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EXTRA ERFA TOWN HALL

By Team ERFA,

SPECIAL TOWN HALL
NOTE DATE: THIS MONDAY, APRIL 23RD
WHAT:   This is an OFFICIAL, EXTRA  East River Fifties Alliance update following our hearing at the Board of Standards & Appeals on April 10th.
WHEN:   Monday, April 23rd @ 8 am
WHERE: Morso, Restaurant, 420 East 59th Street
WHY:  The BSA hearing was very well attended by our community members, but due to time constraints and space limitations, it was difficult for many in the ERFA community to hear the testimony and/or to stay long enough to participate.
If you attended the hearing and were unclear about the results, OR, were unable to attend the hearing and are interested in the next phase of our battle, this meeting will answer your questions.
SPECIAL NOTE: Michael Hiller, ERFA’s attorney, will provide insight and latest, breaking developments.

Board of Standards & Appeals Hearing — April 10

By Team ERFA,

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT!

“…the mayor has been clear and public in his opposition to this project.”https://nypost.com/2018/04/04/law-firm-that-represented-de-blasio-now-helping-developer-with-city-deal/

The mayor has added his voice to the many elected officials and civic organizations who have spoken out to support ERFA’s hard-won zoning change.

It’s now up to the Board of Standards & Appeals to decide whether to grant the developer of the 430 East 58th Street construction site an exemption from the new law.

It is ESSENTIAL for our community to show the BSA how strongly we oppose granting the developer’s requested exemption.

LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD.

MAKE IT KNOWN THAT THERE IS NO PLACE FOR A MEGATOWER IN THE EAST 50s.

We look forward to seeing you all at the hearing at the
Board of Standards & Appeals
22 Reade Street

Tuesday Morning, April 10th

Hearing begins at 10 am; arrive by 9:30 am to ensure seating

The ERFA bus will be leaving at 8:15 am from in front of Morso, 420 East 59th Street.

Please help Fund this Effort by Making a Donation today.

Special ERFA Town Hall — April 5 @ Morso

By Team ERFA,

Hear Ye! Hear Ye!
 
CALLING ALL 

EAST RIVER FIFTIES ALLIANCE MEMBERS

WE NEED YOUR VOICES

SPECIAL ERFA TOWN HALL

WHEN: Thursday morning, APRIL 5TH, 8 AM

WHERE: Morso Restaurant @ 420 East 59th Street
WHAT: This essential meeting will dive into the details of the upcoming BSA hearing scheduled for the 10th of April and YOUR critical participation.
WHY:  The developer of the 58th Street construction site has applied to the BSA to be “grandfathered” under the old zoning. If the BSA approves the application, the developer would have permission to construct the megatower. It is critical for us to show the BSA that the community objects to granting the approval.
SPECIAL SCHEDULING NOTES FOR APRIL 10TH:
Hearing at the Board of Standards & Appeals re:  Sutton 58 Building Permit Renewal Application
22 Reade Street
10 April 2018

9:30 AM

Seating is Limited

All supportive ERFA attendees shall be heard.

Bus transportation c/o ERFA will be provided on a first come, first served basis leaving at 8:15 AM on the morning of April 10th, sharp.

Please consider lending your seat to the elderly or disabled and consider public transportation.

Unable to attend?: 

Please send a letter to Chairman Margery Perlmutter of the Board of Standards & Appeals that states your belief that they must NOTmake an exception for the East 58th Street megatower known as “Sutton 58,” or 430 East 58th Street. The new, legislated, and protective zoning was voted on and intended for the whole of this neighborhood and community without deviation.

Address it to: 

Hon. Margery Perlmutter, Chair
NYC Board of Standards and Appeals
250 Broadway, 29th floor
New York, NY 10007

Your Voice Counts More Than Ever: Be Heard at BSA

By Team ERFA,

COME AND BE HEARD AT THE
BOARD OF STANDARDS & APPEALS
MARK YOUR CALENDAR!

WHEN:       Tuesday, April 10th, 2018
LOCATION: Hearing Room, 22 Reade Street, New York, NY
TIME:          9:00 a.m.

On the 30th of November, 2017, the East River Fifties Alliance (ERFA) together with the steadfast support and commitment of elected officials Borough President Gale A. Brewer, Council Members Ben Kallos and Dan Garodnick, and State Senator Liz Krueger, achieved an appropriate rezoning of the area from East 51st Street to East 59th Street, east of First Avenue, an unprecedented and hard-won victory for this neighborhood and community.
Prior to the rezoning, the developer of the 430 East 58th Street construction site requested a special grandfathering exception that would have allowed construction of a massive, overbearing mega-tower in our neighborhood, but the City Council expressly rejected it.

In December, notwithstanding the City Council’s rejection of the grandfathering request, the developer applied to the Board of Standards & Appeals (BSA) to request a special exception to the new zoning law to implement his plan to build a megatower in our neighborhood.

WHERE WE ARE

ERFA will present a strong case to the BSA opposing the developer’s request for the special exception he seeks to construct the megatower.

We will emphasize to the BSA that ERFA does not want to stop construction; it wants to stop a Looming Towering Nightmare of a building in a residential neighborhood that is now protected — by law — against such absurdly tall towers. The developer is free to build a luxury building that complies with the new law’s “tower-on-a-base” design requirements. That design standard is reasonable and the developer is required to adhere to it. This is also the position taken by Mayor de Blasio on this issue.

Although the history of the development site is complex, the present developer took control of the site months after a public, community-led, formal and official rezoning initiative was already well underway. Our community effort was supported by key elected officials; yet the developer continued to move ahead with an accelerated construction schedule, aided and abetted by numerous and unusual City-issued permits to work on off-hours, weekends, and holidays.

We have amassed a body of evidence confirming that the developer is not entitled to the exception requested, and that to grant it would constitute a violation of New York City law.

ERFA expects to receive a fair hearing on the facts at the Board of Standards & Appeals. That hearing is now scheduled for the 10th of April.

COME AND BE HEARD. 

LET THE BOARD OF STANDARDS & APPEALS KNOW THAT

THERE IS NO PLACE FOR A MEGATOWER 

IN THE EAST RIVER FIFTIES.

 

We urge all New Yorkers who are against the Looming Towering Nightmare to attend the BSA public hearing on April 10 and show support for ERFA and the City’s zoning law.

It’s time for the good people of New York City to win on the merits, not the greedy ones who want an exception from the law.

Town Hall — March 15th

By Team ERFA,

Thursday, March 15, 2018 @ 8 am

@ Morso, 420 East 59th Street

 

Come to the ERFA Town Hall this week. A supertall in our community is still very possible DESPITE our win to put in place new zoning law for the neighborhood. East 58th Street is still threatened.  

Come hear from our team about our strategy and what’s next. We cannot, and will not, let up the pressure. But we need YOUR continued activism and support too.

Come hear what YOU can do.  See you Thursday!