Rezoning of East Harlem

A new contextual zoning for a substantial part of East Harlem—52 blocks—was enacted in June 2003. Improved zoning would allow East Harlem to preserve the village-like feeling of its side streets with their concentration of low-rise row houses and tenements, and at the same time provide the opportunity for contemporary housing and increased commercial activity along some of the area’s widest avenues.

Now, detailed planning and implementation are occurring; we will observe and contribute to make sure the original intent is preserved. A study by the Department of City Planning to consider further upzoning of Third Avenue will be closely monitored.

Click here to read the 2002 booklet New Zoning for East Harlem.