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.





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 »





Fair Financing for a Needed Revamping of Penn Station


Draft City Club Comments on Empire Station Project Numerous government agencies, from the federal to the local realm, are working at resolving problems of the eastern seaboard rail system.  The City Club is particularly interested in the New York City aspects, including additional tracks below the Hudson River, how train… Read more »





Monday, Nov 25, 2019 Public Hearing: Affordable Housing Development


Joint — Assembly Standing Committee on Housing and Assembly Standing Committee on Cities will hold a public hearing on Affordable Housing Development. 11am – 3pm Assembly Hearing Room 1923, 19th Floor 250 Broadway “This hearing will examine the operation of FAR and other policies and programs that impact these efforts… Read more »





the_shed_is_a_shack pokes fun at Hudson Yards and corporate malfeasance


By STEPHEN ZACKS • November 18, 2019  via The Architect’s Newspaper   On June 21, a couple of months after the opening of the Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Rockwell Group-designed Shed, the anonymous group behind the_shed_is_a_shack Instagram account began trolling the billionaire-real-estate-developer-funded arts center. Read the article.





The way it was: Tom Fox’s photos recall pre-Hudson River Park waterfront


BY LINCOLN ANDERSON    NOVEMBER 4, 2019 Much of Tom Fox’s life has been spent relentlessly advocating for public open spaces, particularly along the waterfront. Although perhaps less well known publicly, another thing he is very passionate about is his photography. Read the article in The Village Sun





News from the Board


Congratulations and welcome to Victor Kovner for officially joining the Board.     Congratulations to Tom Fox, representing The City Club of New York, for recently being elected to the Hudson River Park Trust Advisory Council.  Only four organizations were added to the Advisory Council: The City Club of New… Read more »





Petition: Demand an end to Real Estate loopholes in NY


City Agencies Are Not Going To Act In Our Best Interest. What Do We Do? We Take Action In Albany! via Member Sheila K from Save Central Park NYC Our best hope in protecting Central Park is going to come from legislation in Albany. Assembly Member Linda Rosenthal & NYS… Read more »