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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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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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Chaotic SoHo/NoHo Rezoning Meeting Leaves Locals Guessing

Last modified February 8, 2019 at 10:36 am

Department of City Planning, Councilwoman Chin, and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer together just launched a plan to examine the unique zoning of SoHo and NoHo neighborhoods. Be afraid; real estate speculation can’t be too far behind. The official mission statement of this politically-charged endeavor expresses how the process is meant to “examine key land […]

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Comptroller Stringer to Host Lower East Side Town Hall Tomorrow

Posted June 4, 2018 at 5:11 am

Another Lower East Side Town Hall meeting is on the books for tomorrow evening. This go-round will have a financial slant; it’s being hosted by New York City Comptroller, Scott Stringer. It’s an informational affair, where folks are encouraged to voice their opinions and learn what the Comptroller’s office is all about, and how it can […]

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Bill to Halt Lower East Side Supertall Towers Passes City Council

Posted November 2, 2017 at 5:12 am

It’s the eleventh hour, and incumbent Councilwoman Margaret Chin is pulling out all the stops. Her bill to curtail Two Bridges supertalls by JDS, CIM & L+M, and the Starrett Group gained a significant step this week, mere days from the highly-anticipated general election. Enter, once again, “Intro 1685.” Earlier this week at the Land […]

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