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The Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy is a joint center at New York University School of Law and the NYU Wagner School of Public Service. The Furman Center was established in 1994 to create a place where people interested in affordable housing and land use issues could turn to for factual, objective research and information [1]. Since that time, the Furman Center has become an authority on such matters in New York City.[2] The Furman Center has a three-part mission.

  • Providing objective academic research about land use, real estate, housing and urban affairs, with a particular focus on New York City.
  • Promoting intense debate and productive discussion among elected, academic, and industry leaders.




The Furman Center produces a report every year called State of New York City’s Housing and Neighborhoods.[4]

They also created and maintain two websites:

  • PlanNYC, which is an exhaustive planning and real estate resource that lists dozens and dozens of development and rezoning projects around New York City
  • NYCHANIS, which is a web resource for community development organizations, housing organizations, and the general public. It provides Geographical Information Systems information about housing, neighborhood, and demographic conditions in New York City.


Furman Center is constantly updating its collection of original research about issues like affordable housing, predatory lending, housing policy, community gardens, high cost of construction in NYC, and predatory lending, to name a few.


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