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  • Busting Industry City Rezoning Myths

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    Industry City (photo: @IndustryCity)

    City Council Member Carlos Menchaca’s July announcement of his intent to vote no on Industry City’s controversial “special innovation zoning district” because Jamestown Properties and investor owners were “...

  • Industry City and the Police Power of Zoning

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    Council Member Menchaca and constituents (photo: John McCarten/City Council)

    In the past week, the New York Post and New York Daily News published editorials criticizing New York City Council Member Carlos Menchaca’s ...

  • Supercharging the Gentrification of Sunset Park

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    Industry City (via Industry City)

    In anticipation of the Department of City Planning’s certification of Industry City’s rezoning proposal, Community Board 7 has been hosting a series of town halls to inform and engage the public in discussions about Sunset Park’s waterfront. Four town halls have already taken place and on Monday, CEO Andrew Kimball will present Industry City’s rezoning proposal.   

    Undoubtedly, we will hear how

  • Offshore Wind, Onshore Justice

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    the Sunset Park waterfront

    In New York City, we have learned from hard experience that our energy, environmental, and economic systems are highly interrelated. Decades of underinvestment in low-income communities of color – particularly from the loss of blue-collar industries -- compounds the profound vulnerability of these neighborhoods to climate change.

    Beyond New York, 2017 saw ten consecutive Atlantic hurricanes, a historical first: Irma was the strongest storm to reach beyond the Caribbean; Harvey brought the greatest rainfall; and months after Maria wrought

  • Illegal Conversions and South Brooklyn’s Affordable Housing Crisis

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    A home that has been illegally converted (photo: Tarry Hum)

    Described as “a secret world of New York City housing” by The New York Times, several actions by the Department of Buildings (DOB) this summer exposed the ubiquity of illegal subdivisions in South Brooklyn’s immigrant neighborhoods.