Committee Agendas            December 2016              

All Meetings are open to the public and held at our Board Office, 250 West 87th Street, unless otherwise noted

Proposed Committee Agendas    Subject to Change

Preservation Committee, Jay Adolf and Gabrielle Palitz, Co-Chairpersons
Thursday, December 1, 6:30 PM

1.    170 West 79th Street, Rodeph Sholom School (Amsterdam Avenue.) Application to the Landmarks Preservation Commission for a new rooftop play deck.
2.    313 West 77th Street (West End Avenue – Riverside Drive.) Application to the Landmarks Preservation Commission for a bulkhead addition, window replacement and a new 4-story rear yard extension.
3.    351 Amsterdam Avenue (West 77th Street.) Application to the Landmarks Preservation Commission to request legalization of the first floor storefront façade.
4.    51 West 81st Street (Columbus Avenue.) Application to the Landmarks Preservation Commission for window replacement.
Directed by the City Charter mandate that Community Boards review matters prior to consideration by the Landmarks Preservation Commission, the Preservation Committee reviews the “appropriateness” of proposed changes to individually designated landmarks as well as to properties listed within the Upper West Side’s Historic Districts.

Communications Committee, Linda Alexander and Su Robotti, Co-Chairpersons
Wednesday, December 7, 6:30PM

1.    Follow up on eNewsletter design changes.
2.    Review of CB7’s policy on speaking with the press.
3.    Discussion on how best to alert members about items that are of broad interest or are particularly complex on the agenda.

Housing Committee, Nick Prigo, Chairperson
The committee will not meet in December.

Transportation Committee, Andrew Albert and Howard Yaruss, Co-Chairpersons
Tuesday, December 13, 7:00 PM

1.    24th Precinct traffic safety discussion.
2.    West 71st St parking issues.
3.    Request by West Side Federation of Senior and Supportive Housing for a mid-block crossing and traffic signal on West 106th Street between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues to facilitate safe crossings for Red Oak senior residents to Jewish Home Lifecare.
4.    Nelson-Nygaard recommendations for West 96th Street/West End Avenue. View the study at
5.    Update on change of direction for W 60's Streets.
6.    Update on spread sheet and priorities of outstanding DOT issues.
7.    General discussion of loading zones.
8.    Update on MTA fare hike proposals.

Health & Human Services Committee, Catherine DeLazzero and Madge Rosenberg, Co-Chairpersons
Tuesday, December 13, 7:00 PM

Location to be announced.
Youth Crime Prevention Strategies.

Business & Consumer Issues Committee, Michele Parker and George Zeppenfeldt-Cestero,
Wednesday, December 14, 7:00 PM

Change of Class application to the SLA, from Wine and Beer to Full On-Premises liquor license:
1.   228 West 72nd Street (Amsterdam Avenue) Mrgebhard LLC, d/b/a Gebhard's Beer Culture.
New applications to the SLA for two year liquor licenses:
2.   279-283 Amsterdam Avenuee AKA 175 West 73rd Street, D&S Dining Group LLC, d/b/a To be Determined.
3.  154 West 72nd Street (Columbus Avenue) Dark Bullet Corp. d/b/a To be Determined.
New Unenclosed Sidewalk Cafés:
4.    311 Amsterdam Avenue (West 74th – 75th Streets.) New application #20657-2016-ASWC to the Department of Consumer Affairs by SweetGreen New York, LLC, d/b/a SweetGreen 75th & Amsterdam, for a four-year consent to operate an unenclosed sidewalk café with 12 tables and 26 seats.
5.    676 Amsterdam Avenue (West 93rd Street.) New application #7967-2016-ASWC to the Department of Consumer Affairs by Sunflower Amsterdam, LLC., d/b/a Sunflower Cafe, for a four-year consent to operate an unenclosed sidewalk café with 8 tables and 24 seats.
6.    Multi-block street fairs.  Public hearing on applications to the Street Activity Permit Office for multi-block street fairs in 2016.

Youth, Education & Libraries Committee, Blanche Lawton and Eric Shuffler, Co-Chairpersons
Monday, December 19, 6:30 PM
PS 191, 210 West 61st Street (Amsterdam Avenue)
Presentation of curriculum and educational vision of PS 191 Principal Lauren Keville.

Parks & Environment Committee, Klari Neuwelt, Chairperson
Monday, December 19, 7:00PM

PS 191, 210 West 61st Street (Amsterdam Avenue)
1.    Presentation by the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation on a temporary public artwork, “Hippopotamus” by Bjorn Skarrp, coming to Dante Square, February through July 2018. Learn more here
2.    Presentation by the Department of Parks and Recreation on the proposed renovation of the Broadway Malls between West 102nd – 104th Streets.
3.    Update on committee discussions.

Land Use Committee, Richard Asche and Page Cowley, Co-Chairpersons
Wednesday, December 21, 7:00 PM

1.    Presentation and discussion of a proposed agenda relating to protection and improvement of ourPrivately Owed Public Spaces (POPS). 

The agenda has been drafted by a small working group with representatives (so far) of the City Club, the Municipal Arts Society, the Friends of Upper East Side Historic Districts, and the NYC Chapter of the AIA.   The agenda is in reaction to the rezoning of Water Street in Lower Manhattan to allow City Planning to administratively approve the infill of arcades with retail space.  It also responds to legislation being considered by the City Council to provide an interactive map of POPS and to require reports by the Department of Buildings and City Planning concerning compliance by POPS.  However, the intention is to be proactive rather than reactive in protecting and improving the public spaces that are owed to us in return for zoning bonuses, rather than reacting to proposals to reduce this component of the public realm.

2.    Discussion of Council Member Antonio Reynoso’s (District 34 – Bushwick, Williamsburg, Ridgewood Queens) proposed recommendations for changes in the ULURP process. Additional information is available HERE
Meetings take place at the Community Board office, 250 West 87th Street, unless otherwise indicated. Agendas are subject to change. To confirm committee agendas and meeting locations, call the Board office at (212) 362-4008. Send comments by e-mail to or by fax to (212) 595-9317.

Resolutions adopted at the committee meetings will be reported at the Full Board Meeting on Tuesday, January 3, 2017, beginning at 6:30 PM at Congregation Rodeph Sholom, 7 West 83rd Street (Central Park West.)