Category: News from Gale Brewer

Discovering Manhattan’s Neighborhoods, One Community Board at a Time

This year, my office’s Land Use team is walking through all of Manhattan’s Community Board districts to see the rich and varied architecture, history and people that make up Manhattan’s neighborhoods. By better understanding what makes these neighborhoods great, our Urban Planners can better serve the needs of the community. The team has already visited Community Boards 1, 10, and 12 (See highlights from their visit to CB 10 below),… Read more

Borough President Appoints 316 to Community Boards, Including 90 New Members

16- and 17-year olds join boards in first year under new law NEW YORK – Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer today announced a slate of 316 appointments to Manhattan’s twelve Community Boards. The appointments will take effect on May 1, 2015, and include 90 new members, more than a quarter of the total appointments. “On zoning, land use, and how government interacts with our communities, Manhattan’s Community Boards are… Read more

Brewer and NYC & Company Foundation Announce Manhattan Cultural Tourism Grant Awards

NEW YORK — Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer and the NYC & Company Foundation have announced this year’s Manhattan recipients of the Borough Cultural Tourism Development Grant Program. This program is designed to promote tourism in all parts of the borough and raise domestic and international travelers’ awareness of the wide range of cultural opportunities available in Manhattan. The grants will fund the cultural organizations’ development of programming and… Read more

Elected Officials, Advocates Demand Increased Funding for School Crossing Guards to Keep NYC’s Students Safe

Improved Working Conditions Necessary to Achieve City’s Vision Zero Goals and Safer Pre-K Expansion NEW YORK—Today on the steps of City Hall, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, City Council Member Brad Lander, City Council Member and Chair of the Council’s Public Safety Committee Vanessa Gibson, along with parents, students, elected officials, and safe-streets advocates from across New York City called for a significant increase in funding for school crossing guards… Read more

Borough President Unveils Legislative Package to Clarify and Improve the City’s Landmarks Process

NEW YORK –Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer today announced a legislative package to improve New York City’s landmarks review and preservation process, to be introduced in partnership with Councilmembers Dan Garodnick, Brad Lander, and Stephen Levin. “This month we are celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the New York City Landmarks Law,” said Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer. “What better time to add more transparency and predictability to the… Read more

New MBPO Small Business Report Presents Ideas to Help Manhattan’s Storefronters

Small businesses are the economic heart of New York City, especially the street-level retail stores and restaurants that keep things running 24/7 and provide the everyday necessities and comforts New Yorkers rely on. But with high rents, corporate competition, and real estate development, these businesses—what we call “storefronters”—are facing serious challenges over and above the ones small businesses typically grapple with. To help more small businesses succeed and thrive, the… Read more

Virtual Town Hall: 2015 Borough Budget Priorities Survey

Each year, the Manhattan Borough President requests input and recommendations from the public regarding the needs of the borough, to be included in the annual Borough Budget Priorities Report. This year, Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer is holding a “virtual town hall” to find out which issues are of most concern to borough residents. Fill out this short survey by March 17th at 5pm to help create a report… Read more

Borough President Stands with NYC Tour Guides and Condemns Tour Bus Operator’s Layoff Threat

Photos Available: https://flic.kr/s/aHsk8TSEY9 NEW YORK – Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer joined licensed New York City tour guides affiliated with the Guides Association of New York City and Transport Workers Union Local 225 on the steps of City Hall today for a rally supporting live tour bus guides and opposing the Gray Line tour bus operator’s scare tactics in contract negotiations. In February, the Daily News reported on a… Read more

More than 700 New Yorkers Apply for Seats on Manhattan Community Boards

Year of firsts for Manhattan boards: 16- and 17-year olds apply, and applications accepted online NEW YORK – Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer announced today that 722 New Yorkers have applied for membership on Manhattan’s 12 community boards in the 2015 appointment round, a 21 percent increase over 2014. Of these applications, 470 were from new applicants, a 43 percent increase over 2014. “This is a time of big… Read more

Brewer Swaps Conventional Speech for Panel Discussion on the Future of Manhattan at Her First “State of the Borough”

Talk show format with community leaders and experts; live cable broadcast and integrated Twitter and Vine components included those outside the auditorium NEW YORK – Yesterday, Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer hosted her 2015 State of the Borough forum at Columbia University’s Lerner Hall in Morningside Heights. The event eschewed the format of a conventional political address for a collaborative, bottom-up aesthetic. Following introductory remarks by U.S. Senator Charles… Read more

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