CB6 Sees the Sale of MSBI’s Campus in Our Community as a Generational Opportunity to Meet Longstanding District Needs
Mount Sinai Beth Israel’s (MSBI) planned sale of 1 & 10 Nathan Perlman Place by 2023 will be one of the largest real estate sales in Manhattan. Manhattan Community Board Six (CB6) sees the planned sale of these sites as a unique opportunity to address some long-standing needs in our community.
What if, instead of luxury condos, the Perlman sites were developed into badly-needed affordable housing, parkland, and public facilities? What if the surrounding community of residents, non-profits and faith-based organizations, block and tenant associations, co-op and condo corporations, and businesses had a say in the development of the Perlman sites? That is why CB6 has formed Perlman Place Community Planning: our dedicated outreach and planning initiative to positively impact development, and ensure that MSBI and the eventual developer of the sites recognize and incorporate our community’s needs into their development plans. Perlman Place Community Planning’s goal is a comprehensive, community-driven plan for the development of the sites, which unites MSBI’s economic goals with our district’s need for a more livable community.
Leading this effort is CB6’s Strategic Community Planning Committee. The committee will next meet on Thursday, March 4th at 7 PM–register for the meeting or check out our dedicated site www.PerlmanPlace.org to learn more!
CB6 Meetings This Week
Tonight at 7 PM, the Transportation Committee will meet to discuss Americans with Disabilities Act-accessible pedestrian signals as well as a revival and expansion of New York City’s Summer Streets program.
You can join the meeting by registering via the button below.
As we approach the one year mark of transitioning our CB6 meetings from in-person to on Zoom, we’ve created a survey for the public so that we can learn more about what everyone thinks about our virtual meetings. We need your help in both filling out and distributing the survey! Please fill out the survey and share it withanyone that you know has joined a CB6 meeting on Zoom or watched one on YouTube.
Recent snowstorms have affected the mobility of all pedestrians. Our friends at Manhattan Community Board 4 seek to learn about where these concerns are throughout New York City. In order to identify those concerns, Community Board 4 wants people to respond to their survey so that the state of our sidewalks, curbs, and crossings can be assessed.
Each year, per the New York City Charter, each Borough President is supposed to submit a Borough Board Budget Priorities Report. Borough President Brewer wants to hear about which budget priorities are important to you! Responses are confidential but will be used in the Borough President’s report, which will be submitted to the Mayor, NYC Council and the Director of the Office of Management and Budget.
Redevelopment Coming to the New Providence Women’s Shelter at 225 East 45th Street
The City’s Department of Housing Preservation & Development (HPD) and the Department of Homeless Services (DHS) have unveiled a plan to sell a DHS-owned building at 225 East 45th Street to Project Renewal. Decades ago, this building was a convent and was later acquired by the City. Project Renewal has run this site as a single-adult women’s shelter for the past few decades. The site currently houses 130 single-adult women who are unhoused and have mental health concerns. As the City is selling off property they own, this sale is subject to the Uniform Land Use Review Process (ULURP), giving CB6 a chance to offer an advisory recommendation on the sale.
This project will demolish the existing building and in its place will be a new 21-story multi-use facility including: a 171 bed single-adult women’s shelter for women with mental health concerns and 130 new units of supportive/affordable housing. 78 of the units will be supportive housing for formerly homeless tenants (they will pay 30% of their income) and 52 units will be for low-income New Yorkers. As well, the ground floor will serve as a medical clinic to serve both the residents of the building and the larger community. There is currently a similar clinic on-site; however, to access it one has to go through the existing women’s shelter and as such it generally doesn’t serve more than those who live on-site (despite it being open to the public).
The proposed demolition and construction will take two years. During that time current residents will be relocated (ideally to permanent housing but if not, to a shelter that meets their needs).
HPD expects their ULURP application to certify in early June. As we get closer to the targeted certification date, CB6 will work with the City on a schedule of meetings to present their plans formally to CB6 and to the public. Once those dates are set, they will be posted publicly on the CB6 website.
