Kenneth Lowenstein is a land use attorney who advises clients on all aspects of site development in New York City, including site analysis, zoning changes, special permits, variances, landmark proceedings and air rights transfers. He appears regularly before the New York City Planning Commission, New York City Council, Board of Standards and Appeals, and Landmarks Preservation Commission. Mr. Lowenstein also assists clients in obtaining approvals from various New York City regulatory agencies, including the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), Department of Buildings and others.

Recent matters handled by Mr. Lowenstein include:

  • representing the Real Estate Board of New York on matters relating to the Section 421-a Program and the Affordable New York Housing Program 
  • obtaining land use approvals from the New York City Planning Commission and New York City Council for a major national real estate company to develop a full block on the Upper East Side of Manhattan with approximately 1,000 dwelling units and three new high schools 
  • representing a joint venture of two leading New York City affordable housing companies on the development of a full block in the East Harlem area of Manhattan 
  • ongoing representation of a major real estate company on the development of a 4.5 million-square-foot, mixed-use project on the West Side of Manhattan 
  • representing Yeshiva University on land use matters relating to its campus 
  • obtaining HPD approvals under New York City's Inclusionary Housing Program
  • providing land use due diligence analysis for construction lenders 
  • representing buyers and sellers of development rights

Mr. Lowenstein has more than 25 years of experience in the land use field. Prior to entering private practice, he worked for a U.S. congressman and served in senior positions in both the New York state and city governments – including on former Mayor Edward Koch's staff and in New York City's Department of Buildings and HPD.


  • Harvard Law School, J.D.
  • Cornell University, B.A.
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • New York
Court Admissions
  • All State Courts in New York
  • Real Estate Board of New York, Housing and Zoning Committees
  • Citizens Housing & Planning Council, Board of Directors
  • New York Housing Conference, Board of Directors
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Speaking Engagements