Housing

Welcome to the Housing page where you can learn more about the working group goals and recommendations, and view the meeting agendas, notes, presentations and other materials.

Background

The location, density, and affordability of housing affects all New Yorkers and relates to many issues and topics, including businesses and jobs, community resources like open space and schools, and more. Gowanus is a neighborhood of diverse uses that has been undergoing change for decades. The study aims to identify key issues and appropriate locations for new residential development within a balanced mixed-use neighborhood.

During the winter and spring of 2017, the Department of City Planning and sister agencies worked with community members, businesses, organizations and local elected officials to identify goals and recommendations around topics such as preservation of existing housing, tenant-protection strategies, expanding access to housing resources and services, identifying locations where housing may and or may not be appropriate, establishing affordability levels for the neighborhood, analyzing the compatibility of uses with housing, sustainability and resilient design, and addressing the needs of surrounding residents and those living in public housing managed by the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA). The working group was supported by staff from related City agencies -- the Department of Housing, Preservation, and Development (HPD) and NYCHA.

Documents and other information from working group meetings and public workshops can be found in the document library.

Welcome to the Housing page where you can learn more about the working group goals and recommendations, and view the meeting agendas, notes, presentations and other materials.

Background

The location, density, and affordability of housing affects all New Yorkers and relates to many issues and topics, including businesses and jobs, community resources like open space and schools, and more. Gowanus is a neighborhood of diverse uses that has been undergoing change for decades. The study aims to identify key issues and appropriate locations for new residential development within a balanced mixed-use neighborhood.

During the winter and spring of 2017, the Department of City Planning and sister agencies worked with community members, businesses, organizations and local elected officials to identify goals and recommendations around topics such as preservation of existing housing, tenant-protection strategies, expanding access to housing resources and services, identifying locations where housing may and or may not be appropriate, establishing affordability levels for the neighborhood, analyzing the compatibility of uses with housing, sustainability and resilient design, and addressing the needs of surrounding residents and those living in public housing managed by the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA). The working group was supported by staff from related City agencies -- the Department of Housing, Preservation, and Development (HPD) and NYCHA.

Documents and other information from working group meetings and public workshops can be found in the document library.

Map Where Housing is Appropriate

over 2 years

Tell us what locations or areas appropriate for new housing in Gowanus. The map's pink boundary includes the primary study area--outside of the Industrial Business Zone (IBZ)--where a mix of uses including residential is being considered.

Instructions

  • Choose a pin and drag it over to the pink boundary on the map.
  • Drop your pin in your desired location on the map.
  • Add more information within the comment box.
  • Submit your pin. 
Note: For moderation purposes, you will be prompted to enter an email address and choose a screen name when placing a pin. You will only be required to do to...

Tell us what locations or areas appropriate for new housing in Gowanus. The map's pink boundary includes the primary study area--outside of the Industrial Business Zone (IBZ)--where a mix of uses including residential is being considered.

Instructions

  • Choose a pin and drag it over to the pink boundary on the map.
  • Drop your pin in your desired location on the map.
  • Add more information within the comment box.
  • Submit your pin. 
Note: For moderation purposes, you will be prompted to enter an email address and choose a screen name when placing a pin. You will only be required to do to this once.