Report: Morningside Heights Empty Storefronts and Community Needs

An Executive Summary and Conclusion follow. Small businesses in New York City are shutting down at an alarming rate. Across the five boroughs, the citywide retail vacancy rate increased by 45% from 4.0% in 2007 to 5.8% in 2017. [1]. Rates of vacancies are higher in the outer boroughs than in Manhattan; however, the growth in vacancy rates in Manhattan remains troubling and outpaces that … Continue reading Report: Morningside Heights Empty Storefronts and Community Needs

SPECIAL BULLETIN September 25, 2019

SPEAKER COREY JOHNSON “100% SUPPORTS” REZONING OF MORNINGSIDE HEIGHTS – COMMITS CITY COUNCIL LAND USE STAFF AND RESOURCES “I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH ALL OF YOU, WITH THIS AMAZING COMMUNITY, WITH COUNCIL MEMBER MARK LEVINE, TO GET THIS DONE.” At the September 19 MHCC Town Hall Meeting at Corpus Christi Church, nearly 150 Morningside Heights community members were jubilant over City Council Speaker Johnson’s … Continue reading SPECIAL BULLETIN September 25, 2019

Primary Sites in Morningside Heights Vulnerable to Overdevelopment

Purpose The purpose of this report is to draw urgent attention to the potential for overdevelopment of many “at risk” sites that threatens to change forever the face of Morningside Heights. From new apartments at the Enclave on the grounds of St. John the Divine on West 113th Street to the four former St. Luke’s Hospital buildings across the street, to high-rise luxury towers going … Continue reading Primary Sites in Morningside Heights Vulnerable to Overdevelopment

Crain’s Features MHCC Position Letter on UTS Tower

Community group: We’re realistic on development but won’t go down quietly To the editor: Union Theological Seminary’s initial announcement in 2016 of a $100 million deal to build a market-rate 42-story tower in Morningside Heights provoked strong opposition in a diverse community concerned about affordable housing, residential displacement and non-contextual development (“Seminary plans 42-story tower in Morningside Heights,” Crain’s). UTS is voluntarily setting aside $1.1 … Continue reading Crain’s Features MHCC Position Letter on UTS Tower

‘Rezone Us Please,’ Activists Urge City Planners. (Yes. You Read That Right)

By David Robinson The word “rezoning” inspires deep misgivings among many community groups across the city. They regard it as a Trojan Horse for new upscale housing development that will lead inevitably to gentrification and displacement of longtime neighborhood residents. But that’s not the case in my Manhattan neighborhood of Morningside Heights; here, activists are pushing reluctant City Planning officials to rezone the area. It’s … Continue reading ‘Rezone Us Please,’ Activists Urge City Planners. (Yes. You Read That Right)