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Carl Weisbrod

Chairman
New York City Planning Commission
22 Reade Street
New York, NY 10007
212-720-3300
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Carl Weisbrod, born in 1945, is an attorney, city planner, and civil servant in New York City, credited with transforming Times Square into a tourist destination from a sex-shop district best avoided. Weisbrod also played a deciding role in revitalizing the Financial District by paving the way for residential conversions to old under-utilized office buildings and attracting creative industry tenants to the neighborhood. In 2014, Mayor Bill de Blasio appointed him chairman of the New York City Planning Commission. Weisbrod began his career as an activist lawyer, suing the city on behalf of poor tenants and squatters, before taking a position at the Department of Relocation during the John V. Lindsay administration. From 1978 to 1994, while holding a series of city government jobs, he led the effort to recast Times Square. In 1990, he created and served as president Economic Development Corporation, and in that role he used eminent domain aggressively to help the city take-over much of the land in that 42nd Street target area and remove sex-shops. From 1994 to 2015, Weisbrod’s work shifted to lower Manhattan, whose popularity as an office district was falling. He founded the Alliance for Downtown New York, lower Manhattan’s business improvement district. Then, moving into the private sector, Weisbrod managed the formerly industrial Hudson Square area portfolio of Trinity Church and attracted new types of businesses as tenants. In 2011, he joined HR&A Advisors and lobbied the Bloomberg administration to rezone the area for residential use. Weisbrod grew up in Parkchester in southeast Bronx and Fresh Meadows in northeastern Queens. He received an undergraduate degree from Cornell University, where he majored in labor relations, and a JD from New York University’s School of Law. As of 2015, he lived on Roosevelt Island with his wife, Jody Adams, a retired family court judge. –MK


12/07/18
...of City Planning, then under the direction of Carl Weisbrod, sought to ease tensions over the projects by conducting an environmental impact study, which...

11/16/18
...sense; operationally it makes sense,” MTA board member Carl Weisbrod told the Wall Street Journal. Real estate firm fires agent who mocked Andrew Gillum...

09/11/18
...From left: Carl Weisbrod, Chris Ward, Janno Lieber and Ken Lewis Though the competition drew prominent architects from...

01/16/18
...as going-away presents (former City Planning Commission chairman Carl Weisbrod got one when he retired last year). For now, though, she’s not sure...

...as going-away presents (former City Planning Commission chairman Carl Weisbrod got one when he retired last year). For now, though, she’s not sure...

12/15/17
...From left: Carl Weisbrod, Scott Rechler and Grand Central Terminal “I know from my standpoint as a real...

10/13/17
...Mayor Bill de Blasio tapped her to replace Carl Weisbrod as the department’s director and as the chair of the City Planning Commission...

...Mayor Bill de Blasio tapped her to replace Carl Weisbrod as the department’s director and as the chair of the City Planning Commission...

06/28/17
...Deputy Mayor Tony Shorris, former City Planning head Carl Weisbrod and Shola Olatoye, head of the Housing Authority, all previously worked at the firm...

06/07/17
...consensus-driven and solution driven" and praised former chair Carl Weisbrod,  Council member Dan Garodnick, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen...

05/23/17
...force, which also includes former City Planning Director Carl Weisbrod and former MTA Chairman Joe Lhota, will develop an immediate plan to deal with...

03/28/17
...to shut down. Former director of City Planning Carl Weisbrod once likened the relationship between the two agencies to "marriage without sex." -- Kathryn...

02/16/17
...From the February issue: Carl Weisbrod, the city’s planning czar, finally put rumors to rest last month when he...

01/26/17
From the January issue’s “In their words” feature, a roundup of the funniest and most insightful comments on real estate: To read other smart and/or funny...

01/17/17
...last year. Her departure also follows that of Carl Weisbrod, head of the City Department of Planning and the City Planning Commission. He is...

01/05/17
...Carl Weisbrod (credit: Getty) and Marisa Lago Marisa Lago began her career in government with the...

01/04/17
...NYC City Planning Commissioner Carl Weisbrod (Credit: Chance Yeh) Carl Weisbrod, the recently appointed chair of the New York City...

01/04/17
...From left: Bill de Blasio and Carl Weisbrod (Credit: City of New York) Just as plans for rezoning Midtown East are finally...

01/03/17
...Midtown east and Carl Weisbrod, Plans to rezone Midtown East are one step closer to becoming a reality after...

...Land Use Review Procedure.  City Planning Commission Chairman Carl Weisbrod determined a few months later, however, that the developers could build their towers as...

12/08/16
...From left: Carl Weisbrod, Chris Ward, Janno Lieber and Ken Lewis Though the competition drew prominent architects from...

10/14/16
...in the Sky." At the time, planning chair Carl Weisbrod said the city wants to "begin a period of analysis and stakeholder engagement and...

10/07/16
...Bond Street in Gowanus (inset from top: Carl Weisbrod, Brad Lander and Bill de Blasio The city is getting ready to kick off...

...move your existing capacity around,” City Planning Commissioner Carl Weisbrod told the New York Times in August. “We pushed the program to the limits...

09/30/16
...Richard Anderson and Carl Weisbrod Is it strange that the city is helping the state pay for transit improvements...