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NoHo June 2020 UPDATE
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Cooper Square Plaza Opening, Sept 2016
Taking It to the Streets

Piazza Campo di Fiore, Rome, Italy
 
There is a lot of discussion about how much street space will be commandeered for recovery; closing roadbeds for recreational activity and expanding sidewalk cafes across sidewalks and into roadbeds.  Very Roman!  Except Italy closed them down throughout the pandemic and struggles with management now.  So, maybe we can do better.  

Friday's virtual meeting sponsored by the Greenwich Village Chelsea Chamber of Commerce introduced potential legislation from the NYC Council.  It also illuminated a broad range of outdoor restaurant takeovers from streetbeds to parking lots to plazas, even parks.

Layered over an aggressive Open Streets program for recreational use with both having oversight by the Dept of Transportation, there are many potholes to fill in this endeavor.

The NYC Council plans a hearing on June 4th.  You can read the City Council's statement here.
You can read the proposed legislation here.

We discuss the advantages and obstacles in detail
Census

Get With It, NoHo
Maybe some of you are residing in second homes right now but that doesn't mean you can ignore this.  Fewer than 38% of our households have filled out their forms! 
This means $$$ for schools, roads, housing, hospitals and much more in the coming year.  Fill it out online right now, 
https://www.2020census.gov.

You Have till June 13th to Mail in Your Absentee Ballot

We know many NoHo residents have relocated to less dense places - and so does the Board of Elections.  SO, anyone can request an absentee ballot for the June Primary...and you can have it sent to wherever you will be.  Absentee ballot voting must be postmarked between June 13th and 22nd.  Do it online:  https://nycabsentee.com
 


Reliable Sources  

NYS Senator Brad Hoylman offers a plentiful and constant series of discussions and Forums that you can access through his FaceBook page.  Check in when you have the time.

NYS Senator Brian Kavanagh has also conducted Virtual Town Halls, one on Solutions for Housing, Homelessness and Small Businesses can be found on his website Another, COVID-19 and the Path to Re-Opening New York City was held last week.  See it here .

NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer is giving weekly reports on the financial status of the City. its businesses and its real estate.  Very informative !  You willl also find his Monthly Newsletter here with links to all the new programs and funds available

Borough President Gale Brewer continues to give substantive new information, resources and creative relief opportunities, daily.  You'll find constantly new information the home page of her website,


There are two meetings of particular interest this week - highlighted and updated below.  We urge your attention, participation and constructive ideas.
Community Board 2 Manhattan
 
There are more meetings to tune into at CB#2.  Manhattan Community Board 2 meetings are being held virtually via Zoom Video Conferencing.  Instructions on how to access the meetings will be posted in advance.

Temporary Outdoor Dining
 
A safe and responsible reopening of eating and drinking establishments that meets the needs of residents and local businesses depends on your input. We hope you will join us this Monday for our first discussion on temporary outdoor dining. 
 
REOPENING WORKING GROUP Valerie De La Rosa, Chair
Mon., 6/1 @ 6:30PM - Meeting Access via Video Conferencing
  1. *Introduction and discussion of City Council Int 1957-2020 Temporary space for outdoor dining
  2. *Present preliminary CB2 criteria for safe and responsible temporary outdoor dining in CB2
  3. *Public input: live testimony and submitted ideas - Eating and Drinking Establishment Owners, Community Groups, Residents, and Community Board Members 
Block Associations and Residents: We want to hear your ideas and recommendations for temporary outdoor dining in writing so we can ensure we address them as part of the discussion on Monday. Please send your ideas to hello@CB2manhattan.org
 
Eating and Drinking Establishment Owners: We want to hear your specific ideas so that we have a comprehensive view of how people would like to use outdoor dining areas. There are many non-traditional ways and creative solutions to achieve neighborhood vitality and economic viability. Even if you have submitted elsewhere, please send your ideas to hello@CB2manhattan.org
 
Wed., 6/3 6:30 PMMeeting Access via Video Conferencing
PARKS/WATERFRONT Rich Caccappolo, Chair
*Presentation by NYC Department of Parks & Recreation and NYU representatives of the proposed updated design for the interim renovation of Mercer Playground.
*Discussion of a proposal by NYU in partnership with the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation and NYC Department of Transportation, to improve a small sidewalk area along Bleecker Street adjacent to the north entry of 181 Mercer Street public atrium by continuing the Bleecker Street Landscape aesthetic to the east.
Please register at the following link:
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_qkR1p9yHTpeziDqoa7AVQg 
 
Thurs., 6/4  @ 6:30 PM – Meeting Access via Video Conferencing
TRAFFIC & TRANSPORTATION, Shirley Secunda, Chair
*Update on NYC’s “Open Streets” program by the NYC Dept. of Transportation (DOT) with Q&A, and feedback by local participants.
Please register at the following link:
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_qedUnCbEReWylSjrxYqxVw 

Here is the list of currently Open Streets

 
Mon., 6/15 @ 6:30 PM - Meeting Access via Video Conferencing
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT & SMALL BUSINESS, Janet Liff, Chair
*Panel discussion with local business owners regarding government policies and actions needed to help them re-open and prosper now and in the near future.
Please register at the following link:
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_GlJgKFjvRvygCDOrVE3AWQ
 
Thurs., 6/25 @ 6:30 PM - Meeting Access via Video Conference
SOCIAL SERVICES, Susanna Aaron, Chair
Presentation by Greenwich House on Neighbor Network, its new senior outreach program
*Discussion on reimagining senior centers and senior programs in CD2 (asterisk for possible resolution to come out of this)
Check CB#2 site for a video conference registration link.
 
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