Statement on First Landmarks Preservation Commission Backlog Hearing

Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer issued the following statement in advance of her appearance at today’s first Landmarks Preservation Commission public hearing on backlogged items for landmarking consideration in Manhattan: “I’ll be pleased to offer my testimony this morning in support of a number of properties I believe should be landmarked, but what really thrills me about today’s hearing is the achievement it represents. Working together, we devised a… Read more

East Midtown Steering Committee Issues Proposed Rezoning Plan for Area Around Grand Central

Borough President Gale A. Brewer, Council Member Dan Garodnick led year-long community planning effort to define new building standards, community improvements After a year-long community planning process, the East Midtown Steering Committee, co-chaired by Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer and City Council Member Daniel R. Garodnick, has issued recommendations for the rezoning of the area around Grand Central Terminal, known as East Midtown. The steering committee — established by… Read more

NYC ‘Fair Chance’ Hiring Law Takes Effect Today; Supporters Launch Public Awareness Push

New law ensures formerly incarcerated New Yorkers have fair chance to work; Employers: consider qualifications first; don’t ask about criminal record until job offer New Yorkers with conviction histories and their advocates rallied in Brooklyn this morning to celebrate the Fair Chance Act, a new law that takes effect today that will help ensure that people with records have a fair chance at employment and are not unlawfully shut out… Read more

Statement on Pier 40 Development Proposal

“This is a first-of-its-kind project — the first Mandatory Inclusionary Housing development in Manhattan, the first to use air rights from the Hudson River Park — and it’s subject to a full land-use review, as I and others insisted upon last year. “Unfortunately, outreach to the community from both the administration and the developers has been sorely lacking. As part of the uniform land use review procedure, I look forward… Read more

Roosevelt Island Seniors Receive First Delivery From Borough President Brewer’s Fresh Food for Seniors Program

NEW YORK – Today, Borough President Gale A. Brewer’s Fresh Food for Seniors program made its first delivery to Roosevelt Island, dropping off more than 60 bags of fresh, locally-sourced produce for Roosevelt Island seniors. The program, newly expanded to Roosevelt Island, makes pre-packed bags of produce available to seniors every two weeks in the West Village, Chelsea, Clinton, the Upper West Side, Upper Yorkville, East Harlem, and northern Manhattan… Read more

Urban Agriculture Symposium and Fair Encourages Urban Farming in Manhattan

Manhattan is home to an array of urban plots, hydroponic farms, greenhouses, and more than 170 community gardens. This urban agriculture yields tremendous benefits for our neighborhoods, our economy, and the environment: it teaches valuable skills and sustainably produces fresh, healthy, locally-grown food. In Spring 2015, the Manhattan Borough President’s Office released How Our Gardens Grow, a report on expanding urban gardens, farms, and other agriculture programs in schools,… Read more

View Rarely-Seen, Historic Manhattan Maps at Open House New York

This Saturday, Oct. 17, as part of Open House New York, Borough President Gale A. Brewer’s office will display the complete John Randel map of Manhattan — which includes the first map to plot Manhattan’s numbered street grid from Houston Street to 155th Street, as set out in the 1811 “Commissioner’s Plan.” New York City’s five Borough Presidents are responsible for maintaining the official maps for their boroughs. The Manhattan… Read more

Access Manhattan: Services for Stronger Communities

Every day from a storefront on 125th Street, the Manhattan Borough President’s Northern Manhattan Office helps residents with their economic, environmental and quality-of-life concerns. This fall, we are excited to launch Access Manhattan, a series of workshops and forums that connect the community with the essential city services they need. The first workshop was on the IDNYC identification card. More events on topics ranging from tenant support, senior rent… Read more

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