It’s almost that time of year again Open House New York is having its annual OHNY Weekend. In anticipation I wanted to share some footage of a walking tour I went on last year with CIVITAS through the East 96th Street Corridor in Manhattan’s Upper East Side nabe. The tour was organized for the Open House New York weekend event and facilitated by CIVITAS. Their executive director, Hunter F. Armstrong lead the tour and provided a wealth of information about how the urban environment has been shaped and formed by city policy and neighborhood advocacy for both the Upper East Side and East Harlem.
Among some of the high points for me was info about sliver buildings, facadectomy, community advocacy actually forcing the removal of twelve stories from atop an illegally approved building at 108 E96th St, zoning variances and additional FAR given to “community facilities” and some environmental justice issues surrounding a bus depot and other city facilities inequitably located in East Harlem.