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  • What to Expect on the AICP Exam

    WHEN: Wednesday, March 28, 2018 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    This session is designed for members planning to take the AICP exam in May 2018. If you’ve applied to take the AICP exam during this upcoming window in May, now is time to start gathering your study resources and getting familiar with the exam topics.  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. You can meet other exam takers and create study groups. Light refreshments will be served.

    Please RSVP to Professional Development Officer Alex J. Wallach by Thursday, March 22.  A photo ID will be needed to enter the building.

    Please note that this session will be offered again in advance of the November 2018 exam window.


    Event Type: Discussion
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  • Regional Planning Panel Discussion

    WHEN: Wednesday, February 7, 2018 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

    Please join the APA NYM Transportation Committee for a panel discussion on regional planning challenges and opportunities in the New York City metropolitan area. Hear from the Regional Plan Association and the New York Metropolitan Transportation Council on their recently released regional plans, followed by a moderated discussion led by the NYC Department of City Planning. Light snacks will be provided. 1.5 CM credits pending.

    RSVP required for building security – apanymtransportation@gmail.com

    Please note the new location. Event will be held at AECOM’s offices at 125 Broad St, 15th Floor


    Event Type: Discussion
    CM Credits: 1.5 pending

  • Panel Discussion: Worker Directed Economic Development: The Role of Planning in the Development and Support of Worker Coops

    WHEN: Thursday, January 18, 2018 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    APA NYM Economic Development Committee invites you to a panel discussion with 3 guest speakers to discuss Worker Directed Economic Development. In 2014, NYC Council voted to support a $1.2 million initiative to fund the development of worker cooperatives. Worker cooperatives are growing nationally as part of a broad movement addressing urban poverty, long-term unemployment, and income inequality. Public and private leadership have been working together to support this promising option for improving the social and economic well-being of greater New York’s most vulnerable. This panel will explore the result off that legislation by hearing from leaders of organizations who have been funded by the The NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS) Worker Cooperative Business Development Initiative.

    Moderated panel with question and answer session to follow.

    Date:         Jan 18th 2018, 6pm to 8pm

    Location:  Brooklyn Borough Hall : 209 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201


    Leigh Brown, Program Associate from Democracy at Work Institute

    Sylvia Morse, Project Coordinator, Cooperative Development Program from Center for Family Life

    Matt Berlin, Senior Business Strategist from The ICA Group

    Moderator: Scott Grimm-Lyon, AICP

    RSVP is required via email no later than 5pm on Jan, 17th 2018. (Participants need to be on the guest list in advance for the building security)

    RSVP: EconomicDevelopment@nyplanning.org


    Event Type: Other
    CM Credits: 2

  • APA-NYM Holiday Party

    WHEN: Tuesday, January 9, 2018 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

    Celebrate the new year with APA at Jack Doyle’s Bar and Restaurant!

    Price to include a buffet dinner, appetizers, and two drinks.

    Chapter Sponsors who would like to attend should send an email to Shachi Pandey at treasurer@nyplanning.org with the names of attendees.


    Event Type: Party
    CM Credits:

  • Shaping Transportation Policies Through Mural Arts

    WHEN: Monday, November 20, 2017 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

    Traffic safety is a cornerstone to community health and mobility. Learn how muralist Christopher Cardinale, in collaboration with Groundswell and Transportation Alternatives, created  “Not One More Death,” a mural project that sparked the NYC Department of Transportation to develop traffic calming measures in Gowanus, Brooklyn. This project set in motion a new focus on building safer streets throughout the City, eventually leading to the launch of the Mayor’s Vision Zero initiative. This collaboration is an example of how public art, when combined with effective community organizing, can directly impact the urban environment.

    Click here to RSVP.
    See our Facebook invite for more information.

    This is the fourth event in the APA-NYM Arts & Culture Committee’s Tete-A-Tete program, a bimonthly series that brings together an artist and an urban planner for intimate conversations about their shared goals and objectives.



    Event Type: Discussion
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  • Economic Development Committee Meeting

    WHEN: Thursday, November 16, 2017 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

    Please join us at our next Environmental Committee Meeting.

