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  • Housing and Neighborhood Revitalization Committee

    Tuesday, January 14, 2020
    12:00 am

    Manatus Development Group LLC, New York New York

    Please join HNRC for our first meeting of the Roaring 20’s. We are planning the year’s events, new ideas as well as some in planning:

    1.  Seminar: The NYC  Climate Mobilization Act and NYS Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act: Overview and implications for Planning
    2. Update on MAS/HNCR Zoning Tours
    3. Seminar on City Council proposals to amend the CEQR process to include post zoning evaluations and mechanisms to assess displacement and other neighborhood factors.
    4. NYCHA


    Event Type: Discussion
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  • APA NY Metro Chapter Waterfront Committee Meeting

    Monday, January 13, 2020
    7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

    Cornell Architecture, Art, and Planning Studio, New York NY

    Please join the APA NY Metro Chapter for the next Waterfront Committee meeting. All are welcome.

    Please reach out to committee co-chair Max Taffet with any questions [maxtaffet <at> gmail (dot) com}.

    Minutes from previous 12/2/2019 meeting:

    • Attendees: Bob Balder,  Nicolas Grefenstette, Scott Shostak, Gregory Roussine, Steve Whitehouse, Max Taffet
    • Michael Marrella from NYC Department of City Planning spoke about the 2030 Comprehensive Waterfront Plan that is due to be released 12/31/2020 (plan is due 13 months from today)
      • Highlights:
        • Discussed how DCP Waterfront and Open Space division and APA NY Metro Chapter might work together on out reach
        • This next comp plan will be the 3rd plan the first was in 1992
        • The first 1992 plan focused largely on land use
          • 1992 recommended waterfront zoning
          • Public access at the expense of the developer—that was a huge sea change in the way NYC zoned. First city in the US to establish waterfront access through zoning
        • Now 25 years later that has lead to approximately two dozen waterfront access sites – it has proven to be important, not a replacement for parks but additive to public access to the waterfront
        • But there are limitations since it is related to zoning
          • For instance because its power comes from zoning the City cant you require that people provide boat access of elevation
        • By mid 2000s as the real estate market in NYC started to gain hyper speed – amidst other rezoning there was concern among advocates that we were losing out maritime waterfront
        • That lead to the passing of city council legislation to require an update of the waterfront comp plan by end of 2010
          • 2010 release looked at the blue network and resiliency
          • Another element was governance and regulation –
            • In reaction to waterfront permitting projects that were supposed to take 6 months actually took 8 to 9 years
          • Action Agenda of 125 projects accompanied the last waterfront comp plan
        • Comp plan is not law —  it is a document of the administration—similar to PlaNYC or OneNYC
        • “The power of the plan is the power of good ideas”
        • There is an opportunity to focus on the planning issues and topics—this would be a helpful space for APA to contribute
        • Late summer early fall APA will have the opportunity to provide comment on the draft document. 
        • Waterfront is still hidden to many New Yorkers so there is a benefit to continuing to offer tours
        • Timing Milestones
          • Scoping is underway now via the thematic listening sessions. Scoping will continue through early spring and will include workshops in boroughs
            • Opportunity for planners workshop in the spring? Or for each APA Committee to take on a pertinent part of the plan that relates to their committees
          • Late summer draft recommendations expect
    • Possible 2020 CM Credit Events (other than Comp Plan events)
      • Land Use Law
      • Mortgages and Insurance – the new Red Line, the Blue Line
      • Waterfront Zoning/Building Code
      • Waterfront M Zones in the Future—OSW, Freight, and what else
    • Anyone with suggested panelists please feel free to make suggestions


    Event Type: Conference
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  • Tech Committee "Tech Talk" Big Data for Public Spaces

    Thursday, January 9, 2020
    6:30 pm - 7:45 pm

    Localize.City Office, New York NY

    Tech Committee “Tech Talk” January 9th | Big Data for Public Spaces
    Join the Tech Committee for a “Tech Talk” on Thursday evening, with speaker Avigail Vantu on Big Data for Public Spaces.
    Avigail, an urbanist and data scientist, will share her work with moderated discussion to follow.

    When: 1/9/20, 6:30 to 7:45pm
    Where: office, 35 W 31st Street, 6th Floor.


    Event Type: Discussion
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  • APA NYM Economic Deve Committee Monthly Meeting in January 2020

    Tuesday, January 7, 2020
    6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

    Brooklyn Heights Library, Brooklyn NY

    Economic Development Committee Members
    This is to let you know that our next monthly meeting will be January 7th, 2020 (Tuesday).
    Economic Development Committee Meeting

    • Date:  January 7th, 2020 (Tuesday)
    • Time:  6:00 pm ~7:30 pm
    • Place:  Brooklyn Heights Library, 109 Remsen Street, Brooklyn NY 11201 (back room)
    • If you are interested in attending the meeting, please RSVP at by 5 PM on January 6th (Monday).  Please bring your ID to access to a meeting room in the library.
    We will have a re-cap of APA NYM Annual holiday party, and discuss the potential next event in the Spring of 2020.
    Happy holidays
    APA NY Metro Chapter
    Economic Development Committee


    Event Type: Other
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  • APA Transportation Committee End of Year Happy Hour

    Tuesday, December 17, 2019
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    Amity Hall, New York NY

    Join the APA NY Metro Transportation Committee for our last happy hour of the year! Mingle with fellow transportation enthusiasts, celebrate the end of another successful year, and help brainstorm Transportation Committee events and programs for the upcoming year. Snacks will be provided.

    Please RSVP on our Facebook page.


