City Club Forum





Presentation to the Urban Design Committee


George Janes met with the City Club Urban Design Committee this morning to discuss the reasons for the proliferation of super tall buildings and what might help to control them.  Slides of his presentation are attached (6.9 MB pdf), and we welcome further comments.  





SUBWAY EXPANSION—ARE NEW YORK’S COSTS EXCESSIVE?


    My City Club colleague John West distributed this, December 14, New York Times article on Friday.  https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/14/nyregion/mta-funding-real-estate-value-capture.html   It argues that the city’s construction of new mass transit lines, with public funds or debt, is a subsidy to property owners, who should instead be contributing.  For the first time,… Read more »





The Comptroller Audits NYC’s POPS


CityLand has published an article on the recent follow-up audit of POPS by Scott Stringer’s office. Read it here…   It seems that the Department of Buildings remains reluctant to inspect POPS and enforce compliance. Any suggestions as to how best to use the Comptroller’s audits to recover and improve… Read more »





News on the Elimination of the Arcade at Fulton Street


The Architect’s Newspaper has continued its excellent coverage of the public realm along Water Street in Lower Manhattan and the application to City Planning to eliminate the arcade at the Fulton Street end of 200 Water Street (formerly 127 John Street).   https://archpaper.com/2017/10/200-water-street-public-space-rockrose/         John: Thank you… Read more »