Category: News from Gale Brewer

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

The MTA should look at two-way shuttle buses, dedicated bus lanes for 168th Street 1-train shutdown

A and C 168th street train station 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

City & State: Everybody loves Gale

Gale smiling sitting on monkey bars in a playground 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

Our holiday diaper donation drive returns for the third year

White Baby crib with diapers under a help us fill this crib sign 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 Scout Council of Greater New York are launching the third annual holiday diaper driveRead more

Applications for Manhattan Community Board membership now open!

Gale speaking at a podium to a room full of people Community Board membership applications are now open: We’re looking for passionate and engaged New Yorkers who are dedicated to making a difference in their neighborhoods. Community Boards play an important role in shaping the character of our city. If you live or work in one of Manhattan, you’re eligible to apply for the 2019-2021 class of board members! You can apply online here. The online application must be completed… Read more

Manhattan, Bronx, Queens, and Staten Island BPs to Mayor’s Charter Revision Commission: Don’t Weaken Community Boards

Borough Presidents appoint the members of New York City’s 59 community boards, we work more closely with the boards than other elected officials, and we are the boards’ first and most direct source of advice and technical support. We know what it takes for boards to do their job well, and we know how important that job is — because community boards are neighborhoods’ 2018-08-21 – LettertoCharterRevisionCommissionChairPeralesearly-warning system and advocate… Read more

Visit the Manhattan Borough President’s virtual map room!

Birds eye view of manhattan One of the responsibilities of Borough Presidents under the City’s Charter is to approve all street addresses in their borough– and act as custodian of official maps. That includes Manhattan’s historic maps, and Hector Rivera, in charge of my office’s “map room” (official title: Topographic Bureau has scanned and assembled the maps maintained by Borough Presidents over the decades– dating back to the 1800’s! Hector, in between his normal duties,… Read more

Manhattan Community Award Program funding applications online now

Applications for the Manhattan Community Award Program (MCAP) for Fiscal Year 2019 are now available. MCAP provides small funding awards—typically between $3,500 and $5,000—to nonprofit organizations and public schools. Each award is contracted through one of four city agencies: Department for the Aging, Department of Corrections, Department of Education, or Department of Health & Mental Hygiene. Proposals must relate to the specific agency’s overall mission and goals. If you have… Read more

Letter grades for street vendors are good, but GPS tracking – not so much

2 street vendors in front of mbpo Today, I weighed in on new rules proposed by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) that would give letter grades like you see in restaurants to mobile food vendors and that would introduce GPS tracking of these vendors. NYC is known for its food – not just fancier world-class restaurants, but also street food, ranging from halal meats and gyros to all-American hot dogs and… Read more