The Real Deal New York

New York’s NIMBY posse

A roundup of the city’s most influential neighborhood organizations fighting developers

November 06, 2012 10:30AM
By Leigh Kamping-Carder

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From left: Andrew Berman of the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation speaking at a rally protesting NYU’s expansion, Develop Don’t Destroy’s Daniel Goldstein and Simeon Bankoff, head of the Historic Districts Council.

From the November issue: New Yorkers are nothing if not opinionated — especially when it comes to their own backyards. Hundreds, if not thousands of New York City block associations, community groups and single-issue nonprofits exist to shape the streetscape and the skyline. While these groups are sometimes derisively called NIMBYs (short for Not In My Backyard), some have pushed to protect whole swaths of the city, successfully curtailing development projects and swaying public opinion. [more]