City officials say yes to land use reform, but face uphill battle

Officials tackling the housing crisis agree that the city needs to shorten the environmental review process that snarls rezonings. But it is not clear how far reforms will go — or if there will even be any. At a Citizens Budget Commission panel Wednesday about fixing the city’s land use review process, city and state officials voiced support for a number of recommendations made by the think tank, such as revising the city and state’s

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Bronx BP defies Nimbys on controversial Throggs Neck project

In one of her first major land use decisions as Bronx borough president, Vanessa Gibson has recommended approval of a controversial Throggs Neck rezoning. While her decision is only advisory, it paves the way for hundreds of new homes and indicates her willingness to work with developers. Gibson’s backing gives crucial political cover to the local City Council member to support the rezoning, which would allow for four projects by several local property owners and

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Bronx BP defies Nimbys on controversial Throggs Neck project

In one of her first major land use decisions as Bronx borough president, Vanessa Gibson has recommended approval of a controversial Throggs Neck rezoning. While her decision is only advisory, it paves the way for hundreds of new homes and indicates her willingness to work with developers. Gibson’s backing gives crucial political cover to the local City Council member to support the rezoning, which would allow for four projects by several local property owners and

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City Planning head talks 421a, easing into rezonings

UPDATED April 19, 2022, 1:47 p.m.: City Planning is not exactly itching to tackle another neighborhood rezoning. Instead, the agency is focused on community-specific investments in infrastructure and public space, and overall, “waiting and sitting back to be guided by communities,” said its new leader, Dan Garodnick. In an interview with The Real Deal, Garodnick said the Department of City Planning does not plan to “lead” with neighborhood rezonings, but will work on at least

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Dan Garodnick to head City Planning

Mayor Eric Adams is expected to tap Dan Garodnick chairman of the City Planning Commission. Garodnick, who was a Manhattan City Council member for 12 years, will also take over as director of the Department of City Planning, overseeing day-to-day operations and department staff. The commission and agency positions are always held by the same person. He will succeed Anita Laremont, who stepped up from her position as executive director of the planning department three

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Adams to tap Jessica Katz for housing post, Carlo Scissura to run EDC

Mayor Eric Adams’ real estate brain trust is starting to take shape. Adams is expected to appoint Jessica Katz to a senior housing post, Carlo Scissura to run economic development and Dan Garodnick as planning czar, according to numerous sources. Katz is the executive director of the housing nonprofit Citizens Housing and Planning Council. She first worked for the Department of Housing Preservation and Development in 2003 as a production manager for the Division of

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NYC Pedicab Fares Eyed By City Council After Tourists Charged $442 For A Ride

NEW YORK — Even in an era of $500 hotel rooms and $18 cocktails, the $442 that a Texas family paid for a ride in a New York City pedicab has become notorious. The outrageous fare made headlines in the city’s tabloids over the summer, and since then, officials have been pushing for a simplified …