Opinion: Tech Hub another oversized development

May4 E 12th St buildings

These three 19th century buildings at 47 East 12th Street (left) and 827-831 Broadway are slated to be replaced with a 300-foot-tall office tower. (Photo courtesy of GVSHP)

 

By Andrew Berman, Executive director, Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation

Previously unheard of development is streaming ahead in the blocks between Union Square and Astor Place, Fifth and Third Avenues. A 300 ft. tall luxury condo tower is rising on University Place and 12th Street. A 300 ft. tall office tower is planned for Broadway and 12th Street. A 120-room hotel for party-hopping millennials is going up on East 11th Street. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Why is this happening in a largely residential neighborhood known for its historic character and modest scale? Mostly because the area’s zoning dates to 1961, when the neighborhood was largely commercial, and tall towers rather than contextual development were in vogue. And although virtually everyone in the affected community, including elected officials, supports a rezoning we proposed that would put reasonable height limits in place, reinforce the area’s residential character, and add affordable housing incentives, the mayor adamantly opposes it.

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Police Watch: Man nabbed for assaulting senior, Cyclist arrested for assault

MAN ARRESTED FOR ASSAULTING SENIOR
Police arrested 41-year-old Ralph Ferreiras for assault, menacing and weapons possession last Friday at 1 p.m. inside the 13th precinct. Police said that Ferreiras punched the victim in the face and in the ribs, and he was allegedly in possession of a baseball bat when he was assaulting the victim, who police said is over 65 years old.

CYCLIST ARRESTED FOR ASSAULT
Police arrested 21-year-old Aaron Adderley for assault at the corner of Broadway and West 24th Street last Tuesday at 4:44 p.m. Police said that Adderley and the victim were both riding bicycles near the intersection when Adderley allegedly cut the victim off, bumping their bikes and causing Adderley to fall off the bike. The suspect got up off the ground and allegedly began punching the victim in the face, causing pain and redness.

MAN NABBED FOR STRING OF CELL PHONE THEFTS
Police arrested 37-year-old D’wayne Ferguson for grand larceny and petit larceny for seven cell phone thefts from stores last Thursday at 4:30 p.m. Police said that Ferguson snatched Apple iPhones from stores on two different occasions and he allegedly stole Samsung and other phones on five different occasions, sometimes snatching more than one phone at once.
Ferguson was charged for the incidents inside the 13th precinct.

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