Update Friday January 24th, 2020 MTA Emergency Ventilation Plant on Forsyth Street

From the MTA:

Good afternoon all,

 

The following is an update on the work taking place this week at the Forsyth worksite.

 

Weekly Look Ahead – Week of 1/27/2020 – 2/2/2020

  • Con Edison
    • Gas pipe coating crews will be working on the coating of the installed gas pipe and house connections in the sidewalk. Temporary sidewalk closures will be required for this work.

 

  • EE Cruz
    • Work will continue to be performed on the temporary sewer bypass and test trenching ahead of S.O.E work.
    • Subcontractor (MFM) will be removing an abandoned gas main as necessary in the intersection of Forsyth St. and Rivington St.
    • Subcontractor (MFM) will be installing new gas main and steam main piping in the north section of Forsyth St. to connect to the intersection with Rivington St.
    • Subcontractor (MFM) will be back filling gas main in the southern section of Forsyth St. Temporary sidewalk closures will be required for this work.

 

 

Above schedule is to our best knowledge as of now and is subject to change. ConEd schedule is based on the information communicated to EEC/MTA by ConEd. ConEd controls its schedule. Changes in Con Edison schedule will impact EE Cruz’s Scheduled Work.

 

 

Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Residents on Forsyth Street Live Two Weeks Without Heat and Hot Water

ABC NEWS

“The manager of the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Building dropped off space heaters for residents on Tuesday, but when families plugged them in, the electricity went out.

Residents say the water has been cold since Jan. 9 — almost two weeks. That’s when the heat went out too.

“Horrible, it’s just very bad, it’s just something you would not want to experience,” resident Francesca Piper said. “It’s to a point where you have a mental breakdown, you can’t function right.”

Most of the tenants in the building are deaf.

Neighbors stood outside Tuesday night, signing with each other, to discuss how even mundane tasks like showering have become impossible.”

 

Council Member Chin (from Twitter): “We’ve been working with residents of 174 & 184 Forsyth get back heat and hot water. Not only has the management company been dragging its feet on this, we’ve had to call them out to provide special fire alarms for the buildings’ majority deaf residents”

“One resident said her smoke alarms didn’t work even after putting out a kitchen fire. For a child to say, “We’re getting used to it since it’s been so long” shows how people with disabilities are treated as an afterthought. Building ownership’s neglect is life-threatening.”

Former Coaliton Partner Rivington House Goes Out. Not With A Band, But With A Bureaucratic Whimper

From Neighbors to Save Rivington House:

Former SDR Community Coalition Partner Rivington House Goes Out.

Not With A Bang, But With A Bureaucratic Whimper

 

The Public Health and Health Planning Council (subcommittee) PHHPC yesterday approved the Certificate of Need (CON) application for a Behavioral Health Facility run by Mount Sinai /Beth Israel. It will go to the full PHHPC committee for almost certain passage. The PHHPC has two consumer advocate positions. One was only recently filled. Many are industry insiders. Some, we felt, understood the difficulties low-income communities are placed in when there are no knowledgeable experts to consult with.

Neighbors to Save Rivington House wrote this response and spoke at the hearing yesterday. This was cobbled together to express some of what this struggle has meant. We did it without an without an independent expert on the behavioral health CON process.  The Department of Health never showed up to provide guidance at either local Forums organized by local elected representatives and advocates opposed to the downsizing of Mount Sinai /Beth Israel and Neighbors to Save Rivington House.

Rivington House staff and residents were our partners, colleagues, friends.

We lost a state of the art infectious disease skilled nursing care center that NYS taxpayers funded. All the equipment was destroyed by Slate Property to make way for luxury housing (that thanks to us, never got built). We are experiencing infectious epidemics with little in the way of sites with knowledgeable staffing – the coronavirus just the latest but certainly not the last.

The question of the Allure Group and the Attorney General’s Settlement, given their history here and elsewhere, their competence and trustworthiness to provide decent nursing home care are still to be worked out.”

SDR  Community Coalition:

Mount Sinai will be Sara Roosevelt Park Community neighbors. They have offered to come to meeting to listen and answer questions. We will welcome them in and expect them to join the ethos of our community.

 

 

“Why Manhattan’s Skyscrapers Are Empty” (Smaller but No Less Light Blocking for SDR Park on Chrystie Street)

From: The Atlantic JANUARY 16, 2020

Derek Thompson Why Manhattan Skyscrapers Are Empty “Approximately half of the luxury-condo units that have come onto the market in the past five years are still unsold.” In Manhattan, the homeless shelters are full, and the luxury skyscrapers are vacant.

“…Developers bet huge on foreign plutocrats—Russian oligarchs, Chinese

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Financial District Coastal Resiliency Interactive Open House

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Bowery Boogie on

We could be this:

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Bowery Boogie:

“And so begins the long road back for the Stanton Storehouse. Decades

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Assembly Member Yuh-Line Niou Town Hall This Sunday!

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Learning About and Acting On Challenging the Climate Crisis

NY Times:

Scientists Create Living Concrete

“A Frankenstein material” is teeming with — and ultimately made by — photosynthetic microbes. And it can reproduce.”

NYTimes:

The $119 Billion Sea Wall That Could Defend New York … or Not

“A six-mile-long barrier would help protect the city from floodwaters during fierce storms like

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From: ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE AND LABOR COALITION

Climate Crisis Actions: CALLS FOR $1 BILLION ANNUAL ENERGY EFFICIENCY FUND, $3 BILLION GREEN BONDS PROGRAM

 

 

January 15th 2020

Dear Mayor de Blasio:

We are in the midst of a climate crisis and immediate action is necessary to protect the future of our City and our planet. As you noted while

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Lower East Side Compost Yard Faces Uncertain Fate as Resiliency Project Looms

“You must unite behind the science. You must take action. You must do the impossible. Because giving up can never ever be an option.” – Greta Thunberg

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