About Us

The East River 50s Alliance (ERFA) is a nonprofit 501(c)(4) corporation founded in 2015 by East River Fifties residents, co-operatives and condominiums to reform New York City’s zoning laws to prevent out-of-scale development like the 1,000-foot megatower already proposed by one developer for East 58th Street between First Avenue and Sutton Place, and similar “pencil tower” buildings that may be proposed by other developers on “soft sites” in the area between 52nd Street and 59th Street, east of 1st Avenue.

ERFA is a community-led, grassroots organization that has the support of many elected officials. Four elected officials – Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer, Councilmembers Ben Kallos and Dan Garodnick, and State Senator Liz Krueger – have all signed on to our application for a zoning change to prevent the construction of supertall residential towers in the Sutton Place area and encourage community diversity. ERFA’s efforts are also supported by Congressmember Carolyn Maloney and Assemblymember Dan Quart.

A total of 45 neighborhood buildings have formally joined ERFA as members and over 2,000 people are supporters who have taken action in this cause.

The East River 50s Alliance

Leadership Committee

Stephan Bassett
Jennifer Crandall
Alan Kersh*
Lisa Mercurio*
Melissa Mittman
Jessica Osborn*
Honey Raider
Robert Shepler*
Morris Vogel
Gail Wasserman
*Denotes ERFA board member

Members & Supporters

Buildings, Co-operatives and Condominiums
333 East 53rd Street
300 East 54th Street
333 East 57th Street
345 East 57th Street
410 East 57th Street
411 East 57th Street
430 East 57th Street
435 East 57th Street
441 East 57th Street
444 East 57th Street
405 East 58th Street
420 East 58th Street
425 East 58th Street – The Sovereign
400 East 59th Street
418 East 59th Street – Grand Sutton
1 Sutton Place
3 – 5 Sutton Place
7 – 9 Sutton Place
11 Sutton Place
13 Sutton Place
15 Sutton Place
16 Sutton Place
17 Sutton Place
19 Sutton Place
25 Sutton Place
30 Sutton Place
1 Sutton Place South
2 Sutton Place South
14 Sutton Place South
45 Sutton Place South
50 Sutton Place South
2 Sutton Square
4 Sutton Square
6 Sutton Square
8 – 12 Sutton Square
14 Sutton Square
16 Sutton Square
Individual ERFA Members

