This morning I received this email from the Friends of Sunset Park; it was sent to every City Council Member. It is an impassioned plea to consider - once again - how the proposed re-zoning may well affect the westward-facing view from Sunset Park. It included several attachments, one of which was a prepared statement by a member of the Friends of Sunset Park. I can't reprint the entire statement here due to format issues, but the requested modifications are below. If you would like to read the moving testimony, please see the Friends of Sunset Park website, or use the BViB email address before tomorrow morning (Thursday); I will forward the City Council email to you.
If this issue concerns you, please contact Sara Gonzalez - or the entire City Council - to voice your opinion. Whether you are for the rezoning or against it, it is an important to know all sides of this issue for property owners, renters who love this neighborhood, residents and visitors who enjoy the park, and those who want to see responsible development.
from the prepared FoSP statement:
We ask that you modify the proposed plan to:
• Restrict building height on 5th Avenue (36th Street-50th Street) to a maximum height of 40 feet, including bulkheads;
• Restrict building height elsewhere on 5th Avenue (25th-36th Streets and 50th-65th Streets) along the area under consideration to a maximum of 50 feet, including
• Restrict building height all along 4th Avenue to a maximum of 60 feet, including bulkheads;
• Restrict building height from 39th to 41st Street, between 4th and 6th Avenues to a maximum of 40 feet, including bulkheads;
• Institute a permanent moratorium on demolition of structurally-sound buildings.
Preserving the view from Sunset Park and for all New Yorkers is in your hands, ladies and gentlemen of the City Council. Every child, and hard-working woman and man in Sunset Park is counting on each and every one of you to do the right thing.