East Harlem Rezoning

“The New York City Department of City Planning (DCP), together with the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), is proposing a series of land use actions including zoning map amendments, zoning text amendments, and amendments to the Milbank Frawley Circle-East Urban Renewal Plan (collectively, the “Proposed Actions”) as a component of the East Harlem Neighborhood Study (the “Neighborhood Study”), a comprehensive, community-focused effort aimed at identifying opportunities for the creation of new mixed-income housing and the preservation of existing affordable units consistent with Mayor’s de Blasio’s housing plan, Housing New York: A Five –Borough, Ten-Year Plan. The Proposed Actions are intended to facilitate the development of affordable housing, preserve existing neighborhood character, improve the pedestrian experience, and create new commercial and manufacturing space to support job creation adjacent to existing and future transit nodes. The Proposed Actions would affect an approximately 96-block area of the East Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan, Community District 11. The area that is subject to the Proposed Actions is generally bounded by East 104th Street to the south, East 132nd Street to the north, Park Avenue to the west and Second Avenue to the east.” (Dept. of City Planning)

Amended Zoning Text Application

Since the issuance of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS), DCP has prepared and filed an amended zoning text application (referred to hereafter as the “A-Text”) that addresses issues raised after issuance of the DEIS. The A-Text, as ULURP application N 170359(A) ZRM, consists of modifications to the Proposed Actions that would establish height limits in the proposed districts along the Park Avenue corridor and portions of Lexington, Third and Second avenues.

This technical memorandum presents a revised assessment of the Proposed Actions based on the A-Text. This technical memorandum considers whether the proposed A-Text would result in any new or different significant adverse environmental impacts not already identified in the DEIS.

Technical Memorandum – August 4, 2017

Amended Zoning Text – August 4, 2017

Rezoning Follow-Up Actions

On December 17, 2018, the Department of City Planning certified as a complete a land use application for a proposed “zoning map amendment and zoning text amendments to the Special East Harlem Corridors District (EHC). The EHC and related zoning actions was approved by the City Council on November 30, 2017 as part of the East Harlem Neighborhood Rezoning. The proposed text amendments are follow-up actions that respond to concerns expressed throughout the public review process by the public and elected officials regarding building heights along portions of Park Avenue and subway access at the intersection of Lexington Avenue and East 116th Street. The proposed zoning map amendment is a corrective action to a portion of the special district”.

The community board review period for this application begins on December 26, 2018 and must be completed by February 25, 2019.

EH Neighborhood Rezoning Follow-Up Actions – December 2018

Documentation / Resources

Draft Environmental Impact Statement

CB11 comments on Draft Scope of Work

Scoping Documents (Scoping Notice, Draft Scope of Work, Environmental Assessment Statementscoping protocol)

Land Use Application and supporting materials

Testimony of CB11 East Harlem Rezoning Task Force Committee

Community Board Recommendation on Land Use Application – July 3, 2017 (vote tally)

Borough President Recommendation – August 2, 2017

Final Environmental Impact Statement

New York City Council “East Harlem Rezoning” webpage 

East Harlem Maximum Heights and FAR Map

Points of Agreement – November 21, 2017

Commitments Tracker

CB11 POA Sites development recommendations – June 18, 2019

Calendar of Events

May 3, 2017
CB11 Review period begins

May 10, 2017
Land Use, Landmarks & Planning Committee

May 16, 2017
Full Board – Public Hearing (notice)

May 18, 2017
Rezoning Task Force

June 14, 2017
Land Use, Landmarks & Planning Committee

June 16, 2017
Land Use, Landmarks & Planning Committee

June 20, 2017
Full Board – Public Hearing & Vote

June 27, 2017
Full Board Meeting & Vote

July 3, 2017
CB11 Review period ends

August 23, 2017, 2:00 pm
City Planning Commission Public Hearing
1 Centre Street, Mezzanine Level

October 2, 2017, 1:00 pm
City Planning Commission – Special Meeting
Spector Hall, 22 Reade Street

October 11, 2017, 12:00 pm
City Council Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises
Council Chambers – City Hall


Presentation to CB11 Full Board, NYC Department of City Planning – May 16, 2017

Presentation to CB11 Land Use, Landmarks & Planning Committee, NYC Department of City Planning – May 10, 2017

Draft Planning Framework, NYC Department of City Planning – November 9, 2016 

Differences between EHNP and DCP recommendations, George Janes – November 9, 2016

Draft Planning Framework, NYC Department of City Planning – October 18, 2016


“Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Council Member Bill Perkins and New York City Council Announce Historic Agreement to Rezone East Harlem and Advance Community Plan” – NYC Council Press Release, November 21, 2017

“Public Review Underway for East Harlem Initiative” – City Land, May 10, 2o17

“Initial East Harlem Rezoning Plan Promises 30-Story Towers And Less Parking” – NY Yimby, Oct. 19, 2016

“City’s East Harlem Plan Tracks Community Blueprint” – City Limits, Oct. 19, 2016

“Proposed East Harlem rezoning could add 30-story buildings to the neighborhood” – Curbed NY, Oct. 19, 2016

“De Blasio administration proposes sweeping changes to East Harlem at community meeting” – Politico, Oct. 19, 2016