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  • APA EventAPA National Planning Conference - Local Reception

    Sunday, May 7, 2017
    6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

    Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, New York NY

    Save the date for the APA National Planning Conference Local Reception on Sunday, May 7th, 2017 from 6:30–8:30pm. Join us for an amazing evening at The New York Public Library’s historic Stephen A. Schwarzman Building.

    The New York Public Library
    Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
    Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street New York City
    Please use the Fifth Avenue entrance.

    Hosted by APA-NYM, APA-NJ, APA-CT
    Academic Parnter: Rutgers University
    Corporate Partner: WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff
    Supporters: Milone & MacBroom and Shipman & Goodman


    Event Type: Conference
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  • APA EventAPA National Planning Conference - Local Reception

    Sunday, May 7, 2017
    6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

    Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, New York NY

    Join planners, like-minded professionals, friends, and guests from across the country at a networking party for the planning community featuring an open beer & wine bar, hor d’oeuvres, and live music from Aisle Five Band. The APA National Planning Conference Local Reception will take place on Sunday, May 7th, 2017 from 6:30–8:30pm at The New York Public Library’s historic Stephen A. Schwarzman Building.
    Entry to this event includes wine, beer, and hors d’oeuvres.

    This event is open to all, even if you are not attending the National Planning Conference!

    Important Dates Rate
    Standard Registration Before April 30 $35 Register by April 30 (11:59 p.m. ET)
    to receive the standard rate
    Late Registration May 1–6 $50 Register Online by May 6 (11:59 p.m. ET)
    In-person Registration
    (pending ticket availability)
    May 6 — all day $50 In-person registration at
    the Local Host Committee booth
    at Javits Center

    Note: All registrations are WILL CALL. 


    Event Type: Party
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  • APA EventAPA Studio Presentations

    Friday, May 12, 2017
    5:00 pm - 9:30 pm

    Pratt Institute School of Architecture, Brooklyn NY

    Join us at Pratt Institute School of Architecture on Friday May 12th for the annual APA Studio Presentations! Planning students from Hunter College, NYU Wagner, Rutgers, Columbia and Pratt Institute will be presenting their studio projects to a panel of judges. Refreshments will be served!

    Networking and refreshments start at 5pm, event at 6pm and more networking and refreshments after the event from 9-10pm!


    Event Type: Exhibition
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  • Non-APA EventMaking Sense of Place: Place Theory and Placemaking in Practice

    Saturday, May 13, 2017
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

    Higgins Hall Auditorium, Brooklyn NY

    A 1-day symposium on place theory and practice in placemaking facilitated by the Director of the Urban Placemaking and Management program, David Burney.


    Event Type: Lecture
    CM Credits: 7

Past Events

  • Expert Panel: Community Perspectives on Anti-Displacement Strategies

    WHEN: Thursday, March 30, 2017 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    Join us and a panel of distinguished experts for a night of discourse and debate on anti-displacement strategies in vulnerable communities. As affordability of housing throughout NYC declines, rent pressures in previously affordable low/moderate income neighborhoods have increased, resulting in widespread fear of the displacement of current residents and of major shifts in the socio-economic profiles of communities. In response, both local communities and the City of NY have been calling for and, in some instances, implementing anti-displacement strategies. This panel will consider: strategies communities have proposed; what strategies are being proposed and/or implemented by the City and State; an assessment of the success of these strategies to date; and what needs to be done in the future.


    Collective for Community, Culture and the Environment’s research and activities relating to displacement: Moderator: Eva Handhardt

    ANHD, Furman Center and Pro-Publica’s research and maps on displacement risks and strategies:Presenter – Barika Williams, Deputy Director Association for Neighborhood Housing Developers (ANHD)

    Panel discussion on community experiences relating to anti-displacement strategies in Chinatown in Manhattan, East New York in Brooklyn and Jerome Ave. in the Southwest Bronx.


    Cathy Dang, Executive Director, CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities

    Humberto Martinez, Community Development Project Manager, Cypress Hills LDC

    Sheila Garcia, Deputy Director of Housing Organizing, Community Action for Safe Apartments (CASA)

    The panel will take place on Thursday, March 30 at 6:00 pm at the Pratt Institute at 144 West 14th Street, between 6th and 7th Avenue.

    2 AICP CM Credits

    Registration is requested in advance at this link. The event is free.


