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December Town Hall

By Team ERFA,

Come to this week’s Town Hall and and hear the status of ERFA’s work to protect the East River Fifties.

 

WHEN:            December 13, 2018

WHERE:          Morso Restaurant

420 East 59th Street

TIME:              8-9 a.m.

Come hear an update on what happens in court before Judge Debra A. James on December 11th, when she hears arguments on the Article 78 appeal — in which ERFA is petitioning the Court to reverse the Board of Standards & Appeals decision to “grandfather” the megatower.

You’ll remember from our last update that in a significant win for ERFA, Gamma Real Estate (the developer that is trying to build the 800-foot-tall megatower on East 58th Street) has been restricted, pending further order of the Court, from constructing a building unless it is accordance with the new zoning enacted by the City Council on November 30, 2017.
On the 11th, Judge James will also face the issue of whether to extend restrictions on the developer while the case proceeds.
Since several months may elapse before she issues a decision on the Article 78 appeal, it is important for us to extend the restrictions on construction during that time.

After hearing both sides on the 11th, Judge James will likely issue a final decision in approximately 12-16 weeks .

Stay with us. Come hear the update in person, keep your neighbors informed, and help ERFA address the costly nature of this undertaking by making a donation today.

October Town Hall — 10-18-18 @ 8 am

By Team ERFA,

HEAR YE, HEAR YE
TOWN HALL THIS WEEK
 
The ERFA team and community have been hard at work.
Come and hear the status of our quest to protect the East River Fifties.

WHEN:            18 October, 2018

WHERE:          Morso Restaurant
                        420 East 59th Street

TIME:              8 AM – 9 AM

 

Click here for reporting on a rally at City Hall last week where more than 200 protesters from 70 advocacy groups told the City that “NYC is not for sale.”

September Town Hall

By Team ERFA,

ERFA has sued the City of New York and the Board of Standards & Appeals (BSA) in NYS Supreme Court to overturn BSA’s decision which granted the developer permission to build an 850+ foot tower at 430 East 58th Street.
Join us Thursday morning, September 6th, for a strategic information session.  Get an update on where ERFA is in this lawsuit and find out what you can do.
WHEN:       Thursday, September 6 8-9 a.m.
WHERE:     Morso Restaurant, 420 East 59th Street
Meanwhile, catch up on ERFA in the news, and read the Article 78 filing.
Crains’s New York Business
East Side residents sue to stop condo tower

The Real Deal

Locals make last-ditch effort to block Gamma’s UES tower
Upper East Side alliance rallies against Gamma Real Estate

See you next Thursday,

 

ERFA Leadership Team

 

We are in this to win

September Town Hall — 9-6-18 @ 8 am @ Morso

By Team ERFA,

TOWN HALL NOTICE
Join us Thursday morning, September 6th, for a strategic information session. Get an update on where ERFA is in its lawsuit to save our residential community from overdevelopment.
WHEN:       Thursday, September 6 8-9 a.m.
WHERE:     Morso Restaurant, 420 East 59th Street
We will review the status of our situation, answer questions regarding the case moving forward, and discuss how we hope and expect to achieve a favorable result in this battle.
Meanwhile, catch up on ERFA in the news, and read the Article 78 filing.
Crains’s New York Business
East Side residents sue to stop condo tower

The Real Deal

Locals make last-ditch effort to block Gamma’s UES tower
Upper East Side alliance rallies against Gamma Real Estate

Advisory: Manhattan Electeds Call on City to prohibit developers from evading zoning regulations

By Team ERFA,

Advisory: Manhattan Electeds Call on City to prohibit developers from evading zoning regulations

Who: Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, State Senator Liz Krueger (Rep), Council Member Ben Kallos, Friends of the Upper East Side Historic Districts, Carnegie Hill Neighbors, Landmark West!

What: Press Conference calling on the on Board of Standards and Appeals to rule against the creation of small unbuildable lots designed to sidestep zoning regulations and against the gerrymandering of lots by developers for the same purpose.

Where: City Hall Steps

When: Monday, July 16 at 11:30 AM

Why: Allowing the blatant circumvention of zoning rules through the creation of unbuildable lots and the gerrymandering of lots will lead to more abuses of the loopholes and the undermining of Zoning Rules throughout New York City. The buildings under construction at 200 Amsterdam Avenue and 180 East 88th Street are just two cases on the Upper West and Upper East Sides that use these tactics, but if the BSA permits these buildings to stand, such practices will become the norm citywide. The deliberate sculpting and gerrymandering of zoning lots to evade zoning rules are just two examples of the loopholes developers are using that undermine the City’s own rules for private gain. These lead to buildings that are out of scale and negatively impact the character of residential neighborhoods. Tactics like inter-building and mechanical voids and ultra-tall ceiling heights that are exempt from zoning are additional loopholes exploited to maximize height. Mayor de Blasio and Marisa Lago, Chair of the City Planning Commission, committed recently to addressing the mechanical void issue. At a June 27th town hall, the Mayor acknowledged that the City should study all the loopholes, not only voids. He said, “The logical answer is we should look at all the loopholes and come back with a decision… We should come back and look at the whole package.” Now, we call on the Mayor to uphold his word and direct the Department of City Planning to investigate the full package of loopholes contributing to overdevelopment in residential communities citywide and propose a meaningful policy solution.