    Agenda: Discussions regarding our next events, including Jamaica area walking tour (TBD), and re-cap of APA NY Conference last month.

    Date:  November 16,, 2017 (Thursday)

    Time:  6:30 pm ~8 pm

    Place: O’Hara’s Restaurant and Pub  (nearby Wall street station), at  120 Cedar St, New York, NY 10006.

    If you are interested in attending the meeting, please RSVP at  economicdevelopment@nyplanning.org by 5 PM on November 15th 



    Event Type: Other
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    WHEN: Friday, November 3, 2017 8:00 am - 5:15 pm

    NOTE: Hindsight 2017 Conference tickets are SOLD OUT. There are still live stream spots available. Scroll down to register.

    Urbanists, lovers of cities, community organizers, policy makers, and urban planners of all kinds–please join the us for the first annual Hindsight Conference on Friday, November 3, 2017!

    The American Planning Association’s New York Metro Chapter Diversity Committee has organized Hindsight, a planning conference held in honor of the 100th Anniversary of Buchanan v. Warley (1917), the US Supreme Court decision that invalidated racial zoning on 14th Amendment grounds. This conference aims to not only reflect on the discriminatory history of planning and its implicit (and explicit) role in shaping today’s inequitable neighborhoods, but also to proactively share planning, policy, and community development strategies that work towards more inclusive, just, and equitable communities. The day-long conference will focus on social equity not as an independent topic within planning, but rather, as a critical lens through which all planning and community development be conducted.

    This conference was organized by the members of the Diversity Committee of the APA New York Metro Chapter. The event is sponsored by the APA New York Metro Chapter, with additional support by the New York City Economic Development Corporation.

    Visit hindsightcon.com for more information.

    Keynote (.75 CM Credits):
    Hindsight will kick off with a keynote “fireside chat”–an intimate conversation with leaders to reflect on the Buchanan v. Warley case and other inequitable policies in hindsight, and look forward into the future for strategies to promote more just and equitable communities.

    Keynote Speakers:

    • Letitia James, Public Advocate for the City of New York
    • Mindy Fullilove, Professor of Urban Policy and Health at The New School
    • Coty Montag, Deputy Director of Litigation for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund
    • Moderated by Giovania Tiarachristie and Tiffany-Ann Taylor, Co-Chairs of the Diversity Committee

    Keynote Fireside Chat speakers Letitia James, Mindy Fullilove, and Coty Montag; moderators Giovania Tiarachristie and Tiffany-Ann Taylor.

    Sessions (1 CM credit per session) | Schedule: 

    • 8:00am – 8:45am – Breakfast (included in cost of conference)
    • 8:45am – 9:50am – Welcome and Keynote Speakers
    • 10:00am – 11:00am – Session 1
    • 11:10am – 12:10am – Session 2
    • 12:20pm – 1:20pm – Lunch (included in cost of conference)
    • 1:30pm – 2:30pm – Session 3
    • 2:40pm – 3:40pm – Session 4
    • 3:50pm – 4:50pm – Session 5
    • 5:00pm – 5:15pm – Closing Remarks
    • Happy Hour to follow for informal networking

    See full program here.


    Hindsight Conference tickets are SOLD OUT. There are still live stream spots available. Scroll down to register.

    Registration fees and donations will go towards a combination of the following: the cost of the conference, future APA NYM Diversity Committee events and the creation of an educational scholarship fund. Thank you for your purchase.


    Event Type: Conference
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  • New York City Planning and Development: An Inter-Agency Conversation

    WHEN: Tuesday, October 31, 2017 9:30 am - 11:00 am

    Leadership was appointed earlier this year to three New York City agencies that play critical roles in planning the neighborhoods of our city: Maria Torres-Springer, Commissioner of the Department of Housing Preservation and Development; James Patchett, President and CEO of the Economic Development Corporation; and Marisa Lago, Director of the Department of City Planning and Chair of the City Planning Commission. The New York Metro Chapter of the APA and the New York Chapter of the AIA will host a conversation with all three agency heads on Tuesday, October 31st where they will discuss their vision for their agency, how they collaborate, and the role of their respective agencies in meeting the City’s goals.

