Board, Committee, and District Service Cabinet Minutes
Full Board Meeting Minutes
Helen Rosenthal, Chairperson
Red Oak Apartments
Helen Rosenthal called the meeting to order at 6:40 pm.
previous full board meeting were approved: 28-0-0-0.
Chairperson’s Report: Helen Rosenthal
Riverside South / the proposed
Riverside Center Development
• ULURP expected to begin this winter (City
Planning certification expected soon).
• CB7 has been conducting
meetings on traffic & parking, open space, environmental, other
• CB7’s consultants will present their reports on density, FAR,
open space, and traffic at 10/27 meeting.
Chabad Project on West 86th
• Revised design was approved by LPC; no further role for CB7.
District Manager will convene a committee to monitor and respond to construction
Public Member By-Law – further revised version now available.
Jewish Home Lifecare Update:
• CB7 has hired counsel (at JHL’s
expense) to assess draft documents re limits on development until an application
for rezoning can be submitted.
program underway at NYCHA buildings (Morningside Heights Coalition
• State Department of Environmental Protection will permit
drilling for natural gas near NYC watershed, contrary to CB7 resolution.
Strong potential for contaminating water.
• NYS DEP regulations
permitting drilling are subject to public comment through
• Borough President taking leadership on this issue.
Watch on website gives updates for construction sites in our District.
Election of Board Officers for 2009-2010: Dan Zweig, Chairperson, Elections
Shelly Fine standing in for Dan Zweig. Voting conducted after
introduction of nominees.
Results of Election:
• Mel Wymore,
• Miki Fiegel, 1st Vice Chair; Marc Glazer, 2nd Vice Chair; Linda
Alexander, 3rd Vice Chair.
• Louis Cholden-Brown and Mark Diller,
Elected Officials’ Reports
Scott Stringer - Manhattan Borough
• Helen Rosenthal instrumental in ensuring community
boards stay in existence, keep their funding.
• JHL sought exemption from rezoning at the last
minute. JHL an important part of community.
• Would have
been easy for Council to ignore their request.
exemption was a close call, made in consultation with neighbors.
faced with troubling situation both at 106th Street and at 100th Street.
• First step is to make sure West 106th Street is protected from
• Should rescind the zoning carve-out,
especially given developer’s record at Park West Village.
• Near the Marcellus Shale drilling for natural gas.
MBPO report lists problems – pollution, explosions, illnesses – environmental
• If pollution occurs, Feds will require NYC to build
purification facilities costing billions.
“Killthedrill” on facebook.
• NYS DEC report inadequate; Wants a hearing
in NYC and 90-day delay in comment period.
overcrowding – capital plan ignores this District.
• Big victory
today re McCourt HS – Community voice heard as McCourt HS to go
• Need to incubate a new school: Community Boards must have a
greater say in identifying needs that DoE must address. Need District 3
Other Community Concerns:
• Illegal vending – working with
multiple agencies to address despite regulations favoring vendors.
• NYCHA - $400MM cap projects desperately needed; 75% of NYCHA
elevators don’t pass inspections.
• Best use of stimulus money is to
create employment while improving lives -- should use stimulus money from Sen.
Schumer’s initiative ($50MM) to fix elevators, NYCHA buildings.
Melissa Mark-Viverito – City Council Member, District 8:
on 108th Street garages – never ending. Working with CB7,
• JHL proposed land swap – is initiating rezoning process in
consultation with Borough President.
• Spoke with City Planning
Commissioner Burden re rezoning.
• Land swap contradicts the
original intent the carve-out from the rezoning.
• Carve-out was
controversial, but done in consultation with community, CAB at the
• Now in good faith trying to correct the situation for an
• Restrictive Declaration process –CB7
should involve community groups involved with the MOU.
Daniel O’Donnell – Assembly Member, 69th AD:
• District Office will
arrange for flu shots to be available to the community.
• Budget deficit
of $2B: sounds big, but only 1%; expects to close gap in January.
Gale Brewer – City Council Member, 6th District:
• Frank McCourt
memorial very moving, especially announcement of UWS HS in his
• Free monthly legal housing assistance provided through Goddard
• Working on a bill protecting earned paid sick leave; Bedbugs
task force busily working.
Reports by Legislative Representatives
Greg Monte – Assembly Member Linda
• Sponsored Bill A7779 to provide additional
information for dealing with animal cruelty.
• Passed bill
granting access by victim of sexual assault without contacting
• Sponsored successful West Side tenants’
• Flu shot day 10/29 at District Office.
Jarred Chausow – State Senator Tom Duane’s office:
• Sen. Duane
joined AIDS advocates outside Gov Paterson’s office to empower the NYS
Department of Health to have purview over HIV and Hepatitis C in prisons.
Glory Ann Kerstein – Duke Ellington Boulevard
Neighborhood Association, Manhattan Valley Preservation
• Wants R8A/B so badly we can taste it.
• Opportunity to undo JHL exemption.
• Applauds integrity of
Melissa Mark-Viverito and Scott Stringer to correct prior mistake.
Nancy Lipsey – Hazon:
• Jewish environmental group.
• Supports resolution on protected bike lanes; obtained 400 signatures
on petition at street fairs.
• Cycling great exercise, great way to meet
Greg Walsh – Selling Xmas Trees at 106th & CPW (Strangers
• Will donate 5-20% of sales to community organizations who refer
Mark Goreczny – City Meals on Wheels:
• Feeding homebound elderly;
accepting referrals for new clients.
• 212-787-8106; www.citymeals.org
Bob Botfeld – Westsiders for Responsible Development:
electeds’ initiative to rezone JHL on 106th Street.
• Regardless of
prior process, right result will be achieved. Will help preserve our
Paul Bunten – Park West Village & Westsiders for Public
• Rezoning is a poison chalice – may add fuel to JHL’s
attempt to relocate to overburdened PWV.
• Unfair to PWV – cannot
support yet another large institution.
• JHL is below staffing level considered
• Please support disclosure of staffing
Andrew Albert and Dan Zweig,
1. Resolution to request that the Department of
Transportation provide a proposal for protected bike lanes on Amsterdam and
Columbus Avenues in Community District 7.
The following public speakers offered one or more of the following comments
supporting the resolution:
Tila Duhaine – UWS Streets Renaissance Campaign;
Christine Bertnet – co-chair CB4 Transp Committee; Martha Norick – CB9; Clark
Vaccaro – Calhoun School (11 years old); Anne Cunningham; Joy Lewis – Manager,
NYC Patagonia stores; Henry Rinehart – Henry’s Restaurant; Peter Goldwasser –
General Counsel – Transportation Alternatives; Peter Arndtsen –
• Protected bike lanes receive broad and varied
support (not only from bikers and Transportation Alternatives
• Protected bike lanes provide protection for
seniors/pedestrians – function as mid-crossing islands.
& 9th Avenues have same sort of bike lanes – enormous gains in safety.
• Shortens crossing time/distance for very young and very
• Should put protected bike lanes where the threats to pedestrians
are the greatest (i.e. truck routes).
• Protected bike lanes are an
improvement over CPW.
• Motorists often block painted bike lanes;
protected bike lanes safer for kids.
• Kids allowed to bike on
sidewalks, but often scolded.
• Protected bike lanes would encourage
• Sidewalk cycling reduced 80% since protected bike lanes
were installed on 9th Avenue.
• Protected bike lanes would reassure
seniors; would know where to look.
• Bike lanes are good for business;
make neighborhood stores more accessible.
• Transportation Alternative
has pamphlet re bike rules - www.bikingrules.org
delivery areas will promote efficiency, safety.
• Bike lanes will
recapture vibrancy of our City.
• “Safe routes for schools” and “safe
routes for seniors” – not bike initiatives but promote safety.
• Protected bike lanes will help reduce traffic speed – needed given
elderly and children.
The following public speakers offered one or more of the following concerns
regarding the resolution:
Monica Blum – Lincoln Square BID; Robert Josman –
UWS Coop Boards Coalition; Ellen Shannon;
• Flawed process; should have
well-advertised hearing identifying Columbus & Amsterdam as location of
protected bike lanes.
• DoT must study impact of the proposal on
businesses, community. CB7 needs time to evaluate.
• Columbus and
Amsterdam, truck arteries, are wrong locations – DoT wanted Bway and
• Quick Survey found 19 co-ops willing to sue to prevent
• Transportation Alternatives does not track pedestrian accidents with
bikes; must address bike behavior and safety.
