Mount Sinai Beth Israel Reconsiders Plan to Leave Manhattan Community District 6
CB6 Chair Kyle Athayde (at the podium) speaking on plans for the Mount Sinai Beth Israel Site. Photo: Brice Peyre
Mount Sinai had initially planned to sell two of their properties on its Beth Israel campus–1 and 10 Nathan Perlman Place. If the sale happened, the community would’ve had less access to the wide variety of care provided at these two properties, ranging from substance abuse services to treatment for heart disease. Additionally, our community had serious concerns that the campus would be purchased by a developer and turned into more luxury housing, rather than the quality affordable housing and community facilities that our district needs.
Two weeks ago, CB6 learned that the Mount Sinai Beth Israel (MSBI) has decided to reconsider their plans and remain in our district. However, MSBI says that they plan to sell a portion of their current properties–including the Bernstein Pavilion–in the near future.
At a press conference organized by Councilwoman Carlina Rivera in light of this news, CB6 Chair Kyle Athayde called for any future plans at Mount Sinai Beth Israel to consider the needs of our community first and foremost. Our Strategic Community Planning Committee, which was created in order to help ensure that the available land resulting from the then-planned MSBI sale would benefit our community, will continue working to make sure that MSBI’s plans reflect the needs of our community.
To view the latest updates on MSBI and the work of our Strategic Community Planning Committee, please view the “latest news” page on the Perlman Place Community Planning website–a website launched by CB6 last year.
CB6 Seeks to Provide More Space for Pedestrians
In our newsletter last month, we highlighted our Transportation Committee’s project to reimagine a congested segment of 3rd Avenue (from 26th Street to 32nd Street) to increase the amount of sidewalk space available to pedestrians and outdoor dining alike. That way, there isn’t so much competition for tight space. CB6 commissioned Sam Schwartz Engineering to draft a concept plan for widening the sidewalks on this portion of 3rd Avenue, using a CB6 resolution as a guide. You can find Sam Schwartz Engineering’s concepts for the area here. Our plan was also featured in a recent Streetsblog article. You can find the article here.
If you live in and around the area, we’d love to hear your feedback on the project! Simply email us your thoughts at email@example.com.
Upcoming CB6 Meetings to be Held In-Person
For the past 15 months, community boards and public bodies all over the State have been experimenting with conducting meetings online because the state of emergency, instituted by the Governor at the start of the pandemic, suspended the part of the State’s Open Meetings Law that requires members of public bodies, like community boards, to meet in person. Much to our surprise, meeting online worked very well and was a hit with both community board members and the general public. Meeting online made attending meetings more convenient for everyone and enabled our meetings to be more accessible to folks in our community that had never been able to attend a meeting before due to personal or scheduling commitments, physical impairments, or any number of other reasons. However, when the Governor recently announced that he was lifting the state of emergency, our ability to meet online expired with it. So effective June 25th, all CB6 meetings are going back to being in person, as they were in pre-pandemic days.
That said, we at CB6 and at community boards all over the City are committed to keeping the good things that people enjoyed about virtual meetings. While state law once again requires community board members to meet in person, the public is allowed to view meetings and participate from the comfort and safety of their own homes if they choose. Of course, the public will be able to attend meetings in person, but we will be working very hard to maintain online access to our meetings for the general public. Our state elected officials are also working on legislation to update the Open Meetings Law to allow for online meetings, but such efforts will take some time and we should not expect them to yield results in the near-term.
This situation is evolving, and you’ll certainly hear more about this in the weeks and months ahead.
Baruch Plaza Project Complete
Photos: Wells Megalli
A project almost a decade in the making, CB6 is happy that Baruch College’s Clivener=Field Plaza has reached substantial completion and is now open for the public to enjoy. The next time you’re near 25th and Lex, go and take a look!
The NYC Streets Plan, which is in response to the New York City Council’s “Streets Master Plan” legislation, seeks to improve safety, accessibility, and quality of New York City’s streets.
The NYC Department of Transportation is seeking public input on how to prioritize New York City streets in general as well as the specific usage/priorities of your local streets. This input will be vital in shaping the Streets Master Plan, which will be released in December. Share your feedback through the City’s Planning Module and/or by attending the NYC Streets Plan Virtual Public Workshop for Community District 6 and other nearby parts of Manhattan. The workshop will go between 6 PM and 8 PM on July 13th, and you can register for it here.
