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A letter from and Andrew Berman, Executive Director of the Greenwich Village Society of Historic Preservation:

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!  

Join the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation for the Rally Against NYU’s Proposed 400 Ft. Tower. The rally will be held Sunday November 7th on Bleecker Street east of LaGuardia Pl. to protest “NYU’s landmark-busting plans for the Village’s tallest tower— a combination hotel and residence — and their threatened alternative of building on the adjacent supermarket site.” The rally comes one day before the plan goes before Community #2’s Landmark Committtee.

With a passion for surfing, Spanish language and early childhood education 3 inspirational men founded the Valpo Surf Project, a community-based educational program devoted to using surfing instruction and academic mentoring to encourage English language skills, personal character development, and environmental consciousness among underprivileged and at-risk youths in Valparaiso. A Silent Auction and fundraiser to benefit the Valpo Surf Project will be held Saturday October 15th at Saturday Surf NYC from 7 to 9 PM.

The iconic Russell Simmons has partnered with im.material Global Committee to graciously host a benefit for Haiti at one of our favorite galleries, Gallery Nine5, on September 15th 2010. The tragedy in Haiti is far from over as more than one million Haitians remain homeless. The money donated will be used by im.material to construct stable homes and community infrastructure on 4.2 acres of donated land outside of Port-au-Prince. Do your part to directly impact the rebuilding of Haiti. Be a hero. We’ll see you there.

“The city’s worst landlords can no longer hide from responsibility while their buildings fall into dangerous disrepair,” said Public Advocate Bill de Blasio. “If you’re looking for an apartment, check for your potential landlord on the Watch List first. And if you’re living in a Watch List building, our call-in hotline and field organizers are here to help to you navigate the process of reporting bad conditions and getting them resolved.”

Today at the steps of city hall protesters will gather to try and convince Gov. Paterson not to sign a bill (#S6873) banning sublets— a decision he is set to make in the next 24 hours. Now is your last chance to push back and demonstrate to the Governor the dire affect this would have on everyday New Yorkers!! 

Tekserve’s at it again. The electronic repair store (a savior to me many-o-times) along with the Lower East Side Ecology Center are moonlight in electronic recycling. Go green by safely and properly recycle your old electronics at their eWaste Recycling Drive. Bring computers, monitors, fax machines, copiers, CD/DVD/VCR players, stereo equipment, televisions, cell phones, cameras and other unwanted electronics to Tekserve on Saturday, July 10th from 10am to 4pm to be safely recycled.

Expect sunshine and rainbows!! The annual parade began in 1970 as a political stance to the Stonewall Riots and remains just as relevant today with gay marriage, the repeal of ‘Don’t ask, Don’t tell’ and debates over LGBT rights finally holding political power.  The march of extravagance makes its way down 5th Ave beginning at 34th street at 12pm and commences at the corner of Greenwich and Christopher Sts. Equality for all!!!


Congressman Jerrold Nadler, State Senator Daniel Squadron and other elected officials and community leaders from Manhattan and Brooklyn will join today, Friday April 9th at 10:30 am to urge the City to reexamine regulation and enforcement of tourist helicopter traffic.


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