Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Amanda opposed to project near High Line

From the Villager:

The Meat Market property owners planning a 12-story glass office tower on a site partially beneath the High Line went to the Board of Standards and Appeals on April 28 for approval of a project larger than currently permitted at the location.

But in a letter to the B.S.A., City Planning Commissioner Amanda Burden asked the appeals agency to deny variances to existing zoning sought by the owner of 437 W. 13th St. in the Meatpacking District.

The B.S.A. has rarely disregarded direct requests from the City Planning Commission.

Preservation advocates at the April 28 B.S.A. meeting also testified against the variances, saying the size of the proposed project is far out of scale with the surrounding area, and noting that that the project calls for demolition of an existing Art Deco meatpacking building listed on the State and National Register of Historic Places.

High Line character: important. Everywhere else: let 'em eat crap.


Suzannah B. Troy artist said...

Amanda Burden finally opposes a community crushing development out of scale with the community that looks like in belongs on Mars and not the Village?

Amanda Burden socialite mega millionaire city planner gave a green light to tear down the little yellow Science building owned by Cooper Union and with her blessing they can tear it down and supersize it and than lease it for 99 years like the sky piercing mirrored building across the street by the black cube that Cooper Union land leases. Even Giuliani's city planner said NO, IT IS a shell game!!!!

She is one of the people that will go down in NYC history with a badge of shame for making the Lower East Side, Bowery and East Village look like a bad xerox of mid-town and Dubai. She is a monster with powerful, powerful friends in the media that say she is the opposite of what she is.

I had the displeasure of talking with her on the phone re: NYU's tear down of St. Ann's, 120 E 12th St. where she gave her dear friends NYU permission to bust thru zoning again. She would not give us zoning protection but her friends in the media paint her as hero.

Thank you,
Suzannah B. Troy

Read my poem Bye Twon Stuy Town affordable housing oxymoron

I refer to my conversation with Amanda Burden in this poem, fire house closings and more
You can hear me read a more intense version


Anonymous said...

As I was driving South on Yellowstone Blvd towards Woodhaven Blvd, I noticed the overhead unused railroad trestle brimming with weed trees, etc.

I propose this unused train passage which is quite long be turned into a grand public outdoor parks space a la highline. - How about it Mayor Blommberg - a big project for you to sink your teeth in! We propbably will see this track resurected as a garbage and frieght right of way for LI trains......

Anonymous said...

That is a very nice proposal. Really nice. Why not? Why can't we in Queens have nice things? (Ah. Why not? Because BloomTweedTurd is Manhattancentric, despite what he says in his campaign flyers and despite what that strange person who knocked on my door last night tried to tell me.)

Anonymous said...

This sucks.
Why is it always differnt rules for different people?