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Report  |  March 15, 2017

The largest park in Queens and the fourth largest park in New York City, Flushing Meadows Corona Park (FMCP) spans 897 acres and is home to several important cultural institutions. Surrounded by the most diverse neighborhoods in the City, FMCP serves as an important resource for communities...

Report  |  February 28, 2017

Under the Hood: A Look into New York City’s Auto Repair Industry, takes an in-depth look at the oft-ignored auto sector and offers critical statistics about its most vital asset: its workforce.  It reveals that auto repair jobs provide decent wages for a...

Report  |  January 17, 2017

Urban manufacturing is being reborn in the United States. New small-batch producers are creating well-paying jobs in many cities that were once abandoned by more traditional manufacturers. Greater access to production technologies is making it possible for designers and entrepreneurs to...

Report  |  October 19, 2016

In January 2016, the Pratt Center for Community Development launched the EnergyFit NYC Pilot to test an innovative new approach to implementing energy retrofit measures. There are 863,867 one- to four-family homes in NYC, the vast majority of which have not received an energy retrofit. This...

Report  |  April 18, 2016

What Makes the City Run: preserving space for critical economic activities analyzes strategies for preserving affordable space for industrial uses and the well-paying blue-collar jobs those sectors provide. Preserving industrial space is critical to the city’s basic ability to function – to transport, store, assemble, prepare, repair and/or remove everything a city needs, from building supplies to school busses.

Report  |  February 11, 2016

New York City is exploring the creation of a new type of zoning district intended to increase job density in the City’s manufacturing and industrial areas, called Enhanced Business Areas. These districts will allow for a mix of “creative-office” and manufacturing/production...

Report  |  December 16, 2015

Pratt Center for Community Development launched the Retrofit Standardization Study to test a simplified, scalable approach to implementing energy efficiency upgrades in New York City’s 1-4 family buildings. The first phase of the study, energy audits were conducted on 22, two-family,...

Report  |  May 4, 2015

 

Making Room for Housing and Jobs examines how rezoning industrial areas to provide space for housing may actually undermine housing affordability if high-wage industrial jobs are replaced with low-wage jobs in retailing and neighborhood services. To avoid pitting housing...

Report  |  April 22, 2015

New York City has always been known for its varied and innovative food culture. In recent years, a growing, eclectic mix of artisanal food and beverage manufacturers is further enhancing this reputation by incubating businesses based on new products ranging from cocktail mixers to vegan...

Report  |  February 26, 2015

This report analyzes the impact hotel proliferation is having on New York City neighborhoods. Over the past decade, visitors to the City have increased by over 40%, and hotel development has been mirroring this trend:  180 hotels were built across the City between 2004 and 2013. Once...