Board comments in support of the resolution (or
• Traffic behaves better with protected bike lanes.
• Bike traffic lights actually work; bikers actually
• Truck routes are appropriate sites for protected bike lanes –
have a positive impact on traffic.
• Proposal fits within plan to tame
• Reducing auto traffic, encouraging other means of
transportation are goals for NYC and should inform CB7’s planning.
UWS traffic study, Linda Rosenthal study, sufficient.
• Columbus &
Amsterdam appropriate north/south corridor, and need to be made
• Can be implemented on a trial basis.
• Truck routes are
the most dangerous to bicyclists. Appropriate to use them for bike
• Should not have to zigzag to RSD to use bike
• Re Tom’s amendment, if CB7 asks for whole UWS study, DoT won’t
• DoT Commissioner supports protected bike lanes on Columbus
Board comments expressing concerns regarding the resolution:
more sense to put protected bike lanes on CPW and RSD, and leave truck routes
• DoT originally discussed WEA; support at committee meeting for
Columbus and Amsterdam.
• Midtown example inapposite, midtown has
multiple truck routes; UWS has only Columbus and Amsterdam.
concern –Transportation committee agenda spoke of presentation, not vote on
• A decision of this magnitude should be preceded by
hearings and input from experts.
• Resolution should call for further
study and evaluation of proposals.
• Cart before horse – should have
DoT’s proposal before endorsing a resolution relating to it.
process to assess impact on business community, especially delivery
• Must address enforcement of bike rules.
solve problem of mid-block deliveries.
Proposed Amendment by Elizabeth Starkey: Change the final paragraph of the
resolution to read (with friendly amendment from Dan Zweig):
supports the DoT’s initiative to create protected bike lanes and requests that
DoT prepare a proposal for class 1 protected bike lanes on Amsterdam Avenue and
Columbus Avenue (including information on projected impacts on business, bike
safety, pedestrian safety, parking, truck traffic etc.) that would be subject to
review and comment by Community Board 7.”
Proposed (and seconded) amendment to above amendment (voted on before above
• Expand to request DoT provide proposals for each of
CPW, Columbus, Amsterdam, Broadway, WEA and RSD
VOTE ON TOM’S
AMENDMENT: 12-19-0-0; (amendment failed).
After deliberation, the resolution to approve, as modified by the amendment,
2. Winter’s Eve at Lincoln Square. Resolution in support of the
application to the Mayor’s Office of Special Events by Lincoln Square Business
Improvement District's for an event on November 30, 2009, Broadway &
Columbus Avenue between West 58th – 68th Streets.
After deliberation, the
resolution to support the application was adopted.
3. 12 West 96th Street (Central Park West.) Resolution to disapprove
request to the Department of Transportation by 12 West 96th Street Corp. to
allow the building to have a 7-foot “No Parking” zone in front of building
Purpose: allow Access-A-Ride and other patients access to Doctors’
• Loss of 1 parking space small;
more will benefit than will be inconvenienced.
• Concern about setting
precedent; many doctors on that block alone.
After deliberation, the
resolution to disapprove was adopted.
4. Columbus Avenue and West 61st – 62nd Street, NY Institute of
Technology. Resolution to support petition to the Department of
Transportation by New York Institute of Technology requests a revocable consent
to construct, maintain and use existing Empire City Subway outside conduit
underground infrastructure to connect the NYIT location at 1855 Broadway to the
new NYIT leasehold at 1871 Broadway for Network connectivity purposes.
deliberation, the resolution to support the petition was adopted.
[Taking resolutions out of sequence was intentional]
to approve the following applications for unenclosed sidewalk cafes.
Unenclosed Café Renewal Applications:
• 1900 Broadway (West 63rd
-64th Street.) Renewal application DCA# 0895613 to the Department of Consumer
Affairs by Coastal at Lincoln, Inc., d/b/a Josephina, for a two-year consent to
operate an unenclosed sidewalk café with 17 tables and 35 seats.
Columbus Avenue (West 70th-71st Street.) Renewal application DCA# 1186113 to the
Department of Consumer Affairs by Flej, Inc., d/b/a Pomodoro Rosso, for a
two-year consent to operate an unenclosed sidewalk café with 8 tables and 16
• 424 Amsterdam Avenue (West 80th – 81st Street.) Renewal
application DCA# 1075283 to the Department of Consumer Affairs by Café Con
Leche, Inc., d/b/a Café Con Leche, for a two-year consent to operate an
unenclosed sidewalk café with 6 tables and 18 seats.
• 428 Amsterdam
Avenue (West 80th – 81st Street.) Renewal application DCA# 1039396 to the
Department of Consumer Affairs by Amsterdam Avenue Brother Jimmy’s LLC, d/b/a
Brother Jimmy’s, for a two-year consent to operate an unenclosed sidewalk café
with 12 tables and 20 seats.
• 473 Columbus Avenue (West 82nd-83rd
Street.) Renewal application DCA# 1008999 to the Department of Consumer Affairs
by Club America, Inc., d/b/a Assaggio, for a two-year consent to operate an
unenclosed sidewalk café with 7 tables and 14 seats.
• 215 West 85th
Street (Amsterdam Avenue – Broadway.) Renewal application DCA# 1250443 to the
Department of Consumer Affairs by 2350 Broadway Rest. Corp., d/b/a Dean’s
Pizzeria Restaurant, for a two-year consent to operate an unenclosed sidewalk
café with 6 tables and 12 seats.
• 568 Amsterdam Avenue (West 87th –
88th Street.) Renewal application DCA# 1273996 to the Department of Consumer
Affairs by Mermaid 88, LLC, d/b/a Mermaid Inn, for a two-year consent to operate
an unenclosed sidewalk café with 7 tables and 14 seats.
• 2724 Broadway
(West 104th-105th Street.) Renewal application DCA# 1132659 to the Department of
Consumer Affairs by Hot Bread of 104th Street, Inc., d/b/a Hot & Crusty
Bakery, for a two-year consent to operate an unenclosed sidewalk café with 12
tables and 30 seats.
• 1018 Amsterdam Avenue (West 109th-110th Street.)
Renewal application DCA# 1133929 to the Department of Consumer Affairs by
Skipwell, Corp., d/b/a Bistro Ten 18, for a two-year consent to operate an
unenclosed sidewalk café with 12 tables and 26 seats.
• 364 West 110th
Street (West 109th-110th Street.) Renewal application DCA# 1039389 to the
Department of Consumer Affairs by Spoonbread, Inc., d/b/a Miss Mamie’s, for a
two-year consent to operate an unenclosed sidewalk café with 6 tables and 12
After deliberation, the resolution to approve the bundled unenclosed
sidewalk café applications was adopted.
12. Resolution to approve the following applications for renewals for
enclosed sidewalk cafes.
Enclosed Café Renewal
• 269 Columbus Avenue (West 72nd – 73rd Street.) Renewal
application DCA# 0695954 to the Department of Consumer Affairs by 269 Columbus
Restaurant, Inc., d/b/a The City Grill, for a two-year consent to operate an
enclosed sidewalk café with 16 tables and 34 seats.
• 320 Columbus
Avenue (West 75th – 76th Street.) Renewal application DCA# 0738544 to the
Department of Consumer Affairs by 320 Columbus Avenue, Inc., d/b/a Mughlai
Indian Cuisine, for a two-year consent to operate an enclosed sidewalk café with
10 tables and 26 seats.
• 2161 Broadway (West 76th – 77th Street.)
Renewal application DCA# 0917302 to the Department of Consumer Affairs by
Broadway 76 Ltd., d/b/a Niko’s Mediterranean Grill & Bistro, for a two-year
consent to operate an enclosed sidewalk café with 15 tables and 30
• 477 Amsterdam Avenue (West 82nd – 83rd Street.) Renewal
application DCA# 0885881 to the Department of Consumer Affairs by 83rd Amsterdam
Restaurant Corp., d/b/a High-Life Bar & Grill, for a two-year consent to
operate an enclosed sidewalk café with 6 tables and 16 seats.
Broadway (West 107th – 108th Street.) Renewal application DCA# 0735569 to the
Department of Consumer Affairs by Indian Food International, Inc., d/b/a Indian
Cafe, for a two-year consent to operate an enclosed sidewalk café with 15 tables
and 52 seats.
