Reports & Studies

In furtherance of CIVITAS’s Reimagining the Waterfront initiative, we are pleased to announce a new community-based vision for the John Finley Walk section of the East River Esplanade (81st-84th Streets). During May and June, CIVITAS, with support from Council Member Ben Kallos, facilitated two visioning sessions for community residents to solicit priorities for possible improvements to this section of the Esplanade. Residents of buildings facing John Finley Walk filled out an extensive survey that enabled CIVITAS to collect data and statistically measure how the neighborhood would like to see improvements implemented.

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In May 2014, Mayor de Blasio released his plan ‘Housing New York,’ a five-borough ten-year plan to preserve and expand affordable housing. Key components of this plan include protecting current housing stock, preserving 120,000 units of existing housing, investing in strong neighborhoods by planning with communities, and creating 80,000 new affordable housing units. To achieve these goals, the Department of City Planning (DCP) proposed three initiatives: Zoning for Quality and Affordability (ZQA), Mandatory Inclusionary Housing and Neighborhood Studies.

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CIVITAS proudly advocates for a holistic redevelopment of the East River Esplanade. Our vision plan takes both community and environmental concerns into account at the highest levels.

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In Winter 2011 CIVITAS, with the assistance of the Capstone consulting program at the NYU Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, administered a Community Engagement Survey of the Upper East Side and East Harlem neighborhoods.  The purpose of the survey was to evaluate community needs within the areas that CIVITAS addresses through its work:  land use planning and zoning, transportation, environmental quality and streetscapes.

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Access to the river esplanade for the residents of East Harlem is sparse, difficult, and even dangerous. Randall’s Island, which for land use purposes is deemed part of East Harlem, is being developed as a first-class sports and recreation facility. Yet there is no access to Randall’s Island from East Harlem north of 102nd Street. (That narrow pedestrian bridge actually lands in Ward’s Island).

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CIVITAS participated actively in the work of the multi-agency task force, led by the Department of City Planning and the New York City Economic Development Corporation, which is planning the revitalization of 125th Street,

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