    To RSVP for event, visit https://cfa.aiany.org/index.php?section=calendar&evtid=11002

    Marisa Lago, Commissioner
    NYC Department of City Planning

    James Patchett, President
    New York City Economic Development Corporation

    Maria Torres-Springer, Commissioner
    NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development

    Maxwell Sokol, AICP,
    President, American Planning Association (APA) NY Metro Chapter
    Lead Planner, WSP USA

    Tuesday, October 31, 2017
    9:30 – 11:00am Panel

    637 W 27th St
    Between 11th and 12th Avenues
    $10 admission for non-AIA / non-APA members

    Hosted by the American Planning Association (APA) New York Metro Chapter and the American Institute of Architects (AIA) New York Chapter



    Event Type: Conference
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  • APA NY Metro Chapter Annual Conference

    WHEN: Friday, October 27, 2017 All Day

    APA-NYM is hosting its Annual Conference and Awards Ceremony on Friday, October 27, 2017 at Scandinavia House. Sessions will address key technology and innovation issues that affect the practice of planning in the metro area.The focus of this year’s APA-NYM Annual Conference celebrates the theme of National Community Planning Month, Innovations in Planning. For more information, visit https://www.planning.org/ncpm/.

    Additional details about the sessions, including confirmed speakers, will be shared in the near future. 7.5 CM credits approved.

    The 2017 APA-NYM Annual Conference is sold out. Please fill out the form below to be added to our waiting list.

    APA NYC Conference Waiting List

    Click here for sponsorship opportunities.

    Conference Schedule

    Registration opens
    8:00 AM

    Program and chapter awards
    8:00 AM – 6:00 PM

    Session 1
    RPA Fourth Regional Plan
    Over the last generation, the New York metropolitan region has flourished. Job growth has climbed steadily; people are choosing to move here; safety, public health and quality of life have improved. The region has been able to capitalize on global trends that favor places with large concentrations of highly educated workers and walkable, transit-oriented communities.

    Yet our success is fragile. There are too many people that haven’t shared in this growth, and the affordability crisis has reached dramatic proportions. Years of neglecting our infrastructure have led to daily disruptions on our transit system, troubles looming in our train tunnels, outdated airports and unrelenting traffic. Five years after superstorm Sandy, we are more vulnerable to disasters than ever before. And above all, our governing institutions are failing to make the hard choices necessary to address these most difficult problems.

    This fall, Regional Plan Association will release a long-range, strategic plan for the tri-state area, the fourth in the history of the region. It includes ideas to be adopted today as well as a vision for the next twenty years.

    This panel will feature RPA staff that will discuss recommendations from the Fourth Regional Plan that planners and policy makers can harness technology to advance strategies to broaden prosperity and invest in communities; build modern infrastructure that boosts economic competitiveness; and adopt innovative solutions to increase sustainability and resiliency.

    Moderator (RPA):
    Juliette Michaelson, Executive Vice President

    Panelists (RPA):
    Kate Slevin, Vice President of State Programs and Advocacy
    Mandu Sen, Program Manager
    Allison Henry, Research Analyst, Transportation

    Session 2
    New York’s Next Hurricane: A Progress Report on Planning for Coastal Resiliency
    Planning for coastal resiliency in New York City has taken on new significance and urgency in light of the impacts on other cities from Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. Speakers from New York City and State’s public agencies responsible for waterfront planning will present up-to-date progress since Superstorm Sandy, describe efforts currently underway, and explore what needs to be addressed before New York’s next hurricane. This moderated panel will discuss innovations in policy approaches to land uses and development in flood plains, hurricane preparation and evacuation strategies, handling of hazardous materials on the waterfront, waterborne transportation systems, coastal regulations and defenses, and stewardship of federal funds. In addition to providing an overview of New York City’s coastal resilience plans, the discussion will consider if there insights from New York’s experiences with rebuilding and recovery that may be of value to the cities affected by this season’s hurricanes.

    Bonnie Harken, AIA & APA, former Co-Chair, Waterfront Committee, NY Metro Chapter, American Planning Association; Nautilus International Development Consulting, Inc.

