The City Council passed on Wednesday a rezoning plan for a section of Inwood in Manhattan.
Protesters in the balcony of City Hall loudly voiced their opposition to the bill during the Council's debate.
They were particularly upset with Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez, who represents Inwood and supported the bill.
It includes around 2,600 units of new affordable housing, a new library and improvements to parks and the riverfront.
Critics argued the bill would speed gentrification and benefit only developers while hurting small businesses.
After the vote, Rodriguez was a guest on NY1's Inside City Hall.
"We are bringing millions of dollars, not only to build affordable housing and preservation, but also to build a new pier, to invest $50 million to George Washington Heights School, to create a tech school, to build a first-in-the-nation immigrant research center, performance arts," he said.
Mayor Bill de Blasio supports the bill and has said it would brings an additional $200 million investment for waterfront parks, STEM education and cultural institutions.