Council member Helen Rosenthal and preservationist group Landmark West are leading a rally on Tuesday morning at 8:30 a.m. to oppose the construction of a 668-foot tall apartment building at 200 Amsterdam Avenue (69th Street).
The rally will take place in front of the site at 200 Amsterdam, which is now a bulldozed lot. It formerly held the Lincoln Square Synagogue, which has moved a block away.
The tower, which would be the tallest structure north of midtown, has been in the works for years and has received Buildings Department approvals. But opposition has recently intensified and opponents were planning to file an eleventh-hour zoning challenge on Monday to derail construction. They say it’s out of scale with the neighborhood.
The developers were able to piece together a complicated lot that allows them to build a higher building than if they had just used the smallish lot where the building is located. While the developers say it’s fully legal and compliant with city rules, opponents are doing their best to find any problems that can be challenged.
“There is reason to believe that the current proposal at 200 Amsterdam Avenue is non-compliant with the zoning code in several respects,” Rosenthal wrote in a statement.
Rosenthal’s opponent for the City Council race, Mel Wymore, also plans to attend the rally, and has criticized Rosenthal for responding too slowly. “We need forward-thinking leadership,” he added in an email to supporters.