Friday, April 25, 2008

A Long Time Community Activist and Zoning Expert, Doris Diether, Demystifies New York City Zoning

We are most fortunate to have all the zoning demystification we need!

Taped at the CUNY Graduate Center on April 2, 2008, by TV Channel 13, one of Doris Diether's now infamous "zoning classes", 'An Overview of Zoning, Past and Present'
is now available on-line at

It is described here:
"Why is zoning necessary? When did it begin? How do you unravel a zoning text? Doris Diether, a long time community activist and zoning expert, demystifies New York City zoning in a lecture that considers New York City zoning, from pre-1916 to today. Ms. Diether covers different types of districts and what they permit, different types of zoning uses, as well as the difference between zoning and landmarking. This event was held at the CUNY Graduate Center"

Here are two comments:

4/18/08 :: 11:55 pm
Porsche Nasus Says:

Doris Diether’s zoning classes are fantastic! New York City’s Zoning Resolution is complicated and I feel fortunate to have had a guide like Doris Diether. She IS the “Zoning Maven” of New York.

4/20/08 :: 1:02 pm
Silvi Lawrence Says:

Doris has a tremendous amount of knowledge and is very thorough.
She was of immense support during the zoning changes we sought for SOHO in the late 60’s.
Wonderful to hear her share her knowledge.


With the "Protect Our Homes" petition, CORD was formed in May, 2007. This petition arose as an overwhelmingly negative response to the coming of the over-sized 360 Smith Street Development at the corner of Smith Street and Second Place (Aka Oliver House; aka 131 Second Place). This petition, which had well over three thousand signatures, led to a new zoning text amendment in summer of 2008.

To: Our Elected Officials, Community Leaders, The MTA:
(MAY, 2007)

We the undersigned Carroll Gardens homeowners and residents, are appalled by the "as of right" ruling which allows owners and developers to erect buildings in our neighborhood with no regard to the impact they will present to our quality of life and the value of our homes........