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  • Planning in the Time of Covid 19: A Group Discussion around the Mid Hudson Region

    WHEN: Thursday, April 23, 2020 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

    Join us for an informal discussion and ideas exchange. New York Stronger will require planning, let’s be ready.


    Event Type: Discussion
    CM Credits: none

  • Tech Talk | Eldad Gothelf of Envelope City

    WHEN: Thursday, March 5, 2020 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

    The Tech Talk series showcases a planning professionals working in the technology sector. Join us on Thursday, March 5th to hear from Eldad Gothelf of Envelope City. The Tech Talk series, offers casual gatherings hosted in an NYC startup space, we’ll have couches and beer/wine… you bring the questions and thought-provoking conversation.

    The theme of  this talk is ‘Democratizing Zoning: Envelope and the complicated regulatory midfield.’

    Tech Talk schedule:

    • 6 pm sign in and refreshments 
    • 6:30 start time
    • 7:30 – 8 pm mingle  



    Event Type: Conference
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  • 2019 APA-NYM Holiday Party

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

    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

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

    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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  • Setting Ambitious and Creative Career Goals

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

    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 www.buildyourselfworkshop.com.


    Event Type: Conference
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  • Downtown Patchogue Village \"Great Places in America\" Celebration & Mobile Worskshop

    WHEN: Saturday, October 19, 2019 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

    The New York Metro Chapter is thrilled to announce the designation of Downtown Patchogue Village as “Great Places in America” by the American Planning Association in 2019!

    APA’s Great Places in America program recognizes the streets, neighborhoods and public spaces in the United States that enrich communities, facilitate economic growth, and inspire others around the country.

    Join us as we celebrate during National Community Planning Month:

    One day after our Chapter Annual Conference, a formal local announcement for the Downtown Patchogue Village designation will take place outside the Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts (71 E Main St, Patchogue, NY 11772) on October 19, at 11 AM, followed by a reception at the Theatre lobby area. The reception is a free event and requires an RSVP, please visit HERE.

    The Walking Tour will begin with Village Views, a Pop Up Exhibition presented by the Patchogue Arts Council, featuring works in varied media by local artists, at Toast Coffeehouse @ 46 E Main St, Patchogue.

    The walking tour will finish at the Blue Point Brewery at 4 PM. Participation requires the purchase of a Walking Tour Ticket. The Walking Tour Ticket includes access to the Reception at the Theatre (additional RSVP is not required), organized walking tour, and an after-party wristband for a free drink at the Blue Point Brewery. Tickets are limited, register HERE today.

    The New York Metro Chapter is deeply appreciative of Alex Wallach, AICP for his leadership and dedication in organizing the Great Places nomination and celebration for Downtown Patchogue Village!


    Event Type: Trip
    CM Credits: 4

  • 2019 APA-NYM Chapter Annual Conference

    WHEN: Friday, October 18, 2019 All Day

    Join us for this year’s APA New York Metro (APA-NYM) Chapter Annual Conference, together with hundreds of regional planners, officials, students, and allied professionals. Registration is open HERE.

    When: Friday, October 18, 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM
    Where: Scandinavia House, 58 Park Ave, New York, NY
    Questions: Contact VP of Programs Holly Chase
    Sponsorship Opportunities: Contact sponsorships@nyplanning.org

    Breakfast, lunch, and a cocktail networking reception are included!

    Earn 6.75 CM credits, including Ethics and Law (1.5 CM credits each). 

    This year’s conference program will cover topics including biophilic urbanism, expanding
    opportunity through technology, business improvement districts, zoning for cannabis, and the “pink tax” on transportation. Session times, details, and speakers will be announced in early September. 

    The Program (available for download)

    Keynote Speaker: Clare Newman, President and CEO of the Trust for Governors Island

    Progress on the Pink Tax on Transportation

    From day-to-day harassment to accessibility obstacles for pregnant women and caregivers, women report a distinct set of challenges on New York City transportation.  In Fall of 2018, the NYU Rudin Center released “The Pink Tax on Transportation: Women’s Challenges in Mobility” report which sparked a conversation about how the needs of women on transportation can be met through planning best-practices, technological advances, and effective leadership. This panel will discuss progress to date and the road ahead.  

    Biophilic Urbanism in Planning: How can we successfully plan and design our cities to mimic the natural environment?

    Urban planners and designers must shift fundamental thinking and practices around how we develop land and our cities. There is no single silver bullet solution to the complex task of reversing the effects of climate change, however, we can dramatically reshape the way we structure our living environs by applying the principles of biophilic urbanism to land use planning and urban design. Planners and designers must look to the natural world as a complete design baseline for cities today, from land use and zoning regulations to the buildings and forms that eventually follow.  

