Community New & Politics - Events

The hearing on the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission’s (LPC) proposal to landmark roughly 1/3 of the South Village, west of 6th Avenue, will begin tomorrow at approximately 2:30 pm and is expected to last for several hours. IT IS ABSOLUTELY VITAL THAT WE HAVE A LARGE TURNOUT TO TELL THE CITY TO MOVE AHEAD WITH THE PROPOSED LANDMARK DESIGNATION, AND TO COMMIT TO CONSIDER AND ACT UPON THE REMAINING TWO-THIRDS OF THE SOUTH VILLAGE HISTORIC DISTRICT AS PROPOSED BY GVSHP, which they have not yet done.

The GVSHP will be protesting Thursday, October 22nd in front on 178 Bleeker Street, the location of their latest crusade.  The structure, originally built in 1861, was demolished last year and since then the owner has been trying to obtain permits to replace it with an 8-story building. The building would be in the middle of a block of 5-story 1862 rowhouses with zoning restrictions that should limit any new construction to 60 feet.  In spite of months of protest yesterday the City approved the plans. 

The mounting death toll among responders and the growing sense in the affected communities that new health impacts are emerging raise key concerns about the adequacy of the current House and Senate 9/11 health care and compensation bills (HR847/S1334). Specifically, when Congress decides who should have an entitlement to 9/11 health care, will all those who are sick be counted? And when Congress decides what illnesses will be covered, will all health impacts resulting from 9/11 exposures be included? Right now, the answer to both these questions is no.

State Senator Eric T. Schneiderman (D-Manhattan/Bronx), Assemblymember Hakeem Jeffries (D-Brooklyn), elected officials and civil rights advocates will hold a press conference WEDNESDAY announcing major criminal justice legislation.  The new bill will make it easier for innocent people who were wrongfully convicted to challenge a court’s judgment.

Just over a year ago the City Council voted to allow Michael Bloomberg to run for a third term as Mayor of New York City.  Now today the Mayor is engaged in a tight race with democratic candidate Bill Thompson.  With less than three weeks left until the election, Thursday Thompson will deliver a major speech on term limits at Hunter College's Kaye Playhouse.

On October 25th an exclusive silent auction of artwork will be held with work from 30+ prominent artists from the NYC contemporary art scene. The goal of this benefit is to raise much-needed legal funds for the final push to free Damien Echols.


The Hudson Rise is an intelligent alternative solution to the “garbage garage” and salt shed that the City and the Department of Sanitation has proposed.  The plan would incorporate a two-district park on top of the space for the Sanitation Garage, satisfying the City while also converting it into something beneficial to the community and the environment.

NEW YORK – Public Advocate candidate Bill de Blasio will be endorsed
by the Democratic nominees for eight City Council seats at a press
conference tomorrow at 11AM on the steps of City Hall. At the event,
the future Councilmembers will join de Blasio in calling for new
leadership, active on the issues of today, to strengthen the Public
Advocate’s office and City government.

The Public School Advocacy Committee and Community Board #2 are rallying Thursday to convert the city owned building at 75 Morton Street into a new middle school.  The school would take the burden off other overcrowded city middle schools while servicing the community as well. 

NEW YORK – City Council candidate Margaret Chin will hold a press conference tomorrow in Chinatown to announce her endorsement of Bill de Blasio for Public Advocate and John Liu for Comptroller. Chin recently won a hard fought primary for the Democratic nomination against an incumbent Council Member in District 1, which includes Chinatown and lower Manhattan.