Carl Weisbrod

New York City Planning Commission
22 Reade Street
New York, NY 10007

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, Weisbrods work shifted to lower Manhattan, whose popularity as an office district was falling. He founded the Alliance for Downtown New York, lower Manhattans 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 Universitys School of Law. As of 2015, he lived on Roosevelt Island with his wife, Jody Adams, a retired family court judge. MK