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What did the Mayor Miss?

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Mayor de Blasio spent much of his State of the City address to discuss his administration’s housing goals.

The Mayor reiterated his goal to build or preserve 200,000 affordable units—plus an additional 160,000 market-rate units—by 2024, and proposed a number of innovative ways to meet these ambitious goals. Some highlights include:

  • Converting the Sunnyside Yards train depot into an 11,250-unit affordable housing community
  • Requiring mandatory inclusionary zoning for all new major developments in neighborhoods such as East New York, West Flushing, and Long Island City
  • Building thousands more affordable units in the Rockaways and the South Bronx, and connecting them to other parts of the city through a public ferry service