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UES Electeds Press For More Local Pre-K Seats

UES Electeds Press For More Local Pre-K Seats

BY SYDNEY PEREIRA | Upper East Side mom Debbie Semaya wasn’t happy about the trek from her neighborhood to a pre-school on E. 35th St. for her daughter, but, looking back, she said she was lucky compared to some parents. Other children in her neighborhood won pre-k seats in their zoned district, but as far away […]

With Broad Support, Sarah Carroll OKed as Landmarks Chief

With Broad Support, Sarah Carroll OKed as Landmarks Chief

BY SYDNEY PEREIRA | Sarah Carroll, executive director of the Landmarks Preservation Commission since 2014, won approval from the City Council on Sept. 26 as the agency’s new chair. Carroll, a 24-year veteran of the LPC who has spent much of her time in the agency’s preservation department, will replace former chair Meenakshi Srinivasan, who served […]

Robert Jackson Wins Big Against Incumbent Senator Marisol Alcántara

Robert Jackson Wins Big Against Incumbent Senator Marisol Alcántara

BY SYDNEY PEREIRA | Third time’s the charm for Robert Jackson, the former city councilmember and longtime education activist. After unsuccessfully seeking the State Senate District 31 seat in 2014 and 2016, Jackson defeated incumbent Senator Marisol Alcántara in Thursday’s Democratic primary. Alcántara was heavily criticized for joining the now-defunct Independent Democratic Conference (IDC) — the […]

Losing Battles, Supertall Opponents Hope to Win the War

Losing Battles, Supertall Opponents Hope to Win the War

BY SYDNEY PEREIRA | Elected officials and community groups on the Upper East and West Sides went head to head with the developers of two uptown towers at the city’s Board of Standards and Appeals (BSA) last week  — and though both buildings seem likely to be completed, there is a chance a new zoning precedent […]

Crosstown Bike Lanes Remain CB8 Flashpoint

Crosstown Bike Lanes Remain CB8 Flashpoint

BY SYDNEY PEREIRA | In a flashback to Community Board 8 meetings from two years ago, the board’s divisions over crosstown bike lanes reemerged on Monday night. After the board couldn’t agree back in 2016 on what Upper East Side crosstown lanes were acceptable, the Department of Transportation returned this week to propose two new pairs […]

City Greenlights Sutton Place Megatower

City Greenlights Sutton Place Megatower

BY SYDNEY PEREIRA | A city agency has given the go-ahead to developers building a 64-story tower on the Upper East Side. The Board of Standards and Appeals (BSA) decision arrives after years of advocacy against the tower — including a community-based rezoning effort led by the East River 50s Alliance (ERFA) in an attempt to […]

UESers Debate How to Curb Mushrooming Supertalls

UESers Debate How to Curb Mushrooming Supertalls

BY SYDNEY PEREIRA | Upper East Siders are debating how tall they want buildings to rise in their neighborhood. A discussion on height limits was the focus of a land use forum hosted June 6 by Civitas, a non-profit that advocates on neighborhood quality of life issues on the East Side. Though some at the meeting […]

Mayor’s Big Win Soft on UES; Speakership Up for Grabs

Mayor’s Big Win Soft on UES; Speakership Up for Grabs

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | On an election night in which most incumbents were returned to office, Mayor Bill de Blasio swept to reelection, and a proposed state constitutional convention was soundly rejected by voters statewide, the mayor outperformed in Manhattan relative to his citywide numbers but his results on the Upper East Side showed notable softness. […]

Advocates Charge Homeless Shelters Lax in Supplying Narcan to Prevent Overdoses

Advocates Charge Homeless Shelters Lax in Supplying Narcan to Prevent Overdoses

BY NATHAN RILEY | Advocates for the homeless are pressing the City Council to mandate that shelter staff from the Department of Homeless Services (DHS) as well as their clients have ready access to medicine that reverses overdose poisonings, allowing the victim to breathe unassisted almost immediately. Nobody disputes the need for making Narcan available […]

Rosenthal Beats Back Challengers on UWS

Rosenthal Beats Back Challengers on UWS

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Incumbent District 6 City Councilmember Helen Rosenthal easily surmounted challenges from her 2013 runner-up, Mel Wymore, and Dr. Cary Goodman to win renomination in last week’s Democratic primary. Rosenthal captured just under 65 percent of the vote, compared to 31 percent for Wymore and four percent for Goodman. Wymore, a longtime member […]

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