Editorial | Missing a golden opportunity to build more affordable housing in New York


Three years after the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic crisis shifted tens of thousands of office workers into permanent remote working, New York City faces a situation where it has far more vacant offices than occupied ones.

What does the city do with millions of empty square feet of commercial office space that likely won’t be filled with workers again? As Brooklyn City Council Member Justin Brannan put it, the answer is a “no-brainer”: Convert them into residential housing to address New York’s affordable housing crisis.