Hudson Yards Culture Shed
The Department of City Planning has referred to us an application to amend the Special Hudson Yards District of the NYC Zoning Resolution in order to facilitate the development of a cultural facility known as the "Culture Shed."
The proposed text amendment would modify the requirments of Eastern Rail Yard Subarea A1 regarding use, site plan, and signage requirements, as well as construction timing, floor area calculations, and public access area use. Click here and here for the application and here for the EAS.
Proposed Expansion of Special West Chelsea District
As part of the final agreement for City Council approval of the Chelsea Market Expansion applications, a 10/25/12 letter by Deputy Mayor Steel, states that the Department of City Planning:
- Shall engage collaboratively with Community Board 4, with a preliminary meeting to take place in 1st quarter 2013
- Shall complete an existing conditions analysis and draft recommendations no later than June 30, 2013.
- Shall commence the public engagement process as a first step to advance a rezoning and advance a rezoning application if warranted.
As a result the Chelsea Land Use Committee has begun the process of collaborating with City Planning to develop a proposal for expanding the SWCD. The present status of such work can be reviewed by clicking here.
Fewer Telephone Booths
The current contract between New York City and telephone booth operators expires in 2014. The Department of Information Technology (DoITT) is working with the public and vendors to envision new technology capabilities for future phone booths to be incorporated in the new contract. To learn more, click here.