Sutton Area Community News Bulletin President's Letter by Dieter Seelig
We just celebrated the Third Annual Taste of Sutton and it was a great success. The weather was glorious again and I want to congratulate all the principal organizers, helpers, directors and volunteers for their hard work. Thanks to the sponsors, merchants, and particularly the restaurants, which gave the neighborhood a show of the great variety of foods we have in our midst. The Recreation Center, with talented Barney Webster directing, provided lovely entertainment. TD Bank and their Environmental Truck, and Ladder Company 8 gave the youngsters a thrill and education. We look forward to another event next year.
By now you may have heard the news that there is a plan to build a 900-foot residential tower on the south side of 58th Street. These extremely high buildings are springing up all over New York City, not only in Midtown. These Mega Towers are spreading quickly to other areas, such as in Harlem and at the Brooklyn Bridge. Opposition has been growing throughout and all our elected officials have shown concern and support for our position that the structure would be out of scale for its location. SAC has taken an early stand against this structure and has been joined by other community organizations supporting us. Community Board Six passed a resolution as did Turtle Bay Association and CIVITAS.
The East River Fifties Alliance is spearheading the effort to affect a change in the zoning law to make it impossible to construct such monster buildings in a 13-story neighborhood. We are seeking your support by joining the petition drive on Ben Kallos’ website, BenKallos.com/petition/suttonplace.
Please plan to join us October 4th for our Fall Food and Wine Tasting Fest at Morso, from 3-5p.m., our SAC fall fund raising event—a celebration you won’t want to miss!
—Dieter Seelig, President
Engine 8, Ladder 2 at Taste of Sutton with Councilman Ben Kallos, Abby Sorman, SAC Director and her husband Goran Sorman