officials why.

Special interest groups like the Real Estate Board of New York that have long opposed landmarking or other limits on development used to argue that landmarking strangled economic development and ruined the values of property. Now they try to argue that landmarking promotes gentrification and makes New York unaffordable. Village Preservation has been a leader in confronting and refuting these lies, and demonstrating how landmarking can have a positive, stabilizing effect – on residents, neighborhoods, on property values, on small businesses, and on community character. We also work closely with affordable housing and tenant groups in our neighborhoods to both help protect existing affordable housing and promote the inclusion of new affordable housing in our neighborhoods.

Updates

  • May 13, 2024

    Is a Housing “Shortage” Really the Cause of Unaffordability?

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  • April 22, 2024

    Mixed Results in Albany’s Housing Deal — The Battle Continues

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  • April 16, 2024

    DOWN TO THE WIRE — State Legislature Negotiating Final Details of Budget Deal Including Supersized Development and Overriding Landmarks Protections for Religious Sites — WRITE NOW!

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  • January 19, 2024

    Mayor Adams’ “City of Yes for Economic Opportunity” May Harm Housing and Residential Neighborhoods

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  • November 6, 2023

    Mayor Adams’ Latest “City of Yes” Proposal Could Strip Zoning Protections and Allow Vastly Increased Air Rights Transfers in Our Neighborhoods

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  • October 15, 2023

    Important Public Meeting re 388 Hudson Street Plan Monday Night — Demand PERMANENT Affordability and No Tall Setback Tower

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  • October 10, 2023

    Important 388 Hudson Street Meetings This Thursday and Next Monday; Submit Your Online Comments NOW!

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  • October 2, 2023

    City Still Won’t Guarantee 100% Permanent Affordability at 388 Hudson Street, Still Pushing Inefficient, Out-of-Context Tower Plan

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  • September 20, 2023

    Overwhelming Call to Right-Size and Make Permanent Affordable Housing at 388 Hudson Street; City Lashes Out in Response

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  • September 15, 2023

    URGENT ALERT! City Proposes Towering High-Rise, Tallest Ever in Greenwich Village, WITHOUT Permanent Affordability, at 388 Hudson Street: TELL CITY OFFICIALS NO!

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  • September 5, 2023

    388 Hudson Street Affordable Housing Development Public Meeting Next Tuesday, September 12, 5:45-8pm

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  • August 17, 2023

    Public “Visioning” Meeting for Planned Affordable Housing and Community Facility Development at 388 Hudson Street: Tuesday, September 12, 5:45-8pm

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  • July 21, 2023

    Updates on Planning for 100% Affordable Housing Development at 388 Hudson Street

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  • June 20, 2023

    City Considering Even Larger Development for 388 Hudson Affordable Housing Site — Up to 35 Stories

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  • May 9, 2023

    388 Hudson Affordable Housing Development ‘Visioning’ Event This Thursday, May 11, 3–6 PM

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  • May 5, 2023

    Plans for Lifting Residential Density Cap Failed in Budget, but Not Dead in Albany; Tell State Legislators to Reject It

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  • May 1, 2023

    Victory! Budget Agreement Excludes Supersized Residential Development Proposal

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  • May 1, 2023

    City Launches Website for Planning New Affordable Housing Development at 388 Hudson Street, Asks for Public Input

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  • April 21, 2023

    Your Input Is Needed on Plans for Affordable Housing to Be Constructed at 388 Hudson at Clarkson Street

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  • March 27, 2023

    Albany’s Decision on Allowing Supersized Residential Development in NYC This Week; Rallying with State Legislators to Oppose

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  • January 23, 2023

    Push Begins Again to Overturn State Law Allowing Supersized Development in NYC — Help Us Fight It!

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  • October 24, 2022

    Mayor Adam’s ‘City of Yes’ Plans for Increased Development Revealed

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  • September 13, 2022

    Panel Next Wednesday, September 21: YIMBY vs. NIMBY — Looking Past Labels To Real World Impacts

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  • August 5, 2022

    Village Preservation Op-Ed: Putting the Lie to “Build Baby Build”… Facts Show Unbridled Market-Rate Development Spurs Gentrification

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  • January 18, 2022

    Victory: Punitive SoHo/NoHo/Chinatown Measure Vetoed!

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  • January 11, 2022

    Urge Mayor Adams to Veto Draconian SoHo/NoHo/Chinatown Measure

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  • December 16, 2021

    City Council Approves SoHo/NoHo/Chinatown Upzoning + Displacement Plan

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  • December 13, 2021

    SoHo/NoHo/Chinatown Rezoning Reminder: Final Vote as Soon as Wednesday, Call and E-Mail TODAY

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  • December 10, 2021

    City Council Committee Approves SoHo/NoHo/Chinatown Upzoning + Displacement Plan With Modifications

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  • December 8, 2021

    Council Appears Poised to Vote on SoHo/NoHo/Chinatown Plan Today, December 9, as New Financial Analysis Shows Fatal Flaws in Affordable Housing Claims

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  • December 3, 2021

    City Council Vote On SoHo/NoHo/Chinatown Pushed Back to Week of December 6 — CALL AND WRITE NOW!

