There has been a lot of coverage of last Thursday’s victory for New Yorkers at the Board of Standards and Appeals where the commissioners voted 3-1 to deny the requested variances. Today’s online edition, (and tomorrow’s print edition) pick up on the significance of this decision and also highlight another turbulent BSA Case on the Upper West Side- the Congregation Shearith Israel where the congregation got special privileges to build beyond zoning allowances due to hardship needs, specifically an original request for 18 classrooms, 15 of which were approved, and only 3 of which were designed into the revised facility before the Stop Work Order was issued.
David Dunlap acknowledges the importance of community activists like neighbor, Susan Simon, the CPW Neighbors Association, and the incomparable attorney Michael Hiller— to name but a few of the HUNDREDS who worked on this effort.
We thank the Times for its acknowledgment and hope this serves as a positive example giving other New Yorkers hope for their neighborhoods, as Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer acknowledged,
“I said to all my neighbors: ‘See? It’s possible.’”
Read the full article HERE.