Dear Concerned Citizens of the East River Fifties Alliance,
As many of you know, ERFA appeared in front of the Board of Standards & Appeals yesterday afternoon, the 19th of June, 2018.
Additional and noteworthy merits of our case were presented by our lawyer, Michael Hiller which were reinforced by our indomitable Council Member Ben Kallos. Supporting community members and ERFA Leadership also supplied testimony as did the office of the Borough President, the office of Carolyn Maloney and the Municipal Art Society. ERFA is most grateful for everyone’s time, effort and spirit.
We have been informed that a decision will be reached by the BSA on the 26th of June.
In the meantime, we are sharing some highlighted press links from these past few weeks which under-score the many dynamics that have accompanied our efforts.
Note: Due to the upcoming 4th of July holiday, we are tentatively scheduling the next ERFA Town Hall for Thursday, the 12th. This meeting will be critical as we will be discussing the next phase in our quest – REGARDLESS of the outcome at the Board of Standards and Appeals.
As always, your support is essential to the full success of the East River Fifties rezoning, To protect the neighborhood we know and love, there is a continuing battle to be fought to assure that the 58th Street development site will not be exempted from the zoning change we achieved on November 30, 2017. Please continue to support us.
With thanks and gratitude,
P.S. ERFA has been in the news. Please follow these links for important articles by Greg B. Smith in the Daily News
and Sydney Pereira of the Manhattan Press
, and Sally Goldenberg of Politico
ERFA IS THE POWER OF MANY VOICES
HELP US SAVE THE EAST RIVER FIFTIES FROM A LOOMING, TOWERING NIGHTMARE
JOIN US FOR THE LAST AND FINAL CHAPTER OF OUR BATTLE
WHEN: Tuesday, June 19, 2018, 10 a.m.
WHAT: 2nd BSA Hearing re: 430 East 58th StreeT
WHERE: 22 Reade Street, New York, NY
WHY: Oppose Construction of a Megatower at 430 East 58th Street
SPECIAL NOTE: The BSA hearing is called for 10 a.m. ERFA will likely be called to appear around 11 a.m., but that is subject to change, without notice.If you have time constraints, please bring a copy of your testimony to the hearing to ensure that it is included with all of our submissions.Winning requires a level of commitment that transcends what is typically necessary in connection with the exercise of rights in the democratic process.We must absolutely bring a show of force to this hearing: speakers, passionate community members, concerned citizens to help us get to the finish line.
Express yourself. Make your voice heard.
ERFA. We are the power of many voices. Together we can preserve our city.
Tell the BSA to make them Build it Right.
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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.
10 April 2018
An expression of tremendous gratitude goes out to our many committed ERFA members for attending today’s hearing at the Board of Standards & Appeals. While the downtown early morning was gray and misty, the sky began to clear many hours later when the hearing adjourned.
If you attended the hearing and were able to testify, please know that the registered impact of that was powerful. Whether your speech was a simple, “I live in the neighborhood and I am opposed to this megatower,” or a more extended explanation, there is no question that our steadfast commitment to protecting the East River Fifties is now well documented with this government agency.
Importantly, if you attended the hearing and were unable to stay due to time constraints, we remain grateful for your effort and your presence.
PLEASE KNOW THAT YOUR TESTIMONY CAN STILL BE REGISTERED BY MAILING IT TO:
Hon. Chair Margery Perlmutter
Board of Standards & Appeals
250 Broadway, 29th floor
New York, NY 10007
Also, your names as participating speakers was registered with the BSA upon sign in. That long list of people who wished to speak, plus the very presence of so many other members of our community, made a vivid impression on the commissioners.
Finally, our next hearing date has been set for the 19th of June. Please stay tuned for further information regarding upcoming ERFA meetings, and again, many thanks for your commitment and passion on behalf of the neighborhood we all know and love.
All best wishes,
ERFA leadership Team
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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.
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