You are important to winning this fight. Here’s what you can do to help right now.
1. Support ERFA now with a financial contribution.
Please donate to the cause. (The East River Fifties Alliance is a nonprofit, 501(c)(4) corporation that is recognized as tax-exempt by the IRS. Please note that donations are not tax deductible).
Despite that fact that our proposal was adopted as law by the NYC City Council on November 30, 2017, our fight is not over.
Most streets in the East River Fifties are no longer susceptible to the construction of out-of-scale towers. The exception is the 58th Street site between Sutton Place and First Avenue that called our attention to the problem in the first place.
That lingering threat exists because Gamma Real Estate was able to commence construction of a foundation for a supertall before the zoning change was enacted. Gamma has filed an appeal with the Board of Standards and Appeals (“BSA”) seeking “grandfather” status for the project.
We are fighting that appeal and need your support.
ERFA will be a very strong voice for the neighborhood in opposition to BSA approval of Gamma’s request. We will continue to fight vigorously on behalf of the East River Fifties to prevent out-of-scale development. But we need your financial support now to get us through those final steps. ERFA must have its expert planners and a new legal team with BSA appeal experience at the ready until we cross the finish line.
This fight — and the successes that have gotten us to this point — have depended on their knowledge of planning, zoning, and how the City’s system works. And we still need them. Please don’t let our community effort falter at this critical stage.
Please use this link to send a generous contribution now. Donating online is the fastest way to put your support to good and immediate use. If you prefer, download this form and send in your contribution by mail — by either credit card or check.
If you’ve already given, thank you — and please give again. If you’ve been waiting to make the biggest impact with your contribution, now is the time.
2. Report complaints about the East 58th Street construction site to 311.
For those that are most affected by the construction on East 58th Street, for complaints for unsafe conditions, after hours work without a permit, and legitimate concerns about the construction, call 311 or log your complaint here. We do not encourage spurious complaints, but we do urge you to make your voice heard if you have legitimate complaints, especially if they concern personal safely, the safety of your building, or if work is being performed after hours without a permit. Councilmember Kallos is following up on this issue, but he can only act on your behalf if residents register their complaints officially.
This is not someone else’s fight or concern – if it affects you personally – please act.
3. Come to our Town Hall meetings.
These meetings are open to the public and offer a way to connect to neighbors who care about this issue. ERFA board members are present to give updates on our progress, answer questions and offer ways that you can get involved. If you are not on the mailing list, join now. Fill out the form to the right to get notices.
4. Join the East River 50s Alliance.
Your voice really does count. Supporters from this neighborhood and throughout the city have supported this cause–and it made a difference in this public process. Use the form in the right column to sign up for our mailing list for updates on news and events.
5. Spread the news.
Tell your friends and neighbors about ERFA and its commitment to preserving quality of life in one of New York City’s beloved residential districts. We need their support, too. And, this isn’t just about the East River Fifties; what happens here matters to other communities facing similar threats.
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