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Greg Lewis

An open letter to the Soho/Noho Community

Soho street on a beautiful day Borough President Gale A. Brewer, Department of City Planning, and Council Member Margaret Chin would like to thank everyone who attended the first public meeting of the SoHo/NoHo Planning Process on Wednesday, February 6, 2019. We apologize for being unprepared for the tremendous turnout—over 250 people attended. We’ll do better for the next meeting in February. But because of that turnout, we obtained a significant amount of feedback on where… Read more

Collecting data on nutrition education in NYC schools

rally full of people for food education in nyc schools Healthy habits start young, and eating better helps students do better in the classroom now, and succeed in the future. But according to research from the Tisch Center at Columbia University, 44% of New York City public schools lack programming lessons on nutrition education. That’s why Council Member Mark Treyger and I introduced legislation that would require the Department of Education to collect data and report on what students are… Read more

Statement from B.P. Brewer on Dept. of Building’s decision to revoke permits for Extell development on West 66th Street

Construction being done on dirt in NYC 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

Why I attended the MTA’s emergency L train meeting

Gale speaking at MTA meeting 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

Brewer invites Manhattanites to Winter 2019 Community Board Leadership Development trainings

room full of people for the Winter 2019 Leadership Training series 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

Brewer says no to JPMorgan Chase zoning proposal for 270 Park Avenue

270 Park Ave JP Morgan Chase building on a dark afternoon 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

Garment District plan moves forward with Council vote

Various vibrant colors of fabric on a self 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