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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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Scrapping the ‘Tower on Stilts’

We are thrilled to announce that 249 East 62nd Street, the poster-child example of egregious loopholes in supertalls, has been purchased by a new owner, with a new architect, and a new as-of-right design. The proposal that was dubbed the Jetsons' Building is "outta here"!

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TODAY: NY Blood Center Environmental Scoping Session

Today, December 15, NYC Department of City Planning will hold its first scoping meeting for the New York Blood Center development. The scoping hearing reviews the Draft Scope of Work for the environmental impact statement which the Blood Center must complete before the project enters the formal public review process, or ULURP.

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NY Blood Center: Learn More Today and Speak Out Next Week

The New York Blood Center released plans in October 2020 to demolish its modest 1930 building on a large through-block site on East 67th Street between First and Second Avenues. Replacing the three-story building would be a 334 foot midblock commercial tower, anchored by the Blood Center on the first five floors,

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IN THE NEWS: Developer Zoning Fraud

The issue of zoning fraud, heightened by the Buildings Department’s broken self-certification program, was highlighted today in an opinion piece published today in Gotham Gazette, by Diana Florence, the former head of the Manhattan District Attorney’s Construction Fraud Task Force.

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A (Virtual) Sunday Stroll with Michael Kimmelman & Andrew Dolkart

In case you missed it, here's the link to a terrific New York Times article that appeared this past week featuring FRIENDS advisory board member Andrew Dolkart. It's a virtual walking tour of Museum Mile, part of the Metropolitan Museum Historic District, and the second in a series of strolls

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New York Times Covers FRIENDS’ Challenge of 1059 Third Avenue

As reported in April 2019, FRIENDS of the Upper East Side Historic Districts filed a zoning challenge against 1059 Third Avenue, at the corner of East 63rd Street.

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FRIENDS in the News!

This past Tuesday, FRIENDS’ Executive Director Rachel Levy was interviewed along with longtime zoning consultant George Janes about the impending development at 249 East 62nd Street.

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FRIENDS’ Fight Against Overdevelopment in the News!

FRIENDS recently joined State Senator Liz Krueger, Council Member Ben Kallos, and Carnegie Hill Neighbors in filing a lawsuit in New York County Supreme Court contesting the City’s approval of 180 East 88th Street, which is currently under construction.

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FRIENDS’ Fight in the Public Eye!

Last week, FRIENDS’ Executive Director Rachel Levy was quoted in Crain’s New York Business! Click the link below to read the full article about the fight against supertall towers in residential neighborhoods.

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