Housing

New York City is always changing — but every once in a while, there is a sea change.

At these pivotal moments, New York’s strength has always been its resiliency and its ability to adapt. New York may be a group of communities, but it is also one city, and we should all be in this recovery together. Let’s start acting like it.

  • Our future is in aggressive and affordable housing plans.
  • More options for residents to live and work will build resilience and flexiblity.
  • Immediate attention to not only building out basic housing needs, but also an ALL in approach to save tenants from deteriorating structures.
"Space for jobs that support the city must also go where it is smartest to build — not just easiest. "

New York City is always changing — but every once in a while, there is a sea change. At these pivotal moments, our strength has been our resiliency and adaptability. After 9/11, we remade Lower Manhattan into a community that prioritized livability and was not totally dependent on the 9-to-5 work week. After Sandy, we rethought our shoreline.

Now we face perhaps our greatest test: COVID-19. The effect of the virus on the way our city works — or doesn’t — is apparent. Suddenly places like Midtown that generated so much economic activity for New York seem built for another era.

But we can also see much more clearly now how the design of our city was already flawed — and often how those flaws perpetuated inequality.

New York may be a group of communities, but it is also one city, and we are all in this recovery together.
Let’s start acting like it.

To see ourselves as walled-off enclaves is an old, and frankly biased, way of thinking.

Housing — including affordable housing — can and should be put anywhere it can go, as long as it benefits those who need it. And the infrastructure and space for jobs that support the city must also go where it is smartest to build — not just easiest.

Here’s how an Adams administration will do it.

Affordable Housing For All Who Need It

To deal with our housing crisis in New York, the city must rapidly build new affordable housing while protecting existing apartments everywhere. That means bold, aggressive measures that are even more necessary now as we simultaneously fight a pandemic and an economic crisis. Here’s how:

  • Up-zone wealthier areas where we can build far more affordable units.
  • Repurpose city office buildings and hotels for affordable housing.
  • Think big by thinking small and add basement apartments, SROs and other small units.
  • Provide homes and help for the homeless and those struggling with rent.

Reimagine Our City

Much of our city is zoned for another era when all New Yorkers lived in one area and worked in another. When COVID-19 hit, it economically decimated neighborhoods dominated by tall office towers, where retailers, restaurants, and other businesses relied almost entirely on 9-to-5 workers. The city also relies too heavily on office workers and the service economy overall, when it could and should be expanding employment options in areas like life sciences, urban agriculture, and manufacturing.

  • Create more live/work communities.
  • Empower community development corporations.

Save NYCHA

Even before the pandemic, we knew that tens-of-billions of dollars was needed to make basic improvements to NYCHA complexes throughout the city. The virus exposed even more immediate issues We need an all-in approach to raise enough money to save NYCHA tenants from dilapidated buildings and deteriorating apartments.

  • Save NYCHA through bold moves like allowing the agency to sell air rights.
  • Keep NYCHA tenants informed to hold the agency accountable.
  • Better rent subsidies to keep people from becoming homeless; reduce evictions.

"Only new thinking can lead to a new dawn."

– Zadie Smith

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