Project Partners

Hester Street Collaborative
For the last fourteen years, Hester Street Collaborative (HSC) has worked as an advisor to communities throughout New York City to develop transformative plans and projects through inclusive, participatory processes. HSC’s team of planners, architects and community organizers works with residents, community-based organizations, small businesses, city agencies, and elected officials to develop innovative community engagement tools that maximize resident input. That input is paired with research, data and analysis, ensuring meaningful civic engagement, optimal community benefit and implementable results. Most recently, HSC has collaborated with residents in Manhattan for the East Harlem Neighborhood Plan, completed in February 2016.

For CreateNYC, HSC has teamed up with local experts:
Natural Occurring Cultural Districts NY (NOCD-NY)

NOCD-NY’s citywide alliance of steering committee members and affiliates reflect our values. Our members

  • demonstrate a connection with artists and/or cultural workers
  • exhibit leadership in neighborhood alliance building
  • nurture equitable, place-based relationships…engaging with multiple kinds of community stakeholders and demonstrating transparency in decision-making processes
  • reflect the geographic and social diversity of the city

James Lima Planning + Development
James Lima Planning + Development

JLP+D is committed to helping public and private sector clients create more vibrant, equitable, and resilient places. We work at all scales, from single development parcels to institutional campuses, downtown and waterfront districts to regional economies. We provide planning, policy, real estate, and economic advisory services for downtown revitalization, real estate value creation, great placemaking, and shaping impactful public policy.

BJH Advisors
BJH Advisors LLC

BJH Advisors, LLC (BJH) is a real estate development and advisory firm, with expertise in planning, project management, finance, tax policy, market analytics, and Federal/State/City incentives. BJH works with both public sector and private clients to analyze and structure real estate development opportunities; undertake financial feasibility, market and zoning analysis; and help determine if policy goals require programmatic action. BJH is a woman and minority-owned enterprise, certified in New York State and by the Port Authority of NY and NJ.