Despite New York City’s deepening housing shortage, more than 2,600 apartments were removed from development proposals during public negotiations since the start of 2022, according to a Gothamist review of Department of City Planning documents and project outcomes. Housing experts and city officials say examining the total number of trimmed units could help developers, city agencies and communities reach agreements that chip away at New Yorks growing affordability crisis without contentious battles that can tank each plan.

“Every proposal that would add more housing is both a local project and part of a broader solution to our problem,” said Howard Slatkin, the executive director of the Citizens Housing and Planning Council and a former City Planning administrator. “Tracking this is a way to hold our process and leaders accountable to the broader housing need.”

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