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St. Vincent’s Future Unclear and Protests of the Lower East Side Rezoning

prospect heights brooklyn new york historic districtMAS in the Press:
MAS Director of Advocacy and Policy Lisa Kersavage speaks about the likely designation of Prospect Heights as an historic district, a long time project of MAS and the Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Corp (Brooklyn Daily Eagle). MAS Urbanists celebrated sustainability in preservation last night at a fundraiser at the new LEED certified Galapagos Art Space in DUMBO, Brooklyn (DUMBONYC, Gothamist).

MAS Issues in the Press:
- Celebrity neighbors of St. Vincent’s Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins spoke out against the proposed redevelopment at the Landmarks Preservation Commission (NY Times) however City Council speaker Christine Quinn, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, state Senator Thomas Duane, and Rep. Jerrold Nadler spoke out in support (Crain’s NY Business). The commission has not yet ruled on St. Vincent’s, however, they did designate West Chelsea as an historic district (NY Sun). The 19th century Coignet Stone Company building at Third St. and Third Avenue in Gowanus remains vacant and unrenovated as plans for Whole Foods drag on (NY Daily News).

- The agenda for the state development corporation’s (ESDC) upcoming meeting includes the unveiling of their blight study of Manhattanville, a necessary step in the state’s use of eminent domain for Columbia University’s expansion (NY Observer). Meanwhile, a state appellate court ordered the ESDC to release documents regarding A.K.R.F’s involvement as a consulting party to both the state and Columbia University on the university’s expansion plans. (NY Times).

- The Related Companies is still aiming high on the Far West Side, gunning for a zoning bonus at their planned skyscraper on 10th avenue and 42nd Street by inserting a theater (NY Observer). Damon Winter captures Coney Island‘s hot dog eating contest in this week’s ‘Lens’ series (NY Times).
- Over 100 demonstrators with a petition of over 10,000 names gathered to protest the Lower East Side rezoning on the grounds that the proposed boundaries are drawn along racial lines (NY Times).