After deliberation, the resolution to approve the bundled
enclosed sidewalk café applications was adopted.
Land Use Committee
Richard Asche and Page Cowley,
5. 2162-2166 Broadway, New York Sports Club (West 76th –
77th Streets.) Resolution to approve the Application 1016-86-BZ to the
Board of Standards and Appeals by Opera Owners Inc. for a special permit to
allow the continued operation of a physical culture establishment / health
After deliberation, the resolution to approve was
Joint with Parks and Preservation Committee
Klari Neuwelt and Lenore
6. 161 West 78th Street (Columbus Avenue
-Amsterdam Avenue.) Resolution to approve Application #C 100012 ZSM to the
Department of City Planning by 161 West 78th Street, LLC for a special permit
pursuant to Section 74-711 to permit the construction of a setback one-story
• Brownstone – underlying zoning would permit a rooftop
addition. Sliver law prohibits.
• Addition not visible from the
• DoB denied permit because of Sliver law – change from
• Applicant seeks variance from the Sliver Law per
the 74-711 2-step process.
• LPC must approve maintenance plan
that ensures extraordinary effort to maintain a protected structure in a
first-rate condition, plus issue a certificate of
• City Planning must then approve with a finding that
the change has a minimal adverse impact on the neighbors and the
• CB7’s Parks & Preservation committee disapproved
the application, finding the maintenance plan was not extraordinary or adequate,
and that 74-711 was the wrong procedure for the relief sought.
approved application – both the maintenance plan and the CofA.
addition to be set back from front and rear.
• Shadow studies
show only incremental impact on rear yard for portion of
• Resolution worded to convey that this approval should not be
used as precedent.
• 74-711 rarely used, to be used only to preserve
extraordinary structures. Idea is that it allows a property owner to be
able to get a benefit (height, bulk, change of use) in return for public
contribution of an extraordinary plan to maintain a landmark or historic
• Concern is that this could open the floodgates for
applications to evade Sliver law, other issues.
• Fairly ordinary
brownstone in a historic district.
• These applicants have been
put through a bureaucratic ringer, since their application had been all but
approved until Department of Buildings reevaluated based on a BSA Sliver Law
• Serially increasing the height of brownstones is
• Board should think positively about
74-711 process; owner commits to enhanced preservation.
• Impact on
neighbors is about as minimal as could be.
• Petitions: 164 West
79th opposes; neighbors on West 78th support.
• This building is
technically within its purview, but not what the Sliver Law intended.
Applicant: Michele Warman – Owner:
• Seeks rooftop
addition as a home for parents.
• Huge expense, 8 public hearings –
unlikely to open floodgates.
• Preservation commitments, as revised and
presented to LPC, are extraordinary. Using original brownstone materials
from original quary. Preservationist will inspect every 5 years to ensure
it is kept in 1st class condition. Will be the nicest house on the block
Anne Locke – AKRF (consultant to the Applicant):
• No Floodgates –
difficult process, multiple hearings
• Obligations run in perpetuity
with the land; subsequent owners must maintain.
• City Planning issued
a negative declaration – no environmental effect.
John Torborg – Applicant’s Architect:
• Restoration significantly
upgrades the quality of the building – returns stone to original
• New brownstone for entrance will be taken from the original
The following neighbors expressed one or more of the following views:
John Nathanson – 164 West 79th Co-op; Beth Berns – 164 West 79th; Eric Canel
– 164 West 79th Apt 2B;
• Too many penthouses additions already block
views and light for building to the north.
• Addition will cut
off light and air to 5th floor residents of 164 West 79th.
• Incremental encroachment should be stopped, cumulatively
• 30 apartments in back 164 West 79th will lose air and
• Loss of light and air is not a “minimal adverse
• Prior additions should not be precedent; community has
developed over time a greater understanding of the importance of the character
of donut spaces.
After deliberation, sections (a) and (b) of the resolution
to approve the application were adopted.
VOTE: (a and b together)
Parks & Preservation Committee
Klari Neuwelt and Lenore Norman,
7. 123 West 69th Street (Columbus Avenue
–Broadway.) Resolution to approve an application to the Landmarks
Preservation Commission for façade restoration.
After deliberation, the
resolution to approve the application was adopted.
8. 100 West 72nd Street (Columbus-Amsterdam Avenue.) Resolution to
approve an application to the Landmarks Preservation Commission for a
After deliberation, the resolution to approve the application
9. 115 West 85th Street
(Columbus Avenue.) Resolution to approve an application to the Landmarks
Preservation Commission for a penthouse addition, a 2-story addition at rear
yard, and an enlargement of the area-way at the street-front of the
After deliberation, the three resolutions to approve the
application were adopted.
a. as to the areaway garbage
enclosure: VOTE: 28-0-0-0.
b. as to the penthouse
addition: VOTE: 30-1-0-0
c. as to the rear yard
addition: VOTE: 22-12-0-0.
10. 102 West 75th Street Apt #66 (Columbus-Amsterdam Avenue.)
Resolution to approve an application to the Landmarks Preservation Commission
for a window replacement.
After deliberation, the resolution to approve the
application was adopted.
Business & Consumer Issues Committee
Michelle Parker and George
13. 429 Amsterdam Avenue (West 80th
Street) Resolution to approve an application by 429 Amsterdam Ave LLC,
d/b/a Taberna for a liquor license.
After deliberation, the resolution to
approve the application was adopted.
West 79th Street (Broadway) Resolution to approve an application by Moo
Life Corp, d/b/a Sunburnt Calf for a liquor license.
After deliberation, the
resolution to approve the application was adopted.
15. 160 Freedom Place (West 68th Street) Resolution to approve
an application by Jonah Phillips 160 Restaurant Concepts LLC, d/b/a “To Be
Determined” for a liquor license.
After deliberation, the resolution to
approve the application was adopted.
amendment to CB7’s By-laws regarding public members. Vote will take place in
Members of the public may become public members of a committee
(with the exception of the Steering Committee or Executive Committee) after
attending at least three (3) meetings of that committee over the preceding
twelve (12) months. Public member votes shall be recorded at each committee
meeting and reported to the board separately from the votes of the committee
board members and from the votes of the non-committee board members who may be
present and voting. A committee action on a resolution is determined solely by
the votes of the committee board members. Once a member of the public becomes a
public member of a committee he/she shall be listed on the sign-in sheet in a
section specifically designated for public members. Public members of committees
shall not be entitled to vote at full Board meetings nor shall public members be
entitled to speak when the full Board is in executive session.
Adjourned at 11:15 pm.
Present: Helen Rosenthal, Barbara Adler, Jay Adolf, Andrew
Albert, Linda Alexander, Richard Asche, Louis Cholden-Brown, Hope Cohen, Ken
Coughlin, Mark Diller, Miki Fiegel, Sheldon J. Fine, Paul Fischer, Marc Glazer,
Victor Gonzalez, Molly Gordy, Phyllis E. Gunther, Robert Herrmann, Lawrence
Horowitz, Ulma Jones, Bobbie Katzander, Barbara Keleman, Blanche E. Lawton,
Judith Matos, Daniel Meltzer, Lillian Moore, Klari Neuwelt, Lenore Norman,
Gabrielle Palitz, Michele Parker, Oscar Ríos, Madge Rosenberg, Roberta Semer,
Charles Simon, Elizabeth Starkey, Barbara Van Buren, Thomas Vitullo-Martin, Cara
Volpe, MelWymore, George Zeppenfeldt-Cestero and Dan Zweig. On-Leave: Alberto
Cruz Absent: Page Cowley, Rosa Gonzalez, Sharon Parker-Frazier, Anne Raphael,
Ethel Sheffer and John Mark Warren.
Steering Committee Minutes
Monday, October 05,
The Steering Committee of Community Board 7/Manhattan met
on Monday, October 5, 2009 at the Board offices, 250 West 87th Street, New York,
NY. The following topics were discussed.
1. Riverside South/Riverside
• Consultants have prepared draft reports on housing,
traffic, parking, bulk & density, other topics.
• Ethel coordinated
with experts; reports will be available to members of the RSS Working Group in
advance of October 27th meeting.
• Reports to be presented at
Working Group meeting on October 27th.
• Reports analyze the RSC
proposal using City Planning’s own criteria for good urban
• Common themes among our experts’ reports and those of other
• Time for Board to articulate (with back-up)
community’s views on proposed project.
