You can’t miss the skyscraper going up on the waterfront right next to the Manhattan Bridge. And if developers have their way, you won’t be able to miss three more skyscrapers along the same short stretch of real estate just to our west.
Neighborhood groups have been pushing back on these developments since they were first announced. Elected officials have belatedly joined the fray. Tonight at 6:30 pm, our Community Board’s land use committee will be taking up a proposal for new zoning of the area, based on a zoning proposal first released in 2014.
If you are interested at all in the future development of our neighborhood, you are free to attend the meeting:
Wednesday, October 18
82 Rutgers Slip
2nd Floor Community Room
Right after you help spruce up Corlears Hook Park on Sunday, hop over the pedestrian bridge to the bandshell in East River Park for a benefit concert for Puerto Rico hurricane relief. See poster below for details.
Join us Saturday, Oktober 28, 4pm – 9pm for the third annual East River* Co-Oktoberfest. Warm up around the grill and bring the kids to play some games. Also: please help! Sign up to bring food, paper plates, or help with games. This is a loose, cooperative, potluck-style afternoon/evening, just a chance to hang out with your neighbors.
* We are compelled to let you know that the East River Board and Management have nothing to do with this event. Don’t bother them with questions.
If you are worried that the massive luxury skyscraper rising at 250 South Street is a sign of things to come in our neighborhood, you should spend some time with the local activists of Lower East Side Preservation Initiative.
Founded in 2007, LESPI has been instrumental in getting areas of the East Village designated as NYC historic districts, and now has its sights set on streets below Houston that retain a coherent sense of their historic architecture and might be appropriate new historic districts.
If you would like to know more about LESPI’s goal of creating an historic district on the Lower East Side, join its next monthly meeting on Tuesday, October 10, at 7:00 pm, at the Neighborhood Preservation Center (232 E 11th Street).
Management must have worked out its trouble with NYC Department of Buildings, because work resumed today on the fence between buildings 1 and 2. At one point today as many as nine people from our maintenance crew were working on painting the fence that was installed six months ago before a stop work order was issued by the City, and installing new posts.
The Lower East Side Ecology Center is an amazing environmental resource just on the other side of the FDR Drive from our coop. Next week it is holding its annual open house with activities that highlight LESEC’s core programs:
Composting – A tour of the East River Park Compost Yard
Environmental Education – Fishing Clinic on Grand Street
Stewardship – Native Flower Pressing
E-Waste – Electric Wire Lanyard Workshop
The event is 5:00 – 7:00 pm, Friday, September 15 at the Fireboat House. (You may RSVP, though it is not necessary.)
LESEC also has two fishing clinics left this summer. The first overlaps with the open house, 9/15 6-8 pm. The second is two weeks later, on Saturday 9/30, 12-2 pm, at East River and 10th Street. (Because space is limited, registration is recommended.)
September 12 is primary day, and local Democrats will have choices for several local positions, including City Council Member, Assembly District Leaders, and Democratic County Committee Members (who may be called on to select our next State Senator).
City Council District 1 covers East River buildings 3 and 4 (sections G, H, J, K, L, and M). Margaret Chin is running for a third term against three challengers: Christopher Marte, Dashia Imperiale, and Aaron Foldenauer.
If you want to learn more about them than what you read on their campaign mail, you’ll have a chance on Tuesday evening at Manny Cantor Center, when the four will meet for a debate.
Tuesday, September 5
7:00 – 9:00 pm
Manny Cantor Center
197 East Broadway