Gowanus Advocates Want City to Halt Controversial Rezoning Due to Pandemic

Sketch of possible view looking west from Degraw Street and 3rd Avenue. Image via NYC Department of City Planning


As the city reemerges from the coronavirus pandemic, a group of residents in and around Gowanus are demanding a halt to the city’s planned rezoning of the neighborhood, arguing that bureaucrats have failed to adjust their plans to deal with the new realities of city dwelling life.

“In the wake of COVID-19, with both the city and state budgets in crisis, the economy in free fall, and as many as 20 percent of Americans having lost their jobs — including a disproportionate number of people of color — this plan is woefully out of step with what the city needs right now, or what it can afford,” read a recent letter by the group Voice of Gowanus reads.

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