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De Blasio’s Rezoning of SoHo/NoHo Becomes Lame Duck Race to Occupy Community Voice

Last modified September 9, 2021 at 11:13 am

When opponents of the SoHo rezoning staged a protest rally outside Manhattan Borough President’s Gale Brewer’s office, Democratic nominee for city council, Chris Marte, took to the megaphone with a rallying cry urging Brewer to “vote no.” As previously reported, Brewer didn’t conclusively say “no.” But she didn’t approve the rezoning application, either. Brewer eventually […]

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BP Brewer Keeps Residents in Suspense as City Pushes Ahead with SoHo/NoHo Rezoning

Last modified September 7, 2021 at 9:08 pm

Opponents of the City’s SoHo NoHo Neighborhood Plan descended upon City Planning  Commission headquarters yesterday, rallying outside 120 Broadway before testifying against the de Blasio administration’s last minute effort to rezone SoHo, NoHo, and parts of Chinatown and Little Italy. Anticipating crowds, CPC secured two overflow rooms to provide safe,  in-person testimony. In the end, though, subway […]

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BP Brewer Meets Community Resistance at SoHo/NoHo Rezoning Hearing

Last modified August 25, 2021 at 10:31 am

Borough President Gale Brewer is now in the hot seat with the city’s public review process churning onward for the controversial rezoning of SoHo, NoHo and parts of Chinatown (not to mention what’s left of Little Italy). To that end, Brewer held a virtual hearing on the subject via Zoom and Facebook just three days […]

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Deadline Extended for NYC Community Board Applications

Posted February 3, 2021 at 5:09 am

It’s that time of year again. Manhattan Community Board membership applications are now available for submission, and this year, the deadline has been extended into late February. The oft-polarizing (volunteer) political machine of New Yorkers is looking for some new blood. Each Community Board has fifty seats, filled for two-year terms, and ultimately selected by […]

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Valentine’s Day Deadline to Apply for Manhattan Community Boards

Posted February 12, 2020 at 5:07 am

The deadline to apply for a Manhattan Community Board seat is fast approaching. As previously reported, fresh faces are sought to bolster the ranks of local boards across Manhattan. Each has fifty seats, occupied for two-year terms by volunteers, and ultimately selected by the Borough President and local City Councilmembers. Half the seats are up […]

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It’s Time to Apply for Manhattan Community Board Membership

Posted January 10, 2020 at 5:05 am

It’s that time of year again – Manhattan Community Board membership applications are now available for submission. The oft-polarizing (volunteer) political machine of New Yorkers is once again seeking some fresh faces. Each Community Board has fifty seats, filled for two-year terms by volunteers, and ultimately selected by the Borough President and local City Council […]

Rep. Maloney’s ‘RECIPE’ Act Missing Ingredient for Real Revitalization

Last modified September 20, 2019 at 1:47 pm

Last week, U.S. Representative Carolyn Maloney (NY12 District) held a press conference to reintroduce the RECIPE Act (Revitalizing Cities through Parks Enhancement) –  a clever acronym for a bill that proposes $10 million in funding for community gardens and parks through HUD, not just in New York City, but nationwide. La Plaza Cultural Center de […]

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Judge Rules in Favor of Public Review Process for Two Bridges Mega-Towers

Posted August 2, 2019 at 5:00 am

Another defeat for developers in the battle for the Lower East Side waterfront. Yesterday afternoon, State Supreme Court Judge Arthur Engoron ruled in favor of New York City Council and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer in their lawsuit against the city, which contends that the three proposed mega-developments in the Two Bridges neighborhood must go […]

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Serious Questions Remain as East River Resiliency Project Heads to Manhattan Borough President

Last modified July 17, 2019 at 9:08 am

The following first post was written by native Lower East Sider, Aidan Elias, who works to document the area’s rapid development. Back in mid-May, the Parks Department shared a presentation with the Community Board 3 Parks subcommittee regarding the East Side Coastal Resiliency project. (The ESCR project is the city’s flood protection plan which will […]

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Dry Dock is Another ‘Cool Pool’ Undergoing Cleanup for the Summer

Posted March 20, 2019 at 5:09 am

Something as simple as a fresh coat of paint and updated decor has reinvigorated public pools around the Five Boroughs. It’s part of the city’s so-called “Cool Pools” initiative, which boosted overall attendance last year by 27.2%, per published reports. This summer, the Dry Dock pool in Alphabet City will get the treatment. And, to […]

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