    Event Type: Discussion
    CM Credits: 2

  • AICP "What to Expect" Session

    WHEN: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    The May 2017 AICP Exam is about three months away! If you’ve scheduled your exam for May 2017, now is time to start gathering your study resources and getting familiar with the exam topics if you haven’t already. The NY Metro Chapter is pleased to offer the following session:

    Please join us for an overview of what you can expect on the AICP exam, a discussion of study materials, and hear from Chapter members who have recently passed the exam. Meet other exam takers and sign up for study groups. Light refreshments served. This session is free and open to test takers, and those interested in taking the exam.

    If you’ve recently passed the AICP Exam and would like to share your experience, please join us!

    Please RSVP to Professional Development Officer Alex J. Wallach, AICP at pdo@nyplanning.org by Friday, March 10.


    Event Type: Conference
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  • For the Love of Cities: How can connecting with parks improve communities?

    WHEN: Thursday, March 9, 2017 12:00 am

    NYC Parks is excited to host author and internationally recognized community development expert Peter Kageyama for our March installment of the Parks Without Borders Discussion Series. Drawing from grassroots engagement strategies, Mr. Kageyama will focus on how emotionally connecting with parks and public spaces can make communities stronger, healthier and happier. This discussion will be moderated by NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP.

    This event is free, but seating is limited. Please RSVP here.

    Light refreshments will be served.

    Please contact Jennifer Graeff at (212) 360-1389 or jennifer.graeff@parks.nyc.gov with questions.


    The Parks Without Borders Discussion Series explores ideas for the next generation of parks and public space and considers opportunities to build greener parks, healthier communities, and more resilient neighborhoods. Events will be held through 2017.



    Event Type: Discussion
    CM Credits: 1.25

  • AICP Student Info Session at Columbia Urban Planning Career Week

    WHEN: Thursday, February 16, 2017 6:30 am

    This informational session is hosted by Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) as part of Urban Planning Career Week. The APA-NY Metro Chapter will be presenting information on the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) certification process, including a new certification program for students and recent graduates. Students and recent graduates in the NY Metro region considering pursuing the AICP certification are welcome to attend. Space is limited. To reserve your place, please RSVP to Vice President of Professional Development Alex J. Wallach, AICP at alex.j.wallach@gmail.com.


    Event Type: Lecture
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  • Professional Development for Underrepresented Planners: Panel, Resume Workshop, and Networking

    WHEN: Thursday, February 9, 2017 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

    The APA Diversity Committee is pleased to host an evening of Professional Development for Underrepresented Planners in efforts to promote diversity in the planning field and to support planners of color, women, LGBTQ individuals, and others in career development.

    This evening will feature opportunities to have your resume reviewed and workshopped, learn effective networking strategies, and hear from planners of color in leadership positions in the NYC planning world on the importance of diversity in leadership, and advice for navigating the system.

    The agenda includes:

    • Welcome remarks & keynote speaker
    • Panel discussion on career advancement for underrepresented planners with panelists: Mitchell Silver, Commissioner of NYC Dept. of Parks and Recreation; Yvonne Lopez-Diaz, Vice President of Human Resources at HNTB Corporation; Kerry McLean, Vice President of Community Development at WHEDco
    • Resume and Networking workshops
      Bring your resume and sign up to meet one-on-one with panelists and other professionals to receive constructive feedback*
    • Participate in an activity to learn strategies for networking practice in small groups
    • Closing remarks and upcoming opportunities

    This event is free and open to all planners in the New York City metro area, with a particular focus on reaching underrepresented planners. You can RSVP at our Eventbrite page.

    *If you would like your resume reviewed: There will be sign ups for 15-minute sessions with various leaders from different sectors. If you would like your resume reviewed, please bring additional copies of your resume and pens.
    **Note to Attendees: Please bring at least 5 copies of your resume, business cards and you should dress professionally.

    Please visit our Eventbrite page to register and share widely so that we can adequately supply appetizers and drinks.

    Have questions about Professional Development for Underrepresented Planners: Panel, Resume Workshop, and Networking? Contact APA New York Metro Chapter – Diversity Committee


    Event Type: Other
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  • Housing and Neighborhood Revitalization Committee Meeting

    WHEN: Thursday, December 29, 2016 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

    Manatus Development Group LLC
    515 Madison Avenue, 22B
    New York, New York 10022
    Discussions will include:
    1. The effect of federal policy on planning in the New York City metro area — with specific focus on HUD and EPA, and how changes in regulation, agency rules and implementation would affect the metro area.
    2.  Workshop on the Rockaways
    3.   Walking tour of East New York/Brownsville.
    4.   Anti-displacement strategies and 421A proposed changes.
    For questions and RSVP please contact Martha Sickles at msickles40@gmail.com


    Event Type: Conference
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  • APA-NYM Annual Holiday Party

    WHEN: Tuesday, December 13, 2016 7:00 pm

    The American Planning Association – New York Metro Chapter, NYC City Section, SRC, YPG invite you to join us for our annual Holiday Party at the New York City Fire Museum on December 13th, 2016 at 7:00 PM. This annual event is attended by planners across the region for an evening of laughter and conversation.