    Techquity: Expanding Opportunity Through Technology

    How do we utilize emerging technologies to make the planning process more accessible, equitable, and effective? Technological advances are reshaping the planning field; as planners, it is incumbent upon us to ensure that these advances empower disadvantaged communities rather than further exclude them from planning processes.

    Hudson Square: Celebrating 10 Years of Community 

    The Hudson Square Business Improvement District was established 10 years ago and, along with the rezoning from industrial to a mix of uses 5 years ago, catalyst for the transformation of former Printing District into a hub of creative industries. This is a community and economic development success story initiated through forward-thinking urban planning and public-private co-creation. 

    Just Say Zone! Preparing for Recreational Marijuana in the New York Metro Area and Lessons Learned from Other States

    With legal recreational marijuana fast becoming a reality in New York and the existing medical marijuana program, local municipalities will soon have to prepare for where and how to locate cannabis facilities. This panel brings together industry, real estate, and land use experts to help educate local officials about lessons learned in other states and countries. 

    Join us for the 2018 APA-NYM Chapter Awards During Conference Lunch.

    Each year, the APA-NYM Chapter bestows recognition on individuals, organizations, and projects that exemplify the best of the metropolitan region’s planning work. The awards are meant to highlight excellence in the field and inspire planners of the next generation. Join us to learn who are this year’s awardees in the following categories:

    1. Lawrence M. Orton Award for leadership in city and regional planning
    2. Paul Davidoff Award for leadership in housing and equal opportunity
    3. Andrew Haswell Green Award to recognize individuals who have made outstanding contributions for a period of at least 15 years
    4. Meritorious Service or Achievement Award to recognize work of unusual merit or achievement
    5. Journalism Award for print, broadcast, or web-based work
    6. William H. Whyte Award for creativity and ingenuity in planning
    7. Robert W. Ponte Award for significant contribution to the vitality of the New York area through economic planning and development
    8. Floyd Lapp Award for distinguished service to the APA-NYM Chapter

    Thank you to our sponsors! Become a sponsor and reserve a spot for your company’s logo below. 

    The APA-NYM supports our members, local communities, schools, and practicing professionals through advocating for good planning practice, hosting diverse events and facilitating professional development opportunities in New York City, Long Island (Nassau and Suffolk Counties), Hudson Valley East and the Hudson Valley West. The Chapter represents more than 1,000 practicing planners and other people involved in the planning and design of the region’s communities.

    Tickets are now available HERE


    Event Type: Conference
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  • Registration is Now Open: 2019 East End Conference

    WHEN: Tuesday, October 15, 2019 3:00 pm - 7:30 pm

    Organized by the Long Island Section of the APA-NYM

    Please join us for an afternoon and evening of East End-focused planning topic discussions and panels. A light dinner buffet will be served. An optional pre-conference mobile workshop/tour will be announced soon!

    The Early-Bird tickets are available HERE until Oct 4th, at the following levels:
    $20 students; $25 municipal, APA members, non-profits; $30 Non-members

    Regular ticket pricing starts on October 5th ($25 students; $30 municipal, APA members, non-profits; $35 Non-members), and ends on Oct 14th, 5PM.

    Walk-ins welcome (subject to availability), with at-the-door pricing of $5 above Regular Tickets.

    More information will be released shortly HERE.
    AICP CM credits have been requested.


    Event Type: Conference
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  • APA International Division Regional Meetup

    WHEN: Thursday, October 10, 2019 12:00 am

    APA International Division Regional Meetup!

    Thursday, October 10th @6 pm

    Reichenbach Hall

    5 W. 37th Street, New York, NY 10018

    Please RSVP to:

    Evren (eukacar@gmail.com) or Kathryn (kathryn@gregoryassociatesllc.com


    Event Type: Other
    CM Credits: none

  • AICP What to Expect Session

    WHEN: Thursday, October 3, 2019 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    The November 2019 AICP Exam is approaching! If you’ve scheduled your exam for November 2019 or are planning to, 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:

    AICP What to Expect Session

    Thursday, October 3, 7-8pm

    LMHQ Tesla room

    150 Broadway 20th floor,

    New York, NY 10038

    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 will be served.
    Please RSVP to Professional Development Officer Alex J. Wallach, AICP at pdo@nyplanning.org by Monday, September 30.


    Event Type: Discussion
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