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Parents Demand Seats in Upper East Side Pre-K “Desert”

Parents Demand Seats in Upper East Side Pre-K “Desert”

BY JACKSON CHEN | Each day, Irina Goldman consults a printout of local schools and their contact information. Going down the list, she calls or emails them to find out if there’s any movement on the several Upper East Side pre-kindergarten programs that her four-year-old daughter has been waitlisted for. And the schools’ responses are […]

UES Refuge Planned For Homeless Women, Their Families

UES Refuge Planned For Homeless Women, Their Families

BY JACKSON CHEN | A seven-story supportive housing development is coming to East 91st Street and, once completed at the end of 2018, will become a refuge for 17 women and their children. The mixed-use building at 316 East 91st Street would provide 17 supportive housing units — with 16 two-bedrooms and a one-bedroom plus a […]

Goodwill Tents Meet UES Resistance

Goodwill Tents Meet UES Resistance

BY JACKSON CHEN | Goodwill NYNJ is talking about once again deploying its mobile collection tents, pickup service, and building-sponsored bins on the Upper East Side. The pilot program was launched in November specifically on the Upper East Side due to the area’s large number of donors. According to Vanessa Mack, Goodwill’s donations coordinator, the Upper […]

Health Department Owns Up to UES Rat Problems

Health Department Owns Up to UES Rat Problems

BY JACKSON CHEN | The city’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has released results of a rat population survey on the Upper East Side, detailing just how widespread the rodent infestation is throughout the area. According to a “Rat Indexing” map the department presented during a Community Board 8 meeting on January 31, there were […]

Despite CB8 Deadlock, DOT Moves on Four East 70s Bike Lanes

Despite CB8 Deadlock, DOT Moves on Four East 70s Bike Lanes

BY JACKSON CHEN | The Department of Transportation has begun installation of painted crosstown bike lanes on East 70th, 71st, 77th, and 78th Streets despite having no formal resolution in support from Community Board 8. CB8 first requested in November 2015 that the DOT look into developing crosstown bike routes for the Upper East Side. […]

DOT to Disperse Citi Bike Docks More Evenly Across UES

DOT to Disperse Citi Bike Docks More Evenly Across UES

BY JACKSON CHEN | At a July 6 Community Board 8 meeting, the city’s Department of Transportation presented a plan for infilling the Upper East Side with Citi Bike docking stations while reducing the size of some existing stations in response to neighborhood concerns. About a year into the bike sharing program’s expansion up to […]

UES Neighborhood Advocates Block Supertower’s Flouting of Zoning Regs

UES Neighborhood Advocates Block Supertower’s Flouting of Zoning Regs

BY JACKSON CHEN | A neighborhood organization vigilant in guarding against new supertowers rising on the Upper East Side has managed to hold up a proposed development at 180 East 88th Street, with the city recently issuing a stop-work order. DDG Partners, a Tribeca-based real estate investment and development company, planned a 521-foot tall building on […]

CB8 Set to Vote on Three Pairs of Upper East Side Bike Routes

CB8 Set to Vote on Three Pairs of Upper East Side Bike Routes

BY JACKSON CHEN | After the city’s Department of Transportation added six proposed Upper East Side crosstown bike lanes to an ongoing public discussion of options, Community Board 8’s Transportation Committee voted to back East 70th and 71st, 77th and 78th, and 84th and 85th Streets for reconfiguration. The DOT first approached CB8’s Transportation Committee in February with […]

New on the Community Board: Upper East Side

New on the Community Board: Upper East Side

BY JACKSON CHEN | Close to 800 applicants, each of them no doubt confident that they have their fingers on the pulse of their neighborhoods, applied to Manhattan’s 12 community boards that tackle local issues like zoning, landmarks, transportation, and more. It would seems as though this year residents are more eager than ever to contribute, […]

DOT Unveils Three Pairs of Upper East Side Crosstown Bike Routes

DOT Unveils Three Pairs of Upper East Side Crosstown Bike Routes

BY JACKSON CHEN | Responding to calls from Upper East Siders for crosstown bike lanes, the Department of Transportation returned to Community Board 8 with a proposal for six painted bike lanes that don’t reduce parking or travel lanes. According to the DOT’s proposal, there would be three pairs of crosstown bike lanes –– located at […]

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