Preservation Issues

Planning, Preservation and Community Participation Panel Discussion


-General Society of Mechanics & Tradesmen of the City of New York was founded in 1785 by the skilled craftsmen of the City.


-Founded in 1820, The General Society Library is the second oldest library in New York City.


-Majora Carter, Angel Ayon, Liz Krueger, George Janes, and Steve Levin.


-Liz Krueger, George Janes, Steve Levin, and Peg Breen.

April 6, 2017

The Conservancy held the second panel in a three-part series on “Planning, Preservation and Community Participation” at the Mechanics and Tradesmen’s Library. It was a lively discussion on How do we balance preservation and development? Do New Yorkers have enough say in planning and zoning? How can citizens help shape their community’s future?

Panelists included:
Angel Ayon, AIA, LEED AP; Founder, Ayon Studio; Vice-President, Save Harlem Now
Majora Carter, Founder, Majora Carter Group, Urban Revitalization Strategy Consultant & Real Estate Developer
George Janes, Founder, George M. Janes & Associates, Planning Consultant
Liz Krueger, New York State Senator, 28th District
Steve Levin, New York City Councilmember, 33rd District

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The panelists agreed that the City does not pay enough attention to community plans or concerns when proposing zoning or development plans. They also called for strengthening community boards so they could hire experts to assist them. And they emphasized that residents need to be active and vote to ensure that public officials do pay attention to community character and needs. The conversation will continue with our third panel scheduled for June 15. The aim is to come away with practical suggestions for ways residents can have a greater say in how the City and their neighborhoods evolve.

Listen to the AUDIO ONLY portion of the panel discussion below.

Planning, Preservation and Community Participation Panel Discussion – April 6 from New York Landmarks Conservancy on Vimeo.