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ERFA’s Lisa Mercurio Led a Jane’s Walk

By Team ERFA,

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.

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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.

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Video of May 10th Rally

By Team ERFA,

Missed the May 10th ERFA rally? Hear the speeches now.

Speakers (in order): Deputy Manhattan Borough President Aldrin Bonilla, representing Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer; Senior Policy Advisor Marianna Vaidman Stone representing Councilmember Dan Garodnick; Lynn Ellsworth Co-Founder of New Yorkers for a Human-Scale City; Councilmember Ben Kallos
Emcee: ERFA Director of Communications Lisa Mercurio

 

Video courtesy of Councilmember Ben Kallos.

Our Rally Was a Rousing Success

By Team ERFA,

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.

ERFA’s Director of Communications Lisa Mercurio emceed the event. Councilmember Ben Kallos, spoke to the crowd, as did representatives from Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer’s office and Councilmember Dan Garodnick. Lynn Ellsworth, Co-Founder of New Yorkers for a Human-Scale City also addressed the community.

All photos by ERFA unless otherwise noted.

Deputy Manhattan Borough President Aldrin Bonilla

Deputy Manhattan Borough President Aldrin Bonilla

May 10 Rally Marianna Vaidman Stone Garodnick Representative

Senior Policy Advisor Marianna Vaidman Stone speaking on behalf of Councilmember Dan Garodnick

 

 

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Lynn Ellsworth from New Yorkers for a Human-Scale City

 

 

May 10 Rally Crowd

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Councilmember Ben Kallos and ERFA Communications Director Lisa Mercurio

 

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Deputy Borough President Aldrin Bonilla and Council Member Ben Kallos

 

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ERFA President Alan Kersh and Communications Director/Emcee extraordinaire Lisa Mercurio

 

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Watch Our First ERFA Video

By Team ERFA,

Too Tall for the Fifties

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.

 

 

Check out photos of the East River Fifties and follow us on our new Instagram account.

 

 

Community Board 6 Calls on City Planning to Act on ERFA Plan

By Team ERFA,

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.