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December 18, 2015

IN THIS ISSUE

Hundreds Turned Away at  Rezoning Hearing; REBNY Support City Plans

City Still Supports 300 ft. University Place High Rise, Opposes Lower-Scale Rezoning with Affordable Housing

Business of the Month: Li-Lac Chocolates



January Programs


 

Hundreds Turned Away at Rezoning Hearing; REBNY Supports City Plans

Hundreds were forced to stand out in the cold for hours and then turned away at a City Planning Commission hearing on Wednesday about two far-reaching rezoning plans by the City.  GVSHP supports the call by our fellow preservationists and other New Yorkers for a second hearing that would allow all to participate in this important public process.  The City Planning Commission chose a space which could only hold about 150 people (several times that number showed up) and with inadequate staffing for security screening.  As a result, too many members of the public were shut out.

Fortunately, after a 9 hour wait, GVSHP did get to
testify. GVSHP refuted the arguments for changing our existing zoning protections, using real-life examples to show how the city’s claims about current rules inhibiting affordable housing production, and their proposed rules helping, were false.  We also called out their faulty analysis on which their claims were based, and their demand that affordable housing requirements must be dependent upon massive upzonings that would bring with them vastly increased amounts of market-rate housing production – thus undermining both affordability and neighborhood scale and character.  Read the testimony here.

Not surprisingly, the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY) was there to support these citywide rezoning initiatives.  Throughout the day, the Commission gave extra time to supporters of the proposals to speak, asking them to expound upon their comments and respond to or refute claims made by opponents, including GVSHP.  Opponents like GVSHP were rarely if ever given similar opportunities; in fact, in spite of GVSHP providing the Commission with substantive data and analysis in response to their plans, they did not ask a single question of any of our six speakers.

The City Planning Commission, controlled by the Mayor, is expected to vote on these plans early in 2016, and send them to the City Council, which will have the final say.  It’s more important than ever to let our city officials know that you oppose these changes that would strip away existing zoning protections and unnecessarily make extreme density and vastly-increased market-rate development the price to pay for a much smaller amount of affordable housing.

HOW TO HELP:

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Write City officials urging them to reject these proposed rezoning plans > > 

City Still Supports 300 ft. University Place High Rise, Opposes Lower-Scale Rezoning with Affordable Housing

In spite of the Mayor’s claim to prioritize affordable housing, he continues to support keeping in place zoning along University Place, Broadway, and the surrounding streets that allow 300 ft. tall towers like the one in the pipeline for the former Bowlmor site at University and 12th Street.  The Mayor has steadfastly refused to consider our proposed rezoning that would put in place reasonable height limits for new development, remove current incentives for hotel and dorm development, and incentivize (or require, if the City agreed) the inclusion of affordable housing in new developments.  Current zoning virtually guarantees all new development in the area will be luxury condos, hotels, or dorms, allowing high-rises of 300 feet in height or greater.

After our
well-attended press conference, we wrote the Mayor and City Planning Chair pointing out the hypocrisy of the city’s position and the amount of affordable housing (supposedly the City’s #1 priority) our rezoning could help produce.  Local elected officials who support the rezoning have recently done the same.  But the Mayor still has not budged.


HOW TO HELP:

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Write the Mayor and City Planning Commission Chair TODAY urging them to end their opposition to a rezoning plan that would protect neighborhood character AND create affordable housing > >

Business of the Month: Li-Lac Chocolates

Today we feature our latest Business of the Month — and we need your help selecting the next. Tell us which independent store you love in Greenwich Village, the East Village or NoHo: just click here to vote for your favorite.  Want to help support small businesses?  Share this post with friends.

The holiday season is a time for family, treats, and lots of sweets, and what better way to immerse yourself in the holiday spirit than with one of Greenwich Village’s own chocolate houses.  Li-Lac Chocolates, one of Manhattan’s oldest chocolate houses, has been a Greenwich Village staple for over 90 years.  Founded in 1923, the first Li-Lac was started by a Greek immigrant named George Demetrious at 120 Christopher Street.  Mr. Demetrious had previously learned the art of chocolate making in France, and used his expertise and innovation to develop a loyal following in the Village.

According to Li-Lac Chocolate website:  “During the 1920s, Greenwich Village was a destination for artists, intellectuals and innovators. It was in this context that Mr. Demetrious applied his chocolate-making expertise, creating and perfecting his recipes for such items as Almond Bark, Butter Crunch, Hazelnut Truffle Squares, Legendary Fudge, and other favorites; steadily building a loyal customer following among his quirky and demanding neighbors.”


Read more here.


With GVSHP's "Business of the Month" program, each month a local, independent business is featured on GVSHP's website, blog and social media, to showcase one of our neighborhoods' great and unique commercial treasures.  We hope it will increase support and patronage, aiding our local small businesses' health and viability.  We're asking you, the public, to nominate your favorite businesses for consideration for our "Business of the Month." To nominate a business just fill in this brief form.  See our past Businesses of the Month here.

January Programs

To see videos of recent GVSHP programs, click here; to see photos of recent programs, click here.

Please note that space is often limited. Reservations are not confirmed until you receive a response from GVSHP regarding your reservation.

If space becomes an issue, all reservations will be honored up until the start of the program, at which point your seat may be given away to those on the wait list.

Protest & Celebration: A slideshow and lecture with Jane Weissman
Community Murals of the 1970s & 1980s in the East & West Villages

Co-sponsored by Neighborhood Preservation Center

Tuesday, January 5
6:30 – 8:00 P.M.
Free; reservations required Click HERE to register for this program.
Sixth Street Community Center,
638 East 6th Street, between Avenue B and Avenue C
[This venue is wheelchair accessible.]
Click HERE for more information.




Last Call @Folk City at the Museum of the City of New York
An evening of music with Dominic Chianese

Co-sponsored by GVSHP

Thursday, January 7
6:30 P.M.
Click HERE to purchase tickets.
Use code FOLKY for discount tickets!
Museum of the City of New York
1220 5th Avenue at 103rd Street
[This venue is wheelchair accessible.]
Click HERE for more information.

Daytonian in Manhattan: Favorite Places in Greenwich Village
A slideshow and lecture by historian and blogger Tom Miller

Wednesday, January 13
6:30 – 8:00 P.M.
Free; reservations required
Click HERE to register for this program.
Jefferson Market Library, 6th Avenue at West 10th Street
[This venue is wheelchair accessible.]
Click HERE for more information.

Say It Ain't Snow!
How New York Battles Winter in the Village and Beyond with Dr. Robin Nagle

Thursday, January 14
6:30 – 8:00 P.M.
Free; reservations required
Click HERE to register for this program.
NYU Lecture Hall at 19 University Place, near 8th Street
[This venue is wheelchair accessible.]
Click HERE for more information.


[photo credit: Robin Nagle, 2003 Presidents Day Storm]

St Marks is Dead
A book talk with author Ada Calhoun

Co-sponsored by
Merchant's House Museum

Monday, January 25
6:30 – 8:00 P.M.
Free; reservations required
Click HERE to register for this program.
Theatre 80, 80 St Marks Place, between 1st Avenue and 2nd Avenue
[This venue is wheelchair accessible.]
Click HERE for more information.


 

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