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  • November 29, 2021

    SoHo/NoHo/Chinatown Vote Likely This Week — Flood the City Council With Calls and Letters

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  • November 23, 2021

    SoHo/NoHo/Chinatown Rezoning Vote Likely After Thanksgiving; Video and Final Push for ‘No’ Vote

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  • November 23, 2021

    New Oral History: Ayo Harrington and the Struggles for Civil Rights, Urban Homesteading, Community Gardens, and Educational Equality

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  • November 12, 2021

    Opponents Vastly Outnumber Supporters At Rezoning Hearing; Village Preservation Releases Study Showing City Projections for Neighborhood Rezonings Are ‘Less Reliable Than Flipping a Coin’

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  • November 9, 2021

    Final SoHo/NoHo/Chinatown Upzoning Public Hearing Today — PLEASE TESTIFY AND/OR SUBMIT COMMENTS!

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  • November 2, 2021

    City Council Virtual Public Hearing on Disastrous SoHo/NoHo/Chinatown Upzoning Plan Next Tuesday, Nov. 9, around 11:30 am

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  • October 26, 2021

    More Evidence that Upzoning Makes New York Less Affordable, Not More, and the Reality Deniers

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  • October 21, 2021

    City Planning Commission Approves SoHo/NoHo/Chinatown Rezoning Plan with Changes that Are ‘Less Than Nothing’; Now Heads to City Council

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  • October 8, 2021

    City Proposes Further ‘Changes’ to Upzoning Proposal for SoHo, NoHo, and Chinatown that Amount to Nothing

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  • October 8, 2021

    Village Preservation Op-Ed: ‘Trickle Down’ Affordable Housing in NYC Is a Fail; Don’t Force It on SoHo, NoHo and Chinatown

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  • September 24, 2021

    City Signals Window-Dressing Changes to SoHo/NoHo Rezoning Plan

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  • September 16, 2021

    Exposing the City’s False Affordable Housing Claims for SoHo/NoHo/Chinatown Rezoning

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  • September 3, 2021

    Opponents Overwhelm Six-Hour City Planning SoHo/NoHo Rezoning Hearing; City’s Baseless Claims of Racism Face Backlash; Elected Officials Join Opposition

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  • August 31, 2021

    City Planning Commission SoHo/NoHo Upzoning Hearing This Thursday, September 2, 10 am

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  • August 19, 2021

    Details on SoHo/NoHo Hearings, New Data Shows Falsehoods and Lies Behind Rezoning

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  • August 10, 2021

    Borough President’s Public Hearing on SoHo/NoHo Monday, August 23, 6-8 pm; City Planning Hearing Likely Day of September 2

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  • August 5, 2021

    Manhattan Borough President’s SoHo/NoHo Hearing Likely Monday, August 23

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  • July 28, 2021

    Community Board 2 Overwhelmingly Rejects SoHo/NoHo Rezoning Plan; BP and CPC To Hold Hearings

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  • July 23, 2021

    SoHo/NoHo Updates: Final Community Board Vote Monday 6:30 pm; Elected Officials Silent on or Support Slanderous Attacks on Plan Opponents; City Planning Hearing Likely Sept. 1

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  • July 14, 2021

    City Defames Community Groups Who Oppose SoHo/NoHo Plan; Documenting Vulnerable Tenants Rezoning Plan Will Hurt; New Flyer to Mobilize Neighbors Against Upzoning

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  • June 25, 2021

    Huge Turnout for SoHo/NoHo Hearing, Housing/Tenant and Neighborhood Groups United in Opposition

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  • June 23, 2021

    Affordable Housing and Tenant Groups, SoHo, NoHo, and Chinatown Neighborhood Organizations, and Artists and Historic Preservationists Slam de Blasio SoHo/NoHo Upzoning Plan, Urge “NO” Vote

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  • June 21, 2021

    Community Board 2 SoHo/NoHo Public Hearing Now In Person: Wednesday at 6:30 pm, Press Conference at 6 pm

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  • June 14, 2021

    Reminders: Annual Meeting and Village Awards this Wednesday; SoHo/NoHo Public Hearing June 23 and 24

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  • June 4, 2021

    First Official SoHo/NoHo Rezoning Hearings — Community Board 2, June 23 and 24

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  • May 28, 2021

    SoHo/NoHo Update: Certified Plan Contains Demographic Deception and NYU Welcome Mat; Community Groups Demand Electeds Reject

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  • May 19, 2021

    De Blasio’s SoHo/NoHo Plan Is Certified, Largely Unchanged; Public Review Process To Begin

