About New York YIMBY

New York YIMBY says “Yes In My Backyard” to new development in the Five Boroughs, and covers the region’s evolving architecture, construction, and real estate from a pro-growth perspective.

Nikolai Fedak, President and Founder

Nikolai founded YIMBY in 2011, after graduating from Fordham University’s Lincoln Center campus with a degree in political science. Since starting the website, Nikolai has been featured in numerous publications speaking or writing on behalf of YIMBY, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, CNN, BBC, New York Post, New York Daily News and New York Magazine.

Andrew Campbell Nelson, Contributing Writer and Photographer

Andrew is a writer and photographer based in Brooklyn, New York. Raised in the Bay Area, he moved to New York City to pursue his passion for photography at the NYU Tisch Department of Photo and Imaging, and later interned at SHoP Architects. His outside projects focus on unique cultural identities that can be projected subliminally. While living in New York, he became enamored with the architecture, which is central to many of his projects, and is what what brings him to YIMBY.

Jordan Beeche, Contributing Writer

Jordan is a writer and journalist from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and a recent alumnus of Penn State University College of Communications. Growing up in a family that has been a mainstay in the world of New York City construction for decades, writing for YIMBY became a great fit for combining his background with his education.

Vitali Ogorodnikov, Contributing Writer

Vitali’s life has revolved around architecture and urbanity for almost as long as he can remember. Hailing from Rostov-on-Don, Russia, Vitali got his first taste of New York when he moved to Brooklyn in 1999. Having lived in North Jersey, Philadelphia, and Japan since then, Vitali is back in the City with a Bachelor’s of Architecture degree. Aside from his roles as a writer and photographer for YIMBY, Vitali is a full-time architectural project manager, an Emporis  editor and photographer, a Council for Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat editor board member, and an active Emerging New York Architects participant.

Reid Wilson, Editorial Assistant

Born and bred in Connecticut, Reid started writing for YIMBY in the spring of 2014. Besides his keen ability to decipher the intricacies of New York’s Department of Buildings database, Reid combs the internet for the latest in breaking real estate news — and when he isn’t writing for YIMBY, he is studying for his undergraduate degree at the University of Connecticut.

Jose Hernandez, Staff Illustrator

Jose is an architectural illustrator who creates YIMBY’s illustrations of the New York skyline of the future.