Members' Voices

These are the ideas, opinions, and/or proposals written by City Club members. We encourage open, thoughtful and respectful dialogue on this page. Let us know your thoughts on a particular subject.





My Visit to Little Island


Tom Fox wrote an article for The Village Sun. Here’s a clip: The pier’s landscape is magnificent and the structure itself an interesting engineering feat. The use of guy-wires to support climbing plants that will cover the exposed interlocking sheets of structural steel is ingenious. However, this is not a… Read more »





City Turns Back on Rational Zoning


Zoning is under attack in New York City. Not here or there, in this location or that, but the concept itself. This has been the long game of the city’s real estate interests, and after a decade of raids those interests have launched a full assault on several fronts. The… Read more »





Hudson Yards – Setting the Record Straight (or Don’t Doubt its Success)


Sandy Hornick wrote an article for CityLand. Here’s a clip and you can read the full article here: I was motivated to respond to an article by Robert Kuttner on The American Prospect website that in general argued that a tax-subsidized project was facing impending collapse which could provide an opportunity for… Read more »





We Need Soho and Noho as They Are


Lynn Ellworth wrote an opinion piece for the TribecaTrib. Here’s a clip and you can read the full article here: When I founded Tribeca Trust, we residents dreamed of extending the boundaries of our historic districts to give future generations beautiful, contextual infill buildings that would reconnect our neighborhoods in… Read more »





The City against it Citizens


Zoning is under attack in New York City. Not here or there, in this instance or that, but the concept itself. This has been the long game of the city’s real estate interests, and after a decade of raids those interests have launched a full frontal assault on several fronts.… Read more »





Don’t Give Away the Streets to Landlords and Restaurants (12 July 2021)


The new proposal to permanently give away all the sidewalks and roadways in Manhattan as of right to the restaurant industry — and the landlords who own those retail spaces — is deeply flawed. There is no way to say that this is not a radical privatization of the public… Read more »





Comment on Peyton v. NYC BSA


An article from CityLand by John Low Beer from January 11, 2021:





The City Club testifies against the revised tower proposed at 250 Water Street


The City Club and other civic groups testify against the revised tower proposed at 250 Water Street, in The Architect’s Newspaper,  April 7, 2021.  https://www.archpaper.com/2021/04/som-shorter-250-water-street-cant-convince-critics/





A Trust Betrayed


by Jeffrey A. Kroessler The City of New York acquired Governors Island from the federal government in 2003 for $1. That token amount was to assure clear that the island’s future would guarantee a public purpose. Fulfilling that public purpose is the mandate of the Trust for Governors Island.  Regrettably,… Read more »