COMMENTARY: Creating Social Housing in the Sky

By Assemblymember Harvey Epstein and Senator Cordell Cleare

The next innovation in the pursuit of permanently affordable housing for New Yorkers can be found amongst the glistening luxury high-rise condominiums. These high-rise condominium complexes will also include the next wave of cooperatively-owned and community-controlled affordable homeownership opportunities in New York City — social housing in the sky — if our bill, the recently updated Martin Act amendment (S3566A/A6921A), becomes law.

Thank You – Center for New York City Law Honor Roll 2022-2023

The Center for New York City Law is approaching its 30th anniversary and we could not be more grateful and proud to share the Honor Roll listing the names of the people who have financially supported the Center for New York City Law in 2022-2023. Without your generous and loyal support, the Center for New York City Law could not sustain its civic programs and publications. We are indebted to you and thank you.

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COMMENTARY: CityLaw Breakfasts Return to New York Law School

Here is welcome news. This Fall CityLaw Breakfasts will return to in-person breakfasts at the Events Center at New York Law School. Covid-19 compelled the Law School to go remote and the CityLaw Breakfasts followed into cyberspace. The Law School has in the interim rebuilt the sound and video systems in the large and comfortable Events Center on the second floor of the Law School. We will be back with in-person breakfasts this Fall.

Remembering Michael Horodniceanu, 1944-2023

Michael Horodniceanu, our friend and former colleague, passed away on June 22, 2023. Michael Horodniceanu left a massive legacy of public and private achievements. His engineering and management skills and leadership as president of the MTA Capital Construction Company allowed the MTA to successfully complete the Number 7 extension and the Second Avenue subway.

GUEST COMMENTARY: The City of Yes – NYC is Taking Leadership on Energy Storage System Siting


by Caroline G. Harris, Esq. Goldman Harris LLC and Eric Vath, Esq. Goldman Harris LLC

To meet the climate goals of the 2016 Paris Agreement, New York State and New York City have adopted aggressive energy efficiency goals.  The Mayor’s 2022 City of Yes program announced numerous initiatives to make the city sustainable, resilient and equitable.  One of them, the City of Yes: Carbon Neutrality, aims to reduce our reliance on carbon-based fuels by … <Read More>

COMMENTARY: Could Landmarks Have Saved Dangler House? City Should Conduct Post-Demolition Official Review

On July 21, 2022, the Jacob Dangler House at 441 Willoughby Avenue in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, was demolished less than two weeks after the Landmarks Preservation Commission held a public hearing to consider its designation as an Individual Landmark. Despite the attempt by Landmarks to save the Dangler House by commencing the designation process, the Commission has been criticized for not acting quickly enough. Could Landmarks have actually done more?