New Yorkers for a Human-Scale City

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New Yorkers for a Human-scale City is an informal coalition and alliance of community organizations and civic groups concerned with tenants rights, preservation, parks, and public space management across all five boroughs. New Yorkers for a Human Scale City (NYHSC) is a coalition of 84 neighborhood, public space, and civic organizations. We share common concerns. We believe it is time to ask elected officials to change the way policy affecting our built environment happens in our city. NYHSC specifically seeks to generate a new policy discussion citywide. The problems we face concern zoning, affordable housing, density, public spaces and assets, historic district management and quality of life problems. What do we mean? -City agencies and real estate interests are riding roughshod over neighborhood concerns about livability and the need for a human-scale to the future build-out of our city. -Many neighborhoods are suffering from the demolition of historic buildings and getting huge luxury towers in their place. Small businesses and rent-stabilized tenants are being displaced. -Many historic district requests are being stalled, ignored, cut back, or undermined as the City pursues a Bloomberg-era policy of “hyper-density”. -Neighborhood concerns over regulation of bars, outdoor cafes, rooftop lounges and noise concerns are ignored or treated as NIMBYish complaints that are brushed away with minimal or no remediation. -The policy of “hyper-density” needs revisiting, as it harms too much of our historic fabric. Reasonable alternatives exist and should be part of the discussion. “Affordable housing” does not have to equal “Dubai-on-the-Hudson.” Our Sponsors Include: Art Loisada Foundation Artists Studio Affordability Project Auburndale Improvement Association Bay Improvement Group Bay Ridge Conservancy Bedford Stuyvesant Society for Historic Preservation Bowery Alliance of Neighbors Broadway Flushing Homeowner’s Association Brooklyn Bridge Park Defense Fund Chelsea for Peace Citizens Emergency Committee to Preserve Preservation Citizens Defending Libraries Coalition for a Livable West Side Committee for Environmentally Sound Development Committee to Save Sheepshead Bay Community Action Alliance on NYU2031 Committee to Save the New York Public Library Concerned Citizens for Community Based Planning Corona East Elmhurst Historic Preservation Society Crown Heights North Association Crown Heights South Association Defenders of the Historic Upper East Side DUMBO Neighborhood Alliance East Harlem Preservation East River Fifties Alliance East 83rd/84th Street Block Association El Barrio Unite Fiske Terrace Association Friends of Brook Park Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park Friends of City Hall Park Friends of Damrosch Park Friends and Residents of Greater Gowanus Friends of Greenwich Street Friends of Lamartine Place Historic District Friends of the Lower East Side Friends of the Lower West Side Friends of South Street Seaport Friends of Tribeca Park Fulton Area Coming Together (FACT) Gerritsen Beach Cares Gramercy Park Block Association Greater Astoria Historical Society Green Park Gardeners NYC Hell’s Kitchen Neighborhood Association Historic Districts Council Historic Park Avenue Inwood Preservation LANDMARK WEST! Limited Equity and Affordability at Penn South Lower East Side Dwellers Lower East Side Preservation Initiative Madison-Marine-Homecrest Civic Association Marine Park Civic Association McCarren Park Conservancy Merchant’s House Museum Movement to Protect the People in Crown Heights Moving Forward Unidos (Inwood) Murray Hill Neighborhood Association North Avenue A Association North Manhattan is Not For Sale NYU Faculty Against the Sexton Plan 100 West 16th Street Block Association People for Green Space Project for Public Spaces Preservation League of Staten Island Queens Historical Society Queens Preservation Council Residents for Reasonable Development – Yorkville Sara Roosevelt Park Community Coalition Save Chelsea Save Cobble Hill Save Harlem Now! #SaveNYC Save the View Now Save our Seaport Seward Park around Canal East Block Association (SPaCE) SoHo Alliance South Bronx Unite South Village Neighbors South Midwood Residents Association Sullivan-Ludlam-Stoddard Neighborhood Association Sunnyside Artists, Inc. Sunnyside Gardens Preservation Alliance Sullivan-Ludlam-Stoddard Neighborhood Association TakeBackNYC TenantNet Tribeca Trust Turtle Bay Neighborhood Association Union Square Community Coalition 29th Street Neighborhood Association Victorian Society of New York Vinegar Hill Neighborhood Association Wa Greene Block Association Washington Street Historical Society West 46th Street Association West 80’s Neighborhood Association West Village Committee Women of Woodlawn

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