“A Really Sketchy Deal”: New Details About the Blood Center Rezoning

Council Member Ben Kallos explained his opposition to the altered proposal of the Blood Center rezoning. FRIENDS will continue to stand with the electeds and community in opposition to this project, and the prospect of forever weakening member deference, the only bit of leverage average New Yorkers have against powerful

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Today in the Daily News: This debate is not about blood. And it’s not just about shadows either. It’s about a meaningful seat at the table.

Council Member Ben Kallos explained his opposition to the altered proposal of the Blood Center rezoning. FRIENDS will continue to stand with the electeds and community in opposition to this project, and the prospect of forever weakening member deference, the only bit of leverage average New Yorkers have against powerful

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Blood Center Approval Over Local Council Member’s Objection Would Pose Direct Assault on Community Voices Citywide

Yesterday the Land Use and Zoning committees of the City Council votes to approve a slightly modified version of the rezoning for the New York Blood Center/Longfellow commercial tower. The deal entailed some small "gives" from the applicant: 100 feet shaved off the original proposal for an adjusted height of

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PRESS RELEASE: City Planning Commission Approves Blood Center Rezoning

On Wednesday, September 22, 2021 the New York City Planning Commission voted 8-2 to approve the rezoning application by the New York Blood Center, despite significant and unified opposition from local politicians, civic groups, and residents.

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Elected Officials and Community Members Voice Their Opposition Against the Blood Center Rezoning

Last week, the City Planning Commission held a Public Hearing on the rezoning of the New York Blood Center site. Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, Council Member Ben Kallos, and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer were among the many community members that spoke against the 334 foot commercial tower.

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Blood Center proposal at East 67th Street

The Fight Continues: Make Your Voice Heard Once Again on July 29 at the City Planning Commission

Our battle to stop the New York Blood Center/Longfellow 334 foot tall commercial tower continues. Last week, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer held a public hearing on the issue, and while her recommendation isn't due until July 28th, the City Planning Commission has already scheduled its public hearing for July

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Advocacy Alert: Tell CPC You’re Against the Blood Center Rezoning

FRIENDS created this form to streamline the submission of written testimony to the City Planning Commission. While we highly encourage you to submit your own personalized testimony in opposition to this project, you can also fill in this form and we commit to upload each submission to the City Planning

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300 Upper East Siders Joined Elected Officials to Stop the Blood Center Tower

Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, State Senator Liz Krueger, Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright, Council Members Ben Kallos and Keith Powers, and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer joined around 300 Upper East Side residents, community groups, and students and families from the Julia Richman Education Complex yesterday in a rally against New York

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lower level view of NY blood center rendering

In The News: UES residents at war with New York Blood Center over HQ building plans

Read Melissa Klein's article at the New York Post about the ongoing fight against the Blood Center/Longfellow redevelopment.

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The New York Blood Center Advances Its Egregious Proposal – Help FRIENDS Fight It!

On April 19th, the New York Blood Center certified an application at the City Planning Commission for an astonishing array of rezoning, special permits, and amendments for a new building on their site at 310 East 67th Street.

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