Working Groups

Historic Preservation Committee

The Historic Preservation Committee of the City Club of New York addresses issues of city-wide importance. Our concerns include preservation law – how it is applied; threats to its efficacy – and preservation policy, including but not limited to the functioning of the Landmarks Preservation Commission. The committee works with other city-wide and local preservation organizations to further its goals.

Jeffrey A. Kroessler, chair

Urban Design Committee

The City Club is organizing an Urban Design Committee to explore matters involving the programmatic and spatial synthesis of our civic commons. It is anticipated that the committee will identify underlying issues that hinder or help the process by which our urban environment evolves and that it will comment on particular projects or proposals as a way of explicating the general issues.

Matters that need to be addressed include the necessity of three dimensional analysis in the preparation of neighborhood plans, the range of tools beyond zoning that are useful in shaping a community’s future, the sources of funding that can be used for public improvements, and how best to recruit all who should be interested in the future of our public realm. It is expected that these matters will be examined by small working groups and discussed by the full committee.

If you are interested in participating in this journey please contact John West at


To read the City Club’s position on the Water Street POPS Proposed Rezoning, please click: Water Street POPS

Manufacturing Initiative

The City Club, in partnership with Pratt Institute, has launched an initiative to address the need for protecting New York City’s manufacturing base.  This effort focuses on the manufacturing sector’s role in the economy, opportunities for growth and job creation, its vulnerability to real estate pressures and economic forces, and its relationship to the residential market.  The City’s push for zoning changes aimed at opening manufacturing districts to affordable housing, despite recent industrial growth after many years of decline, lends urgency to this topic. In this context we have organized a Manufacturing Working Group to connect with people who are interested and experienced in these issues and can collaborate on a policy agenda.  We hope to influence policy makers to understand that rezoning industrial land really does affect the city’s economic base and that the resulting job losses have significant negative social impacts.  For more information,  click here.