• Intend to send our experts’
reports to City Planning and Extell.
2. JHL Proposed Land Swap Update
want to move quickly on rezoning. Melissa Mark-Viverito intends to apply
for rezoning of 106th Street property immediately.
electeds, including Borough President Scott Stringer, Assembly Member Daniel
O’Donnell, Council Member Melissa Mark Viverito, Senator Bill Perkins met to
• Next step - City Council Land Use Committee must
vote to approve initiation of rezoning.
• CB7 (through WSSFSH)
has hired an attorney to review the documentation proposed by JHL.
• Given delay before rezoning can be completed under any scenario,
still makes sense to enter into a Restrictive Declaration of the type JHL
• No contract has been signed between JHL and the Chetrit
• State has denied JHL’s application for HEAL
• JHL opposes rezoning now because if the Chetrit deal
evaporates, it would need to apply for a BSA variance to stay at 106th Street
and build taller than R8A/B (reason for original exemption).
Bunton – Westsiders for Responsible Development (PWV based):
funding denial was a tactic by electeds to influence outcome of proposal.
3. Protected Bike Lane Resolution
about protected bike lanes adopted at Transportation Committee
concern have surfaced since the meeting about the language of the resolution,
particularly whether the request to the Department of Transportation for a
proposal for protected bike lanes on the Upper West Side should specify
Amsterdam and Columbus Avenues.
• Proposal would be for “class 1”
protected bike lanes – either bollards and/or using parked cars to separate
bikers from traffic. Would include dedicated turning lanes for traffic
(eliminate a few parking spaces every two blocks or so).
believes that the Steering discussion should focus on process.
Comments in Support of Protected Bike Lanes included the
• Community Boards 4 and 5 initially opposed, but
after living with them now support them.
• Bikers’ violation of traffic
laws should be addressed first; Pedestrians fear bikes more than
• Functions like a curb extension; protected place for
pedestrians to pause while crossing streets.
• Not immutable; 9th Avenue
bike lanes were modified after experience.
• Testimony from other areas
which now have protected bike lanes showed not only fewer car vs. bike
accidents, but fewer accidents with pedestrians.
• Separate bike lanes
engenders better behavior by bicyclists. DoT survey on 9th Avenue showed
80% reduction of bikes on sidewalks.
• More people will ride bikes with
protected lanes – green solution to transportation.
• Columbus Avenue
BID supports protected bike lanes.
Concerns Regarding Class 1 Bike Lanes on Amsterdam and Columbus included
• Bike behavior can be scary at present – speed.
Concerns Regarding Process included the following:
• The redesign of
key traffic arteries is a major undertaking for our community. CB7 should
hold a series of meetings and consult with experts before committing to one
solution over all others.
• Meeting at which the resolution was
adopted was not billed or advertised widely as a public hearing should not be
the sole basis for such a resolution.
• Agenda item for
Transportation meeting was a discussion of bike lanes, not a particular
• A lot of research and planning has already been amassed, e.g.
Columbus Ave BID survey). Also Bicycle Renaissance survey, which supports
protected bike lanes on Broadway.
• Bike lanes have appeared without any
consultation with CB or anyone else (including 76th Street), or have been
presented as a fait accompli (as on CPW).
• Process – Steering
should not withhold from Full Board a resolution adopted by
• Steering should not re-write resolutions adopted by a
• Committee should determine what resolution to
present, even if there is disagreement within the committee as to whether the
resolution conforms with the discussion and the vote.
discussed the installation of a protected lane as a trial.
step: ask DoT to make a detailed proposal for protected bike
• Open question – impact on business, parking, traffic
(especially on truck routes). Should address with real-life
• City Planning seeks bike lanes to loop
• Asking DoT for a detailed proposal makes sense.
Alternative Language Considered – may be proposed at the Full
• “CB7 supports the DoT’s initiative to create protected bike
lanes and requests that DoT prepare a proposal for class 1 protected bike lanes
on Amsterdam Avenue and Columbus Avenue (including information on projected
impacts on business, bike safety, pedestrian safety, parking, truck traffic
etc.) that would be subject to review and comment by Community Board
Result: Steering will not vote on this matter, and
encourages Transportation to discuss how to present at Full Board, including
whether to offer the new language as an amendment.
• Transportation Alternatives is expected to have a strong turnout for
the meeting. Need to manage the meeting (in a small room) to ensure all
are heard fairly.
4. DoT Presentation on Traffic
• DoT made a detailed
presentation at John Jay College.
• Summary available on DoT
5. New State Liquor Authority Chair
• Identified new chair and
6. Park West Village Labor
• Subgroup from
Steering (Chair Helen Rosenthal, Shelley Fine, Mark Diller, and Penny Ryan) met
separately with Labor and Management.
• Given the stage of the
project, it is too late for the developer to switch back to using a union shop
even if there were a will to do so – would halt the jobs for at least a
• Concern that a resolution supporting the payment of
prevailing union wages and benefits would alienate a developer with whom CB7
will need to further negotiate going forward.
• Board has and should
speak up on social justice issues.
• Two other community boards
have spoken up about similar changes abandoning union shops.
• Impact of switch to non-union shop felt in denial of medical
benefits, which is topical.
• Safety is another legitimate
concern of community boards. Mixed evidence on impact of switch at PWV,
but CB7 clearly in its rights to raise the question.
material violations or accidents at the worksite since the
• Given other wage/benefit issues in our District, our
resolution should not be limited to PWV.
• Disagreement as to
whether particular wage/benefit issues are properly within CB7’s purview.
Result: No resolution presented on PWV; may consider a future, broader
7. Chabad Project Update
• LPC approved a
revised version of the rear yard plan that was presented to CB7.
will not see or have the opportunity to comment on the revised plan.
• May come before City Council.
• Penny Ryan will
convene a neighborhood construction committee if neighbors want.
• CB7 will use the Chabad result as an example of how its resolutions
are considered by agencies.
8. Revision of By-laws re Public Members
• Language changed to
meet latest concerns; available on CB7 website.
• Thanks to Klari
Neuwelt and Tom Vitulla Martin for their efforst.
9. CB1/CB7 Partnership
• Example of Youth & Education
committees – Speaker Silver’s influence on greater attention paid to CB1 efforts
is the manifest difference between CB1 and CB7.
10. Community Boards
in the 21st Century
• Charter revision preparation under Mayor’s
appointment. Website under development.
• Community Affairs
Unit has stated that Mayor does not want to do away with CBs.
• Object is to strengthen and get better funding.
Present: Helen Rosenthal, Page Cowley, Mark Diller, Miki Fiegel, Klari
Neuwelt, Lenore Norman, Madge Rosenberg, Charles Simon, Elizabeth Starkey and
Barbara Van Buren. Board Member: Louis Cholden-Brown . On-Leave: Alberto Cruz.
Absent: Barbara Adler, Andrew Albert, Richard Asche, Lindsey Boylan, Sheldon
Fine, Victor Gonzalez, Bob Herrmann, Michelle Parker, MelWymore, George
Zeppenfeldt-Cestero and Dan Zweig.
Parks & Preservation Committee Meeting Minutes
Klari Neuwelt and
Lenore Norman, Co-Chairpersons
October 8, 2009
1. 59 West 71st Street (Central Park
West-Columbus Avenue.) Application to the Landmarks Preservation Commission for
a horizontal enlargement at the 10th (top) floor.
Arpad Baksa, architect,
presented the project. The scope of the project is the enlargement of an
existing penthouse addition on the tenth floor. The proposal is to extend
the existing space to the rear (north). The total additional square footage is
250 sf. Of this, 30 sf would be added on the eastern side of the existing
penthouse and will not be visible from any public way. The remaining 220
sf addition will be added to the west of the existing penthouse.
The architect showed numerous photos taken from street
level at various vantage points. There are two locations where this
addition (mocked up for the photos) is partially visible from the
--From the south side of 71st Street between Columbus and Broadway/
Amsterdam, looking east, beginning 125 feet west of Columbus and extending 150
feet to the west
--From the west side of Columbus Avenue, looking north,
beginning 25 feet south of 71st Street and extending south to 70th Street.
The cladding material of the addition would be the same
as was used in the existing penthouse structure, i.e. corrugated brown anodized
aluminum sheathing. The height of the new addition would continue the 10
foot height of the existing addition.
