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Mission & Board

A watchful eye over a changing city
Informed and fair
Free of political, business or philanthropic domination
Unafraid to speak

Willing to fight

Board of Trustees

Kent Barwick, Chair

Layla Law-Gisiko, President

Aaron Ford, Treasurer

Paula Luria Caplan, Secretary
Alice Blank

Liam Blank
Francoise Bollack

Mary Brosnahan

Kelly Carroll
Andrew Dolkart
Franny Eberhart
Richard Emery

Tom Fox

Michael Gruen

Suzanne Johnson

Michael Kwartler

John Low-Beer

Stephen Raphael

Juan Rivero

Frank Sanchis

John Shapiro

Bruce Simon

Keith Taylor

John West

Advisory Council

Beth Bingham

Michele Bogart

Rob Buchanan

Lynn Ellsworth

Jasper Goldman

Diane Kaese

Ted Liebman

Jonathan Marvel

David Nissenbaum

Joanna Pertz

Gina Pollara

Ross Sandler

Larry Sicular

Gail Suchman

Brad Vogel

Chuck Weinstock

Michael Zee


The City Club of New York, founded in 1892, is one of the oldest civic organizations in the City.  From the beginning, its mission has been to promote sound urban policy and to protect the City’s essential character.  That has never been easy.


The natural impulse of big cities is to grow, and to sacrifice any neighborhood or structure, however historic, that stands in the way.  The City Club’s goal is not to halt all progress; rather, it is to push for a future that preserves what is great in the City’s past.


Historic preservation, affordable housing, parks and other open spaces, citizens playing a genuinely meaningful role in the land use process, reform of the legislative and regulatory procedures that allow development that is at odds with the City’s higher purposes — these are our goals.  And our members — architects, engineers, urban planners, zoning lawyers — bring expertise to their consideration of them.


Sometimes we rely on suasion- public testimony, op-eds and letters.  But when those methods don’t work, we are prepared to litigate.  In the last few years, the City Club has filed legal challenges to a number of ill-advised plans.  One, for example, is the Governor’s real estate giveaway to the owners — among them, one of the Governor’s biggest benefactors — of land surrounding Penn Station.  Another is to the City’s rezoning of Governors Island, in violation of a deed that the City itself signed.  


Litigation has never been our preference, but we do not shy away from a fight.  Our mission is to act when the government or private developers propose plans that threaten the integrity of the City we love.

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