    Event Type: Party
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  • 2016 Land Use and Sustainable Development Conference

    WHEN: Thursday, December 8, 2016 8:00 am - 6:30 pm

    The Land Use Law Center is pleased to announce our 15th annual Alfred B. DelBello Land Use and Sustainable Development Conference. Scheduled for Thursday, December 8, 2016, this year’s conference theme is the Economics and Equity of Sustainable Development.

    We invite you to spend the day at this educational event, with more than 250 attorneys, business professionals, and local leaders in attendance to learn about national, regional, and local innovations, challenges, and best practices.

    The Center is pleased to announce that this year’s morning keynote presenter will be Vicki Been, Commissioner, New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development. The afternoon keynote address will be given by Doug Farr, FAIA, LEED AP, national leader in designing sustainable neighborhoods and buildings.

    Conference participants can earn CLE, APA-CM, and New York State planning and zoning training credits.

    On Wednesday, December 7th, the Center will be hosting a dinner to allow conference attendees and sponsors an opportunity to add to their conference experience and network with conference presenters and to honor our Founder’s Award recipient Robert Feder, Esq. from Cuddy & Feder.

    Find more information and register here!


    Event Type: Conference
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  • Downtown Great Neck Plaza Walking Tour

    WHEN: Thursday, November 3, 2016 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

    Sponsored by the Long Island Section of APA-NYM!


    Come take a walk and learn about the exciting planning initiatives going on in the Village of Great Neck Plaza as well as the history of “The Original Transit Oriented Development”.  Mayor Jean Celender and The Great Neck Historical Society will be our guides for the afternoon.

    Meet at Village of Great Neck Plaza, Village Hall, 2 Gussack Plaza (cross streets are Cutter Mill Road and Middle Neck Road).  Free parking is available in Plaza Centre Garage on the rooftop. 

    The tour location is a short 35 minute LIRR ride from Penn Station on the Port Washington Branch!!

    Please RSVP (required) to sternbergw@northhempsteadny.govBe sure register early as there is a limit of 20 participants.



    Event Type: Trip
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  • APA-NYM 2016 Annual Conference - Friday October 21, 2016

    WHEN: Friday, October 21, 2016 8:00 am - 8:00 pm

    American Planning Association – New York Metropolitan Chapter

    APA-NYM 2016 Annual Conference

    Friday October 21, 2016 from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM
    Scandinavia House | 58 Park Avenue | New York, NY 10016

    This year’s conference will feature sessions and discussions about exemplary planning initiatives in the New York Metro area, plenty of opportunities to catch up with colleagues and meet other planners, and a chance to earn AICP credits.

    Registrations are now closed for this event
    We have exceeded the capacity limitations of our venue and apologize that cannot accept walk-ins

    8AM – 8:45AM | Registration

    Attendees should arrive at Scandinavia House between 8AM and 8:45AM for registration and continental breakfast.

    8:45 AM – 9:00 AM: Welcome Remarks

    • Kovid Saxena, Conference Chair
    • James Rausse, President APA NY Metro Chapter

    9:00 AM – 10:15 AM: Crisis of Housing Affordability: Creating Housing Options and Stemming Displacement

    • Commissioner Vicki Been: HPD
    • Pierina Ana Sanchez: RPA
    • Honorable Brad Lander
    • Prof. Peter Kwong: Hunter College
    • Moderator:  Jessica Yager, Exec. Director, Furman Institute

    NYC’s population and housing costs continue to rise as most household incomes stagnate or decline.  Approximately one third of New York City tenants pay over 50% of their income in rent and some face overcrowding, displacement and homelessness.  NYU Furman Center’s State of NYC’s Housing and Neighborhoods in 2015 substantiates and elaborates on these trends, especially in the 15 neighborhoods identified as gentrifying.

    Key elements of Mayor De Blasio’s Housing Plan such as Mandatory Inclusionary Housing Policy and targeted neighborhood re-zonings were recently approved by the City Council.  The NYC Council is considering legislation to increase tenant protections from harassment and displacement. The panel will discuss New York’s changing neighborhoods, the impact of recent and proposed NYC interventions and suggest further policies to maintain and increase neighborhood stability and housing choices for all New Yorkers.

