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10 January 2012

IN THIS ISSUE

Huge Crowd Opposing NYU Expansion Plan Forces Relocation of Public Hearing

 

Hearing on Proposed East 10th Street Historic District, Tues., Jan. 17

 

Exciting Updates on GVSHP's Blog

oneHuge Crowd Opposing NYU Expansion Plan Forces Relocation of Public Hearing

 

FooterLast night several hundred people turned out to the first official public hearing in the review and approval process for NYU's massive expansion plan to urge Community Board #2's Zoning Committee to reject the plan and the zoning changes it requires. After more than a hundred people were shut out of the meeting due to lack of space, attendees both inside and out demanded that the hearing be moved or postponed so that all who wanted to could participate. The Community Board agreed, and the meeting was moved to a much larger space at Our Lady of Pompei Church. Of the several hundred people who attended, not a single one spoke in favor of the NYU plan. Residents, NYU faculty, and of course GVSHP spoke forcefully in opposition to the plan. The Committee did not vote last night, and neither they nor the full Community Board will vote until February. See coverage from Channel 5 News and the Epoch Times, and pictures HERE.

 

Comparative views of NYU's proposed construction. Click image for details.

 

This bodes extremely well for our efforts to stop City approvals of the NYU plan, and we must keep our momentum going.  There are more critical Community Board hearings coming up, and it is vital that elected officials continue to hear from the public in writing and by phone that we want them to OPPOSE the massive NYU expansion proposal.

 

HOW TO HELP:

For more information on the NYU Expansion plan, click HERE. To view the video of last week's huge Town Hall on fighting the NYU plan, click HERE.

twoHearing on Proposed East 10th Street Historic District Tues., Jan. 17

FooterAfter many delays, the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) has finally scheduled a hearing on the proposed East 10th Street Historic District, which lies between Avenues A and B. In December, GVSHP and allied groups alerted the LPC to a plan by developer Ben Shaoul to alter and build atop 315 East 10th Street, an 1847 structure among this row of uniform and nearly pristine 19th century structures on Tompkins Square North. Following this, the LPC scheduled the long-delayed hearing on this proposed historic district, and we hope they will move ahead with designation in time to prevent this proposed destruction.

 

We are still awaiting the LPC scheduling a hearing on the proposed East Village/Lower East Side Historic District, which was calendared this past June with a promise of a public hearing, the next step in the approval process, to follow shortly thereafter. More than half a year later, we still await the hearing, while several buildings in the proposed district have been destroyed or are imminently threatened

 

HOW TO HELP:

  • Attend the LPC hearing in support of landmarking the proposed East 10th Street Historic District on Tuesday, January 17th at 1:30 pm at One Centre Street (at Chambers), 9th floor hearing room (bring photo ID).   Testify at the hearing in support, or just come to show support - sample testimony is HERE.
  • Send a letter to the LPC urging them to approve the proposed East 10th Street Historic District as soon as possible, and to move ahead with the proposed East Village/Lower East Side Historic District swiftly before more is lost - send a sample letter HERE.

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Catch Up on GVSHP's Blog, Off the Grid

 

Footer Did you know that GVSHP's blog Off the Grid is updated daily with fascinating facts, insight, and perspectives about the Village, East Village, NoHo, and the Meatpacking District, and their history?

 

Read some recent entries about poet e.e. cummings, Gangsters and Artists on Great Jones Street, bargain shopping in Union Square, Ghost signs on East 6th Street, local Ukranian Meat markets, and the connection between the 'Dog Day Afternoon' bank robbery and Greenwich Village.

 


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