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Elizabeth Street Garden Supporters and Housing Advocates Clash at City Hall Hearing for Haven Green

Last modified May 7, 2019 at 7:55 am

Supporters rallying to save Elizabeth Street Garden lined the steps of City Hall last Thursday chanting: “No Rubber Stamp!” This was a message to Councilmembers inside who were about to hold a hearing on the controversial Haven Green project. As part of the city’s public land-use review process (ULURP), the Haven Green development, with its […]

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Double-Date with Destiny for Elizabeth Street Garden and SoHo/NoHo Residents

Last modified May 7, 2019 at 7:58 am

Today, the stakes are high for both Elizabeth Street Garden advocates and residents of SoHo and NoHo. Councilmember Margaret Chin has double-booked a date with destiny. The final public hearing in the city’s land-use review process for the Haven Green senior affordable complex, set to rise seven-stories on the beloved Little Italy garden, goes before […]

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Amidst SoHo-NoHo Rezoning, Crosby Street Cardboard City Proves Need for City Planning Spotlight

Last modified April 17, 2019 at 9:44 am

Dueling photographs of a single Crosby Street stoop reveal a tale of two perspectives of life in SoHo. A sight that exposes the real need for City Planning to obtain “a 360-degree analysis that includes all points of view,” which it hopes to gain during review of the neighborhood’s zoning regulations. Back in February, the […]

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If You’re Still Confused About SoHo/NoHo Rezoning, Tomorrow’s CB2 Meeting is for You

Posted April 9, 2019 at 5:08 am

If you’re still confused or frustrated by the city’s SoHo/NoHo Community Planning Process, Community Board 2 is providing residents a chance to pose questions and voice their opinions on the potential rezoning of the historic districts. The advisory body’s Land-Use committee is tasked with the complex and overlapping issues of zoning and special permits in […]

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CPC Holds First Public Hearing on Elizabeth Street Garden Today

Last modified March 13, 2019 at 10:51 am

As two Elizabeth Street Garden nonprofit groups turn to lawsuits to thwart redevelopment of the Little Italy oasis, the Haven Green senior affordable housing complex is proceeding to the next phase of the Uniform Land-Use Review Process (ULLURP). The controversial, 123-unit development appears before the City Planning Commission for a public hearing this morning at […]

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The Past Still Very Present in SoHo as Planning Process Seeks a Future

Last modified March 4, 2019 at 10:06 pm

Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer opened the second public meeting for the SoHo NoHo Plan with this brutally honest admission, setting a new tone for the participatory workshops: “I do think that the first public event sucked and we learned many lessons.”  Motivated largely by fear of displacement, residents from the affected areas returned for […]

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Vinny Vella, Actor and Pulse of Little Italy, Dies at 72

Last modified February 22, 2019 at 9:35 pm

Who’s better than you? Vinny, that’s Who. Little Italy residents this week are mourning the loss of Vinny Vella. The local legend, and character actor, died of complications from liver cancer on Wednesday (February 20) at the age of 72. He is survived by his wife Margaret-Anne, and his children Benjamin and Anthony Hernandez, Lauren […]

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After Six Years of Debates, CB2 Tenders Final Denial of ‘Haven Green’ at Elizabeth Street Garden

Posted January 28, 2019 at 9:09 am

The longstanding debate over redevelopment of the Elizabeth Street Garden (ESG) concluded its tenure in the Community Board system last Thursday night with an unequivocal denial by the full board. While strictly advisory in nature, this judgment represents an important, yet somber, victory for garden faithful who have rallied with local elected officials for the last six years […]

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CB2 Holds Final Hearing Tonight on Haven Green’s Controversial Plans for Elizabeth Street Garden

Last modified January 14, 2019 at 7:31 am

While Community Board 2 won’t produce a final resolution on the redevelopment of Elizabeth Street Garden until a full-board meeting scheduled for January 24, tonight’s “big meeting” before the Elizabeth Street Garden Working Group committee will offer the community its best chance to weigh in on the controversial Haven Green affordable housing project. This time, CB2 […]

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‘POPS’ Goes the Elizabeth Street Garden

Last modified September 5, 2018 at 8:48 am

Developers behind the controversial Elizabeth Street Garden affordable housing project are going straight to the public with their plans. Now, area locals will have another chance to interact with Haven Green, the proposed seven-story, “deeply affordable” senior housing development and its Privately Owned Public Space (POPS) that together replace the garden. Pennrose Properties, Habitat for […]

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