What’s going on in the neighborhood?

New York City’s zoning laws control what can and can’t be built in different neighborhoods. Sometimes they’re used as a tool for preservation, and other times for rapid physical and economic development. When zoning laws are changed, it’s called a rezoning. In recent years, many parts of the city have experienced neighborhood-wide rezonings, as part of Mayor DeBlasio’s efforts to increase the production of affordable housing.

But how do rezonings work? And how will they impact your community? To help communities answer these questions, we created What’s going on in the neighborhood? with with our community partners throughout the city and design studio Partner & Partners.

What’s going on in the neighborhood? is being distributed by advocacy groups across the city who are organizing community members in neighborhoods going through a rezoning. It was created through CUP’s Know Rezoning initiative to support historically marginalized communities in New York City experiencing rezonings.

Click here to see the poster and get your own copy.

Resources & Links

Partner & Partners is a design practice working on print, exhibition, interactive, and identity projects alongside clients and collaborators in art, architecture, public space and activism.

Know Rezoning is part of the Envisioning Development program at the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP). CUP partners with policy advocates and graphic designers to produce foldout posters that explain complicated policy issues, like this one.

Funding Support

Support for this project was provided by the Neighborhoods First Fund for Community Based Planning.

Special Thanks

Association for Neighborhood & Housing Development (ANHD), Community Development Project, Hester Street, Pratt Center for Community Development.


  • CUP
  • Ingrid Haftel
  • Oscar Nuñez

    • Partner & Partners
    • Designers