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  • May 14, 2021

    Report Shows City’s SoHo/NoHo Rezoning Plan Unlikely To Produce Any Affordable Housing

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  • May 13, 2021

    Tenant Advocates and SoHo, NoHo, Chinatown Communities Unite vs. Mayor’s Upzoning Plan

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  • May 6, 2021

    Rally for SoHo, NoHo, and Chinatown and Against City Upzoning Plan Monday at Noon

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  • May 6, 2021

    Remembering Jane Jacobs on Her Birthday

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  • May 3, 2021

    City Delays SoHo/NoHo Certification Without Explanation; Citywide Tenant and Housing Groups Come Out Strongly Against Mayor’s Plan; Neighbors File Lawsuit

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  • April 30, 2021

    Important SoHo/NoHo Updates — Opposition Grows, Mayoral Candidates Opine, Plan To Move Monday

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  • April 30, 2021

    Look At All We’ve Accomplished!

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  • April 23, 2021

    New Images Show The Tip of The SoHo/NoHo Upzoning Iceberg

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  • April 8, 2021

    Sign and Share the Petition to NYC Mayoral Candidates

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  • March 29, 2021

    Sign The Petition to NYC Mayoral Candidates: Our Next Mayor Must Value Preserving Landmarks and Neighborhoods

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  • March 14, 2021

    City’s SoHo/NoHo Rezoning Plan Includes Part of Chinatown, and Hundreds of Rent Regulated Units Could Be Lost

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  • March 9, 2021

    Virtual Town Hall and Teach-In on SoHo/NoHo Upzoning Plan and Study Exposing Its True Impacts: Monday, March 15 at 6pm

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  • March 5, 2021

    Study: City’s Proposed SoHo/NoHo Upzoning Would Make Neighborhoods Richer, Whiter, and More Expensive

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  • December 8, 2020

    Community Board 2 Meeting on SoHo/NoHo Upzoning Plan Tonight, Tuesday 12/8 at 6:30 pm

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  • December 2, 2020

    Community Alternative Rezoning Plan For SoHo And NoHo — Public Hearings 12/3 And 12/8

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  • November 24, 2020

    Hearing on Scope of the Environmental Review for Proposed SoHo/NoHo Rezoning Plan December 3

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  • October 27, 2020

    De Blasio SoHo/NoHo Plan Even Worse Than We Expected

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  • October 19, 2020

    First SoHo-NoHo Upzoning+Rezoning Public Meeting Next Monday, October 26, 6-8pm Sign Up To Speak TODAY!

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  • October 9, 2020

    Plan To Upzone and Rezone SoHo and NoHo Announced Details Are Scarce, But Indications Raise Big Concerns and Conflicts of Interest; Local Elected Officials, Citywide Candidates, and Real Estate Interests Back Move

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  • September 25, 2020

    NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer Comes Out In Support of SoHo/NoHo Upzoning, Saying They’re “Critical” In Neighborhoods Like SoHo

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  • September 22, 2020

    Op-Ed Rejects SoHo/NoHo Upzoning Arguments

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  • September 16, 2020

    Confronting Renewed SoHo/NoHo Upzoning Push From Groups With (Undisclosed) Vested Interests

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  • January 23, 2020

    There’s Been A Lot of Talk About Affordable Housing in SoHo and NoHo. Here’s What They Really Mean

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  • November 11, 2016

    A Landmark of Affordable Housing

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  • August 25, 2016

    Fighting the Mayor’s Plan to Replace Historic East 11th Street Housing with Hotel

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  • August 18, 2016

    Monday, August 22nd Rally to Protest East 11th Street Demolition

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  • June 9, 2016

    Demolition of Affordable Housing, and Landmarking

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  • December 11, 2015

    Why Affordable Housing Advocates Should Oppose the City’s Rezoning Plans

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  • September 16, 2015

    REBNY Report on Landmarking Refuted by Own Datasource, Preservationists, Affordable Housing Advocates

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  • September 15, 2015

    PRESS RELEASE September 15, 2015 For Immediate Release

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  • May 8, 2015

    Reaching Out to Mayor de Blasio on Housing Plan Op-Ed: Real Estate’s Attempt to Co-opt the Affordable Housing Discussion

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  • April 2, 2015

    Village Preservation RELEASES REPORT SHOWING REBNY’S REAL RECORD ON AFFORDABLE HOUSING AND CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS

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  • September 25, 2014

    Big Turnout, Big Ideas At Affordable Housing + Preservation Plan

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  • September 3, 2014

    Affordable Housing and Preservation Roundtable September 16

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  • May 14, 2014

    Reaching Out to Mayor de Blasio on Housing Plan, Improving the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC)

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  • October 29, 2013

    “Preservationists Call REBNY’s Bluff On Landmarking and Affordability”

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  • August 7, 2013

    Don’t Believe REBNY’s Hype; Preservation Can Help Affordability

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