Each year, the Municipal Art Society oversees a series of Jane’s Walks in honor of legendary urban activist Jane Jacobs. As part of that effort, on Saturday, May 7, East River Fifties resident and ERFA Communications Director Lisa Mercurio lead 25 people on a Jane’s Walk around our quiet residential neighborhood.
Ms. Mercurio’s walk, entitled, Historic Sutton Place Clashes with Billionaire’s Row, highlighted the conflict that is taking place between oversized towers and the unique nature of this residential neighborhood as Billionaire’s Row extends eastward. Her tour took participants past many of the “soft sites” in the neighborhood where supertalls can be built and talked about ERFA’s rezoning plan and its critical importance in keeping our residential community livable. During the lively walk, Ms. Mercurio fielded many questions and talked about the neighborhood’s history. Everyone left with a much better understanding of the threat posed by megatowers and the unique character of the community. They also each got their very own ERFA lapel pin.
Last Tuesday, we held a rally/demonstration at Sutton Square calling on the City to hurry along approval of our rezoning plan and help us protect the East River Fifties community (the area between 52nd and 59th Streets, east of First Avenue) from megatowers forever.
Today, we launch our first video effort entitled, “Too Tall for the Fifties.” It features neighborhood residents and Councilmember Ben Kallos who talk about the qualities and values that make our community unique and how we must continue to fight megatowers and support our community rezoning plan.
ERFA Plan Continues to Gain Momentum As Community Board 6 Calls Upon Department of City Planning and City Planning Commission to Act on East River Fifties Alliance Rezoning Proposal
On Wednesday, February 10th, Manhattan’s Community Board 6 (CB6) passed, by an overwhelming majority, a resolution that calls upon the Department of City Planning and City Planning Commission to act on the rezoning plan submitted by ERFA. We are grateful that CB6 passed this resolution. You can read the entire resolution here, or head over to our latest News post for media coverage.