Carnegie Hill received its name early in the 20th century, but the known history of the area begins more than 500 years ago. This section of Manhattan now noted for its historic architecture was once dotted with dwellings made of bent trees, the homes of the Wechquaeesgek Indians.
Carnegie Hill Neighbors frequently deals with zoning issues on the Upper East Side within our catchment area and beyond. Click below to access the 13 articles which address The Zoning Resolution and the New York City’s zoning regulations that impact land use and development.
Be an Advocate
Carnegie Hill Neighbors has a long history of shaping our community’s character through advocacy. With preservation a main focus of our mission, it has been a tool in the creation of historic districts, designation of individual landmarks, and the down-zoning of our major avenues and streets (the mid-blocks), as well as proposing legislation to prevent sliver building.
We support contextual renovations, but when a project proposal is out of context with the streetscape or when a development project is out of scale, we take seriously our options to change the outcome. We may initiate letter-writing campaigns, sign petitions, or question the way policy is administered. We speak up at Community Board meetings and support other preservation organizations. We engage experts on behalf of the issues, propose solutions, and use the media to make our position known.
For the past year, we have been involved in the unrelenting scourge to the City’s skyline — the proliferation of super tall buildings. Last spring, we mounted a zoning challenge against the developer DDG, for the 550-feet tall tower it is seeking to build at 180 East 88th Street.
However, zoning challenges for mammoth developments pits us against well funded developers and requires us to hire both zoning consultants and land use attorneys. This use of outside experts is costly but absolutely essential if we are to have an impact.
If you value the work CHN undertakes on a daily basis, we ask you to make a contribution. Help us continue our zoning challenges to the tall tower construction at 180 East 88th Street. Please use the form below to contribute and show your support. Thank you for your help in protecting the character of our Carnegie Hill neighborhood! Also, if you have information to contribute to the Landmarks program please feel free to comment below. If you would like to be an active participant in our efforts, we have an array of volunteer opportunities that need to be filled. Let us know if you have time and inclination to join us at firstname.lastname@example.org.