Pratt Center is assisting the Justice for All Coalition, a local group of stakeholders organized by the Faith in New York network to ensure equitable outcomes will result from a series of major developments in Long Island City.

Coalition member holds microphone while addressing a crowd
Justice for All Coalition Chairperson Sylvia White speaks at a rally against the overdevelopment of luxury towers in Long Island City. Photo courtesy of Roy and Rita Normandeau

Western Queens (Astoria and Long Island City) is currently under consideration for a number of major planning proposals, including a 37 block rezoning in the Long Island City “core”, the Brooklyn Queens Connector Streetcar (BQX), and the potential development of Sunnyside Yard.

Even by New York City standards, this area has been undergoing massive change prior to these new proposals. What was once largely a low-rise, mixed-use (industrial and residential) area is now home to dozens of high rise residential and office buildings. Much of this development has been the result of previous manufacturing-to-residential/commercial rezonings in 1986, 2001, 2004, and 2008. The vast majority of the new housing built has been market-rate and thus unaffordable to many.

Sign reads "Public Land 4 Public Good: Don't Give Away Our Land"
Justice for All Coalition is advocating that city-owned land on the Long Island City waterfront be developed in a way that meaningfully meets the needs of low- and moderate-income stakeholders. Photo courtesy of Roy and Rita Normandeau

In response, the Justice for All Coalition, which includes residents of the Queensbridge and Ravenswood Houses, have been engaging the community by holding training sessions, community forums, and rallies to mobilize local stakeholders to advocate for a wholistic planning approach by the City and the delivery of key community benefits including deeply affordable housing, jobs for local residents, and improvements to public housing. 

Pratt Center is providing technical assistance to the Coalition through project management support, in-depth analysis of recent trends and proposed plans, strategy assistance, and the development of a community platform.

Woman speaks before a group of people assembled around tables
Community meetings are a key way that Justice for All Coalition engages the broader community about pressing local issues. Photo courtesy of Roy and Rita Normandeau

Project Status



  • Urban Planning
  • Strategic Advisement


  • Queens