There will be a second round of virtual public workshops early this fall.
With hot weather during the summer, if you choose to use a fire hydrant to cool off, make sure you and your children do so in a way that is safe and legal!
Opening fire hydrants without a spray cap is illegal, wasteful, and dangerous. However, using a spray cap with a fire hydrant uses much less water than opening a fire hydrant without a spray cap, allows kids to safely play, and keeps water pressure in good condition for fighting fires. To request a spray cap, free of charge, ask your local firehouse. You must be 18 or older and have a valid ID to request a spray cap.
- Homeless individuals are moving back to permanent congregate shelters: CB6 has been informed that homeless individuals living in density reduction shelters (temporary shelters pressed into service in order to ensure social distancing among the sheltered homeless population during the COVID-19 pandemic) are now being moved back to the permanent congregate shelters they lived in pre-pandemic. This has already happened with the Marcel Hotel at 201 East 24th Street and the POD 39 Hotel at 145 East 39th Street. The transition of all residents back to permanent congregate shelters is expected to be complete by the end of July.
- Update on Department of Sanitation Curbside Composting Collection: The NYC Department of Sanitation (DSNY) is bringing back Curbside Composting Collection! The service will come back in October 2021, but New Yorkers who are interested in opting into the service must sign up for it starting in the first week of August. Please visit the DSNY website for details on this program as well as frequently asked questions about it. Make sure to spread the word on the resumption of this program–the more people who sign up, the sooner curbside composting will start in our area!
- Applications Open for Affordable Housing at 232 East 54th Street: You can apply online here or write to request a paper application to Settlement Housing Fund, Attn: East 54 Applications, 247 West 37th Street, 19th Floor New York, NY 10018. Online applications must be submitted by August 30, 2021.
- New York Public Library (NYPL) Reopening Progress: Starting today, all NYPL branches will be open with near full service. You can learn more here.
- Resolutions passed at June’s Full Board meeting: CB6 passed several resolutions at June’s Full Board meeting. You can find them on our resolution database and tracker.
For years, lights at both ramps between Tudor City Place and the stairs leading to 42nd Street were out. As a result, the entryways into and out of Tudor City were unsafe for area residents after dark. Both CB6 and residents in Tudor City were advocating for the restoration of these lights for years; however, there was an impasse caused by the fact that the NYC Department of Transportation, the agency responsible for most lights in New York City, believed that they were not responsible for the lights. In spite of the impasse, CB6 persisted on this issue, following up with DOT while also searching to see which other agencies might be responsible. Eventually, DOT agreed to repair these lights, and this area is better lit and safer after sunset!
Core Four COVID-19 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.
Please note that while the CDC has recently updated its guidance with regards to face coverings, DOHMH’s guidance on the Core Four prevention strategies remains the same.
All New Yorkers 12 and older are now eligible. However, please note that anyone between the ages of 12 and 17 can only get the Pfizer vaccine. The Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are only authorized for people ages 18 and older.
All New Yorkers 12 and older are now eligible to get vaccinated at City-run walk-in vaccine sites. Go to on.nyc.gov/walkupvax to learn where you can get a walk-in vaccine.
Any New Yorker who wants an at-home vaccine can get one. You will have your choice of which vaccine you want (Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, or Pfizer). Fill out this form to request an in-home vaccination.
Visit the Department of Health & Mental Hygiene’s website on vaccinations to get more information on the vaccines.
Click on the image below to find out where you can get a vaccine appointment.
Council Member Powers’ office has launched “Your Shot,” a program to make sure that you have assistance & information about getting vaccinated. You can find out more information about the program here.
Getting a COVID Test in Community District 6
New York City has a searchable map through which you can see where you can get a COVID test. Note that some of the testing sites on this map may charge for testing. You can view the map here.
Though some events are still online, there are still plenty of community events you can participate in, including:
- Virtual Tenants Rights + Organizing Orientation – Tuesday, July 6th from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
- Virtual Town Hall on Combating Religious and Racial Hatred – Thursday, July 8th from 7 PM to 8:30 PM
- 17th Precinct Sector A Build the Block Meeting – Saturday, July 10th at 10:30 AM at St. Vartan’s Park
- Summer in the Square – The Afro-Latineers – Sunday, July 11th and Sunday, July 25th from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
We update our community events page regularly and list any events that may be of interest to residents of Manhattan Community District 6.