Why I attended the MTA’s emergency L train 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

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

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

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

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

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

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!

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 or complete a paper application (downloadable 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