    Event Type: Other
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  • 2019 APA-NYM Holiday Party

    Tuesday, December 10, 2019
    6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Turntable LP Bar, New York NY

    Date: Tues. Dec. 10th 2019
    Time: 6:00pm to 9:00pm
    Location: Turntable LP Bar, 34-36 W 32nd St 5th Floor, New York, NY 10001
    Tickets are available HERE
    Please join your fellow planners this holiday season for networking opportunities, great food, an open bar (beer, wine, soju), and karaoke!
    Located in the heart of Midtown, Turntable LP Bar is a trendy gastropub featuring juke joint decor and serving great Korean food and drinks.


    Event Type: Party
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  • 2019 Hindsight Conference | Erasure, Remembrance, and Healing

    Friday, December 6, 2019
    8:15 am - 5:15 pm

    New York City College of Technology (City Tech), Brooklyn New York

    This December, we are hosting the third annual Hindsight Conference, an all-day conference in New York City on urban planning through an equity lens. This year’s conference theme is Erasure, Remembrance, and Healing, recognizing multiple anniversaries The year 2019 marks the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, a series of spontaneous, gay, anti-police demonstrations at the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village, New York City, marking a seminal moment in the gay liberation movement. It also marks the 100th Anniversary of the 1919 “Red Summer,” where more than 250 African Americans were killed in at least 25 riots across the U.S by white mobs that never received punishment, largely omitted from history textbooks. 2019 also marks 400 years since enslaved Africans were brought by European colonists onto occupied Powhatan territory, historically renamed Jamestown in Virginia.


    Event Type: Conference
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  • Tech Committee Holiday Happy Hour

    Thursday, December 5, 2019
    6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

    Shorty\\\’s, New York NY

    Tech Committee Holiday Happy Hour

    Thursday, December 5th from 6:30 to 8:30/late

    • Enjoy a surprise specialty cocktail!
    • Mini cheesesteaks and bar food will be served
    • Committee members will set New Years “resolutions” for 2020
    • All are welcome, even if you’ve never been to a Tech Comm meeting before! This would be a great way to get introduced to the work we’re doing.
    • Bring a friend!

    Please RSVP to <>

    Many thanks from your Co-Chairs,

    Olivia & Kelly


    Event Type: Party
    CM Credits: 0

  • Setting Ambitious and Creative Career Goals

    Tuesday, December 3, 2019
    6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

    LMHQ, New York NY

    When: Tue, December 3, 2019, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM EST

    Where: LMHQ, 150 Broadway, #20th floor, New York, NY 10038

    Tickets: Free


    In this session, learn to set next-level goals for yourself through the investments of your time.

    About this Event

    Women often sell themselves short—what Sheryl Sandberg, author of Lean In calls the “leadership ambition gap.” In this interactive workshop, we break down why that gap exists, and how women can move past the obstacles to set and achieve more ambitious goals for themselves.

    This workshop creates a motivating space for workshop participants to investigate what being more ambitious about their career goals would mean for them—and to leverage both their left and right brain in aiming higher. At the same time, they’ll learn to avoid burnout by working smarter not harder and building lasting value for themselves through the investments of their time. Participants will set next-level career goals for themselves and learn practical strategies for achieving them, marshalling the support of others.

    This session is open to people of all genders but will focus on some unique challenges women can face.

    Mia Scharphie, the founder of Build Yourself Workshop is a creative agent of change, a do-er, and big-picture thinker. She founded Build Yourself to help women in creative fields move past the obstacles that hold them back in the workplace. Mia is a trained facilitator and has worked on women’s advocacy for over fifteen years. She’s run a research effort on women in social impact design for the Harvard Business School, is a founding member of the Equity Roundtable at the Boston Society of Architects, and was named as one of Impact Design Hub’s Social Impact Design 40 under 40. Mia received degrees from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and Brown University. Her writings on issues of equity in design have been published in the Christian Science Monitor and GOOD. To learn more about Mia and Build Yourself visit


    Event Type: Conference
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  • SUSTAINABILITY AMONG THE SILOS - A Special Initiative of the APA New York Metro Chapter

    Wednesday, November 20, 2019
    12:00 am

    WSP, One Penn Plaza, 4th Floor, Training Rooms 4054/4055, New York New York

     APA-NYM Workshop, “Sustainability Among the Silos”

    When: Wednesday, November 20, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
    Where: WSP, One Penn Plaza, 4th Floor, Midtown Manhattan

    Pre-Registration Required by 11/18: RSVP HERE
    2 CM Credits.

    Please join us for an exciting workshop, “Sustainability Among the Silos: A Professional Dialogue on Changes to Planning Practice to Meet the Challenges of Future Sustainability.”

    The pursuit of a sustainable future and climate mitigation and adaptation—in areas such as housing, land use, economic development, transportation, public health, resiliency, and environmental protection—is a critical imperative for our communities, our regions, our country, and the entire world. It is a pursuit that challenges the planning profession to adapt its practices in order to holistically incorporate the demands of sustainability across the many policy, legislative, and jurisdictional silos in which planners do their work.

    In recognition of the challenge inherent in planning for sustainability, the APA New York Metro Chapter is beginning an initiative to explore the feasibility of change within the profession and the way that change might be accomplished. Through Sustainability Among the Silos, the Chapter seeks to marshal the experiences and insights of its members to optimize the profession’s role in the pursuit of sustainability by harnessing the energy and creativity of our communities and our technologies to craft wide-ranging solutions to the crucial problems that we all currently face. A Chapter workshop is the first step in this initiative.

    Pre-Registration is required. RSVP for the workshop by 11/18 HERE


    Event Type: Conference
    CM Credits: 2