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emil mella

Brewer says no to Lenox Terrace rezoning proposal

NEW YORK – Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer issued her formal ULURP recommendation on the zoning text amendment proposed by the Olnick Organization for its rezoning application to facilitate the development of 5 new buildings located at the Lenox Terrace complex. In her recommendation, she rejected the proposal because it came without adequate public and private investments. “There are few instances where a development the scale of the one… Read more

Announcing our fourth annual holiday diaper drive!

For many low-income working parents, getting diapers for their children is a struggle. Day care centers often require parents to supply diapers when they drop of their kids, so if the parents don’t have diapers to bring every day, they can’t work. That’s why my office, the Food Bank for New York City, and the Girl Scouts of Greater New York are launching our fourth annual holiday diaper drive to… Read more

Nov. 18: Lenox Terrace public hearing

The owner of Lenox Terrace in Harlem has applied for a zoning change to facilitate construction of five new buildings—with a total of about 1,600 residential units—one at each corner of the Lenox Terrace complex bounded by Lenox Avenue, W. 132nd St., Fifth Ave., and W. 135th St., plus a fifth building mid-block on W. 135th St. As part of my office’s official ULURP consideration, I will hold a public… Read more

Making Manhattan more age-friendly

Hundreds of people braved the rain to attend “Make Manhattan Mine,” my special event focused on how we can make Manhattan more age-friendly, as NYC’s senior population is projected to grow by close to 500,000 people by 2040. We kicked the afternoon off with a brain-storm session on initiatives that would help seniors in their day-to-day lives, and then held workshops on transportation, open space, and accessibility; a streetscape design… Read more

Manhattan Paper Challenge Quarter One Winners!

Today I announced the winners of the first quarter of the Manhattan Paper Challenge along with Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Sanitation Bridget Anderson, members of the Manhattan Solid Waste Advisory Board and Pratt Industries 100% of the paper that Department of Sanitation trucks collect in Manhattan’s is barged to Pratt Industries’ recycling mill on Staten Island where the paper is “pulped” and then used by their corrugated plant… Read more

Joint Statement with Council Member Keith Powers on Holiday Pedestrian Congestion Mitigation Plan

“For months we have been advocating for making 49th and 50th Streets between 5th and 6th Avenues car-free as a means to address pedestrian congestion in one of the City’s busiest public spaces. Yesterday, we were encouraged to hear that the City was moving forward with a proposal to enlarge pedestrian space along 5th Avenue to address this congestion during the holiday season. While this is not a long-term solution,… Read more

Find senior-friendly supermarkets in your neighborhood!

My office surveyed more than 200 supermarkets across the borough to identify each store’s senior-friendly policies and infrastructure. With our mobile-friendly database, you can find out which stores in your neighborhood offer amenities like wheelchair accessibility, delivery, public restrooms, escalators or elevators (for stores not at ground-level), senior discounts, and acceptance of SNAP/EBT. You can also download a PDF of the guide, organized by Manhattan’s 12 Community Board districts: Click Read more

Sunday, Oct. 27: Make Manhattan Mine, a special event for seniors

With Manhattan’s senior population growing steadily, we have to make sure that older adults are supported as they continue to age. Coined by the World Health Organization (WHO), the term “age-friendly” refers to strategies that enable seniors to be active, participate in our community, and stay connected with people who are important to them. Make Manhattan Mine is my new age-friendly initiative to make the borough a better place to… Read more

East Side Coastal Resiliency independent review report finalized

Public Hearing on East Side Coastal Resiliency Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer and Council Member Carlina Rivera announced today the publication of the final report by independent consultant Deltares, hired for the review of the East Side Coastal Resiliency Project (ESCR) last month. In her Uniform Land Use Review Process (ULURP) recommendation, Brewer requested an independent environmental expert to review the ESCR Project and prepare comments regarding the City’s Preferred Alternative 4 proposal and the… Read more

Dr. Rob Snyder appointed Borough Historian

I’ve appointed Dr. Rob Snyder to be our brand new Borough Historian! Dr. Snyder is a professor of journalism and American Studies in the Department of Arts, Culture and Media at Rutgers University-Newark. He’s written widely on New York City history and media issues. He is the author of Crossing Broadway: Washington Heights and the Promise of New York City (Cornell University Press), The Voice of the City: Vaudeville and… Read more

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