Posted on September 2, 2020 at 2:45 pm by Carol Tannenhauser
By Carol Tannenhauser
Greater than 200 individuals logged in to the Neighborhood Board 7 assembly on Tuesday night time to speak bike lanes, liquor licenses, smoking legal guidelines and probably the most heated matter of the day — homelessness.
Early within the assembly, Captain Neil Zuber, commander of the twentieth Precinct, logged in to induce locals to report crimes.
“Please, whenever you see one thing — drug use, public lewdness — it’s a must to report it, name 911. If we’re not conscious that one thing’s occurring and when and the place, we are able to’t probably tackle it. Please name 911. It really works. Yesterday, primarily based on elevated reporting and our investigation, we had been able to make 12 arrests of dealers and people buying drugs on the street. This root trigger of what’s driving a lot of the standard of life points was addressed in a really huge approach, because of the partnership with the individuals of the neighborhood. Lots of people are afraid in the event that they name 911, it would clog up the system. That’s not going to occur. Should you’re not sure what to do, name 911. By all means, err on the aspect of warning.”
Subsequent up was the enterprise session:
Two liquor licenses had been permitted — one for a spot referred to as Bonita, at 483 Columbus Avenue, the outdated Bellini spot.
Six constructing renovations got the go forward, involving a rooftop air conditioner, a ramp, a door and a bay window.
Extended consideration was paid to the decision offered by Howard Yaruss of the Transportation Committee in favor of a two-way protected bike lane on West 72nd Road.
”I don’t like to consider it as solely a motorbike lane decision,” Yaruss stated. “It’s calling for the Division of Transportation and specialists to provide you with one thing that may make 72nd a greater avenue – safer, extra nice and, after all, with a protected bike lane, connecting the north/south lanes and Central Park West with Riverside Drive.” The decision handed.
The final order of enterprise concerned smoking on the perimeter of metropolis parks, for instance, on the benches that sit outdoors Central Park. Curiously, in 2002, when laws authored by Gale Brewer to make NYC parks smoke-free handed, an exemption was made for the sides, in addition to parking heaps and medians. Final night time, CB 7 handed a decision banning smoking on the perimeter of parks and in parking heaps and medians, however marijuana was not included.
Subsequent got here the general public session. Unsurprisingly it centered on the problems surrounding the individuals experiencing homelessness who’ve been moved to inns within the neighborhood. A number of audio system spoke up in favor of inns getting used as shelters; many of the proponents stated they had been from neighborhoods apart from the UWS.
The same quantity spoke in opposition to the shelters, although they had been all from the neighborhood. The opponents argued that the shelters serve neither the homeless purchasers nor the neighborhood nicely.
If you wish to see and listen to for your self — and also you’ve received 5 hours — try the total September neighborhood board assembly under.