June Aaronson
Jennifer Albero
Susan Allen
Purnima Anand
John G. Anderson
Stanley J. Arkin
Carole Artigiani
Kyle Athayde
Phyllis August
Steven Avitable
Leslie Axman
Paul Bader
Heather Bain
Romanie Baines
June Bakalar
Robert Barbanell
Jane Bard
Wendy Barish
Michael Barlerin
Jack Barnett
Lenore Barton
Arlene Bassett
Stephan Bassett
Judy Bautz
Barbara Begg
Brigitte Benchoff
Nicole Benedett
Madeline Benn
Judith Bennis
Mary Clare Bergin
Frederick-Edwin Bertin
Raymond Blankenhorn
Bunny Blei
Michael Blumenfeld
Jody Bodin
Harold & John Bonavita-Goldman
Ludovica Bonetti
Joan Boyle
Elizabeth Brainerd
Shirley Branch
Peter Brightbill
Eleanor Brilliant
Richard Brilliant
Harriet & Shelly Brudner
Chris Buhunt
Susan & Dennis Bunder
Robert Burge
Cecily Burge
Jennifer Burrell
Rochelle Busch
Bernard Bushell
Elizabeth Cabot
Mary Califf
Roberta Caploe
Andrew Capone
Louise Carhart
Judith Carrington
Rosemary Cassidy
Eve Ann Cassis
Aaron Chaloff
Michael Cherbini
Nai-Kong Cheung
Tse Yun Chu
Kathleen Clarke
JoAnn Cohen
Hope Condon
Lois Cooper
Barbara Cooperman
John R. Costantino
Charles Coutinho
Jennifer Crandall
Maureen Cronin
Linda Cronin
Ann Cusenza
Norris Daniels
Barbara Dau
John Delaney
Jacqueline Demerest
Whitney Devlin
Dennis DiCalogero
Alice DiMarzio
Karon Dixon
Don Dixon
Alexander Dracopoulos
Jane Draizen
Jeanne Dube
Katherine Duckworth-Schachter
Joe Eagle
Helaine Edrich
Marjorie Ellenbogen
Lynn Ellsworth
Ira Epstein
Myrna Epstein
fariba faghih
Clare Fearon
Linda Feczko
Judith Feldman
Beverly Feldman
Jennifer Fernandez
Dawn Ferrezza
Elinor Fine
Kelly Fink
Jay Finkel
Jean Fitzgerald
Dan Fixell
Eurice Forman
Francine Francine Prager
Dennis Freedman
Jennifer Freeman
Mary Ann Frenzel
Alan B. Friedberg
Margaret Friedecky
Riochelle Friedland
Rita Friedman
Michael E. Frontera
Elisabeth Frucht
Elise Fryka
David Funt
George Garfunkel
Elisa Gaudet
David Geller
Gail & Phil George
Cynthia & Stanley Gingold
Maida Ginzburg
Carlotta Gladding
Muriel Z. Goldberg
Jane Goldman
Ronald Goldstein
Myra Goldstein
Mary Goldstein
Michael Goodman
Joyce Gordon
Michael Gottlieb
Terrell Grace
Carol Gray
Minette Greenberg
Ira Greenblatt
Mary Anne Greene
Rita Greenstein
Scott Greer
Linda Greer
Stephen C. Gross
Betty Ann Grund
Alan H.
Gail Haft
Susan Hagerty
Toni Haida
Barry Hall
Kate Hanenberg
Omar Hannoucene
Anita Haravon
Florena Hardy
Judy Harris
Elizabeth Hartnett
Jane Havemeyer
Marylin Hendrix
Chris Henshaw
Liz Hepper
Andrew Heyward
Diana Hobson
Edward Hochman
Diane Hockstader
David & Patricia Hogan
Edwin Holmer
Gordon Hoppe
Barbara Horowitz
Ann Hotung
sandra hyman
Patricia Imowitz
Richard Irwin
Lance Jacobs
Marilee James
Paul Jennings
Geoffrey Johnson
Mary Johnson
Christopher Jordan
Suzanne Jurist
Yuesai Kan
Richard Kane
Gary Kane
Nancy Kantor
David Kaplan
Marion Kass
Helen Katsidhe
Jason Katz
Joy Kaufman
John Keller
Gracia Kelly
Evelyn Kenvin
Marcia Kerr
Candice Kersh
Alan Kersh
Desiree Kessler
Robert Kessler
Heather Khazaneh
Mamad Khazaneh
Barbara Klayman
Lorinda Klein
Sidney Knafel
Denise Knight
Milt Koenigsberg
Nancy Koenigsberg
Leslye Kohl
Irene Kopley
David Kramarsky
