In the largest zoning change since 1961, the de Blasio administration successfully pushed for the City Council to pass two major initiatives last week — Mandatory Inclusionary Housing and Zoning for Quality and Affordability. Here's how these changes will affect Brooklyn residents, historic districts, and neighborhoods like East New York.


The historic Empire State Dairy Building at 2480 Atlantic Avenue. Photo by Edrei Rodriguez

As city agencies and community members continue to weigh the pros and cons of the East New York rezoning plan, the New York City Department of City Planning earlier this month released the final environmental impact statement, shedding light on the proposal’s potential effects on some of the area’s most landmark-eligible structures.


The view from Bushwick Inlet Park in Williamsburg. Photo by Mary Hautman

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Mandatory Inclusionary Zoning proposal has gotten a lot of flak from local community boards, but at least one Brooklyn City Council member is throwing his support behind the plan. And he’s gunning for a ‘Burg-style rezoning of Bushwick — but, this time, with tons of mandatory affordable housing.


On left: The local figures calling for a fixed-up park and subway station. On right: Photo of 85 Jay Street via Watchtower

A handful of local figures and politicians — including Steve Levin, Laurie Cumbo, and Letitia James — are calling for the Jehovah’s Witnesses to fulfill promises the group made in 2004 to fix a Dumbo park and subway station.

The politicians sent a letter to Richard Devine, spokesman of the Brooklyn-based religious group, on December 22. You can read the full letter below, but the gist of it closely echoes the call for improvements made by former New York City Council Member David Yassky.


The people have spoken, and they don’t like Mayor de Blasio’s controversial proposals on zoning and affordable housing. Brooklyn officials and politicians met publicly at Brooklyn Borough Hall Tuesday night and overwhelmingly voted to reject the two proposals.

The rare and unusual vote by the Brooklyn Borough Board was part of an obscure aspect of the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP) process.