Want to hear what’s been happening and what’s coming next?
Come to the town hall meeting on Thursday, June 2nd at 8am at Morso Restaurant and Cafe, 420 East 59th Street.
Many folks have been asking about the status of ERFA’s plan, which is currently going through the approval process at the Department of City Planning (DCP). Over the last few months, staff members of DCP have engaged ERFA’s planning team in conversations about alternative measures to control building heights in the proposed rezoning area. We have also made sure that the plan’s affordable housing component is in alignment with the Mayor’s own plan. We feel that it’s time for the City to approve our plan; the process has dragged on for way too long. No matter what happens, be assured that ERFA’s rezoning plan is the best guarantee that our neighborhood can still grow and maintain its unique residential character and that we will pursue its passage vigorously and for as long as it takes. Our elected officials are all on board and are working hard to see that our plan becomes a reality as quickly as possible.
We need volunteers.
Those interested in volunteering are encouraged to stay for a brief meeting immediately afterwards, starting at 9am.
Urge the City to approve our residential neighborhood’s rezoning plan. Your voice counts!
Thursday, May 19th @ 6pm: Come Hear Council Member Dan Garodnick Speak to the Community at ERFA’s Evening Town Hall
Council Member Dan Garodnick, a co-filer on ERFA’s rezoning plan and a staunch supporter of our efforts to protect our community against supertowers, will address the community at Thursday’s evening Town Hall @ 6pm.
He has been urging the Department of City Planning to hurry along our zoning plan’s approval: “The outdated zoning around Sutton Place makes it vulnerable to out-of-scale development, and that’s the last thing this quiet, residential neighborhood needs. The community has put forth a strong rezoning proposal to prevent superscrapers from taking over, and we need to move this plan through the review process and pass it as quickly as possible.”
Thursday, May 19th @ 6pm
Plaza 400 Skytop Lounge
Hope to see you there.
Saturday, May 7th @ 10am
ERFA’s Lisa Mercurio Leads a Jane’s Walk:
Each year, the Municipal Art Society is the local organizer of “Jane’s Walk,” a three-day event that honors the legacy of urban activist Jane Jacobs with hundreds of walking tours in over 180 cities across the globe. This year, ERFA’s Lisa Mercurio has generously volunteered to lead a Jane’s Walk of our neighborhood.
The walk is entitled, “Historic Sutton Place Clashes with Billionaire’s Row. WWJD: What Would Jane Do? See Why City History, Megatowers and Residential Neighborhoods Don’t Mix.”
When: Saturday, May 7th, from 10 am -11 am.
Where: Meet at this small Privately Owned Public Space (POPS), a beautifully landscaped park between 400 and 410 E. 59th St. The tour will continue on Foot
It will highlight our community’s struggle to maintain our unique character in the face of oversized and unwanted development. The meeting place is between 400 and 410 E. 59th St., a pretty, privately-owned public space between First and York Avenues. You can see the walk’s details and sign up to join the walk right here. To RSVP, simply create a login on the Jane’s Walk site and click the “I’m going” button next to the event’s date and time.
Spread the word. Get your neighbors and friends to come along as well. See you there!