This project helps fulfill some of our most pressing district needs, notably the need for more affordable and supportive housing.
Update on the Opening of a New Adult-Family Homeless Shelter in our district
A few months ago CB6 reported that a new homeless shelter for adult-families was scheduled to open at the end of 2020. As of March 1, 2021, the shelter has yet to open. The Department of Homeless Services (DHS) does not have a new target date for the shelter’s opening. Once they do, we will inform the community through our website and newsletter. Once opened, the site will be Community District 6’s first homeless shelter for families. The shelter will house 174 families on site. Nearly 85% of the City’s shelter population are families (adult families and families with children).
In early December, CB6 along with Senator Krueger and Assembly Member Quart sent DHS a letter outlining nine points of concern we had regarding the process by which DHS engaged with the community to alert them of the new shelter and issues we found with the Fair Share Analysis document they distributed in late November. DHS has provided us with an updated Fair Share Analysis and a response to our letter. We are currently reviewing their response and will follow up with the agency to ensure that our points of concern are addressed.
The New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA)’s Division of Shelter Oversight and Compliance (DSOC), which is responsible for the certification and inspection of publicly funded homeless shelters for families and adults throughout New York State, is currently reviewing the plans for this site. Once that review is complete, the City will have a clearer idea of a timeline for the site’s opening.
Protected Bike Lane Adjacent to Repaired Waterfront Sinkholes Reinstalled
Work has been completed on the FDR Drive Service Road sinkhole and the original condition has been restored minus some protective barriers between the bicycle and vehicle lanes
For the last few months, we’ve been updating you on the status of a sinkhole that emerged in the FDR Drive Service Road just north of Waterside Plaza. Last month we reported that the repairs had been completed.
This month, we’re happy to report that most of the protected bike lane barriers adjacent to the area which was repaired were reinstalled on Thursday, February 4th. As the picture above demonstrates, there remains a small stretch of roadway without a protective barrier. CB6 is working with our partner agencies to correct this. But in the meantime, we thank our sister agencies for working together to get this whole area, including the bike lane, restored mostly to its original condition!
CB6 Gets Things Done
Due to the L train project, a Citi Bike docking station at 14th Street and Avenue B was temporarily removed a few years ago. This station was extremely popular with residents in the area, but temporary removal of it was needed in order for L train work to be conducted properly.
In spite of the usage of this station pre-L train project, it was not immediately restored after work on the L was complete. Many residents reached out to CB6 asking for this station to be restored as without it, many residents had to walk to a station on East 11th Street and Avenue B–out of the way for some–in order to use Citi Bike. CB6 therefore contacted the NYC Department of Transportation and Citi Bike about this issue and asked for the station to be restored as soon as possible. Thanks to our advocacy, the station came back last month, and residents in the area again have access to Citi Bike at 14th Street and Avenue B!
Increased MTA Overnight Service is Now Here – During much of the COVID-19 pandemic, MTA subway service has been closed from 1 AM to 5 AM. However, service has been extended by two hours so that the subway system is closed only from 2 AM to 4 AM. In spite of the extended hours, MTA will continue to disinfect surfaces.
New York Forward Small Business Lease Assistance Partnership (LAP) – New York State has started the LAP to help small businesses avoid evictions. LAP, which is a partnership between Empire State Development, the nonprofit Start Small Think Big, and the New York Bar Association, provides commercial tenants and landlords for small businesses alike with resources such as pro bono legal services and information needed to reach a lease renegotiation. You can view more information on the program on the LAP website, and fill out the assistance request form for the program here.
