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RoundUp July/Aug, 2015


Consistent with its continued efforts to promote a robust statewide transportation network, as outlined in its 2015 Policy Agenda, the New York Building Congress supports Governor Cuomo's proposal to fully fund the MTA Capital Program. The State has promised to provide an additional $8 billion to the MTA's revised budget to help close the capital funding gap. The State is seeking $3 billion from the City to fund the remainder of the deficit. To read the Building Congress statement, please click here.


At a public hearing on July 30, the Building Congress testified in support of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation's proposal to include affordable housing on Pier 6 as part of the Corporation's agreement with developers to fund park improvements. The housing within the Park's boundaries underwrites virtually all upkeep and maintenance of the Park in a unique public-private partnership arrangement. The modifications to the plan will include more parkland, affordable housing, and community space than the original plan, while utilizing less parkland for private development. To read the testimony, please click here.


The New York Building Foundation, working with the Building Congress Task Force on Innovation and Best Practices, recently launched a sidewalk shed design competition aimed at creating innovative alternatives to the unsightly sidewalk sheds employed throughout the City. The goal of the competition is to leverage the expertise and ingenuity of the design, construction, and real estate industry to develop shed concepts that could meet NYC Department of Building requirements, while thoughtfully addressing a major quality of life issue for New Yorkers.


The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, August 19, with winners announced in September. For more information, please click here.


On August 4, the Building Congress testified at a Landmarks Preservation Commission hearing in support of The Howard Hughes Corporation's plan to redevelop Pier 17 at the South Street Seaport. The proposal includes new public spaces and visitor amenities and is an important step in the recovery of Lower Manhattan's waterfront following Superstorm Sandy. The project would provide retail, entertainment, dining, and public open space to accommodate increased residential building as well as boost tourism in the Financial District. To read the full testimony, please click here.


2015 Membership Directory

The 2015 edition of the New York Building Congress Membership Directory was recently released to the membership. For questions about the Membership Directory or becoming a member, please contact Robert Chapman at


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