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Featured Projects

The City Club's featured projects represent our commitment to addressing critical urban issues with depth and dedication. These initiatives focus on areas such as housing, economic development, and environmental sustainability, providing comprehensive analysis, advocacy, and community engagement. 

Current Featured Projects


Why should one of the city's most unique bucolic spaces be sacrificed in the name of profit?
The City Club wants to ensure that financial interests don't brush aside the terms of the island's deed, which guarantees "the protection and preservation of the natural, cultural, and historic qualities of Governor's Island."

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When did New Yorkers consent to the bulldozers?
The City Club advocates for a plan that passes through the standard public review process, giving New Yorkers an opportunity to speak out about how proposed changes will impact the quality of life of those who call midtown home.

Past Featured Projects


When did a shopping mall ever count as a public park?
The City Club successfully challenged in court the proposed construction of a shopping mall in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park on the CitiField parking lot.


Zoning for Dollars
The City Club advocated against the East Midtown Rezoning on the grounds that the plan has less to do with the regulation of land use, the purpose of zoning, than with raising funds for the MTA.


Do regulations not apply to wealthy donors?
The City Club legally challenged the Pier 55 projects on the grounds that it by-passed basic rules of environmental and public review.


The redesign of our historic parks should be subject to environmental review. 
The City Club joined with Friends of Fort Greene Park, the Sierra Club, and Brooklyn neighbors in filing a petition to stop the design overhaul of the historic park and demand an Environmental Impact Study.


A case of loopholes that allow grossly out of scale development.
The City Club filed a lawsuit against Extell Development Co., the developer of a 775-foot-tall residential tower going up between West 65th and 66th Streets, alleging that the building violates the Zoning Resolution.


Are there no legal standards constraining the issuance of landmark alteration permits?
The City Club filed an amicus brief in support of voiding a Landmarks Preservation Commission permit allowing the owner to strip the clock on top of the building of its 1890s mechanism and close the clocktower to public visitation.


The private owners of these spaces have an obligation to make them useful to the public.
The City Club advocated for legislation that would encourage more and better POPS, and testified against zoning changes that would facilitate the closing of arcades near Water Street in Lower Manhattan.


The museum and historic district should be treated like cultural institutions not as a piece of real estate to be sold off piece by piece. 

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