A New Program for Caregivers
Being a caregiver to a loved one can feel like a full-time job, and an emotionally taxing job, at that. At the same time, getting assistance for caregiving can also be extremely expensive. However, Hamilton-Madison House, who presented at the Health & Human Services Committee meeting earlier this month, provides free services that help caregivers! These free services include, but are not limited, to: caregiver support groups, peer counseling, training on how you can become a better caregiver, assistance with personal medical equipment, and assistance with meal delivery. You can learn more about their services by viewing a flyer outlining their services or listening to a video of the meeting on our YouTube channel.
Staying Informed on the Coronavirus
The New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene wants you to stay informed on the Coronavirus. They want you to keep in mind the Core Four prevention strategies:
Stay home if sick, tested positive for COVID-19, recently traveled, or if you’ve been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19.
Wear a face covering when outside your home (whether indoors or outdoors).
Keep six feet of distance from people who are not members of your household.
Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer regularly.
You may have heard about the idea of double masking, or wearing two face coverings. While this practice is not currently the official recommendation of the Department of Health & Mental Hygiene, they suggest that you can get better protection by wearing two face coverings (wearing a cloth face covering over a disposable face covering) or by wearing a single higher-grade covering (such as a KN95 mask). The Department of Health & Mental Hygiene has a page explaining how to wear two face coverings. Regardless of whether you wear one or two face coverings, remember to make sure that the coverings go over both your mouth and your nose.
With regards to vaccine eligibility, it is currently very limited and eligibility will be expanded in the coming days and weeks. It was recently announced that vaccine eligibility has expanded to restaurant workers and taxi drivers. Please continue to follow news developments on who is eligible for the vaccines.
NYC Department of Social Services Homebase Program
CB6 knows that over a third of our district’s renters are rent-burdened (paying 35% or more of their income on rent) and as such residents are only one major life event away from being unable to pay rent. If you or someone you know needs assistance, the Homebase program is here to help. Homebase, a program run by the NYC Department of Social Services, provides a range of services to New Yorkers, including services to prevent eviction and short-term financial assistance. Please visit the page on the Homebase program for more details.
FDNY CPR Training Available
During this challenging time, the FDNY is offering many opportunities for New Yorkers to learn how to do CPR in the event of an emergency:
If you want to get training yourself, online CPR training is available every Tuesday from 10 AM to 11 AM, and every Thursday from 4 PM to 5 PM. You can sign up here or call 718-281-3888.
FDNY can also arrange specific group presentations for community-based organizations. If you are interested in this, you can request a virtual presentation through this form.
NYC Offering Free Tax Prep
The NYC Department of Consumer and Worker Protection is pleased to announce that NYC Free Tax Prep has opened up for this tax year! New Yorkers who earned $68,000 or less in 2020 may qualify for free tax preparation services in several ways – including from home–this tax season. NYC Free Tax Prep providers can help eligible New Yorkers file their taxes now and transmit the returns to the IRS. The main website for this program is nyc.gov/taxprep.
Paid Internship and Fellowship Opportunities Serving NYC
Here are a few opportunities for paid internships through which you can have an opportunity to serve New York City in positive ways:
John D. Solomon Fellowship for Public Service: This fellowship, sponsored by NYC Emergency Management, provides 10 graduate students with a nine-month, paid fellowship devoted to emergency management. Applications for the fellowship are due by midnight on Monday, March 22nd. Learn more about the fellowship here.
LifeSci NYC: This is a program intended to grow New York City’s life science industry. They are accepting applications for their paid summer internships until March 31st. You can learn more about the internships through their internship program meetup, and you can apply here. Current students and recent graduates are being considered for this program.
Comptroller Scott Stringer: Comptroller Stringer’s office is offering paid summer internships within a wide array of work areas, including but not limited to: Accountancy, Administration, Asset Management, Audit, Budget, Contract Administration, Engineering, General Counsel, Information Systems & Technology, Labor Law, Law & Adjustment, Public Affairs, Public Policy, and the Press Office. They are accepting applications for paid summer internships until March 5th. Apply for the summer internship program here.
Community Events in March
Though we cannot gather in person, there are still plenty of community events you can participate in, including: