Manhattan’s 12 community boards are local organizations each composed of 50 volunteer members serving staggered two-year terms. Community boards are tasked with being the independent and representative voices of their communities—the most grass-roots form of local government. The boards are pivotal in shaping their communities and work to enhance and preserve the character of the city’s many unique neighborhoods.
NEW YORK – Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer issued the following statement Wednesday in response to the Department of Building’s decision to revoke permits for the Extell development on West 66th Street:
“I applaud today’s decision by the Department of Buildings (DOB) to revoke the permits for Extell’s proposed supertall tower on West 66th Street. From the beginning, I have opposed the developer’s decision to use a monstrous 160-foot… Read more
Since Governor Andrew Cuomo revealed his new plan for the L train reconstruction and declared the shutdown averted, commuters, residents, advocates, elected officials, and other city leaders have raised many valid questions and concerns. Will this new approach work? Why it wasn’t brought up earlier? What will happen to the mitigation measures put in place after three years of careful planning?
Today, I attended an emergency meeting called by the… Read more
NEW YORK – Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer announced the return of her Leadership Development Training series, a slate of workshops and seminars designed to hone the expertise of Community Board members and other Borough President appointees on important local government functions.
“Community Boards are made up of dedicated, civic-minded volunteers who should have every tool at their disposal to solve problems in their community and responsibly plan for… Read more
NEW YORK – Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer issued her formal ULURP recommendationon the zoning text amendment proposed by JPMorgan Chase for its new headquarters building at 270 Park Avenue. In her recommendation, she rejected the proposal because it came without adequate public realm improvements and it breaks with the standards set by the East Midtown rezoning enacted in 2017.
“The East Midtown rezoning was meant to balance… Read more
NEW YORK – Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer issued the following statement shortly after the City Council’s vote approving amendments to the zoning text governing the Garment District.
“Collaboration and negotiation make good policy, and the process that brought us to today’s vote is yet more proof of that. I thank Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen and EDC President James Patchett for working with me and Speaker Johnson to produce… Read more
NEW YORK – Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer wrote yesterday to MTA-New York City Transit President Andy Byford, calling for a reevaluation and enhancement of planned travel alternatives during the upcoming closure of the 1-train station at 168th Street in upper Manhattan. The station serves 26,000 daily riders and is a primary point of access to New York Presbyterian Hospital, as well as the Columbia University Dialysis Center and… Read more
There’s strength in numbers and partnering with other urban leaders means we can amplify our voice when it comes to pressing issues facing New Yorkers and people around the country.
That’s why I’m happy to join the Human Development federal advocacy committee of the National League of Cities. The committee focuses on a wide range of issues, such as social services, children and learning, poverty and income support, employment and… Read more
From this week’s edition of City & State NY:
Gale Brewer’s peers in politics are in awe of her public schedule, holding the Manhattan borough president’s endurance in an esteem most people reserve for Olympic marathon runners or Bruce Springsteen on a world tour.
“I would be dead if I had Gale Brewer’s schedule every single day,” said New York City Councilman Keith Powers, of Manhattan.
“The running joke is… Read more
In November, we held the second meeting of the Manhattan My Brother’s Keeper initiative, which is aimed at closing the opportunity gap by supporting boys and young men of color in Manhattan. President Barack Obama launched the My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) initiative in 2014 to improve outcomes for students of color in schools across the country. New York was the first state to enact the initiative into law and has… Read more