Thursday, June 30, 2005


Successful First Protest Held June 28th

Despite rainy weather, nearly 200 concerned residents turned out for West Siders for Responsible Development's first protest against Extell's high rises.

Assemblyman Bill Perkins joined the group, leading the crowd in a rallying call of "Whatever Means Necessary."

City Council candidate Cynthia Doty spoke to the crowd and proclaimed that our cause is "winnable."

Bill Crain, Vice President of West Siders for Responsible Development, led chants and led the assembly in a walk around the block calling out, "Save our Neighborhood, Save our Neighborhood."

Signs proclaiming "Goodbye Sun, Goodbye Moon," "Stop Extell," "Expell Extell," and "Go Home Gary" and "2 tall" were proudly displayed. Signatures were collected on the petition (please see Petition posting for more information) from both protesters and passersbys. Many residents voiced their anger at Extell and were eager to learn how they could join in the fight.

Wednesday, June 29, 2005


"Eye In the Sky" Photos

Would you like to see what's going on behind Extell's plywood wall? A neighborhood resident provided these recent photos. Stay tuned. We'll be posting updates on a regular basis.

Monday, June 27, 2005


Sights from the Site

The plywood wall around Extell's demolition site has taken on a life of its own. These pictures were taken on July 25, 2005.

Sunday, June 26, 2005


Demolition Resumes; Investigations Still Pending

West Siders for Responsible Development is deeply distressed that the NYC Department of Buildings has allowed the resumption of demolition at the Gristedes site by Safeway. Safeway is responsible for the July 14th building collapse and, as reported in the New York Daily News on August 12th, the company has reputed ties to the Gambino crime family.

"This is being permitted just one month after the collapse of a structure that sent several residents to the hospital," said Miki Fiegel, president. "It is shameful. It shows Extell's total lack of regard for this community."

Many area residents are perplexed that the demolition should be permitted to continue when the July 14th collapse is still under investigation by both the Department of Buildings and the District Attorney's office.

We at West Siders for Responsible Development have been drawing attention to the fact that the city currently permits architects to self-certify their construction plans---a rule we want changed immediately.

Saturday, June 25, 2005


Successful Fourth Protest Held August 10th

West Siders for Responsible Development, Inc. held its fourth protest against the Extell high rises on Wednesday, August 10th at the demolition site. Over 150 neighborhood residents attended.

Bill Crain, Vice President of West Siders for Responsible Development, Inc. rallied the crowd with chants demanding Contextual Zoning and led protesters on a march from the demolition site for several blocks down Broadway.

Miki Fiegel Picinich, President of West Siders for Responsible Development, Inc. called for neighborhood residents to demand that laws which currently permit developers to "self certify" their own plans be changed. "It's like the fox watching the chicken coop," said Fiegel. "I wonder if the self-certification process contributed to the building collapse on July 14th." Fiegel also called on area residents to demand that the area between 96th Street and 110th Street be rezoned. In addition, Fiegel asked everyone in the crowd to attend the soon-to-be-scheduled Community Board 7 public forum on Rezoning. "It's vital that everyone attend and that we stand united on this issue," declared Fiegel.

City Councilman Bill Perkins and Assembly member-candidate Cynthia Doty also addressed the crowd.

Handouts distributed at the protest asked area residents to write to elected officials and to sign the online petition to Mayor Bloomberg. The petition can be accessed through a hotlink at the organization's website: or, accessed directly at:

Friday, June 24, 2005


Meeting Tonight September 29th

Please join us at tonight's meeting:

Date: Thursday, September 29th
Time: 7:30 pm
Place: Holy Name Church, lower chapel
Entrance is on West 96th Street. Enter through door to the left of St. Francis Thrift Store (down steps).

As many of you know, we've been working quietly--and productively--on many fronts. We'll be presenting updates on Rezoning north of 96th Street, legal issues, and construction site issues. We'll also give a recap of our architect's audit of Extell's plans. In addition, we'll give an update on recent acquisitions of neighborhood land and buildings by OTHER developers.

Please tell your neighbors about this important meeting. Hope to see you tonight.

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