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January 24, 2018
by Adam Roberts
Manhattan Community Boards.

Applications are now open for those looking to serve on a community board. Community boards are organizations throughout New York City that represent the interests of certain districts. They are composed of volunteers, who serve for a two-year term, selected from a pool of applicants by the Borough President.

Community board members are primarily responsible for overseeing land use applications in their district, such as zoning changes. Community boards have a major impact on architecture, influencing if and how projects proceed.

AIANY believes it is crucial that architects not only appear before community boards, but that they also serve on them. The ability of architect to reconcile various stakeholder’s needs and create solutions for all is essential to improving land use and design practices in New York.

You are eligible to apply for a community board in either the district you live or work in. AIANY encourages you to apply through the Manhattan Borough President’s application system. The link to the application system will also provide more information about serving on community boards. Applications are due by 5pm on February 9.

When you apply for a community board, please reach out to Adam Roberts, Government Affairs Coordinator, at or 212-358-6116. He will keep track of your application and will follow up with the Borough President’s office to advocate for your appointment. If you have any questions regarding the process, you should reach out to Adam.

Pulse Points:

  • The NYC Department of Design and Construction (DDC) is accepting applications for the 2018 College and Graduate Summer Internship Program. Those interested should follow this link for further information and instructions on how to apply. Applications are due on February 23, 2018.
  • New committee chairs have been appointed in the City Council by Speaker Corey Johnson. AIANY congratulates those chairs on their new positions and looks forward to working with them over the coming years.
  • From the evening of January 22 into the morning of January 23, AIANY members and staff participated in the HOPE Count, the NYC Department of Homeless Services’ (DHS) annual volunteer-led counting of homeless living on the streets. AIANY is proud to partner with DHS to help alleviate our city’s homelessness crisis.


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