The Real Deal New York

City Planning Chair Carl Weisbrod: an understated force

Vet overseeing controversial policy shift that may test his popularity in industry
By Hiten Samtani | August 07, 2014 10:30AM

From the August issue: Carl Weisbrod, the recently appointed chair of the New York City Planning Commission, may not have the star power that his predecessor Amanda Burden did. Burden is an heir to the Standard Oil fortune, dates broadcast journalist Charlie Rose and lives blocks away from Mayor Michael Bloomberg on the Upper East Side.

But Weisbrod is an old hand at city politics and a veteran on the New York City real estate scene. So when Mayor Bill de Blasio picked him to head the commission charged with overseeing the city’s rezonings and trajectory for growth, the real estate industry was relieved. [more]