NIKOLAIFEDAKHe’s a young man who loves development. Working from his TriBeCa apartment, steps from New York City’s Skyscraper Museum, NIKOLAI FEDAK monitors the progress of new buildings sprouting up in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Jersey City, Long Island City and Queens. On his pro-development website – – he charts the city region’s expanding high rise forest. <Yimby is an acronym for Yes In My Back Yard>

Mr. Fedak’s days are centred around maintaining and expanding his website, taking photographs, attending Landmarks Preservation Commission hearings and meetings with developers and architects. He checks in daily with the Buildings Department and combs the internet for renderings. His satellite office is the street.

NIKOLAI FEDAK: “I started playing SimCity when I was 6, and by 9 I was a master. It definitely helped jump-start my fascination with architecture, since I’ve literally been building cities on computers since I was a child.

“There’s a lot of hatred of development out there. But generally it comes from selfish people who don’t want to lose their views.”

Whether you’re for or against high-rise development, the New York Yimby website is well worth a long look. TORONTO, North America’s high-rise building champ, has between 140 and 180 towers under construction as we speak. As in New York City, some are first-rate, while others are ‘dogs’.

“At the end of the day, I don’t support all new development,” concludes Mr. Fedak.

<PHOTO ABOVE – Ozier Muhammad/The New York Times; read the entire article by Constance Rosenblum/NY Times, April 4/2014>


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