Tuesday, July 19, 2005


Dramatic Photos of Building Collapse

These dramatic photos were taken by neighborhood resident Eric Larsen who was at the site shortly after the building collapsed.

Thursday, July 14, 2005


Gristedes Store Collapses; Five Injured

As reported by Associated Press:

July 14th - At least five people, including an infant, were injured this morning when the former Gristedes supermarket at Broadway and 99th Street collapsed. The building was in the process of being razed by Extell Corporation to make way for a high rise apartment building.

A firefighter also suffered a broken ankle. All of the injured were taken to St. Lukes Hospital. Police department spokeswoman Dora Kalbouros said that a child was among the five people pulled from the rubble. She said that most of the injured suffered broken bones. The child was believed to be in stable condition.

Fire Department spokesman Frank Gribbon said that all 25 construction workers at the site were accounted for.

At least 30 fire department units responded to the collapse.

Gristedes spokesman Gerald McKelvey said the bulding was closed in April and was sold to the Carlyle Group.

Monday, July 04, 2005


Contact Our City Officials!

Manhattan Borough President C. Virginia Fields

1 Centre Street, 19th Floor

New York, NY 10007

Phone: 212-669-8300

FAX: 212-660-3380

Email: bp@manhattanbg.org

Amanda M. Burden, Chairperson

City Planning Commission

22 Reade Street

New York, NY 10007

Phone: 212-720-3300

FAX: 212-720-3219

Email: http://www.nyc.gov/html/mail/htoml/maildcp.html

Patricia J. Lancaster, AIA, Commissioner

Department of Buildings

280 Broadway, 7th Floor

New York, NY 10001

Phone: 212-566-0011

Email: http://www.nyc.gov/html/mail/html/maildob.html

Make sure your voice is heard!

Friday, July 01, 2005


Please Donate to the Effort

West Siders for Responsible Development, Inc. is an all-volunteer, grassroots organization but we need to raise money for hiring a real estate attorney and architect.
We are recognized as a not-for-profit organization by the IRS and by New York State.

Please make your check payable to West Siders for Responsible Development, Inc. and mail it to:

West Siders for Responsible Development, Inc.
P.O. Box 2059
New York, NY 10025

Your contribution will help us win this fight!


A Look At What We're Losing

We've all seen the Safeway demolition signs and scaffolding that have recently been erected around the two brownstones on 99th Street and the once-stately townhouse on 100th Street. Extell's wrecking ball will be falling any day now. Here's a look at some of the buildings' architectural details and gems that our neighborhood will be losing forever.

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