The committee generally felt the addition was only
marginally visible from the street, in effect “de minimus”.
Two neighbors spoke:
1. Klaus Bedelson, 48 West 71st
Street resident, wondered if an addition that is at all visible from the public
way is permitted in a Landmark District. Committee members clarified that
it may be, determined on a case by case basis.
2. Nina Numans, 56 West 71st
Street resident, felt the description on the Public Notice (as described in
agenda item listing, above) was inadequate. Committee members explained
felt that while it was very brief, it did accurately describe the scope of work
LPC hearing scheduled for October 20.
2. 20, 22, 24, 26 28 and 30 West 94th
Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School (Central Park West-Columbus Avenue.)
Application to the Landmarks Preservation Commission for a 5-story a
glass-enclosed addition behind the existing brownstones and a 1-story rooftop
Peter Samton of Gruzen Samton Architects presented the changes to
the design of the rear façade which had been made in response to comments from
the Parks and Preservation Committee and members of the public at last month’s
Parks and Preservation Committee meeting, and also at the town hall meeting with
the neighbors held on Sept. 23 at the School. Howard S. Weiss, Attorney of
Davidoff Malito & Hutchen, LLP provided supplementary information as Land
Use Counsel for Columbia Grammar School.
The issues addressed in the presentation
--Expanded investigation of sight lines
greenery (in response to last month’s suggestion of incorporating a “greenwall”
in the design.)
--Introduction of ventilating glass sections within the new
glass wall of the rear-yard addition.
--Light emanating from
the new glass enclosed structure
--Air conditioning equipment – its
placement, visibility, and noise generated.
--Expanded investigation of sight lines. The
architect demonstrated through numerous views along the north side of 94th
Street, looking east from vantage points west of 26 W. 94th St. that the rooftop
addition would not be visible from street level. He asserted that looking
west from vantage points east of 22 W. 94th St. the penthouse structure would
similarly not be visible. When standing closer to the three central
brownstones on which the addition will sit, their tall cornices mask the new
structure. Further away from these brownstones, the taller cornices of the
attached school brownstones (20 and 28 West 94th St.) mask the penthouse
--Introduction of ventilating glass sections within the
new glass wall of the rear-yard addition. This has changed the subdivision
and articulation of the glass panes in the new rear façade. The previous
design showed equal-sized fixed glass panes, butt-jointed (similar in appearance
to the glass façade at the American Bible Society structure). In the new
design, there are alternating vertical strips of wider fixed-glass panes and
narrower, operable glass panes. These glass panes now appear to be set
within some kind of metal (?) framework. The operable (ventilating) units open
out 3”-4” max. for safety reasons. The architect explained that the glass would
not be clear but “fritted” in order to help control heat gain through the glass
of this south-facing facade as well as to reduce the amount of artificial light
emitted from within. The operable windows would also allow for natural
ventilation of the glass corridor space in the fall and spring months, reducing
the need for air conditioning at those times of the year. A discussion of
concerns about the air conditioning units developed – see below.
--Introduction of greenery. Two areas for exterior
seasonal plantings are now proposed. These would be located in the two
stacks of balconies constructed within the recesses separating the central glass
enclosure from the two new enclosed stair structures at the east and west ends
of the addition. In addition, year-round greenery would be introduced
inside the addition. Here, plants would be trained to grow up the thin
metal screens which function as railings for each of the stories of the
addition, since the floor structure will be held a short distance away from the
rear glass enclosure wall. Mr. Samton said that this solution (plantings
growing up a thin mesh screen) could be seen at Chelsea Piers, at the end of
--Some proposed materials (specifically, glass type and
metal railing were discussed), but no samples were shown.
--Air conditioning equipment – its placement, visibility,
and the noise generated.
The rooftop plan shows 12 central air conditioning
units, which will replace the 30-40 window units throughout the building.
Six will be located on the roof surface in front of the rooftop addition at 22,
24 and 26 West 94th Street. There will also be two units on each of the
existing roofs of 20, 28 and 30 West 94th Street. These roofs are one
story higher than roof surface in front of the rooftop addition. In response to
the neighbors’ concern about the noise of the air conditioning units, the School
has hired an acoustical consultant to address these issues. The architect
showed preliminary sketches demonstrating the two methods for controlling sound
around mechanical equipment: acoustical wall barriers around the units,
and spiral duct silencers around the fans at the top of the units. The
committee and the neighbors raised concerns about the visibility of these
noise-control elements. Because this issue has just begun to be studied,
Mr. Weiss said that the applicant would return next month when they could
present a developed noise-control solution plan as well as specific unit
placement and visibility studies. They will not present to Landmarks in
1. Carol Gould, 333 Central
Park West (CPW) resident, ground floor rear-facing apt.
--Will the top of
the new glass-enclosed eastern stair be visible from the street? Mr.
Samton showed a photo of the existing exterior metal eastern stair (which runs
north-south, vs. the new enclosed stair which runs east-west) and said that the
height to the top of the new stair enclosure structure is the same as the height
of the existing stair structure. He pointed out that the new stair roof
angles down, so there is less new full-height stair roof than existing.
also pointed out that one of the two existing large “old-growth” trees will be
removed by the new construction.
--Will the parapet at the front of 22, 24
and 26 West 94th St. mask the a.c. units? (Mr. Samton thought it
--She showed several photos of the brick details in some of the rear
façade brickwork that will be masked once the new glass wall is added.
2. Phyllis Sterno, 333 CPW resident since 1956, and
member of ‘Columbia Grammar School Exploratory Task Force’ (CGSETF) group,
representing residents bordering on the School, including owners and
She read a letter from CGSETF requesting postponement of any
decisions until further study and work can occur addressing their major
i. Impact of the new rear yard addition on the “donut”.
Potential destruction of the historic character of the row houses and the
iii. Increased noise from the 12 new rooftop a.c. units, assuming they
are run year-round, all day long, and into the night.
iv. Noise, heat and
light reflecting/ echoing off the new glass construction
pollution on 94th Street from idling cars, busses, etc from increased school
vi. Light pollution form the emergency exit signs which must
remain illuminated all night long
vii. Negative environmental impacts, for
example from the removal of one or more existing trees; from the increased
Ms. Sterno expressed concern that there had been inadequate
notice given. Lenore Norman reminded everyone that there had been an
informational presentation at the July Parks and Preservation Committee meeting
(although not well-publicized) followed by two meetings in September (Parks and
Preservation and town hall meetings, both well-attended) so adequate notice
appears to have been given.
3. Steven Abrams, 33 West 93rd St. resident (“9G
cooperative” building) – located across the courtyard from CGS
He shares all
concerns previously expressed, especially regarding the effect the glass wall
will have on the “donut”. He feels the glass wall is out of character with
the neighborhood. He is also concerned that there will be an extended use
of the a.c. systems (says he is currently not bothered by or even aware of noise
from the window a.c. units when they are on).
He said that the 9/23 town hall
meeting was primarily a presentation (approx. 1 hour) by the architects, with
inadequate time for questions and answers, discussion.
4. Daniel Messing, 336 CPW resident, apt.
Raised concern about the scale of the glass wall when seen/ perceived in
the back yards. Renderings show it as a whole as if viewed from a further
distance than it will be possible to be at. He asked that the architects
produce a rendering to more accurately reflect how the glass wall will be seen
from the actual backyards and building rear facades within the “donut”.
also expressed concerns about the increased noise and heat from the glass, the
noise from the a.c. units.
5. Stacy Fredericks, 33 West 93rd St.
If children need air and light and space, why not go to a new space
(such as what’s being constructed at 97th and Columbus/ Park West Village)?
6. Vincent Krupins, 333 CPW resident.
been to any prior meetings, but feels the architects are unprepared today, that
nothing is specific in their proposal, which doesn’t give him much confidence in
them. Examples of “greenwalls” shown are not relevant to this
project. Regarding lighting – he assumes the school will turn out the
lights at night, but for a good part of the school year, the lights will be on
in the new addition from 4 pm until the end of the school clean-up day, which
will destroy the peace in the area.
