In 2014, Mayor de Blasio announced a plan to redevelop multiple neighborhoods across the five boroughs through an elaborate rezoning effort. Despite the plan's unprecedented scale and the impact it will undoubtedly have on our landscape, little if any attention has yet to be paid to the issue of jobs -- specifically, the quality of permanent retail jobs in stores and businesses that will occupy the ground floors of many new apartment buildings and developments throughout the rezoned areas. These areas include East New York, Brooklyn, Long Island City, Queens, the Jerome Avenue Corridor in The Bronx, Flushing West in Queens, East Harlem in Manhattan, and the Bay Street Corridor in Staten Island.
Mayor de Blasio's plan to rezone neighborhoods offers enormous potential for building a better retail economy in our city. This is the first report of its kind to offer a policy roadmap for how the de Blasio administration and local communities can together ensure that the thousands of jobs created in rezoned neighborhoods are high-road retail jobs with living wages and full-time hours for city residents.