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Planning NYC’s next 50 years: Zoning

New York’s real estate planning gurus tackle the next 50 years of zoning By Leigh Kamping-Carder


Planning Commissioner Amanda Burden

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the city’s comprehensive “Zoning Resolution,” which dictated what types of development could go where.

The rules have undergone changes since taking effect in 1961, but in many ways, they continue to reflect the concerns of a prior era — when the automobile was king, manufacturing a steady source of employment and the Internet a far-off dream.

“We are occupying a social realm that’s different than [what] we constructed 50 years ago,” developer Jonathan Rose, founder of the eponymous real estate firm, said at a conference last month organized by the Department of City Planning, the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and the Steven L. Newman Real Estate Institute of Baruch College.

As the Zoning Resolution passes the half-century mark, the kind of radical revamp that took place in the 1950s is not in the works. But city planners, academics and real estate professionals are crafting proposals that will shape the way developers build in the coming years: unlocking underused land, updating Midtown’s aging office stock, incorporating sustainability, and redefining “mixed-use” in ways that blur residential and commercial districts.

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MTA Unveils Weekend Service Map

Sunday, September 18, 2011, by Bilal Khan0

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The MTA just rolled out The Weekender, their map for any and all weekend service changes. Nothing groundbreaking, but everyone loves a new subway map to look at! According to their site, “The subway keeps New York moving 24/7, and keeping the subway moving takes maintenance. We do most of that work on weekends, necessitating service changes that can sometimes be confusing. So to help you get where you want to go, we created The Weekender. You’ll find it at mta.info every weekend, starting Friday afternoons.” So, yes, weekend subway service will still be the bane of your existence.
ยท The Weekender [MTA]