Category: Press Releases

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

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

Central Harlem Historic District is granted protected status!

NEW YORK – Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer issued the following statement following the City Council’s approval of the Central Harlem Historic District today: “The blocks that make up the Central Harlem Historic District are a living piece of history, speaking to events from Harlem’s 19th-century building boom to the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s. I thank Council Member Bill Perkins and the Council’s Land Use Committee for… Read more

Statement on Daily News layoffs

NEW YORK – Reacting to the news of a 50 percent editorial staff layoff at the New York Daily News, Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer today issued the following public statement: “TRONC’s executives should be ashamed of themselves for hollowing out a storied newspaper with a tremendous record of getting things done for the people of this city. “Written local news — both online and in print — is… Read more

Brewer and Rodriguez react to postponement of Health Careers High School closure vote

NEW YORK – Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer and Council Member Ydanis Rodríguez issued the following statement reacting to the Panel for Educational Policy’s postponement of a planned vote on the closure of the High School for Health Careers in Washington Heights: “The uptown community spoke out with one voice to save this high school, and buy-in from parents and the community is a priceless asset in public education.… Read more

B.P. Brewer, Rep. Espaillat, uptown elected officials and Washington Heights community celebrate agreement to keep Coogan’s open

For Immediate Release: Sunday, January 14, 2018 NEW YORK – Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer and U.S. Rep. Adriano Espaillat gathered Sunday afternoon with a broad coalition of uptown Manhattan elected officials, Community Board members, and neighbors to celebrate the agreement between Coogan’s and New York-Presbyterian Hospital that will keep the beloved Washington Heights pub open for years to come. The locally-owned, 33-year-old pub was slated to close after… Read more

B.P. Brewer statement on September 11 Memorial and Museum’s announcement of a “permanent dedication” to honor 9/11 survivors, responders

Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer issued the following statement in response to the September 11 Memorial and Museum’s announcement of a “permanent dedication” to honor 9/11 survivors and responders: “It’s good news that the 9/11 Memorial has agreed to honor 9/11 responders and survivors on the public site of the Memorial’s grounds. “Just this past weekend, Firefighter Ray Pfeifer died from his 9/11-related cancer. “A monument to him and… Read more

B.P. Brewer’s Remarks at Re-Lamping Ceremony for the Eternal Light Monument

Good morning. It is an honor to be here today, on the cusp of Memorial Day weekend, to celebrate relighting The Eternal Light Flagstaff- and the upcoming renovations around the monument. I want to thank Madison Square Park Conservancy Executive Director Keats Myer, Board Chair Sheila It Davidson, Board Chair Emeritus David Berliner, our borough’s Parks Commissioner William Castro, and Dan McSweeney, President of the United War Veterans Council for… 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

B.P. Brewer statement on International Women’s Day

Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer issued the following statement on the observance of International Women’s Day: “The first February Women’s Day observance was in 1909, right here in New York, in recognition of the 1908 International Ladies’ Garment Workers Union strike. More than a century later, the struggle for recognition and equal rights for women in the workplace and society as a whole continues, and is entering a critical… Read more