Parking Lots for Housing not Parks

May 14th, 2017 Posted in Define the Issues, Environmental Reviews, Front Page News, Harlem River BOA, Harlem River Long Term Control Plan, Harlem River Working Group, Harlem River Yards Park Greenway, Low Impact Development, Lower Concourse North, Permits, Pier 5, Pier 5 Pop Up Wetland - first of its kind, Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Yankee Stadium Redevelopment

At the May 10, 2017 monthly meeting of the Board of Directors of the Bronx Council for Environmental Quality, the issues concerning the City’s proposal to build housing and other mixed uses on parkland and what it means.  The Board agreed:

(1)  that the underutilized parking lots were a better alternative and since no alternatives, except the no action alternative, was reviewed, that the Draft Environmental Impact Statement is flawed.  It should be withdrawn, as should the flawed ULURP applications that involve mapped parkland, as there was no alienation mentioned in the Environmental Review.

(2) that Pier 5, the site of our NOAA grant Pop Up Wetland as permitted by the NYC Parks Department is obviously parkland, as it is under the control of the Commissioner of Parks.

(3)  that all of Lot 2 of Block 2539 is mapped parkland.

Read our Briefing Documents, Let us know what you think.

Alternatives — Parking Lots for Housing Not Parks

Sunday, May 14th, 2017 Posted in Define the Issues | Edit | No Comments »

The map was designed to show that there are other alternatives to the proposed 4-acre site.  The surface parking lots are underutilized during the 80 Yankee Home Games.  Moreover, they are not even used most of the year.  Below find …

Mapped Parkland Double Dipping

Sunday, May 14th, 2017 Posted in Define the Issues 

The application (C 060057 MMX) for an amendment to the City Map was filed by the Department of Parks and Recreation, pursuant to Sections 197-c and 199 of the New York City Charter on August 9, 2005. It involves: the establishment of …

Recent Studies and District Needs about the Harlem River Waterfront

Sunday, May 14th, 2017 Posted in Define the Issues 

Borough President Ruben Diaz Report on the Bronx Waterfronts (see pages for Pier 5 and the Harlem River) waterfront-vision waterfront-vision-notes hilite page 6-17 waterfront-vision-notes hilite page 2 Community Board 4 in the Bronx did their 2016 District Statement of Needs District-Needs-2016main BCEQ Presented the problem to the …

Pier 5 BCEQ Pop Up Wetland Work approved by PARKS

Sunday, May 14th, 2017 Posted in Define the Issues, Environmental Reviews, Lower Concourse North, Permits

This goes to the use of the park.  The Bronx Council for Environmental Quality applied for a grant and built this project.  We needed to get approval from Parks, the owner of the land. Here are the permits, and below is …

News Stories on Pier 5 aka Lower Concourse North

Sunday, May 14th, 2017 Posted in Define the Issues, Pier 5

Below please find the latest stories on the issue of what the City plans for Pier 5.  EDC calls it the Lower Concourse North but that is a misnomer as it is not on the Lower Concourse, or even the …

25 Selected Studies of the Harlem River over 35 years

Sunday, May 14th, 2017 Posted in Define the Issues | Edit | No Comments »

The overarching vision for the Bronx waterfront of the Harlem River is a contiguous waterfront park.  This is a fundamental consensus embraced by several generations of city and state agencies, elected officials, and their constituents. It has been outlined in …

New York City ways to designate Parkland

Sunday, May 14th, 2017 Posted in Communications Work, Define the Issues, Environmental Reviews |

New York City ways to designate Parkland NYC City Planning Commission Glossary of Terms – http://www1.nyc.gov/site/planning/zoning/glossary.page  Public Parkland, page 17 of 27 A public park is any publicly owned park, playground, beach, parkway, or roadway within the jurisdiction and control of the New York City Commissioner …

Environmental Impact Statement: assess, disclose, mitigate

Saturday, May 13th, 2017 Posted in Communications Work, Define the Issues, Environmental Reviews

Below please find a short and quick description of the Environmental Impact Statement or EIS.  The excerpt is from the Procedures and Documentation article. If the agency identifies significant adverse impacts, the lead agency must consider alternatives which, consistent with social, …

Prepared by Karen Argenti, May 14, 2017.  Thank you for reading our briefing.

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