Category: Event


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!

March 8th Town Hall RESCHEDULED

By Team ERFA,

Due to the inclement weather predictions, we’re rescheduling the Town Hall to next Thursday, March 15th at 8 am at Morso.  420 East 59th Street.

A supertall in our community  is still very possible DESPITE our win to put in place new zoning law in our neighborhood. East 58th Street is still threatened.  

We’re still fighting back.  Join us!

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

 

See you NEXT Thursday,
Team ERFA

 

 

Town Hall Meeting – March 8, 2018 @ Morso

By Team ERFA,

Early-in-the month Thursdays have been the day to get an update on ERFA’s efforts to protect this neighborhood. Join us next week on March 8th for the latest.


This neighborhood is still threatened by the very real possibility of a supertall building being built on 58th Street DESPITE our win to put in place new zoning law in our neighborhood.

We’re still fighting back.  Join us!
Come hear from our team about our strategy and what’s next.
We need your continued citizen activism and support. Come hear what YOU can do.

ERFA SPECIAL TOWN HALL @ Japan Society on February 8th

By Team ERFA,

THIS COULD STILL HAPPEN HERE
ERFA SPECIAL TOWN HALL MEETING

Thursday, February 8, 2018 7-8:30 pm

This neighborhood is still threatened by the very real possibility of a supertall building being built on 58th Street DESPITE our win to put in place new rezoning law in our neighborhood.

Gamma Real Estate has appealed to the City’s Board of Standards and Appeals to be allowed to build their mega tower on the 58th Street site.
We’re fighting back.  Join us.


Come to a special Town Hall to hear from our team about our strategy and what’s next.  We will be joined by elected officials.
Show that this is important to you.
We need your continued citizen activism and support. Come hear what YOU can do.