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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.


Task Force Members Develop, Don’t Destroy Brooklyn are hosting a meeting on March 13 to update the community about the status of the Atlantic Yards project.  Their email states, “Many rounds of legal and political fighting remain in the struggle against Atlantic Yards” and they invite the public to find out why:

Community Meeting: Update on the Struggle Against Ratner’s Atlantic Yards Project and For Sensible Development
Thursday, March 13, 7pm
Hanson Place United Methodist Church. Main Sanctuary
Church Address:144 Saint Felix Street at Hanson Place
*Enter at Hanson Place [Map]
Fort Greene, Brooklyn
Subways: 2, 3, 4, 5, B, D, N, R, Q to Atlantic/Pacific

Two Task Force members, The Council of Brooklyn Neighborhoods the Hunter College Center for Community Preservation and Development, both sponsors of the UNITY Plan for Atlantic Yards, are hosting a community meeting on Saturday about the site’s future:

What if our community was given a voice in planning redevelopment over and around the Vanderbilt rail yards?
What’s your vision for our neighborhood’s future?

The original UNITY Plan, the community-created alternative to Forest City Ratner’s “Atlantic Yards” project, covered only the publicly owned Vanderbilt rail yards.  FCR has since taken control of and blighted or torn down many properties around the rail yards. But now the financing for “Atlantic Yards” is in doubt, even according to the developer – the bond financing for the arena and the affordable housing may not be feasible! What happens next?

Join your neighbors, elected officials and expert planners for a public workshop devoted to creating a community plan for the entire area – now that the global credit crisis threatens to scuttle “Atlantic Yards.”

Saturday, MARCH 1, 2008
10 am to 2 pm
St. Cyril’s Belarusian Cathedral
401 Atlantic Avenue (at Bond Street)
RSVP to Hunter College CCPD at 212-650-3328

The Greenpoint-Williamsburg Association for Parks and Planning (GWAPP) called on the public to take an active role in the development and maintenance of green spaces – including those still awaiting construction (including the coming Transmitter Park, seen here). (Queens Ledger)

More than 800 Turned Up at a Meeting about the proposed St. Vincent’s Development in Greenwich Village. (GVSHP)

The Rezoning of 125th St. was discussed, and a Harlem community group and the civil rights advocate Norman Siegel today announced the start of campaign against the city’s proposed rezoning of 125th Street, arguing that the current proposal does not adequately protect the local community or the historic character of the commercial thoroughfare. (NY Times City Room)

The AIA’s proposed zoning text amendments were demystified.

Flatbush was imagined – participants broke into small groups and analyzed goals for the upcoming sustainability agenda.

We saw proof that congestion pricing supporters do exist in Queens, while the pols and the people in Brooklyn don’t quite agree. (Streetsblog)

Have a restful weekend, everyone – you deserve it! But if you just can’t get enough, there are more events happening this weekend:

PS9 Community Design Day in Prospect Heights

and a Rally and Celebration for Pier 40 in Greenwich Village (PDF)

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