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Report  |  January 21, 2009

This report focuses on the economic activity and impact of New York’s Diamond District, an extraordinary block on 47th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues, which employs 22,300 people, many of which are historically disadvantaged workers. The report...

Report  |  January 21, 2009

This report documents the RenewableNY program managed by the New York Industrial Retential Network (NYIRN), a project of Pratt Center. RenewableNY provided grant funding and project management support for industrial facilities to implement energy efficiency and renewable energy measures,...

Report  |  October 16, 2008

This report identifies the challenges faced by immigrant renters in finding safe, decent, and affordable housing. The report finds that by almost every measure, immigrant tenants face housing problems to a degree much greater than native-born New Yorkers. It also proposes measures New York City...

Report  |  October 1, 2008

This report documents the findings from the SPURA Matters community engagement process and is intended to be used as a tool for local stakeholders to use in advocacy efforts to redevelop the Seward Park Urban Renewal Area (SPURA) site, a city-owned lot on the Lower East Side of Manhattan that...

Report  |  August 8, 2008

This document presents ways to protect the city's manufacturing space. New York City is known for its world service of financial and media organizations. However, the city also depends on its own manufacturers to produce goods. And though demand for NYC goods are still high, manufacturing...

Report  |  July 31, 2008

The stated goal of the 2004 Downtown Brooklyn Plan was to stimulate the redevelopment of the area in order to encourage its continued transformation into New York City’s third central business district.

Report  |  January 31, 2008

This report was prepared by the Pratt Center for Community Development and is the result of extensive conversations over several months involving several hundred residents of the communities surrounding Willets Point (especially Corona, Flushing, Jackson Heights and East Elmhurst), workers and...

Report  |  December 17, 2007

As Sunset Park awaits the results of a zoning study being conducted by the NYC  Department of City Planning, City Councilwoman Sara Gonzalez and Brooklyn Community Board 7 co-sponsored one community education workshop and two community conversations about development issues and...

Report  |  October 15, 2007

We believe that the rezoning and development of the Gowanus Canal area provides a great opportunity for our community.

Report  |  September 24, 2007

Community Board 9 Manhattan 197-a Plan, completed in 2007, is the compilation of work begun by the Community Board in 1998, and later revised and supported by the Office of Manhattan Borough President, a Columbia University Planning Studio, the New York City Council, the Harlem Community...