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Tonight, the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation (GVSHP), the Greenwich Village Block Associations, and other community groups will hold an open forum on New York University’s proposed 2031 expansion plans.

According to GVSHP, the plan indicates, “the potential for a very large expansion of the university in and around its core facilities in the Village, East Village, and NoHo during that time period — roughly double its rate of expansion over the last several decades.”

The forum will be an opportunity to find out more about the plan from the perspective of community groups, including concerns regarding how NYU is adhering to its commitments to a set of planning principles developed with community input.  It is also an opportunity to find out more about the process by which this plan is being reviewed and how you can be a part of it.

A flyer for the forum can be found here, and more background information can be found here.


Following up on last week’s Atlantic Yards hearing, project opponents Develop, Don’t Destroy Brooklyn will hold a community meeting to provide updates on the plan: Tuesday June 9, 7pm at Lafayette Avenue Church, 85 S. Oxford Street in Fort Greene.  Speakers will include Council Member Letitia James, Pratt Institute’s Ron Shiffman, Develop Don’t Destroy’s Daniel Goldstein, (all of whom are members of the Community-Based Planning Task Force) and others.

As the above flyer indicates, Brooklyn Community Board 6 holds an informational meeting tonight with the Environmental Protection Agency.  They will discuss the EPA’s plans to designate the Gowanus Canal as a federal Superfund site.  The meeting will be at 6:30pm at the P.S. 32 Auditorium, 317 Hoyt St.

Also Gowanus-related, the Fifth Avenue Committee’s Accountable Development Working Group meets tomorrow, and will discuss the formation of a Gowanus Tenants’ Union.  This meeting will be from  6-8pm, at Fifth Avenue Committee, 621 DeGraw St. near Fourth Avenue (R train to Union).

Apologies for the late notice on this one, but this meeting was just brought to our attention this morning — Tonight the Department of City Planning will present its preliminary plans for the West Harlem Special District.

Proposed by Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer in 2007, the special district is based in part on Manhattan Community Board 9’s 197-a plan (which was our Community-Based Plan of the Month in April).

According to Stringer, the Special District will include:

  • Contextual Zoning, with density and height limits, to preserve the physical character of the neighborhoods and quell displacement pressures.
  • Community Facility reforms, which would stop grossly out-of-scale developments and discourage dorms and university uses in residential areas.
  • Inclusionary Housing in certain areas, to channel new development toward the creation of housing that is affordable to West Harlem residents.
  • Density bonuses for “business incubators,” to provide incentives for developers to provide affordably priced retail or commercial space to local businesses.
  • Anti-Harassment Provisions and Demolition Restrictions, which would penalize property owners who harass their tenants, and discourage the demolition of occupied sound housing.
  • Special Off-street Parking Regulations, to ensure that parking in the area serves the needs of residents and encourages transit-based development instead of causing traffic congestion and pollution.

Tonight’s meeting is hosted by Manhattan CB9 and will take place at 6:30 pm at Broadway Housing, 583 Riverside Dr.@ 135th Street.

If you are interested in community advocacy on this issue, contact the West Harlem Community Preservation Organization (CPO) at

Beginning next week, New York City Transit and the Department of Transportation are holding a series of workshops across the city to get feedback on where new bus rapid transit (BRT) routes should be established and how they should operate.

BRT provides dedicated lanes for buses, and creates an integrated system designed to reduce travel time, improve reliability, and increase the level of comfort for bus customers. In June 2008, NYCT and DOT launched the City’s first BRT Phase I route, the Bx12 Select Bus Service (SBS) on Fordham Road in the Bronx.  Now they are looking to add 8-10 new corridors throughout the city. Read more here.

The meeting schedule is as follows:

Workshop Date Location
Bronx Thursday, May 28 College of New Rochelle
332 East 149th Street (bet. Morris and Courtlandt Avenues)
Queens Tuesday, June 2 P.S. 69, Jackson Heights
77-02 37th Avenue (bet. 77th St. and 78th Street)
Queens Wednesday, June 3 Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning (JCAL)
161-04 Jamaica Avenue (at 161st Street)
Brooklyn Tuesday, June 9 Polytechnic University
6 Metrotech Center (entrance on Jay Street bet. Myrtle Avenue and Johnson Street)
Brooklyn Wednesday, June 10 Brooklyn College
2900 Bedford Avenue (at Campus Road)
Staten Island Tuesday, June 16 New Dorp High School
465 New Dorp Lane (bet. Hylan Boulevard and Mill Road)
Manhattan Thursday, June 18 Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) (Bldg A – entrance on West 27th Street between Seventh and Eight Avenues)
7th Avenue and West 27th Street

Apologies for the late notice, but we were just alerted to the fact that there is a town hall meeting tonight regarding the Broadway Triangle rezoning, at 7pm at the P.S. 250 Auditorium at 108 Montrose Avenue, Brooklyn.  Here’s the flyer from the Broadway Triangle Community Coalition:

Neighbors Allied for Good Growth (NAG, formerly Neighbors Against Garbage) is a community-based organization focused on Williamsburg and Greenpoint. A member organization of the Community-Based Planning Task Force, this group is no stranger to the community planning process – among many other initiatives, they helped coordinate the Williamsburg and Greenpoint 197-a community plans, two of the just ten 197-a plans that have been adopted by the City.

Now, NAG is once again leading a community organizing process. In October, they held a town hall meeting to gather ideas from neighborhood residents. Out of that meeting came NAG’s new organizing agenda, which includes:

  • Preserving Affordable Housing Options for Residents
  • Improving Open Space and Access to the Waterfront
  • Offering Safe and Quick Transportation Options For the Neighborhood
  • Improving our Quality of Life and Preserving Community Character

NAG holds its follow-up to the town hall, a community organizing meeting, this Thursday at 7pm at Holy Ghost Church Hall Basement, located at 160 North 5th Street (between Bedford and Driggs). Read more about the meeting, and the issues currently affecting Greenpoint and Williamsburg at NAG’s blog.

Photo of NAG town hall meeting by Alexandra Sweet via NAG.

Tonight at 6:30pm at the Hudson Guild, the Hudson Yards Community Advisory Committee and Manhattan Community Board 4 are sponsoring a meeting to gather community input on the Hudson Park and Boulevard project.

The Hudson Yards Development Corporation and the Departments of Parks, Transportation, City Planning and Design & Construction chose five finalists in a design competition for the project, which is being planned as app. four acres of newly created parks and open space between Tenth and Eleventh Avenues from West 33rd to West 42nd Streets.

The Hudson Guild is located at 441 West 26th Street (bet. 9th & 10th Ave), and the meeting will be in the Dan Carpenter Room. For more information, call Pat Conway at (212) 736–4536.

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