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Archive for the year 2004

Underneath the Giant Sign Is a New York City Landmark–Call 311 to See It

signage over ny historical societyThe New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission has approved this sign to hang on the New-York Historical Society until March 2005. This is a landmarked building, and we feel it is inappropriate for the Commission to have given permission for a sign that covers the entire front of the building. Please call 311 to complain about this obnoxious signage.

Friday Links Roundup: AY Report Edition

atlantic yards aerial 5L brooklyn urban planning new yorkEminent domain was the main issue on our minds this week. Atlantic Yards was back in court, appealing the decision in the case challenging the project’s environmental review. According to Atlantic Yards Report, “While the lawsuit covers an enormous area of ground, including the definition of a ‘civic project,’ whether a ten-year project buildout was realistic, and whether the ESDC properly studied terrorism, among other issues, the final round of appeal papers focused mainly on blight.” AYR gave background on Tuesday, and covered Wednesday’s court proceedings.

AYR was also there at State Senator Perkins’ eminent domain hearing, which we attended on Wednesday, and provided more in-depth coverage. Continue Reading>>

Fresh Kills: Forum on 9/11 Recovery Area and West Mound

fresh kills aerialThe City of New York invites victims’ families and friends, the rescue workers of the World Trade Center attacks, and concerned residents and citizens to participate in a public meeting to discuss the 9/11 recovery area, located on the West Mound, and the planning of Fresh Kills Park on Tuesday, August 10, 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., at Trinity Church, Broadway at Wall Street. Continue Reading>>

The City Releases West Side/Hudson Yards Environmental Impact Statement

thirty fourth street hudson yardsOn June 21, the City Planning Commission certified the zoning text for the Hudson Yards Development Program, formally beginning the public review period for a proposed 40 million square feet of development west of 8th Avenue. Continue Reading>>

Newsrack Law Facing a Summer Sneak Attack: Let Your Voice Be Heard Against Intro. 363

After many years of citizens’ complaints about newsracks blighting our sidewalks and blocking pedestrian curb cuts, bus stops, access to fire hydrants and more, the New York City Council passed Local Law 23, which regulates the placement and maintenance of newsracks on city sidewalks. Last April, the City’s Department of Transportation started to enforce this law. Now an industry-supported bill (Intro. 363) seeks to undermine the enforcement of Local Law 23.

During the years of struggle to get Local Law 23 passed, the publishing industry first promised it would police itself, then negotiated and renegotiated to reach a bill it finally decided was soft enough to live with. Now the industry finds itself inconvenienced by the City’s efforts to enforce the very law it agreed to. Continue Reading>>