    10:30 AM – 11:45 AM: All Aboard the High Speed Ferry Service: Nyack-Tarrytown- NYC-Hudson Valley!

    • Hon. Jen White, Mayor, Nyack, N.Y.
    • Frank Fish, FAICP, Partner, Buckhurst, Fish, Jacquemart (BFJ)
    • Dr. Floyd Lapp, FAICP, Adjunct Professor, Columbia University
    • Columbia graduate students from the urban planning studio (Patrick Li and Taylor Young).

    Since 2000, lower Hudson Valley high speed ferry services between Haverstraw-Ossining and Newburgh-Beacon have been providing connections to the Metro North Rail Road. However, an exciting ferry-rail proposal has been advanced which has the best of everything. This concept makes new waves by providing  an innovative approach in not only promoting transit choices for the  work week but opportunities for exploring the historical wealth and economic development potential of the Hudson Valley on weekends! Get your ticket for this journey and offer your assistance in navigating the opportunities……..all aboard!

    11:45 PM – 12:45 PM: Lunch

    Provided by Scandinavia House and included in registration.

    12:45 PM – 1:30 PM: Recruiting and Retaining Diversity in Planning

    • Leo Vazquez, National Consortium of Creative Placemaking
    • Giovania Tiarachristie, Co-Chair of the NY Metro Chapter Diversity Committee

    Where are we in the state of diversity? The planning field in the NY Metro Area has not reflected the diversity of people nor the complex realities in neighborhoods that they serve. Through presenting quantitative and qualitative data collected through a metro-wide survey from the NY Metro Area with 303 responses, and more than 30 hours of focus groups and interviews with planners of color and employers, this presentation analyzes the current state of diversity in the profession today in the New York Metro Area, particularly related to the experiences and opportunities for people of color, with intersectional analysis on gender. The study introduces a ten-dimension framework to understand the barriers to recruitment, retention, and advancement of people of color in the profession, and proposes a set of strategies with tangible recommendations for various actors to overcome these barriers.

    1:30 PM – 2:15 PM: A Discussion with FAICPs: Reflections on the Current State and Future Trajectory of the Planning Profession

    • Introduction by Frank Fish, FAICP and Floyd Lapp, FAICP
    • Discussion with Linda Cox, FAICP; Dwight Merriam, FAICP; Ethel Sheffer, FAICP

    Election to Fellow is one of the highest honors that the American Institute of Certified Planners bestows upon a member. Fellows of AICP are honored in recognition of their achievements. This unique session will feature a discussion with several FAICP members of the APA NY Metro Chapter about emerging themes in the planning profession.

    2:15 PM – 3:30 PM: East Harlem Neighborhood Plan: A New Model for NYC?

    • Adam Lubinsky (moderator)
    • George Sarkassian (Office of City Council Speaker, Deputy Director, Community and Economic Development)
    • Betsy MacLean (Executive Director, Hester Street Collaborative)
    • Calvin Brown (Department of City Planning)
    • Daniel Hernandez (Housing, Preservation and Development)

    When the City announced that East Harlem was to be one of the first neighborhoods to be rezoned as part of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Housing Plan to construct and preserve 200,000 units of affordable housing by 2025, City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Community Voices Heard, Community Board 11 and the Manhattan Borough President’s Office came together to form a new kind of planning process that would inform the City’s rezoning approach. This panel will reflect on both the East Harlem planning process – including the “Process Guide” that established its protocols and the visioning workshops that were held – and the resulting Plan, with its holistic set of recommendations.

    3:30 PM – 4:45 PM: New York City’s Arts & Culture Master Plan

    • Tom Finkelpearl, Commissioner of the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs
    • Julie Burros, Chief of Arts and Culture for the City of Boston

    Following the lead of cities like Houston, Denver, and Chicago, the New York City Council approved – and Mayor de Blasio signed into law – a requirement to develop a comprehensive, city-wide cultural plan; the Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA) will release the plan in July 2017. DCLA is developing the plan to bolster New York City’s cultural landscape, by ensuring affordable studio and living space for artists, and allowing New Yorkers to have easy access to city-supported cultural institutions.

    Join a moderated discussion among leading voices in arts and culture urban design – with a specific focus on how the city-wide cultural plan will impact the work of urban planners.

    For more about the cultural plan – and the intersection of urban planning + arts and culture – see the Voices of Urban Design medium post: Can We Plan for Arts & Culture?

    5:00 PM – 6:00 PM: Annual Awards Ceremony


     6:00 PM – 8:00 PM: Cocktails & Networking


    Event Type: Conference
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