July 18th, 10:30am: Next NYU Hearing Challenging the Sexton Plan

111 Centre Street (btw. White and Leonard Streets), Room 574

EVCC, GVSHP, NYU faculty, and a broad range of neighborhood and preservation groups and individuals are suing to overturn the 2012 approvals of the 20-year NYU expansion plan. Tomorrow’s hearing will be a key milestone in that process. WE NEED YOU THERE TO SHOW YOUR SUPPORT!

State Court Hears Lawsuit Against NYU Lawsuit

Tuesday, Feburary 26th, 11AM

New York State Supreme Court, Civil Branch
111 Centre Street, Room 574
(a few blocks south of Canal St.)

In pushing for the Sexton Plan, NYU and the City have argued that the four park strips on the superblocks are not parkland, and that the City never has regarded them as such.

According to Henry Stern, former New York City Parks Commissioner, this claim is false. As he notes in his blockbuster affidavit, those park strips are parks, by any reasonable definition. True, they have not been mapped as parks—but then neither has Central Park; and NYU can’t build there, either.

Stern has pointed out—and he should know—that the City has consistently regarded those park strips as parks; and that the only reason why they were not mapped as parks is that NYU alone has always blocked the Parks Department’s efforts to assert formal control of those four parcels.

In court this Tuesday morning, our attorneys will be asking for discovery, to get us access to archived correspondence concerning efforts to designate those parks strips as official New York City parks, and NYU’s longtime obstruction of those efforts.

We want to show Judge Donna Mill that many people care about this matter; and we also want the public to know that this issue has not been resolved, despite the City Council’s vote last summer. We therefore want to fill the courtroom, so that Judge Mills and the press (there will be a lot of media there) know that we mean business.

The proceeding is scheduled to begin at 11:30, but it may take some time to get through security. As the courtroom holds only about 50 spectators, it is possible that you may not be able to get in. If there’s so large a crowd that people end up waiting in the hall, however, that too will be very good for us.


City Sets Date for LES/East Village Historic District Hearing

Mark your calendar for June 26th!

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The Landmarks Preservation Commission has set June 26th as the hearing date for the proposed Lower East Side/East Village Historic District. If designated, the district would protect nearly 300 buildings from inappropriate alteration or demolition. The district was supported by Community Board 3 in a nearly 3-to-1 vote in July of last year. This is great news for our community and comes on the heels of the recently designated East 10th Street Historic District, the first historic district in the East Village since 1969.

We have advocated for landmark and historic district protections for years. We thank our neighbors, community preservation organizations, and elected officials for working with us to save our neighborhood’s unique character.

4th Annual Lower East Side Kids’ Art Bike Parade

Serving as a celebration of the improved East Side greenway and sustainable transportation, the fourth annual Lower East Side Kids’ Art Bike Parade was held in East River Park on April 30. The Parade was held in conjunction with the NYC Dept. of Transportation and Partnership For Parks ‘Bicycle Bonanza’, a day-long celebration of safe bicycling. Neighbors enjoyed bicycle decorating, DOT bicycle helmet fittings and giveaways, a free Learn-to-Ride class from Bike New York, bicycle tune-ups from Recycle-a-Bicycle, face painting and the Bike Parade in the park.

Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh and Senator Daniel Squardon led the parade along with officials from the NYC Department of Transportation. Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez and City Councilmember Rosie Mendez also participated and helped tune up bicycles.