    Michael L. Marrella, AICP, Director, Division of Waterfront and Open Space, New York City Department of City Planning
    Simon McDonnell, Ph. D., Managing Director of Research & Strategic Analysis, New York State Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery
    Sarah Neilson, Chief of Policy and Long-Range Planning, New York City Department of Parks and Recreation
    Louise Yeung, Senior Project Manager, Development, New York City Economic Development Corporation

    Session 3:
    Daring in the Digital: Challenges and Opportunities for Technologies in the Public Realm
    Apps, interactive kiosks, live maps, and other web and smartphone technologies have altered how citizens relate to the public realm. These advances have made it easier than ever to engage citizens and solicit feedback for planning efforts. Yet many of these efforts receive short-lived success or become a blip in a widening landscape of ways for people to make tangible impact in the public realm. Panelists will discuss what makes technologies ‘successful’ and will provide learning lessons from their own projects for virtually engaging with the public realm.

    Elizabeth Stewart, Civic Hall Labs

    Sarah Williams, Civic Data Design Lab, MIT
    Jennifer Godenzo, Participatory Budgeting Project
    Genevieve Gaudet , NAVA PBC

    Pecha Kucha Presenters:
    Heat Seek

    Session 4:
    Value and Innovation in the Air: The legal aspects of “Air Rights Deals” in New York City
    Developers of both super tall buildings and more modest commercial and residential towers have increasingly used the purchase of development rights (commonly called Air Rights) to enlarge their projects, bringing ever-taller structures to the City. Development rights deals take place in increasingly complex assemblages, with intricate legal negotiations and arrangements. These deals and the resulting developments are as-of-right, notwithstanding community-based concerns. City rezonings have established height and density controls in some neighborhoods, but many continue to permit towers without an effective height limit – and developers can legally vest from rezonings. Recent City zoning changes such as East Midtown have expanded-upon established multi-site air rights transfer mechanisms (e.g. Theatre District), creating innovative ways to “send” unused development rights to development sites many blocks away. The City’s Landmarks Commission – building upon existing legal tools – and taking advantage of its ever-expanding jurisdiction – is poised to use these new rules to its advantage – and to the benefit of multiple landmarked buildings.

    Mitchell A. Korbey, Herrick Feinstein LLP

    Session 5:
    EVs, AVs and Ride-Sharing: The Short and Long-Term Challenges to Implementing Policy and Designing Infrastructure for Urban Mobility
    Cities are grappling with decision-making around policy and infrastructure design that will shape the short and long-term impacts of urban mobility innovations. Each phase of implementation will lay the groundwork for subsequent sets of decisions, and ultimately determine whether these innovations increase mobility, complement public transit, and reduce congestion or create more congestion and chaos. Organized by Adam Lubinsky, managing principal of WXY, the panel will be grouped into short and long-term implementation strategies for decision-makers to consider as the policy, programming and design decisions for urban mobility will have a major impact on the built environment in the coming years and decades.

    Adam Lubinsky, Ph.D., AICP, WXY

    William Carry, NYCDOT
    Robyn Marquis, Ph.D., NYSERDA
    Michael Flynn, AICP, Sam Schwartz Engineering
    Jack Robbins, AIA, LEED AP, FX Fowle
    Ford Chariot (invited)

    Networking reception over beverages and hors d’oeuvres.
    6:00 PM


    Event Type: Conference
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  • Parks Without Borders Discussion Series

    WHEN: Thursday, May 18, 2017 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

    Urban parks and open spaces support equitable, resilient, and sustainable communities. This panel will consider the power of high-quality design to inspire and connect residents and communities. Speakers will reflect on engagement, interagency collaboration, and other processes that ensure that public spaces serve the needs of current and future New Yorkers. Co-sponsored by  NYCxDESIGN and NYC Parks. Please RSVP here.

    Speakers include Justin Moore, AICP, Executive Director of NYC Public Design Commission and Signe Nielsen, FASLA, President for NYC Public Design Commission; Principal, Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects, P.C. The panel will be moderated by Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP, Commissioner NYC Parks.

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



    Event Type: Lecture
    CM Credits: 1.0