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City Planning Reduces Height Increases Planned for Contextual Zones, Reforms Community Process

The Department of City Planning announced that it will present to 51 community boards before further action is taken on the Zoning for Quality and Affordability plan introduced in February. The change is a response community opposition from neighborhoods throughout the five boroughs expressed during the comment period for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement. In […]

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The East Village Merchants Association Launches “East Village Loves”, A Campaign To Support Merchants Affected By The East Village Blast

“East Village Loves” will highlight the East Village merchants affected by the tragic Second Avenue blast and emphasize that they are now fully open for business. Independent entrepreneurs in the East Village in conjunction with the East Village Independent Merchants Association (EVIMA) have announced the launch of “East Village Loves,” a campaign created to highlight […]

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#SaveNYC

Consider joining #SaveNYC, a grassroots, crowd-sourced, DIY movement to protect and preserve the diversity and uniqueness of the urban fabric in New York City. As our vibrant streetscapes and neighborhoods are turned into bland, suburban-style shopping malls, filled with chain stores and glossy luxury retail, #SaveNYC is fighting for small businesses and cultural institutions to remain in place. […]

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NY State Court of Appeals Agrees to Hear Case Against NYU Expansion Plan

In the latest installment of the ongoing struggle against NYU’s huge expansion plan, the State’s highest court, the New York State Court of Appeals, has agreed to hear a case that was filed by petitioners in mid-November regarding public parkland. The lawsuit has passed through two lower courts, with differing results. Those following the dispute, […]

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City issues permits for restoration work at P.S. 64

Since receiving the Landmarks Preservation Commission’s blessing in 2013, Gregg Singer may finally be moving forward with restoration work at former P.S. 64/ CHARAS – El Bohio. The landmarked school building has been vacant following the eviction of the former tenants of El Bohio led by CHARAS in 2001. The City reversed its short-lived approval […]

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Petition: Establish a Community Gardens District in Community Board 3

Petitioning the City Of New York to Establish a Community Gardens District that includes all community gardens within Community Board 3, and map and designate these gardens as parklands. On January 15th, the CB3 Parks Committee unanimously passed a resolution in support of establishing a Community Gardens District. The full board will vote at their monthly […]

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Holiday Card Campaign: Ask for the return of our community center

HOLIDAY CARD CAMPAIGN DELIVERY! SOCCC-64 (SAVE OUR COMMUNITY CENTER former CHARAS/El BOHIO P.S. 64) is writing & collecting personalized holiday cards to ask Mayor De Blasio to return our community center! Make your own card or use the downloadable template — just add your name and address! Then… JOIN US with the Three Kings and their camels TO […]

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Plan to remove buildings from LPC’s calendar dropped

Nearly one hundred potential landmarks are protected after the Landmarks Preservation Commission withdrew its proposal to remove these buildings from its calendar for consideration. The vote planned for this week would have unilaterally “de-calendared” buildings in all five boroughs, leaving them open to alteration or demolition without review. In the East Village, 138 Second Avenue […]

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11/17: TOWN HALL to Save our Community Center

TOWN HALL Save Our Community Center November 17, 2014 6:30pm-8:30pm Casa Victoria, 308 East 8th Street (between Avenues B & C) Join Council Member Rosie Mendez and elected officials, neighbors, and community organizations in an important discussion about the status of former P.S. 64 at 605 East 9th Street. Organize to return the building to […]

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HDC Releases “A Proven Success: How the New York City Landmarks Law and Process Benefit the City”

The Historic Districts Council recently released A Proven Success: How the New York City Landmarks Law and Process Benefit the City. This report shows how 49 years of activities by the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) have affected New York City in a variety of positive ways. The report examines the correlation between urban planning, affordable […]

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