Tag: REBNY

Part 2- REBNY Report Falsely Blames Landmarking for Empty Storefront Syndrome

Recently, I responded to a portion of a recent “report” by the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY) that (incredibly, but predictably for REBNY) blamed the retail vacancy crisis impacting our city on landmarking and historic districts. In that

REBNY Report Falsely Blames Landmarking for Empty Storefront Syndrome

A recent “report” by the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY) was released that (incredibly, but predictably for REBNY) blamed the retail vacancy crisis impacting our city on landmarking and historic districts. Although it was uncritically parroted by some

Taking on REBNY and Winning

Are you one of the many people who has had to take on the seemingly all-powerful Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY) in a real estate/preservation fight?  Sometimes it may seem like REBNY and the other forces of Big

‘Alternative Facts’: A Familiar Theme When Fighting Overdevelopment

“Alternative facts” seems to be the buzzword this week, and may become the phrase of the next four years. For better or worse, for those of us involved in the fight for preservation and against overdevelopment, tackling the concept of

Further Proof That Landmarking Does Not Hurt Affordability, and Unfettered Development Doesn’t Help

Earlier this week the NYU Furman Center, which studies real estate development and urban policies, issued a report analyzing trends in gentrification in New York City from 1990-2014. Our ears pricked up, as the Real Estate Board of New York

Real Estate’s Attempt to Hijack the Affordable Housing Discussion

Reprinted from Gotham Gazette, May 1, 2015. Think of the classic pieces of advice you’ve heard from parents, teachers or mentors along the way in life: Look before you leap. Think before you speak. Consider the source. Sometimes we forget

A Preservation Agenda For Landmarking’s 50th Birthday

For weeks now we’ve all been celebrating the 50th anniversary of the signing of New York City’s landmarks law, which actually took place on April 19, 1965. As we approach this momentous occasion, we thought we’d take a look at

REBNY’s Affordable Housing Double-Speak

Last week GVSHP released a report entitled “Check the Facts and Consider the Source: Campaign CA$H and REBNY’s Real Record on Affordable Housing.” The report looks at the Real Estate Board of New York’s real record when it comes to

Memo to Developers: Don’t Kill the Goose That Laid the Golden Egg

Call him the preservationist’s preservationist: Anthony C. Wood has not only built a distinguished career as an activist for historic preservation in New York City, but has also blazed a singular trail as a historian of the movement itself. He’ll

Let’s Talk Affordable Housing

Next Tuesday there will be a panel discussion moderated by GVSHP’s Executive Director Andrew Berman addressing affordable housing and how it relates to — or doesn’t relate to — historic preservation. This is a subject that is of real concern

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