About Us


Mission

Open New York is an non-profit group advocating for abundant homes and lower rent. We believe in housing for all and housing of all types. That means we support more social housing, government subsidized housing, and market rate housing.

We do not ascribe to a specific political ideology but believe that the current zoning laws of New York and its suburbs have caused a profound housing shortage, raising rents to historic highs and leading to the continuous displacement of long-standing communities. For far too long, residents in the wealthiest neighborhoods have abused zoning laws to prevent new construction, keeping their neighborhoods exclusive and property values high. Newcomers have been pushed into less well-off neighborhoods, outbidding long-time residents in the process.

In contrast, we want New York to be affordable and accessible to everyone. As such, we advocate for an end to exclusionary zoning, and for other policies that encourage homebuilding in wealthy, white neighborhoods: upzoning for greater densities, raising height-limits and reducing setbacks, and streamlining the approval process for social housing.


The Board

Open New York is a registered nonprofit. The board is responsible for the organization’s financial health and achievement of its mission. Board elections occur once a year.

Lauren Thomas

Lauren Thomas - Chair

Kyle Dontoh

Kyle Dontoh - Secretary

Dan Miller

Dan Miller - Treasurer

Will Thomas

Will Thomas

Jake Schmidt

Jake Schmidt

Meghan Heintz

Meghan Heintz

Ben Thypin

Ben Thypin