ADVOCACY

In the eighteen months since the URRA (Save Riverside) organized as a grassroots effort to prevent the destruction of 857 Riverside Drive, we have expanded our mission and advocacy to protecting, preserving, and celebrating the architecture, culture, and history throughout Washington Heights and Inwood.

ONE45
DEVELOPMENT
IN
HARLEM

THIS PROJECT IS NON-FEASIBLE, UNREALISTIC, AND INAPPROPRIATE FOR THIS COMMUNITY

WHAT IS HAPPENING

Community Board 10 Rejects One45 Development, a project that will include two 363-foot-tall towers at the corner of 145th Street and Lenox Avenue.

According to Patch, newly elected Councilmember Kristin Richardson Jordan, has come out strongly against this development, arguing it would displace Black residents and contribute to Harlem's gentrification.

Community Board 10 unanimously voted down the two-tower project, which now heads to Borough President Mark Levine.

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The "One45" development is proposed for the corner of Lenox Avenue and West 145th Street.

 

The project by developer Bruce Teitelbaum will include two 363-foot-tall towers, a civil rights museum and a headquarters for the National Action Network. (NYC Planning/SHoP Architects)

TO LEARN MORE

Read the Article by Nick Garber

The current plan needs to be reformatted.

The “affordable units” need to be 2-3 bedrooms (not the current studio and 1 bedroom) so that families can live there, and more units need to be allocated.

The height of the towers should be reduced from the proposed 22 floors, and environmental factors need to be considered as well as the impact on local infrastructure like the nearby 3 Train station at 145th Street, whose small platform fits only six subway cars.

Also, intervention and mediation needs to occur so that this project doesn’t cause the displacement of existing residents.

New York Preservation Archive Project

LEARN MORE

The mission of the New York Preservation Archive Project is to protect and raise awareness of the narratives of historic preservation in New York.

 

Through public programs, outreach, celebration, and the creation of public access to information, the Archive Project hopes to bring these stories to light.

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Download and read the New York Preservation Archive Project  Fall/Winter 2021 Newsletter here.

Save Riverside's PRESERVATION. PICTURED. is also a community-wide project, and another example of a preservation effort that can be carried out during the restrictions imposed by the pandemic – and beyond. 

PRESERVATION. PICTURED. A Community Project encourages preservation and archiving using photos and brief descriptions to document and highlight overlooked and potentially endangered sites and architectural details.

SAVE HISTORIC MIDTOWN

TELL ALBANY LEGISLATORS TO STOP THE HOCHUL-VORNADO PENN STATION SKYSCRAPER PROJECT

WHAT IS HAPPENING

There is a plan to declare the area around Penn Station “blighted” and impose ten new skyscrapers around New York City’s Penn Station neighborhood.

The project - called the Empire Station Complex - merely grants Vornado the right to break the zoning code and build to excessive height with unneeded supertalls.

 

Vornado is one of the country’s largest real estate investment trusts and was former Governor Cuomo's single largest donor.

WHAT IS IN DANGER OF BEING LOST

7 Penn Plaza, St. John the Baptist Church, Fairmont Building, Penn Station Service Building, The Stewart Hotel, Hotel Pennsylvania, Gimbels Department Store, and Gimbels Skybridge.

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Hotel Pennsylvania and Gimbels Skybridge. Credit: David Holowka

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WHAT YOU CAN DO

SIGN THE PETITION at ALLIANCE FOR A HUMAN-SCALE CITY

INQUIRE

Visit constituent organization websites and learn more about what they are doing to shape a better citizen-centric future for New York.

DONATE

Give to whichever Coalition organization best fits your beliefs as to stopping this project. Public awareness campaigns cost money.

The Empire Station Coalition is comprised of the 29th Street Association, City Club of NY, CNU NYC, Council of Chelsea Block Associations, Environmental Simulation Center, Historic Districts Council, Human-Scale NYC, RethinkNYC, Limited Equity and Affordability at Penn South (LEAPS), Midtown South Community Council, Penn-Area Residents Committee, Save Chelsea, TakeBackNYC, and the Victorian Society of New York.

TO LEARN MORE

The Empire Station Coalition sponsored a walking tour led by Brad Vogel and Justin Rivers of endangered sites in the Penn Station Neighborhood.

 

Brad is a respected member of the New York City Preservation Community.

Justin Rivers of Untapped New York is a tour guide for many New York City sites with a particular focus on Penn Station. Justin authored the play “The Eternal Space” about the once-great Penn Station. 

To learn about some of the endangered sites, read Past & Future of the Penn District, the guide from the walking tour:

ARTIMUS VARIANCE APPLICATION IN INWOOD

TELL THE BOARD OF STANDARDS AND APPEALS TO REJECT THIS REQUEST

Save Riverside Testimony Against the Artimus BSA Variance Application in Inwood

CB12 Meeting: November 23, 2021

Save Riverside, a grassroots organization dedicated to preserving our architectural and cultural heritage in Washington Heights, opposes the Artimus (former Holy Trinity Church site) 22- 38 Cumming Street / Seaman Avenue BSA variance application.

 

We stand firm with our neighbors in Inwood in opposing new construction that greatly exceeds the height of the existing built landscape, that strains existing community services, and that increases the potential number of vehicles in a neighborhood without providing additional parking facilities. These are quality of life issues that we are battling in lower Washington Heights and that are of concern to all northern Manhattan.

 

The proposed building will be out of place and proportion in a neighborhood of low to mid-rise buildings. It will also increase pressure to tear down older, affordable buildings in what is currently an ethnically and economically diverse neighborhood—with higher rents and prices following. Approving this variance would add profits for the developer, but nothing for the neighborhood.

 

We ask Community Board 12 to reject this variance application unless, and until the developer has produced plans for a building that will enhance the existing neighborhood fabric, rather than destroy it.

 

Thank you.

WHAT YOU CAN DO

SEND YOUR OBJECTIONS
IN WRITING TO
THE BOARD OF STANDARDS AND APPEALS 
BEFORE THEIR HEARING SCHEDULED FOR
DECEMBER 13th14th, 2021. 

You can email your objections to submit@bsa.nyc.gov.

 

Your subject line should be: "Comment on BSA Item No. 2021‐41‐BZ, 22-38 Cumming St., Dec 13-14 Hearing." 

 

Please use this template and have a look at this reference document.

 

The BSA will consider the specific points we provide pertaining to the application.

 

They will not consider broader commentary such as "the community needs more affordable housing." 

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WHAT YOU CAN DO

Sign the petition opposing the CB12 Resolution on change.org

There you will learn why The Lower Seaman Avenue Tenants' Association opposes the CB12 Land Use Committee Resolution to support Artimus (former Holy Trinity Church site) 22- 38 Cumming Street / Seaman Avenue BSA variance application.

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