The Chinatown Working Group (CWG) was formed in October 2008 as
a community-based planning initiative on the future of Chinatown in
New York City.
The goal was to support the community's residents, workers, businesses and
visitors. Chinatown Working Group members include Chinatowns stakeholders
representatives of community groups, Community Boards #1, 2 & 3 and
The effort focused issues of shared
concern throughout Chinatown including but not limited to
affordability, preservation, revitalization and the social and
economic well being of families, seniors and youths.
The Chinatown Working Group's objective
was to articulate
common goals for Chinatowns future with consideration for its
impact on adjacent New York City communities, and to formulate and work with
New York City
agencies to implement a precise, comprehensive, meaningful, timely
and broadly supported community-based plan.
You can see a full list of
participating members and organizations
The last meeting represented in the
contents of this website was on Monday, June 22, 2015.
In late 2018, the Chinatown Working Group was reformed. You can learn more about their current endeavor at ChinatownWorkingGroup.com
Planner Presentations Page
for all reports, presentations and analyses
Final Pratt Report
January 1, 2014
(Revised: 3/31/14, updated inside front cover
(funding and project team); pages 106 and 107
(clarification language); and page 112 (correction under proposed
zoning for Subdistrict E2).
CWG Public Info Session, Wednesday, June
Middle School 131, 100 Hester Street,
Chinatown Working Group, Culture-Affordability-Preservation-Zoning
Summary Recommendations on Pratt Study - February 27, 2015
On Wednesday, June 18, 2014 The Pratt Center
and Collective for Community Development presented a summary of the
recommendations to be presented for review and outreach to the
community to build public support. The public forum was
announced on this site and through flyers in Chinese, Spanish and
English. The presentation was made in Chinese, Spanish and English.
Here is the presentation. And here is an English version
brochure summarizing the zoning recommendations as of June 26,
- Work with Community Boards 1, 2 & 3
and with the NYC Department of City Planning and
other city agencies on zoning recommendations.
- Submit final zoning proposal to City
for public review process (ULURP).
- Engage with community residents,
organizations, elected officials and others
throughout the public review process
On April 4th, 2011 the
CWG voted to adopt the following Governance Protocols:
Picture at left
Photographer: Zella Jones
On May 19, 2010 the Chinatown Working Group met at the request of
Secretary Ray LaHood of the US Dept of Transportation
as part of the White House Initiative
on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs).
about the CWG initiatives presented.
Read here about the White House initiative.
Pictured at left: Ed Ma, Dan
Chen, Jim Solomon, Thomas Yu (far right) with Secretary
Ray LaHood, US Dept of Transportation, May 19, 2010
Photographer: Vanita Solomon
The Second Town
Hall Meeting on February 1st, 2010 was
conducted in Cantonese, Mandarin, Fukienese, Spanish and English Charrettes
and provided valuable
feedback for the Chinatown Working Group's
Preliminary 197a Action Plan.
Feb. 1st Town Hall Charrettes Notes
The Chinatown Working Group's plan is to create an inventory of existing
conditions and identify realistic implementation
of strategies that address, among many issues: truly
affordable housing, multi-cultural and historic
preservation, economic revitalization and
sustainability, commercial stability, residential and
business displacement, small/light manufacturing use,
open space, public infrastructure, transportation,
congestion, tenant rights, the environment including air
quality, education, the arts, human rights, immigrant
needs, social conflicts and crime, the well being of
families, seniors and youths, and zoning. Although
zoning is a powerful planning tool that can be used to
mitigate the potential negative impacts of development
in a neighborhood, it is not the only strategy that
should be applied in Chinatown. A broader
community-based planning strategy that goes beyond
zoning may be pursued.
The Chinatown Working Group's community-based plan for Chinatown will engage
in a democratic, comprehensive and transparent process in building
consensus among diverse groups. CWG will conduct extensive public
outreach to involve as many of Chinatowns stakeholders as
possible. CWG meetings will be held regularly and open to
everyone. CWG hopes to have the full cooperation and support of the
City for this community-based initiative including access to staff
from various agencies, such as City Planning, HPD, Small Business
Services, Department of Transportation and Economic Development
The Chinatown Working Group (CWG) is a
democratic and transparent initiative. Meetings are open to
The full Working Group
regularly meets the first Monday of each month. Check listings in the right column for updates.
The Working Group
Coordinating Committee regularly meets the third Tuesday
of each month, 4-5:30p, Check listings in the
right column for updates.
- Land Use, Zoning, Public & Private Housing Committee
Thursday, September 29 at 6:30pm -- MS 131,
100 Hester Street
Next steps for Chinatown Rezoning process
3 is engaging with City Planning as the next step in our efforts to achieve the
plan for Chinatown based on the CWG proposal. We hope that you can attend to
ensure all viewpoints are represented as we see the plan through. Please pass
on this invite to all you think may be interested.
You can make inquiries regarding this initiative on the
adopted April 4, 2011