Mr. Weiss said that a great deal of what was presented
was precise, that the only aspect of the presentation that was in a preliminary
form was related to the a.c. units, which was why the architects would return
next month, once the acoustical engineer had developed this aspect of the
A question was raised about why the glass wall solution
was “appropriate” in a historic district. Mr. Weiss said that the
architects had worked for 8 months with LPC staff before their preliminary
presentation at the July Parks and Preservation Committee meeting. LPC
staff had supported the glass-wall solution as appropriate as it would allow the
original brick facades, restored and preserved, to be visible through the new
Mr. Samton added that if instead a new masonry rear façade
was constructed with large window openings (to continue to admit the maximum
amount of light possible into the classrooms – an important goal) a similar
effect on the donut would result. He also reminded the group that one of
the purposes of the project was to enclose the exterior circulation between the
different school spaces, and to improve egress and life safety (the reason for
the two new enclosed fire stairs)
7. Klaus Bedelson, 48 West 71st Street
He asked whether there were other instances where an addition with a
glass wall had been permitted in a rear yard addition in a historic
district? Mark Diller explained that the zoning permitted rear yard
additions such as this, and that glass wall designs were not excluded from the
range of possibilities of these additions. (Case by case evaluation).
8. Marty Berrelich, 336 CPW resident 11th
She is concerned with noise and visibility of a.c. units as two of her
windows will overlook the rooftops.
However, she has a larger concern
as an educator. She asserted that the process of education should be
“private”. However, the glass wall makes the students’ activities within
the addition very public, visible to all the neighbors. Also, at night,
there will be a glass “fish bowl” of school activity. ‘It may be right for
the school, but it is not right for the neighborhood.’
Mr. Samton reminded the group that the glass would be
“fritted”, not completely clear. This is needed for thermal control.
It will also limit the visibility into the addition
9. Jonathan Schindell, 336 CPW resident.
His kids went
to camp at CGS, he’s been in the buildings; he was able to circulate between the
brownstones without walking outside.
Regarding the use of “fritted” glass –
if it limits the visibility into the addition, will the original brick facades
still be visible, which was the intent of the LPC staff in supporting the glass
wall solution. He suggested that if the new rear facade had less glass, it
would help address the heat and light concerns, and possibly reduce air
10. Ann Seltzer, 336 CPW resident.
She urged the Parks and Preservation Committee members to
visit the site – view it from inside the donut, from the School and
from the neighboring buildings, especially since much of the ‘charm and
greenery of the space’ isn’t visible from the photos. Carol Gould will
send contact info to Penny Ryan so the committee can arrange a site
Committee discussion about process:
of the project be voted on at this meeting, or should the
committee wait until next month’s meeting, when the applicant will be returning with
more developed and complete information about the a.c. issues.
The committee decided it was preferable to put off any
resolution about the project until next month in order to then have:
developed a.c. information
--Material samples, color chips, etc. (missing
from tonight’s or any preceding presentation)
--Additional information about
the lighting within the addition.
In addition, since tonight’s meeting was
only attended by half the Parks and Preservation Committee members (in part
owing to a conflicting meeting re. the Riverside South project) , a larger
percent of this committee would be present next month to review and vote on the
more fully developed project.
The committee suggested that discussions should continue
between the School and the neighbors, their task force(s) in the interim.
Before the November meeting, the committee will visit the
3. Committee priorities for the FY2011 NYC
Lenore Norman reported that she, Klari Neuwelt and Penny Ryan were
meeting with the Parks Dept. representative on October 19. In order to
take into account the items and priorities of the Parks Dept. the discussion
about the budget and Parks and Preservation Committee priorities will be put off
until after that meeting.
Committee concerns about Riverside Park:
trees to replace those lost in the past two years’ wind storms.
plans for all playground renovations continue.
The meeting concluded a little after 9 pm.
Minutes prepared by Gabrielle Palitz
October 9, 2009,
edited October 16, 2009
Present: Lenore Norman, Co-Chairperson; Jay Adolf, Mark
Diller, Blanche Lawton, Gabrielle Palitz, Mel Wymore. Absent: Molly
Gordy, Phyllis Gunther, Klari Neuwelt.
Transportation Committee Meeting Minutes
Albert and Dan Zweig, Co-Chairpersons
1. 359 Columbus Avenue, Renewal Application
DCA#0953473 for a two-year consent to operate an unenclosed sidewalk café with
28 tables and 74 seats.
Anthony Crawford, General Manager, representing the
No changes to existing unenclosed sidewalk café.
Board 7 Approves 6-0-0-0; 1-0-0-0
2. 417 Amsterdam Avenue, Renewal
Application DCA#0920109 by Gilli, Inc. d/b/a Al Dente for a two year
consent to operate an unenclosed sidewalk café with 10 tables/19 seats.
Villicana, owner, presented. Said she put the notices up in the window and
around the area.
Community Board 7 Approves 9-1-0-0; 3-0-1-0
Amsterdam Avenue (West 77th Street) Renewal Application DCA#1246104 by DLS
Chicken Corp. d/b/a Chirping Chicken, for a two-year consent to operate an
unenclosed sidewalk café with 8 tables and 32 seats.
attorney, and Dimitri Pappas, owner, representing the restaurant.
of correct bicycle delivery staff comportment. Mr. Pappas said he had eliminated
10 bicycles and there are 18 remaining. Delivery by foot extends six blocks. He
also eliminated the parked bicycles on the north side of the street. Anne
Raphael said that she feels the restaurant should give up two tables on the 77th
Street side. Lisa Carr, neighbor, testified she loved it and she likes
having them there and it’s an improvement to the bars that were the original
tenants. She also pointed out that they are generous to the school.
there have been many complaints regarding bicycle storage and operation; and the
owner has stated that bicycles have been removed and he is focusing on safety;
CB7 reserves the right to file a complaint if all of these
conditions are not met, including no storage of bicycles on the north side of
Community Board 7 Approves the renewal of an unenclosed
café. 8-2-0-0; 3-2-1-0
4. Request for a secondary naming of the
northwest corner of CPW and West 72nd Street in honor of John
Antoinette Diffley presented a letter from Yoko Ono.
who is on the board of directors of the Dakota, responded that although he knew
the Lennons and read a letter from the president of the board to the effect that
they strongly disapprove of the idea of changing the name of the street for
security reasons. He said the addition of another sign would exacerbate the
existing problem, and said, “In the name of safety, security and privacy, we ask
that the committee reject this application.”
Jan Levy, who lives in the
Majestic read a letter from the president of the board of directors of that
building, Susan Cassidy, which supported the Dakota board’s request for
rejection of the application.
John Isabella, Jr. a visitor from
Westchester and a friend of Ms. Diffley’s, offered his support of the request.
Peter Sternberg, a resident and board member of the Dakota, said the additional
feature would attract more people. Batia Lewtin supported the residents of the
two affected buildings. Robert Josman, an UWS resident, asked DOT if the
signs would be stolen. The Committee was torn.
Whereas the memory John
Lennon is honored daily across the street from his former residence in Central
Park’s Strawberry Fields and at the Imagine mosaic, and although CB7 celebrates
this cultural icon and is proud he chose to live on the UWS, in deference to the
residents of the Dakota and Majestic who have expressed their abject opposition
to the secondary street naming, Community Board Disapproves motion.
5. Preliminary discussion of the routing of the M72, M5 and M66
bus lines after the opening of the West 72nd Street connection between Riverside
Drive and Riverside Boulevard.
Batya Leuten said it was imperative
that the bus routes continue to WEA to service the seniors. Randy Vaughan, a
resident of the area, said the double bus lines would better serve the massive
numbers of people. Lillian Moore, who also lives in the neighborhood,
concurred that the extra bus services was needed.
6. Application #1333419 to the DCA by Mohammed T. Hossain to construct
and operate a newsstand at the southeast corner of Broadway and West 62nd
Applicant was absent.
7. Application #1329759 to the
DCA by Mohammed Arshad Mia to construct and operate a newsstand at the northeast
corner of Columbus Avenue and West 65th Street. Community Board 7 agrees
to defer voting until next month’s meeting to determine clearance between
planters and legality of having a newsstand in front of a house of worship
(Church of the Latter Day Saints).
8. Planning of survey of parking
meter poles on Columbus Avenue between West 67th and 86th Streets and Amsterdam
Avenue between West 60th and 86th Streets that can be reused as bike racks and
outreach to affected businesses. The Columbus Avenue BID and Lincoln Square BID
will submit recommendations for their areas. Survey was divided up to the
following committee members.
9. Committee Priorities for the FY2011 NYC
Budget. Holding over for next month.
