De Blasio administration considers major changes to NYC’s air-rights policy

Welcome back to the Herrick Zone.  We have a new editor and intend to revitalize the blog to keep you current on news and updates that involve land use and zoning issues.

De Blasio administration considers major changes to NYC’s air-rights policy

Herrick’s Land Use & Zoning team will be monitoring the developments of the De Blasio Administration as they consider policy recommendations in the near future over the city’s air rights. If the city decides to adopt any reforms, they would fall into two broad areas that were discussed at a meeting with city officials and stakeholders on September 30th. The first would involve private transactions, which allow developers to buy unused square footage from owners on the same block. The second area of discussion concerned landmarked buildings as owners often have the right to build much bigger structures but can’t because of the building’s protected status.

For the full article on Crain’s New York click here.

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Bisnow: Long Island City State of the Market

27, 2016 at 7:30am
Mitch Korbey will moderate a panel at Bisnow’s Long Island City State of the Market. Panelists at the annual event will explore the challenges, excitement and market forces behind the meteoric rise of Long Island City. For more information, click here.

Too much manufacturing or too little?

Notwithstanding the plethora of rezonings accomplished by the City Planning Commission (with the approval of the City Council) over the past decade—many of which erased industrial zoning—New York City continues to maintain multiple manufacturing districts throughout the five boroughs.  Yet, except for certain niche industries and highly specialized manufacturing businesses, the decline of traditional industrial uses continues.  Of course, key concentrations of industrial jobs do exist, at the Brooklyn Navy Yard and portions of Industry City (also in Brooklyn), for example.  But it seems quite clear that these are not in the “traditional smokestack” industries, where assembly lines of people engage in round-the-clock mass production.  On the contrary, a range of manufacturing sectors has actually lost hundreds of jobs over the last few decades, of which garment businesses are among the most recognizable.

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Introduction to Herrick ZONE

Herrick, Feinstein LLP is proud to announce the official launch of ZONE, our new land use and environmental blog.

In the ZONE, you’ll find salient and up-to-the-minute land use and environmental news in and around New York City. Zoning, development, brownfields, sustainability, land use policy, 421a issues, affordable housing, and variances – if it’s new and relevant, we’ll share it with you.

The attorneys and urban planners in Herrick’s Land Use and Environmental Group have a combined 100+ years of experience in the field. We have a passion for land use and are excited to share and interact with you in our new blog.

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