Helga Kramarsky
Michele F. Kraus
Saul Kravecas
Carolee Kruse
Debra Kusnetz
James Lacirignola
Nancy Langer
David Latman
Leigh Lauder
James Ledesma
Karen Lee
Liz Lee
Stu Leiman
Jeff Leitman
Kim Lemon
Maureen & Anthony V. Leness
Lynn Levy
Ellen Levy
Judy Lewis
Shelley Lewis
Michael Lewis
Vivian Lewis
Judith Lidsky
Jeffrey Liebowitz
Clara Lipson
Sahsa Lodi
Laura Lopata
Eric Lynn
Diana Lynn
S. MacDonald
Mel Mackler
Roberto Magana
James Mallios
Alice Maloney
Jane Maloney
Anne Kriken Mann
Melissa Manning
Diana Manson
Flora March
Jerrold March
Eleanor Mascheroni
Mark Mascheroni
Salvatore A. Massasita
Bob Mate
Diana Maxtone-Graham
Eileen B. McCarthy
Sue Ann McDevitt
Kevin McEneaney
Martha McGee
Kathy McGilvery
Karen Meierdiercks
Lisa Mercurio
Amanda Meyer
David Meyer
Katy Meyer
Mike Meyer
Christine Meyer-Oertel
Amory Millard
Nicole Miritello
Laura Mitchell
Melissa Mittman
Erik Moraillon
Francesca Moraillon
Carol & Nikos Mouyiaris
Celine Mulderig
John R. Mulderrig
Richard & Anne Murphy
Massoud Nader Esfahani
Russell J. Nardozza
Robert Naud
Billie Neuman
Fred Newton
Adele Notaro
Gordon Novod
Jane & Thomas Ockers
Anne Omalley
Ruth Oppenheimer
Esther & Williard Oriol
Jessica Osborn
John Osborn
Daniel O’Shea
Derek Ostergard
Pauli Overdorff
David Panicek
Kelly Parden
Joseph Parrish
Greta Pearson
Dagan Perker
Harold Perlmutter
Jonathan Perry
Larry & Marjee Pitterman
Marjorie Pitterman
Marian Pollack
Marc & Shelley Pollner
Inna Pomeranz
Marjorie Posner
Jane Pranda
Charles Pratt
Vito Pruinzo
Paul Purcell
Benedict Raccioppi
Ronnie Ragoff
Honey Raider
Diana Raissis
Mariet Reddy
Katherine Reider
Ross Reife
Constanza Rendic
Richard Rifkind
John Robbins
dorothy Roberts
John Rodman
Andres Rodriguez
Donald J. Rogers
Patricia Rohrlich
Johanna Roman
Ronald Roosson
Nina Root
Frances Root
Elaine Rosen
Jane K. Rosen
R. G. Rosenblatt
Ronald Rosson
Ruth Roth
Kenneth Ryder
Sylvia Salem
Beth Salerno
Gloria Salm
Robin Salmaggi
Frank Salmaggi
David Samuels
Jesus Sanchez
Robert & Natalie Schaffer
Sue & Ed Schaffzin
Patricia Scharlin
E.P. Schneidier
Daryn Schnipper
Mitchell Schrage
Judith Schuldenfrei
Ronald Schwartz
Felice Seeman
Josephine Seidita
Hester Serafini
Harriet Shapiro
Elizabeth Sharpless
Robert Shepler
Milton Sherman
C. Sherman-Meyer
Sandro Sherrod
Susanne Shoa
Mark Sichel
Maria Sicurelli
Eric Siggia
Barbara Silverstein
Sue Simmons
Letty Simon
Guy & Connie Smiley
Judy Snyder
David Spanier
Susan Spaull
Frederick Specht
Marti Speranza
Heidi Jo Spiegel
Carol Stacks
Susan Stark
Judy Stein Bardazzi
Christian Steiner
James Ster
Debbie Stevens
William P. Stewart
Maureen Stewart
Burton / Rita Tansky
S Taylor
Sandra Tenzer
Heather Thomas
Kevin Timoney
Judith & Michael Togher
Margot Tohn
Barbara Tomei
Richard Tuorto
Jessica Ushan
Sami & Pia Valkonen
Morris Vogel
George & Kathleen Vonderlinden
Anastasia Vournas
Tess Wachs
Thomas Wade & Rosamond Bovey
Chris Walker
Gail Wasserman
H. Barry Wayne
Sonya Wexler
Beverly & Arnold Winston
Arnold Winston
Andrew Wist
Barbara Wrubel
Ann Yerman
Alis Yeterian
Howard Yourow
Renata Zanan
Jack Zaremski
Tamar Zinguer

*List updated 9/15/2016