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B.P. Brewer asks: Is city enforcing law against selling illegal e-bikes, or just ticketing New Yorkers and businesses after they buy them?

Deliveryman on motorbike Last week, Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer sent a letter to Consumer Affairs Commissioner Lorelei Salas, Police Commissioner James O’Neill, and Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg, asking what the city is doing to enforce its law against selling ‘motorized scooters’ like electric bicycles. Brewer was prompted to look into this issue by complaints from Manhattan residents like Rigoberto Fernandez Estevez. Mr. Fernandez was sold multiple electric bicycles by a brick-and-mortar business… Read more

B.P. Brewer announces $620,000 to fully fund air conditioning for High School of Fashion Industries auditorium

students and faculty sitting in High School of Fashion Industries auditorium NEW YORK – The High School of Fashion Industries will finally be able to reclaim its beautiful, Works Progress Administration-era auditorium from ‘brutal’ summer temperatures, thanks to a $620,000 capital allocation from Borough President Gale A. Brewer fully funding installation of an air conditioning system. Brewer announced today that the funding will be included in the Fiscal Year 2017-2018 city budget. The news coincides with her visit to the school… Read more

Forum on the future of biking in our city

black bike leaning against store The biking landscape of our city is changing, and this conversation will keep going as we find the best ways to adapt. Scores of cyclists gathered for my forum on future of biking in New York on April 25. Advocates, engineers, and representatives from city agencies explored the at a forum I hosted this week. It was an opportunity to think big about what’s next in terms of technology and… Read more

Keeping Manufacturing in NYC, and a functional garment center ecosystem

various rolled-up fabrics Our office hosted a symposium on the “Future of Manufacturing in NYC—the Garment Center and Beyond” at the High School of Fashion Industries on April 24. Local residents and industry stakeholders—labor, business owners, and building owners came together to listen to two panels: What urban manufacturers are making today, and how zoning can help or hurt them. Moderated by the Pratt Institute’s Adam Friedman, featuring Sara Romanoski of Townsquared, Armando… Read more

B.P. Brewer recommends approval of East Midtown rezoning plan

Recommendation letter available for download here NEW YORK – Late yesterday, Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer issued her formal recommendation on the Greater East Midtown rezoning proposal working its way through the city’s Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP), approving the plan with a number of conditions and recommended changes. “For decades East Midtown has been the economic heart of our city and this plan will make it stronger… Read more

Brewer to de Blasio administration on Garment Center: “Start over”

NEW YORK — Despite a public outcry from garment industry stakeholders, the city’s Economic Development Corporation forged ahead with an announcement this morning of millions of dollars in funding dedicated to moving garment manufacturing businesses from Manhattan to Sunset Park, Brooklyn while the Dept. of City Planning considers the repeal of zoning protections for manufacturing in Manhattan’s Garment District. Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer issued the following statement in… Read more

Faith-based Organizations and Real Estate Development Conference & Community Board Applicant Interview Panels Update

Faith-Based Organization Development Conference Rescheduled The Faith-Based Organization Development Conference that was cancelled tomorrow (Tuesday, March 14) has been rescheduled for Wednesday, April 19, 2017. It will be at the same time (8 am – 12:30 pm) and same place 60 Wall Street, 47th Floor. If you received this email, you do not need to register again. Your seat is already reserved. We will send you another email a few… Read more

B.P. Brewer Statement on the death of Jimmy Breslin

Jimmy Breslin made our city a better place because he made life worse for those who exploited, those who took advantage, those who were all talk. He would argue with me if I called him ‘classy’ but that’s a very good definition of class in my book. His words were driven by his heart — and it showed in thousands of newspaper columns and a handful of very good novels.… Read more

Now available: transcript, video, and testimony from public hearing on Greater East Midtown rezoning proposal

On Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 6:00 pm, the Manhattan Borough Board will held a public hearing on Greater East Midtown rezoning proposal, which was informed by the work conducted by the Midtown East Working Group (co-chaired by me and the City Council Member for the area, Daniel Garodnick). The Working Group conducted extensive discussions among all the neighborhood’s stakeholders, including the two Community Boards affected. This hearing is part… Read more

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