Housing & Economy

Reports & Info Briefs

  • PDF Document Retail Activity in NYC: COVID Recovery Across 24 Neighborhoods evaluates storefront activity during the city’s reopening from COVID shutdowns. It analyzes survey data collected in 24 retail corridors during July 2020. The study assesses the level of ground-floor business activity in each corridor and variation between different types of businesses. It also compares current activity to a pre-COVID baseline in 2018.
  • PDF Document Greenpoint-Williamsburg Community Update is an analysis of available data on changes in housing, population, the economy and open space within Greenpoint and Williamsburg, Brooklyn since the 2005 waterfront rezoning.
  • PDF Document Emerging Industries and Sustainable Transportation Info Brief analyzes travel choices of workers and visitors to office, institutional, and industrial businesses in transit-oriented locations outside the Manhattan core. Traditional offices and an emerging set of businesses that contain a blend of industrial and office functions are increasingly locating in these areas–the info brief describes how they are more reliant on transit and other sustainable means of transportation than traditional industrial businesses are.
  • PDF Document Assessing Storefront Vacancy in NYC: 24 Neighborhood Case Studies is a data-driven analysis of recent trends on 24 retail corridors across the five boroughs. The study finds that the retail industry is changing rapidly across the city and that vacancy conditions can vary significantly from neighborhood to neighborhood, and even street to street. While certain retail corridors were found to have a concentration of vacant storefronts, vacancy trends cannot be explained by any single factor and are influenced by multiple local and citywide trends.
  • PDF Document Occupations of New York City Workers analyzes workers’ occupations, or function within the workplace, and earnings over time. The research finds that in the recent economic environment, the highest and lowest skill occupations have led employment growth.
  • PDF Document NYC Workers without a Bachelor’s Degree shows that workers without a bachelor’s are often competing with degree-holding workers for jobs within the same occupations, and explores which occupations and industries may provide their best earnings opportunities in the current economic environment.
  • PDF Document NYC Housing Production Snapshot 2018 Info Brief looks at new housing permits and completions in 2018, a year in which more housing was produced than in any other year since the mid 1960s.
  • PDF Document How much housing is built as-of-right? provides a better understanding of the role of land use review in facilitating new housing. The analysis looks at how much new housing was built following site-specific discretionary approvals, and how much was built as-of-right, including in areas where neighborhood rezonings increased housing capacity.
  • PDF Document Can Industrial Mixed-Use Buildings Work in NYC? is a study that assesses the opportunities for and challenges of constructing new buildings that combine industrial uses with office, residential, retail, or other uses. The study analyzes the feasibility of these buildings, for which there are few precedents, from three perspectives: tenanting and operational compatibility, physical feasibility, and financial feasibility. The study found that construction of new industrial mixed-use buildings can be feasible with certain compatible tenant mixes, suitable sites, and favorable real estate market conditions. However, these buildings face a number of physical and financial constraints, and should not be expected to comprise the prevailing building type within any area. Based on these conclusions, the City can support individual projects on an opportunistic basis in cases where such developments are feasible.
  • The PDF Document Geography of Jobs presents a snapshot of the NYC metro economy to contextualize the city’s extraordinary economic activity in the wake of the Great Recession with the economic activity in the surrounding region. Recognizing that NYC has, and is dependent upon, a regional ecosystem, the report analyzes recent employment, labor force and housing development trends and describes the changing geography of growth throughout the city, northern New Jersey, Long Island, the Hudson Valley, and southwest Connecticut – our 31-county tri-state area.
  • PDF Document NYC Housing Production and Building Heights Info Brief presents building height categories that play a role in producing new affordable as well as market-rate housing.
  • PDF Document NYC Housing Production Snapshot 2010 – 2017 Info Brief presents a look at new housing completions that have increased every year since hitting a low of 10,000 new units in 2012.
  • PDF Document Middle Wage Jobs in NYC presents the major findings of an analysis of occupation and wage data that provides detailed information on the employment and wage opportunities across different economic sectors for workers with different levels of education.
  • PDF Document Employment Growth Info Brief describes recent job growth in a wide range of sectors and where these jobs are located around the five boroughs.
  • PDF Document Employment in New York City’s Manufacturing Districts examines recent employment trends in NYC's industrial areas. Its quantitative insights will help the City implement its 10-point Industrial Action Plan announced by Mayor de Blasio in November 2015. Various data for 2000, 2008, 2010 and 2014 showed high growth in both industrial and other jobs in the manufacturing (M) districts outside Manhattan. Although net non-industrial-sector jobs grew more from 2000-2014, M Districts remain predominantly industrial, particularly in Industrial Business Zones
  • PDF Document Recent Employment Patterns in New York City from a Historical and Geographic Point of View analyzes recent trends in employment patterns in NYC and documentsa a decades-long shift towards the services industry. In post-recession NYC, 500,000 private sector jobs have been added and the unemployment rate is on pace to be at a record 40-year low. And the growth is diverse, both in terms of the types of jobs and location of the jobs, in almost every neighborhood in all five boroughs. These data provide an important context for developing public policy and aligning land use planning with economic growth.