A Democratic club is exploring ways to oppose the construction of a tower that would be the largest on the Upper West Side. A developer is planning to construct a new luxury tower that could rise 55 stories at the former site of the Lincoln Square Synagogue on 69th street and Amsterdam Avenue. Since the details leaked out, it’s been treated as a fait accompli that the building will get built. In a recent op-ed, Council member Helen Rosenthal wrote that the building doesn’t have to go through a review process — regrettably, in her opinion.
“It will be the tallest building on the Upper West Side, and because the development is ‘as of right,’ there will be no process for community input and no required investment in the infrastructure of the neighborhood. That means that our schools, public transportation, traffic, and streets will continue to be overburdened.”
But the Democratic group plans to try to to find a way to derail the project. They’re meeting this week and sent out the following notice.
Join Park River Independent Democrats
Thursday, November 19th
from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
at Grace and St. Paul’s Church
at 123 West 71st Street
between Columbus Avenue and Broadway for a
Town Hall Meeting
Professor Stuart Blumin
Professor Emeritus of American History at Cornell Universitywill speak about “elements of good urban design, shadows over Manhattan and what can be done to stop overdevelopment”