January 7, 2016
On January 6, 2016, the New York City Planning Commission held a hearing on the East New York Community Plan. The Plan would rezone the neighborhood to allow greater housing density, including requirements for the preservation and creation of new affordable housing. The Mayor seeks to increase affordability for New Yorkers, which we support. We evaluated the Plan with a critical eye on how well parks are planned and provided for. The City's own analysis showed that the Plan would have an adverse impact on parks in East New York. In our testimony to the Planning Commission we asked for more parks and open space, as affordability need not come at the expense of healthy and vibrant neighborhoods.