10. New Business.
Present: Andrew Albert, Dan
Zweig, Linda Alexander, Ken Coughlin, Paul Fischer, Marc Glazer, Ulma Jones,
Lillian Moore, Anne Raphael, Oscar Rios and Roberta Semer. Absent: Bobbie
Katzander, Barbara Keleman and Blanche E. Lawton.
Housing Committee Meeting Minutes
and Charles Simon, Co-Chairpersons
October 19, 2009
DeHostos Community Center
The meeting was called to order at 7:15 P.M.
The first speaker was NYCHA Commissioner Margarita
Lopez. Ms. Lopez is the first Environmental Coordinator in NYCHA. The New York
City Housing Authority also began partnering with agencies such as The Clinton
Climate Control Initiative, HSBC, New York Restoration Project, Con Edison and
that's just to name a few.
Ms. Lopez gave a detailed report and update about
the Green Initiative. Although there is a Green Initiative in New York, she gave
the NYCHA component of that very same NYC Green Initiative. The background that
she provided is: NYCHA owns over 2,494 acres of land citywide, with 2,608
residential buildings in 338 developments. NYCHA's portfolio consumes more than
175 million therms of heating fuel and 1.2 billion kilowatt hours of electricity
every year. And third, in 2008 utility expenditures totaled $523 million and
that was the Agency's second largest expense. The purpose of becoming more
energy efficient is so that NYCHA can become a leader among landlords to advance
the city's strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Preserve natural
resources through conservation, reduce energy and fuel consumption through
efficiency, thereby reducing operating costs. The ultimate goal is to preserve
public housing for future generations.
The following steps have already been taken: Replacing
aging domestic hot water tanks with energy-efficient, instantaneous-steam water
heater devices at the developments. To date, over 500 have been installed.
Upgrading lighting in apartments and common areas will reduce NYCHA's overall
electricity consumption by 15%. They ultimately will install more than 1.3
million CFL bulbs in the apartments. Also, they are rehabilitating central
heating plants serving 27 NYCHA developments that are well beyond their useful
life. Currently, NYCHA is pursuing solar power, hydraulic power as well as
turbines which is clean renewable energy. A by-product of all of this new
technology is the creation of jobs for NYCHA residents. This may or may not fuel
the economy. This concluded her presentation. Before fielding questions she
introduced Cristiana Fragola who is her Deputy Director of Strategic Initiatives
from the Office of Strategic Planning & Change Management. Ms. Fragola
explained about a process by which gas emissions can be regulated. It is called
cap and trade and basically you are given a certain amount of emissions that you
can use and if you go over your quota you have to pay a tax, thereby regulating
excessive use. After the Q and A Ms. Lopez
At 8:50 P.M. Alan Biller,
the Urban MBPO Community Planning Fellow was introduced and gave his statement
purpose. Mr. Biller intends to create a database of existing affordable
housing in Community Board 7, for general use by the community board in order to
keep track of affordable housing within the district. He will also examine the
impact of the units that have been lost in recent years and these data will help
build strategies to prevent further loss. He then outlined his tasks and
methods, deliverables and the affordable housing types to be considered. After a
Q and A session, the meeting adjourned at 9:30 P.M.
Present: Victor Gonzalez, Lillian Moore, Sharon
Parker-Frazier and Barbara Van Buren. Board Member: Ken Coughlin. Absent:
Rosa Gonzalez. Public: Councilmember Gale A. Brewer.
Health and Human Services Committee
Buren and Madge Rosenberg, Co-Chairpersons
Business and Consumer
Michelle Parker and George Zeppenfeldt-Cestero,
Meeting Minutes October 21,
The first part of the meeting addressed the request from
the Borough Board to support their Draft Resolution supporting City Council
Intro #1059 concerning the Provision of Paid Sick Time Earned by
The Co-Chair of the Business Committee submitted a statement from
the 5 Boro Chamber Alliance which stated their concerns about the
resolution. (Attached) They felt it was an unfair imposition on
Shulamit Warren, Chief of Staff for Gale Brewer, responded to the
issues raised, and shared their discussions with the Upper West Side Chamber of
Commerce, and various business groups in the community who supported the Council
Resolution. It was pointed out that there would be a public hearing in
November on the pending resolution at which everyone will be able to present
their views to the City Council before a final vote.
As there were no further
concerns about the Borough Board’s resolution it was agreed to recommend CB7
support, recognizing that there might be further changes in the City Council
Resolution: CB 7 is urged to support the Draft
Resolution of the Manhattan Borough Board on the Provision of Paid Sick Time
Earned by employees. (Attached)
Joint Committee Members:
The second item on the agenda was Budget Priorities for
Fiscal Year ’11.
Agency leaders had been invited to the meeting to share
their concerns. There were representatives from Goddard Riverside, Lincoln
Square Neighborhood Center, Ryan Health Center, Senior Programs, supportive
housing, West Side Campaign Against Hunger, and the Columbus-Amsterdam
Agencies were all concerned about the increasing need for services and
the increasing lack of resources to fund them. Cutbacks in services to the
elderly; lack of programs to involve teen-age youth; increasing reduction in
available affordable housing as well as increased attempts by landlords to evict
people living in exiting affordable housing; the isolation of many of the
elderly; the problems in DFTA’s new meals-on-wheels program, and the increasing
number of people short of money for food, reflected in rising numbers of clients
at food pantries and soup kitchens.
The group felt dissatisfied with
being asked to give the City lists of services they knew were likely to be
turned down. And they questioned the wisdom of giving specific items
instead of a holistic picture of the needs of the community. They talked
of an agency which disappeared some years ago, The West Side Interagency
Council, and wondered if something like that needed to be revitalized, to do
comprehensive planning for the community. The group was interested in
exploring that possibility, and it was agreed that a meeting would be set to
discuss the issue. Stephanie and Peter will work with Board Members on an
agenda and date.
The Committee Chairs will draw up the Budget Priorities
requested by the City based on the concerns brought by the group tonight.
Meeting was adjourned.
Present: Madge Rosenberg, Judith Matos and Daniel
Meltzer. Board Members: Anne Raphael and George Zeppenfeldt-Cestero. Absent:
Miki Fiegel, Barbara Keleman and Barbara Van
DRAFT MANHATTAN BOROUGH BOARD RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF
CITY COUNCIL INTRO 1059
WHEREAS, Council Member Gale Brewer has
introduced, with the co-sponsorship of the Public
Advocate (Ms. Gotbaum) and
Council Members Avella, Lappin, Palma, Weprin, Mendez,
Nelson, James, Gerson,
Jackson, Mark-Viverito, Sears, Gioia, Gentile, Yassky, Liu, Vann,
Gennaro, Katz, Mitchell, Seabrook, White Jr., Mealy, Barron, Garodnick,
Koppell, Reyna, Crowley, Eugene, Recchia Jr., de Blasio, Foster,
Sanders Jr., Comrie, Rivera and
Ulrich, City Council Intro 1059 to amend the
administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to the provision of
paid sick time earned by employees; and
WHEREAS, a sizeable number of workers
in New York City are not entitled to any paid sick time to care for their own
health (mental and physical) needs or the health needs of members of their
families or the need for safety in domestic violence situations; and
public health is an increasing concern for both the city and nation, in light of
the outbreak of the H1N1 virus; and
WHEREAS, the Public Health Association of
New York, a growing list of leading physicians, President Obama, and Mayor
Bloomberg have endorsed paid sick days, noting their scope for having a positive
effect on public health; and
WHEREAS, paid sick leave would allow parents to
keep sick children and themselves out of high traffic areas such as mass
transportation systems and schools; and
WHEREAS, providing time for domestic
violence victims to go to court or to relocate to safety has a positive effect
on the ability of victims to protect themselves and is important for the public
health and safety of the City; and
WHEREAS, paid sick leave reduces low
productivity in the workforce; and
WHEREAS, paid sick leave is affordable and
good for business; and
WHEREAS, Intro 1059 would positively affect close to 1
million employees, many of whom are low income workers, as estimated by the
Community Service Society of New York and the
Institute for Women’s Policy
WHEREAS, Intro 1059 would guarantee that all private sector
workers in New York City can earn some paid sick time, specifically one hour of
sick time for every thirty hours worked; and
WHEREAS, Intro 1059 is part of a
growing movement in American cities such as San Francisco,
Washington DC, and
Milwaukee, which have implemented mandatory paid sick leave in the private
sector successfully and with no ill effects on the economy; and
IT RESOLVED that the Manhattan Borough Board supports the passage of
1059 and urges its City Council members to vote in favor of such bill should it
come before them for a vote.
