Department of City Planning

City Postpones Hearing Zoning Amendment for New Cleveland Place Development

Last modified March 4, 2020 at 10:28 am

The city postponed its review of a controversial proposal to amend zoning in Little Italy to accommodate construction on Cleveland Place. The application was initially scheduled as part of the City Planning Commission review session today, but no longer appears on the agenda. Nevertheless, the planned Community Board 2 meeting on the subject is still […]

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Bonkers 8-Story ‘Monarch Sanctuary’ Proposed for Cleveland Place

Last modified March 4, 2020 at 10:28 am

When the popular restaurant, The Cleveland, closed its doors back in November 2014, the owners blamed the landlord. And also cited potential plans in the making for luxury hotel on the spot. Now, over five years and several retail businesses later, the battle continues for the development of this unique commercial stretch. One that might […]

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City Planning Commission to Vote on Controversial Beth Hamedrash Hagadol Towers this Month [Updated]

Last modified January 8, 2020 at 11:32 am

In early-December, the City Planning Commission convened a public hearing on the controversial development proposed for the fire-scorched Beth Hamedrash Hagadol site at Norfolk and Broome Streets. No vote followed. As previously reported, the project (aka GO Broome) is a two-towered joint venture between the Chinese-American Planning Council nonprofit and the Gotham Organization. Together, the […]

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City Planning Approves Controversial East River Park Resiliency Plan

Last modified September 24, 2019 at 7:08 am

The billion-dollar plan to bury and rebuild East River Park as part of a new coastal resiliency plan won approval from the City Planning Commission last night. The proberbial green light comes amidst vehement opposition by locals who will be without this open space for at least the next three-and-a-half years. Protestors were in attendance […]

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CPC Holds First Public Hearing on Elizabeth Street Garden Today

Last modified March 13, 2019 at 10:51 am

As two Elizabeth Street Garden nonprofit groups turn to lawsuits to thwart redevelopment of the Little Italy oasis, the Haven Green senior affordable housing complex is proceeding to the next phase of the Uniform Land-Use Review Process (ULLURP). The controversial, 123-unit development appears before the City Planning Commission for a public hearing this morning at […]

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Watch the City Planning Hearing on LES Supertalls [VIDEO]

Posted October 25, 2018 at 5:05 am

One week ago, the City Planning Commission held a public hearing on the deluge of development slated for the Lower East Side waterfront. It was a marathon session attended by dozens in the community, plus the developers who are collectively vying to add additional luxury towers in Two Bridges. The day was stacked with testimony, […]

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More than 100 Speakers Lambast Two Bridges Mega-Towers at City Planning Hearing

Posted October 18, 2018 at 5:04 am

Yesterday was a day of reckoning for the Two Bridges community on the waterfront. The City Planning Commission held the final public hearing regarding the Environmental Impact State for a trio of controversial skyscrapers along South Street. As previously reported, three developers (JDS Development, Starrett Corp., CIM/L+M) together seek “minor modifications” to the current zoning […]

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City Planning Commission to Consider Merchant’s House Adjacent Hotel Tomorrow

Posted July 10, 2018 at 5:02 am

The City Planning Commission will hold a hearing tomorrow to discuss a potential zoning change that would help yield an eight-story boutique hotel beside the 1832-era Merchant’s House Museum. Community Board 2 outright denied the proposition at the end of May. Now, it’s the real show. (The Landmark Preservation Commission did previously approve the plans.) […]

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The City Doesn’t Care About a Wall of Glass to Blight the LES Waterfront

Last modified January 18, 2017 at 11:42 pm

Be very afraid … but not surprised. The city certainly doesn’t care about the inevitable wall of glass to rise on the Lower East Side waterfront. Word came down the pike last week that the City Planning Commission denied the community’s desperate request for a land review procedure (aka “ULURP”) with regard to three large-scale […]

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City Planning Commission Approves SPURA Development Plan

Posted August 23, 2012 at 6:48 am

Ready the cranes, pile-drivers, and backhoes. SPURA is entering a new era of redevelopment after lying fallow for fifty years.

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