I hope everyone had a relaxing and reflective Memorial Day and for those who celebrate Shavuos, please enjoy the coming days.
In May, transportation on the Upper East Side got even better as we kicked off Select Bus Service on the M79 and welcomed a fleet of 79 new buses to the neighborhood. If you've noticed the streets are getting cleaner, it is possible that the 284 new high-end trash cans that my office purchased to blanket 104 intersections in District 5 may have something to do with it. And as you may have heard by now, in April my office led a rally for more Pre-K seats on the Upper East Side. Now, a month later the Department of Education has responded with good news for the neighborhood.
I continue to oppose NYCHA’s plan to rip out the Holmes Towers playground to build a 47-story tower with luxury housing, and in May I rallied with tenants to let the city know their deal is unfair. If you dislike unnecessary scaffolding throughout the City as much as I do, the New York Times agrees with us and they editorialized on legislation I have introduced to force property owners to only be able to use scaffolding when it is necessary.
The Board of Standards and Appeals (BSA) is a little-known agency that controls exemptions given to developers on how they build in our City. For decades this agency has been used as a rubber stamp by developers to pave the way for buildings communities opposed. Thanks to a package of legislation getting signed into law in May, which included five bills I authored, the BSA will be much more transparent and accountable to the community.
This month we will hold a forum to discuss Fighting Overdevelopment on the Upper East Side, as well as a registration event for the New York City Rent Freeze Program, and our annual Roosevelt Island Town Hall.
As we get set to welcome summer, my office and the Parks Department have teamed up to bring activities for the community. Whether it is tennis open to the public at the Queensboro Oval, Movie Nights Under the Stars or Skate Night there are plenty of free activities for residents to enjoy as the temperatures increase.
Also back by popular demand is Grow NYC’s Fresh Food Box which will kick off at my office on June 15. Cooking with Kallos will also make a return on June 3 at the 82nd Street Greenmarket.
I hope everyone has a happy and safe start to summer, and Happy Fathers Day!
June 8, 6PM
June 8, 11AM – 1PM
Rent Freeze for Seniors & Disabled
June 22, 6PM
Roosevelt Island Town Hall
June 3, 17, 24 at Dusk
Movies Under the Stars
June 3, 11AM – 1PM
Cooking with Kallos
June 9, 6PM
Roller Skate Night
June 16 – September 10
Queensboro Oval Tennis
June 15, 22, 29, 3:30PM – 6:30PM
June 17, 11AM – 2:30PM
Bike Helmet Giveaway
June 7, 14, 21, 28, 7:15AM – 10:30AM
DISTRICT OFFICE EVENTS
June 2, 8AM – 10AM
June 13, 6PM – 7PM
Brainstorming with Ben
June 22, 6:30PM – 8PM
CitiBike Safety Class
June 13, 27, 28, 11AM – 2PM
June 5, 6, 12, 19, 21, 26, 3PM – 6PM