Community Workshop Intro.: Need to Know Terms, People and Agencies

by Heather Van De Mark on

We thought it would be helpful to provide some additional information regarding the waterfront rezoning on the GWAPP website over the next few days as a lead up to the GWAPP/NAG Community Workshop on Greenpoint Landing & 77 Commercial Street that will take place this Thursday night.

Here’s a helpful glossary of relevant terms, people, locations and agencies. Have any to add? Leave them in the comments!


2005 Waterfront Rezoning
On May 11, 2005, the City Council approved the DCP’s rezoning proposal for nearly 200 blocks in the Greenpoint and Williamsburg neighborhoods of Brooklyn. Areas along the waterfront were rezoned from industrial manufacturing to high density, mixed-use residential. Read more.

Click to view full map of rezoning in Williamsburg – Greenpoint. (PDF)

77 Commercial St. Development
A future high-rise development on Commercial St. along the Newtown Creek waterfront. Developers of this site will be paying the City $8 million for the air rights to 65 Commercial St. so that they can build higher on the 77 Commercial St. site. They will also be building 200 units (source) of affordable housing at the site.

Click to enlarge map. Showing 65 and 77 Commercial St. (PDF)

65 Commercial St.
Currently home to MTA offices and several ERUs. The air rights for this lot are being sold to 77 Commercial St. for $8 million. It’s the future site of Commercial St. Park.

Affordable Housing
In NYC, to be considered affordable housing, rent must not exceed 30% of residents’ income. What property owners can charge for rent is dependent on the “annual median income” (AMI) for the area. CUP created a website, Envisioning Development, showing 2006 AMI’s for neighborhoods across NYC.

Air Rights
A type of development right in real estate, referring to the empty space above a property. Wikipedia has a good example of the transfer/sale of air rights, 4th paragraph. NYC is selling the air rights of 65 Commercial St. to the developers of 77 Commercial St. for $8 million.

As-of-Right Development
An as-of-right development complies with all applicable zoning regulations and does not require any discretion­ary action by the City Planning Commission or Board of Standards and Appeals. Most developments and enlargements in the city are as-of-right.

Box St. Park
aka Commercial St. Park. See also 65 Commercial St.

Carolee Fink
Asst. VP of Municipal Authorities at EDC.

Community Board 1

Certificate of Occupancy or TCO (Temporary Certificate of Occupancy)
In New York City, in order for a building to obtain a certificate of occupancy, the structure must pass a series of inspections, as well as a walk-through from the Department of Buildings.

Clipper Equities
Owners of the 77 Commercial St. development.

City Planning Commission
A branch of DCP. The Commission is responsible for the conduct of planning relating to the orderly growth and development of the City, including adequate and appropriate resources for the housing, business, industry, transportation, distribution, recreation, culture, comfort, convenience, health and welfare of its population.

City Council
The New York City Council is the law-making body of the City of New York. It is comprised of 51 members from 51 different Council Districts throughout the five boroughs. See also Steve Levin.

Commercial St. Park
aka Box St. Park. $1 million is already in the budget to develop Commercial St. Park with another $8 million coming from the sale of the air rights to 77 Commercial St developers. The final budget for the park’s creation is unknown at this time. Environmental remediation will occur at the site before construction. The plan is to build the park in two phases. See also 65 Commercial St.

Center for Urban Pedgagogy

Del Teague
Chair of CB1’s Land Use, ULURP, & Landmarks (Subcommittee)

Department of City Planning
Plays a role in the ULURP process and provides support to the CPC.

Department of Buildings

A provision that directs approved funds to be spent on specific projects.

Ed Wallace
Attorney for the 77 Commercial Street development

Economic Development Corporation
A non-profit local development corporation that promotes economic growth across New York City’s five boroughs. They provide expert business, economic and policy advice to the City, not-for-profit and for-profit private sector, and manage City properties and assets.

An arrangement made under contractual provisions between transacting parties, whereby an independent trusted third party receives and disburses money for the transacting parties. Disbursement of funds by the third party depends on the fulfillment of contractually-agreed conditions by the transacting parties.

Emergency Response Units: 14 SVUs, 4 mobile command centers. The MTA’s ERUs need to be relocated before the 65 Commercial St. lot can become a park. See also 65 Commercial St.

George Klein
Chairman and CEO of Park Tower Group, owners of the Greenpoint Landing development.

Greenpoint Landing
A 22-acre, 10-tower luxury development that includes waterfront esplanades and a school. They will also be building 1,431 affordable housing units out of about 5,500 apartments. (source) They are giving $2.5 million to the NBP Expansion.

© 2013 Handel Architects. New rendering of Greenpoint Landing Project.

Greenpoint Waterfront Association for Parks & Planning
Local, non-profit advocacy organization for parks and open spaces

Department of Housing Preservation & Development

Jay Segal
Land use attorney for the 77 Commercial Street development

Low-Income Affordable Marketplace Program

Lot 6
16 Dupont Street

Lot 32
219 West Street

Market-rate means rental costs are based on current market prices. There are no income limits or special requirements. The term includes apartments which have never been regulated and apartments which have undergone deregulation.

Marty Markowitz
Current Brooklyn Borough President

Metropolitan Transit Authority, see also 65 Commercial St

Neighbors Allied for Good Growth
Local organization that advocates on public policies to promote a healthy mixed-use community

Newtown Barge Playground
Located in North Greenpoint at the ends of Commercial and Dupont Streets

NBP Expansion
The expansion to NBP is being funded by the city ($4.5 million) and the developers of Greenpoint Landing ($2.5 million). The design phase for this expansion has begun.

Click to enlarge map. Showing NBP Expansion and Greenpoint Landing areas. (PDF)

Peter Krokondelas
Vice-President of Kasirer Consulting
Representative for the Greenpoint Landing development

Park Tower Group
Owners of the future Greenpoint Landing development

Often refers to NYC Department of Parks & Recreation

Points of Agreement. See also 2005 Waterfront Rezoning. Read more.

Rami Metal
Legislative Director to Councilman Steve Levin

Steve Levin
Councilman for District 33, which covers North Greenpoint. He negotiates on behalf of the community during ULURP.

Steven Lenard
City Planner at DCP

Transfer of Development Rights
Allows for the transfer of unused development rights from one zoning lot to another in limited circumstances, usually to promote the preservation of historic build­ings, open space or unique cultural resources. See also Air Rights.

Uniform Land Use Review Procedure
ULURP is a standardized procedure where applications affecting the land use of the city would be publicly reviewed in a mandated time frame.


Have any to add? Leave them in the comments!

Heather Van De Mark

Heather Van De Mark

Heather is a designer/writer specializing in non-profit organizations and social causes. Originally from central NY, Heather settled into the charming Greenpoint neighborhood in 2011. While most of her community activism takes place from behind a computer screen, Heather can often be found at CB1 meetings, the McCarren Park track and any of the parks along the waterfront.
  • Peter Ehrman commented:

    thank you
    very helpful


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