A Holiday Lament

From Rob Hollander, LES Residents for Responsible Developmenthttp://savethelowereastside.blogspot.com/ Get ready for more development: Streit’s Matzohs is selling its three-lot factory on Rivington Street for $25 million. If the buyer digs his foundation before the new zoning of the LES, he can use the community facility bonus to increase the size by over 40%. Fortunately, it’s […]

amNew York highlights Endangered Buildings

Endangered New York: 10 (more) to save By Lana Bortolot Special to amNewYorkDecember 21, 2007 As the real-estate boom year of 2007 winds down, houses of worship, schools, historic residences, whole neighborhoods — even the corner diner — tenuously exist under the threat of the wrecking ball. Indeed, the changes are so breathtaking that the […]

Does the City Intend to Turn the Bowery Into Hotel Alley?

From Rob Hollander, LES Residents for Responsible Developmenthttp://savethelowereastside.blogspot.com/ AN OPEN LETTER TO OUR LOCALLY ELECTED OFFICIALS REPRESENTING THE BOWERY AND LOWER EAST SIDE To the Honorable Borough President Stringer, State Senator Connor, State Assembly Speaker Silver and Assemblymembers Glick and Kavanagh and City Councilmembers Gerson and Mendez, The Department of City Planning has removed the […]

City Council nearing vote on Columbia expansion

From Crains The Council was engaged in last-minute bickering Wednesday afternoon, ahead of its decision on the University’s plan to rezone 17 acres in West Harlem. December 19. 2007 3:28PMBy: Anne Michaud The City Council was engaged in last-minute deliberations Wednesday afternoon, ahead of its vote to approve Columbia University’s controversial plan to rezone 17 […]

Support HDC with an End of Year Gift!

As HDC looks back on everything we’ve achieved over the past twelve months, we’d like to thank our Friends for making 2007 one of our most successful years yet. Just a few things we accomplished with your help in 2007: Advocated successfully for the landmark designation of Sunnyside Gardens, Crown Heights North, and DUMBO (designated […]

DUMBO designated

After 9 long years, the deed is done. See http://www.nyc.gov/html/lpc/downloads/pdf/press/12_18_07.pdf for the official word, and then from our friends in the Fourth Estate…. Dumbo Is Now Protected as a Historic DistrictNew York Times, United States – By Sewell ChanLike SoHo and TriBeCa before it, Dumbo has now made its way from neighborhood acronym to historic […]

AIA Sponsored Zoning Amendments Challeneged By Brooklyn CB

From Aaron Brashear & Mic HolwinConcerned Citizens of Greenwood Hts.P. / F. [email protected] Sorry for this belated post (it’s that time-o-year) on last Wednesday nite’s festivities at the CB7 public hearing/Land Use Committee meeting dealing with the oh-so-popular AIA Zoning Text Amendments ( http://www.aiany.org/committees/PlanningUrbanDesign/zoning/) that are currently on the track to CPC and the City […]

Rally on City Hall Steps to Protest Columbia Expansion Vote at City Council

The Coalition to Preserve Community (CPC) will hold a rally and press conference on the steps of City Hall at 1:00PM today, Wednesday, Dec. 19, to protest the vote in favor of the Columbia expansion plan in West Harlem. Speaker Quinn and Mayor Bloomberg have been pushing this plan hard behind the scenes with committee […]

CB7 Votes No to All Seven Congregation Shearith Israel Zoning Variances

From Landmark West! Life is short. Tuesday night’s Community Board 7 (CB7) full board meeting was not (we’re still recovering!). So, long story short, the full board voted to disapprove all 7 zoning variances sought by Congregation Shearith Israel (CSI) to build its proposed, 9-story, 105′-tall community house stacked with luxury condos on the brownstone […]