To launch Neighborhoods Now, the Urban Design Forum and Van Alen Institute connected with members of the Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development, a coalition of community organizations across New York City. Each organization identified priorities specific to their neighborhoods’ concerns and businesses, and collaborated in working groups with design firms and professionals across other disciplines to co-create solutions.

This website features individual tools, resources, and strategies created by these working groups. Detailed PDF reports from each group provide full context for each resource and greater insight into this collaborative, community-led process.


82nd Street Partnership

Neighborhood: Jackson Heights, Queens
Coordinating firm: SO-IL and LTL
Supporting firms: ARODesign Advocates (Frederick Tang Architecture, Kalos Eidos, Office of Tangible Space, Some People Studio, Studio Fōr, Worrell/Yeung); MOSnARCHITECTSVHB

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View full report (PDF).

In-kind donations provided by Baggu, Future Green, Gilbane, Herman Miller, Julien Leyssene & Cristina Webb, MillerBlaker, Noble Construction Group, Sherwin Williams, SIKI IM STUDIO, Spinneybeck, Uniqlo, and We Plant NYC.

Bed-Stuy Gateway BID

Neighborhood: Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn
Coordinating firm: Moody Nolan
Supporting firms: Design Advocates (Büro Koray Duman, Bureau V, Lea Architecture, Only If Architecture, Studio Cadena, WIP Studio, Thackway McCord); GrimshawJaklitsch/GardnerW Architecture

View full report (PDF).

Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation (Restoration)

Neighborhood: Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn
Coordinating firm: KPF
Supporting firms: AE SuperlabFarzana Gandhi Design StudioJames Corner Field OperationsJB&B

View full report (PDF).

In-kind donations provided by Blondie’s Treehouse and Home Depot.

Community League of the Heights (CLOTH)

Neighborhood: Washington Heights, Manhattan
Coordinating firm: Arup
Supporting firms: Design Advocates (Barker Associates Architecture Office, Abruzzo Bodziak Architects, Office of Architecture, Overlay Office, Parc Office, Smith & Sauer); GenslerSchool of JellyfishStantecWoods Bagot

View full report (PDF).

Cooper Square Committee (CSC)

Neighborhood: Lower East Side
Curtis + Ginsberg Architects

View full report (PDF).

Fourth Arts Block (FABnyc)

Neigborhood: Lower East Side
DLR Group, Francis Cauffman Architects, and Henning Larsen

View full reports (PDF).

Northwest Bronx Community & Clergy Coalition (NWBCCC)

Neighborhood: Kingsbridge, Bronx
Coordinating firm: COOKFOX
Supporting firms: Design Advocates (Space 4 Architecture, Architensions, Brandt : Haferd, Future Expansion Architects, Michael K. Chen Architecture, New Affiliates); MNLA; Perkins & Will; Scalar Architecture; Studio Libeskind

View full report (PDF).

In-kind donations provided by Greengage Urbanscape, Ltd.

University Neighborhood Housing Program (UNHP)

Neighborhood: Kingsbridge, Bronx
Dattner Architects and MBB

View full report (PDF).

All working groups also received legal resources from Fried Frank and graphic design work by Partner & Partners, Pentagram, and Two Twelve. Kramer Levin, NDC, Sam Schwartz, Silman, and Thornton Tomasetti provided additional support.