Green Committee Meeting Minutes
Starkey and Mel Wymore, Co-Chairpersons
October 28, 2009 7:00PM
New Green Initiatives from Con Edison. Pat Richardi, from the ConEd Public
Affairs Dept., spoke about new initiatives, including an award of federal
“stimulus” funds to upgrade the Smart Grid serving NYC and Orange and Rockland
Counties. Green initiatives of interest to UWS residents include Con Ed’s the
“Power of Green” program. This program offers financial incentives to
owners of 1-4 family homes for installing eligible energy-efficient heating and
air-conditioning systems. Another program offers free energy survey, upgrades
and up to 70% financial incentive for major equipment upgrades to small
businesses. More information is available on the Con Ed website:
conEd.com/energy efficiency or call 1-877-870-6118.
2. Report on the Copenhagen Conference on Climate
Change. Moisha Blechman from the Sierra Club spoke about the implications of
global warming and the opportunities offered by the upcoming UN Conference on
Climate Change in Copenhagen in December 2009. Given the inability of Congress
to agree on legislation that sets binding targets on greenhouse gas emission in
the USA, it seems unlikely that a global agreement to address the climate crisis
will emerge from the Conference. The 1997 Kyoto Protocol was never ratified by
USA. The world’s most developed economies recently adopted a goal of keeping
temperature increases below 2 degrees Fahrenheit, without specifying how to
reach the goal or how to enforce it.
3. Natural Gas Drilling in the NYC Watershed. Dr.
Stephen Corson from Manhattan Boro President’s office described hydraulic
fracturing, the environmentally dangerous method of extracting natural gas from
the Marcellus Shale formation within the NYC upstate watershed. Water, laced
with chemicals, is pumped at high pressure into the rock formations and results
in the release of natural gas. Unfortunately, the process poses a serious risk
of contamination to the watershed which provides unfiltered water to nine
million people in NYC. A public hearing on the NYS DEC proposed regulations
which would permit the drilling will be held on November 10, 2009 at Stuyvesant
HS. The Committee will distribute letters to Governor Paterson for signature by
members of the public at the full board meeting.
Present: Mel Wymore, Elizabeth Starkey and Ken Coughlin.
Absent: Hope Cohen, Phyllis Gunther and Judith Matos. Public Members: Paul Reale
and Olive Freud.
MCB7 DISTRICT SERVICE CABINET MEETING MINUTES
Penny Ryan, District
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Welcome to Chris Hancock, Superintendent, Manhattan #7
Presbyterian Church and homeless encampment – Joselinne Minaya and
Met with the pastor and elders of the church. They
approved the installation of a barrier around church steps. After the install,
an affidavit will be issued permitting the removal of homeless on the stairs.
Church will post a no loitering sign during and after installation.
Will meet with Goddard and CB7 to help resolve homeless
Goddard has permanently housed several people from the
• Broadway Mall benches – Mark
Six-foot benches will get armrests by the Spring.
• Non-permitted bike vendors in and around Columbus
Circle – Lolita Jackson.
Two meetings were held with the
There will be coordinated enforcement by three
precincts so vendors cannot run to adjacent precincts during enforcement.
Increase number of bikes that can be stored by NYPD - Chief Banks
working with internal department.
Chaining to poles – NYPD Legal
is investigating legality.
• The Yale Hotel 306 West 97th
HRA met successfully with the owner. Owner
followed 24th Pct new security operations and HRA increased number of social
workers on site. Crime has significantly decreased since the changes.
• Mobile Food Trucks
NYPD will continue
to enforce parking regulations. District Managers are to give problem locations
to the Borough President’s office and they will give it to NYPD special unit to
Vendors want to know where they can vend
Agency Reports and Requests for
The Public Service Commission approved the
Con Edison Energy Efficiency Program. Small commercial program is available now
– consultant will do an on-site survey and will install up to $100 worth of
energy efficient equipment free of charge. Consultant will also give the
customer a report on their energy consumption level and how they can improve
NYPD: Seven major crimes; quality of life, and traffic
PSA6 had a 3% decrease for the year. Identity crime is on the
rise. QL summonses up 4% for the year, mostly in open container and urinating in
20th Pct down 7% in overall index crimes. Unattended property
is the major category in grand larceny. Amsterdam Houses has had only 15 index
crimes this year. Three vendors arrested in Central Park area. Traffic accidents
up 10% .
• Demolition at 732-734 West End Avenue
(95th-96th Streets). Demo has not started. DOB has been inspecting daily.
• Park West Village – crane accident at 775. Crane did not work
properly (failed to engage) and fell, destroying 15 feet of the sidewalk shed,
no one was hurt. DOB issued multiple summonses to the crane company.
DDC: Catch basin replacement in the district.
• CB7 requested the schedule of work.
• Parks request: On 97th
Street an ornamental block was removed, is it coming back; on 104th Street –
flooding condition, water comes out of the catch basin.
• Con Ed
request: Contractor does not secure plates on RSD southbound at 104th Street,
also, the equipment is not fenced in - children play on the
• FD Circle barriers will be removed in about three weeks.
Assemblyman O’Donnell will head the dedication ceremony.
• Homeless conditions and outreach in
CD7. Goddard will be taking over all evening homeless outreach for Manhattan.
Want to coordinate a meeting with pcts to house severely disabled homeless
during extreme cold weather.
• Update on the West Side Traffic
Study. Request input from NYPD, DSNY, and FDNY.
memo will be ready in two weeks. At that time, they will talk to other agencies
from the district.
• West 62nd Street and WEA – new traffic signal to be
installed. No indication there will be a left-turn arrow, but will look into it.
• Left-turn signal on westbound 97th Street at Columbus Avenue.
Previous study found that it was not warranted but can conduct a new study at
the Board’s written request.
• Status of the MuniMeter installation on
Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues from West 97th to 100th Streets, and when meters
will be installed above 100th Street.
There are no supplies for
muni-meters. Will be replaced with parking meters.
Parking should be two hours or more.
100th street Columbus to
Amsterdam Aves, the ‘No Loading’ signs have not been installed.
Standing’ area on West 97th Street reserved for Ryan Center ambulances. Has been
sorted out, remove doctors sign.
DSNY – Overflowing baskets are a real problem because of
truck cutbacks and the DOE fund is no longer on the west side.
– Stats are now available, noise continues to be the major problem.
Construction Updates: DOB
• Audit report on 230
West 78th Street (Broadway.) Is it a stalled site? No. Will
• 508-510 WEA, no movement.
Address Stories Status
208 West 96th Street
(Bway-Amst) 10 Excavation
200 West 72nd Street
(Bway) 19 Superstructure
775 Columbus (97th-100th
Streets) 13 Superstructure
795 Columbus (97th -100th
Streets) 15 Superstructure
805 Columbus (97th-100th
Streets) 14 Superstructure
214 West 76th /2148
Broadway (SEC) 21 Condo/Garage Excavation
96th Street IRT
Station Sept, 2010 completion
Lincoln Center Redevelopment
180 Amsterdam Avenue (68th Street)Lincoln Square
Synagogue 8 Superstructure complete
59th Street Rec
Next meeting is December 9, 2009.
Present: Penny Ryan, District Manager, John Martinez, Asst. District
Manager; Capt. Cokkinos, PSA 6; Lt. DeSantis, 20th Pct; Leah Donaldson,
DOB; Lolita Jackson, Mayor’s office; Chris Hancock, DSNY; Joselinne Minaya, DA’s
Office; David Lipsky, DEP; Josh Orzeck, DOT; Crista Carmody, Mark Vaccaro,
Parks; John Pellegrinelli, FDNY; Paula Sanders, CCHR; Norberto Acevedo, DDC;
Jesse Bodine, Council Member Gale Brewer’s office; Corey Peterson, MBP
Stringer’s office; Hans Marselis, Kristen Oates, Goddard Riverside;
Marjorie Cohen, WCPP; Peter Arndtsen, Columbus-Amsterdam BID; Richard Juliano,
Tim Devlin, LS BID; Barbara Adler, Columbus Ave BID; Pat Richardi, ConEd; Jill