It was buildings like 'Blue,' on Norfolk Street in the Lower East Side, that drove Community Board 3 to pass a rezoning limiting building heights in the East Village in 2008. Critics say it pushed development pressures south to Chinatown.
Figure shows approximate rezoning areas. From left to right: Chinatown Working Group plan, De Blasio's East New York plan, Bloomberg's 2013 Ozone Park plan (the Ozone Park plan appears as two adjacent separate shapes on this map).
Compared to the mayor's affordable housing plan, the Chinatown proposal would place a stronger emphasis on preservation that new construction—and therefore require less new development to underwrite new affordable units.
A rendering of potential development in Two Bridges provided by the developers. Farthest left is the Extell tower, which is already nearing completion. The other four towers have yet to be approved and are the subject of the fight.
A Department of City Planning map identifies some of the towers planned for the two bridges neighborhood: the 79-story 247 Cherry Street (4A/4B), the 62- and 69-story towers at 260 South Street (5) and the 62-story 259 Clinton Street (6A).