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Coalition to Demand End to Hochul Plan for Penn Area, Call for Housing Over Offices

Pythia Public, Ana Hall, Posted: December 18, 2023, Event Date: December 19, 2023



Outside of former Hotel Pennsylvania

401 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10001

Residents, housing advocates and good government groups to call on Governor to build thousands of units of affordable housing, not 17 million square feet of glitzy commercial towers

“End Hochul’s Hoax” Coalition formed in response to New York’s worst housing crisis in decades, which Governor has failed to address in the Penn Area

NEW YORK, NY — On Tuesday, a coalition of community members, small business owners, housing advocates and good government organizations will rally outside the site of the former Hotel Pennsylvania to launch “End Hochul’s Hoax”, a campaign demanding that Governor Kathy Hochul abandon support for her plan to prioritize more than 17 million square feet of luxury commercial space over urgently needed affordable housing in the neighborhood near Penn Station. Amid the city’s worst housing crisis in decades and a tanking market for office space, the Governor’s real estate deal would use executive authority to supersede New York City’s zoning laws and hand Vornado Realty Trust and its CEO Steve Roth the power to build six commercial mega-towers. 

Now, as the neighborhood sits in limbo while Vornado waits for better economic conditions that are unlikely to materialize anytime soon (if ever), coalition members will call on Governor Hochul to drop her support for the real estate handout and finally embrace a plan that puts affordable housing and community space over favors for her campaign donor.

Ana Hall (she/her)





Planning for Adaptive Reuse Together: Hotels to permanent affordable housing

(MSCC) Event Date: May 13, 2021

Sustaining communities through the development of permanent and really affordable housing!


Time/Date: THURSDAY, MAY 13TH 4 PM TO 5:30 PM.



Meeting ID: 876 0024 3617
Passcode: 851029

The hotel conversion panel will highlight the opportunity to convert hotels to permanent affordable housing, with discussion of the MBP’s recent sustainable affordable housing development task force report, the HONDA bill under consideration in Albany, whether there is a need for regulatory relief, and the development challenges of converting hotels to housing. 

Panelists include:

  • MBP Gale Brewer
  • Paulette Soltani, VOCAL-NY
  • Eric Rosenbaum, Project Renewal
  • Ted Houghton, Gateway Housing (moderator)

We may add a speaker at the beginning of the event who will report on the latest in Washington, including new resources in the recently passed COVID relief bill and the infrastructure bill currently under consideration.
Please mark your calendars. Looking forward to having a really informative and timely panel discussion on the 13th.