East Harlem Neighborhood Planning Study

The written comment period for the Draft Scope of Work for the Environmental Impact Statement to be prepared for the East Harlem Rezoning has been extended to January 6, 2017. Please see additional detail on the East Harlem Scoping page..

A public scoping meeting was held on the East Harlem Rezoning on Thursday, December 15th, 2016, in the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College, 2180 3rd Ave, New York, New York 10035. The public meeting was held in two sessions with the first session starting at 2:00 pm and the second starting at 6:00 pm.

PDF Document View the presentation.

See more information for the East Harlem Scoping meeting.

On October 18, 2016, the Department of City Planning attended the full board meeting of Manhattan Community Board 11 to present a draft zoning framework for the East Harlem neighborhood. The draft zoning framework builds off of the extraordinary community planning process, led by City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, the East Harlem Project Partners, and Steering Committee, that resulted in the East Harlem Neighborhood Plan (EHNP).

PDF Document The Department of City Planning presentation details proposed zoning changes that respond to the recommendations of the EHNP.

The goals of the proposal include:

  • Creating new housing opportunities, with zoning that will allow construction of new affordable housing and preservation of existing housing;
  • Emphasizing job creation and economic development that will benefit residents of the neighborhood, particularly around the 125th Street and Park Avenue transit hub;
  • Improving streetscapes for pedestrians through enhanced urban design, commercial storefront guidelines, and zoning to maintain and strengthen the neighborhood’s rich retail corridors;
  • Guiding new development to corridors with rich transit access while ensuring that areas with cohesive low-scale character are respected; and
  • Working in concert with other City agencies to identify and prioritize capital investments benefiting existing neighborhood residents.
The presentation of the draft zoning framework to Manhattan Community Board 11 is the first step of a robust public engagement process that will include full public review through the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP) and public review and input on the Environmental Impact Statement. Check back soon for upcoming dates for public events and more information on the broader interagency neighborhood planning process.