“This is the end of developer deference. This is the end of developers running projects through the City Council. Those days are over. My message to developers is: community is where the power is at.” — Councilmember Menchaca
Community resistance led Industry City developers to back out of their rezoning proposal. Inwood fought and won against an approved rezoning, which was then nullified. New Yorkers insisted Amazon not be exempt from taxes, which didn't stop them from leasing 335,000 sqft of office space. Williamsburg can be just as strong in its opposition—and we can win!
The decision for River Street rests in our Council Member, Steve Levin’s, hands. He has said he will “follow the community’s lead” on this decision. We are the community. Join us in telling Steve, Community Board 1, and Mayor de Blasio: “No, thank you.” Please keep the zoning as-is and let the developer build something useful for our community.