Filing statistics for the first quarter of 2021 are in, and New York YIMBY has prepared a detailed report that analyzes the findings. During the period from January through March, applications were filed for 3,566 new residential units across the five boroughs. Compared to the first quarter of 2020, the number of buildings filed dipped slightly in January (from 163 in 2020 to 135 in 2021) and negligibly in February (from 158 in 2020 to 158 in 2021). The unexpected surprise came in March, when a total of just six new building applications were filed over the course of the month, which is a collapse compared to the 147 filings registered in March of last year. However, many of the projects filed for during this period were conceived during the height of local and global economic uncertainty. In addition, in early March of 2021, the city implemented a moratorium on permit filings for properties that had unresolved violations, which may have further deflated the total number of new buildings filed. The full Excel spreadsheet of all Q1 2021 applications is available with purchase of the Building Wire subscription.
YIMBY’s 2020 New Building Report, covering 2019’s numbers, showed a substantial increase in applications, with 2019’s total filings reaching 36,467. This year, the numbers have dropped somewhat, with 2020’s submitted residential units totaling 30,036. While this was a decrease, it was still substantially above the 2018 total of only 20,393 new units filed, indicating that in spite of the profound headwinds beginning in March of last year that are now seemingly abating, permitting activity remained fairly vigorous. The full report covering 1,774 new buildings and over 57 million square feet of new floor space is available in Excel format upon purchase of YIMBY’s Building Wire subscription.
During the third quarter of 2020, spanning the period from July through September, developers expressed confidence in the city’s long-term economic future, as evidenced by the 446 building permits filed during the period, nearly matching the 476 filings in the second quarter. Between these applications, which cover all types of projects, the new residential buildings permitted totaled 5,638 units, a decrease from 9,309 the previous quarter, and a drop from 8,063 units submitted in Q3 of 2019. Despite the drop in residential units entering the pipeline for the Five Boroughs, overall permitting activity remains relatively vigorous, and all filings are available in Excel format at the following link.
At the beginning of this year, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a major redevelopment initiative for the area surrounding New York City’s Pennsylvania Station. Referred to as the “Empire State Complex,” the project team is now completing a final scope of work, which will take into consideration the many comments received from community activists, experts, and officials since a scoping meeting on July 20, 2020.
The second quarter of 2020, without a doubt, has brought more upheaval to New York and the United States at large than any period since September of 2001. However, in spite of all of the challenges, the city is continuing to grow: 476 new building permits were filed in the three-month period from April through June, spanning 9,309 multi-family units, with the full rundown of all the new developments in Excel format available at the link. While this was down somewhat from Q2 2019’s 12,123 residential unit filings for the same time period, it was still up substantially from 7,010 filings during Q2 of 2018, indicating that New York City’s economic engine remains revving.