On December 19th, Community Board #2 held a public speakout
about the recent blitz of summonses issued to artists, performers and
musicians in Washington Square Park under the new Park rules for
Celebrate “Children of the World” at the Children At Heart Gala hosted by Children of Chernobyl (CCOC) as it marks the Chernobyl disaster’s 25th anniversary with a star-studded event, including a celebrity roster of attendees and Fantasy Auction items. Honorees include legendary actor Kirk Douglas who will be presented with the Children At Heart Award by his son, Academy Award winner Michael Douglas. The Awards will take place November 21, 2011 at Chelsea Piers.
I wanted to share the wonderful news with you that the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) just voted unanimously to landmark Westbeth, following through on a promise made seven years ago to the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation (GVSHP) and other community groups working to extend landmark protections in the Far West Village.
There are so many dangers lurking out there. Did you know your child’s own lunch box or backpack can contain toxic chemicals that have been linked to learning disabilities, obesity, and asthma. Many school supplies are manufactured using polyvinyl chloride (PVC), the most hazardous plastic for our health and environment. However, there are recourses out there to help make better choices. CHEJ is releasing our fourth annual Back-to-School Guide to PVC-Free School Supplies, which lists the most common school supplies made out of PVC.
Today, Council member Margaret Chin (District-1, Manhattan), Council member Elizabeth Crowley Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, joined special guest and former FDNY fire fighter Steve Buscemi, as hundreds of Tribeca residents rallied to keep Ladder 8 – the famed Ghostbuster firehouse – open.
Tonight at 6:30 pm, join Manhattan Youth and special guest Dr. Marjorie Snyder of the Women's Sports Foundation in a discussion of why urban girls participate in sports at half the rate of urban boys, and what we can do about it in our community. We will share experiences, address challenges, and discuss strategies for creating or improving sports programming to attract and retain more girls.
As another scandal-scarred year in state politics draws to an unseemly close, the fight for good government in New York City and Albany is more important than ever. Since 2002, New York Civic has tried to serve as a nonpartisan voice of reason and social responsibility.
NYU is dropping its application for landmarks approval for a 400 ft. tall tower on Bleeker Street in Silver Towers. As you know, there was overwhelming opposition to this plan at our recent rally and the Community Board hearing, including most recently from I.M. Pei, the architect of Silver Towers. That the university has decided to shelve this plan is incredible news, and a fantastic victory for all of our efforts.
The City Council has just voted to approve the Far West Village and East Village (3rd and 4th Avenue corridors) rezonings we have been fighting to enact for years, which means they take immediate effect. These two rezonings will go a long way towards stemming the tide of inappropriate development in these two historic residential neighborhoods, and are a tremendous victory for community efforts in the face of stiff initial resistance from the city!