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New CB8 Push to Name John Jay Pool for Henry Stern

New CB8 Push to Name John Jay Pool for Henry Stern

BY JACKSON CHEN | Community Board 8 is doubling down on its request to rename the pool in John Jay Park after Henry Stern, the second-longest-serving commissioner of the Department of Parks and Recreation, despite the city’s rejection of the idea earlier this year. During a May 4 CB8 Parks Committee meeting, members unanimously passed a […]

CB8 Presses Stringer for Marine Transfer Station Audit

CB8 Presses Stringer  for Marine Transfer Station Audit

BY JACKSON CHEN | With neighbors of the planned 91st Street Marine Transfer Station (MTS), now under construction, still unhappy about its impending opening in 2020, members of Community Board 8 have stepped up their demands for greater financial accountability regarding the project, including an audit by City Comptroller Scott Stringer’s office. The MTS was approved […]

Queensboro Oval’s Fate Still Uncertain, Sutton East Tennis Given Another Year

Queensboro Oval’s Fate Still Uncertain,  Sutton East Tennis Given Another Year

BY JACKSON CHEN | As the debate over the permanent status of the Queensboro Oval continues, the city’s Department of Parks and Recreation has announced it will renew the Sutton East Tennis Club’s license to operate at the park for another year. Sutton East Tennis Club has run a seasonal paid facility, housed in an inflatable […]

East 90th Street Pier Is UES’ Latest Park

East 90th Street Pier Is UES’ Latest Park

BY JACKSON CHEN | A patch of just over 3,000 square feet of park space has been added to the Upper East Side as the East 90th Street Pier opens for year-round public use. In past years, the pier has intermittently served as a ferry stop for trips to either Yankee Stadium or Wall Street, but […]

Parks Department Now Open to Returning Queensboro Oval to Public Control

Parks Department Now Open to Returning Queensboro Oval to Public Control

BY JACKSON CHEN | The Department of Parks and Recreation paused its plans to issue a request for proposals for a private vendor to manage the city’s Queensboro Oval Park on York Avenue, between East 59th and 60th Streets. At a Community Board 8 Parks Committee meeting on September 8, the parks department informed the community […]

Push to Move Citi Bike Dock Out of Pedestrian-Free UES Block

Push to Move Citi Bike Dock Out of Pedestrian-Free UES Block

BY JACKSON CHEN | Community Board 8 has requested the relocation of a Citi Bike docking station on a portion of East 91st Street that is vehicle-free and frequented by many elderly and disabled residents. Community Board 8’s Transportation Committee had earlier approved the docking station’s location as part of a bundle of new sites for […]

81st Street Access Ramp to East River Pedestrian Bridge Halted Amidst CB8 Tensions

81st Street Access Ramp to East River Pedestrian Bridge Halted Amidst CB8 Tensions

BY JACKSON CHEN | Work to create a ramp addition to the East 81st Street end of the pedestrian bridge that connects to the East River Esplanade, as part of an overall renovation of the bridge, has been suspended, according to the city Department of Parks and Recreation. A parks department spokesperson said the ramp […]

Pols Rally to Cause of Returning Queensboro Oval to the People

Pols Rally to Cause of Returning Queensboro Oval to the People

BY JACKSON CHEN | East Side politicians have joined Community Board 8’s efforts to “de-privatize” the Queensboro Oval as the city’s lease with a tennis court operator there draws closer to an end. The park, located on York Avenue between East 59th and 60th Streets, is occupied by Sutton East Tennis and its courts and bubbles […]

Improvements at 68th — Hunter College Stop Look Good to Go

Improvements at 68th — Hunter College Stop Look Good to Go

BY JACKSON CHEN | The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has introduced revised plans to make accessibility improvements to the congested 68th Street — Hunter College stop on the Upper East Side’s Lexington Avenue Subway line. According to a presentation given to Community Board 8 on April 20, the improvements include installation of a new elevator at the […]

Chapin Contending with Neighbors’ Lawsuit Over Expansion Plans

Chapin Contending with Neighbors’ Lawsuit Over Expansion Plans

BY JACKSON CHEN | Even as the Chapin School approaches another round of community meetings regarding the proposed expansion of its Upper East Side campus, it must also deal with a lawsuit recently filed by its neighbors. The private, all-girls K-12 school has been talking about adding three floors to its eight-story campus since May […]

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