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.

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 »

The City Club at the BSA

August 6th, 2019, the BSA first hearing was standing room only and more than 3 hours long. John Low-Beer presented first with Chuck Weinstock in the house. He gave a lengthy, detailed argument supporting why the DOB should not have issued the permit for 50 W 66th Street. John and… Read more »

Why Community Groups Can Never Win Against Developers: The ‘Dreikausen’ Paradox and Other Hurdles, and Suggestions for Change

Making a motion you cannot win is usually sanctionable—but here, it is actually required. By John R. Low-Beer | September 18, 2019  Under current law, even the most meritorious legal challenge to property development faces insurmountable barriers once construction starts, because absent the most egregious wrongdoing, the courts will not order demolition of… Read more »

New York City Should Have a Comprehensive Plan

An opinion about the City Charter and NYC having a well considered comprehensive plan has been published in Gotham Gazette.