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  • In this issue: Sign our petition here first! -the Water Street Scandal and Seizure of Public Space -the Urban Tragedy Happening in Inwood -Harlem and the Gentrification Problem -Speaking of Regulation:  We Gotta Get a Grip on Air Rights (Greenwich Village) -Quotes of the Week:  Inwood Resident and Olive Freud -Disney takes on the Human-Scale […]

  • MEDIA ADVISORY Press Conference: Community Groups from Across City Demand End to “Pay to Play” Real Estate Deals; Provide Examples of Potentially Shady Arrangements, Call for Further Investigation Date/Time: Wednesday, May 4th @ 1pm Location: City Hall Steps, Manhattan Contact: Linda Cronin-Gross, Sonya Landau, LCG Communications – 718.853.5568; linda@lcgcommunications.com, sonya@lcgcommunications.com; Ken Frydman, Source Communications – […]

  •  Testify next Wednesday, May 4, 9:30 a.m. against the Water Street Text Amendments that Give Away Public Space.  The hearing will be in the land use committee room at City Hall.  These proposed Water Street rule changes would set a terrible precedent by authorizing the give-away of millions and millions of dollars in sales and rental […]

  • Preet  Opens Investigation that includes de Blasio   The Post reports that the Mayor is under investigation.  Preet Bharara is looking into “how the Mayor solicits cash from members of the real estate industry.”  Go Preet.  While you’re at it, investigate all elected officials in New York City who receive real estate funding.  And why […]

  • Wow!  Councilmember Ben Kallos goes to bat for the East Fifties! Would that every councilmember would fight for their neighborhood like Kallos fights for the East Fifties.  He has worked with one of our coalition members and petition co-sponsors, the East Fifties Alliance, to develop a height restriction for the Sutton Place Area.  About time!  […]

  • If you haven’t signed the Petition for a Human-scale city, do that first here.  The above cartoon was found in AM-NY, the free paper. It isn’t that funny, but in real estate, humor is scarce. First up:  Two Save the Dates:   Manhattan residents: Your chance to participate in the democratic process is coming up. You may […]

  • An Hour of Your Time As you know, at least 8 buildings went down in Tribeca over the past 12 months, and 20 more might come down in the next year.  We need volunteers to fan out into Tribeca with our new anti-demolition poster, a copy of which is below, with the job of asking […]

  • Demolitions Would Erase 110 Affordable Apartments And Nine Historic Buildings in Tribeca   Alicia Glen, the Deputy Mayor for Economic Development, was on the Brian Lehrer Show on April 10, 2015. She pitched the Mayor’s policy to vastly increase affordable housing in the City. She also said “there is a new sheriff in town” and […]

  • The Mayor and City Planning have been trying to rush through ill-considered zoning changes that are dressed up in a pretty package covered with affordable housing ribbons and sparkly bows about housing for senior citizens.  But open up the pretty package and you see an effort to get rid of hard-won contextual zoning districts.  Contextual […]

  • Here is the update on our list of last year. 67 Vestry- unchanged – third party application underway for National Registry of Historic Places.  Will Aby Rosen buy into that idea and turn this building into 100% affordable housing (which it is already) rather than demo it for luxury housing? Photo immediately below. 31 Desbrosses- […]

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