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The SPaCE (Seward Park around Canal East) Block Association is the advocate for the neighborhood in matters of:

  • Liquor licenses
  • Transportation Issues
    • Subway
    • Buses
    • Intercity Buses
    • Ferry service
  • Land Use Issues
  • William H. Seward Park
  • Landmarks Issues
  • Child Safety
  • Community Emergency Response
  • East River Waterfront / Resiliency

The Block Association meets the first Wednesday of every month (except August and January) at 6:30 pm.

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Next Meeting
Wednesday, March 1, 2017, 6:30-7:30 pm
Manny Cantor Center, 197 East Broadway, 6th Floor
 
Important: Bring ID for admission to the Manny Cantor Center
 
Future Meetings

April 5, 2017
May 3, 2017

SEWARD PARK WITHOUT BORDERS

A very well-attended public input session regarding ideas for changes to Seward Park under the Parks Without Borders plan was held November 14. The Parks Department will present a conceptual design to the Community Board 3 Parks Committee February 16. Public input regarding this design is encouraged.

CB3 Parks Committee
BRC Senior Center
30 Delancey Street
Thursday, February 16, 6:30 pm.

THREE YEP BUSES UP FOR AUCTION
 
The city sheriff has seized buses operated by Yep Tours, a company that has been operating illegally from this area for a few years, twice now. According to State Sen. Daniel Squadron, the first seizure occurred because Yep had failed to pay $11,000 in fines. Now, according to The Lo-Down, three of them are up for auction.

In an online advertisement, auctioneer Dennis Alestra says he’ll conduct the cash-only auction at noon on Thursday for two year 2004 “passenger coach buses” and one year 2000 “passenger coach bus.” The notice references a court judgment against Yep.

Read the stories:
Thursday Auction Set for Three YEP Buses
NYC Sheriff Seizes Two YEP Buses
YEP Tours pays more fines as authorities seize another bus
Bus Bust

In other YEP news, the City has denied their application for a permit at 2 Pike Street. As you recall, SPaCE petitioned and testified against this permit.

Permit Denied

Thank you to our members and supporters for helping to keep the pressure on by testifying at the Community Board and signing our petition.

The SPaCE Block Association issued the following statement:

“In mid-2012, Senator Squadron and former Assemblyman Sheldon Silver successfully managed to push through a bill to create the first ever NYC permit system for the intercity bus industry. This was a huge first step to managing the vast, wild west transportation industry which has befallen the Lower East Side and Chinatown. Soon enough it became apparent that this law was not being enforced. Once again, Senator Squadron stepped in to get the wheels into motion on this law.

“While the seizure of the two YEP buses is really just the beginning of effective enforcement, It is the right step and a definitive message to other illegal operators that violators will be held accountable. Further, without full enforcement of the current law, it is impossible to know how the law may need to be tweaked in the future to further control this very out-of-control industry.

“It has taken a lot of time, diligence and patience on the part of Senator Squadron and his staff, the Sheriff, CB3 District Manager Susan Stetzer, the CB3 Transportation and Public Safety Committee, and the 5th and 7th Precincts to stay on top of this ongoing and complex situation. The SPaCE block association is very grateful to all those involved who have worked so hard for our community and, hopefully, will continue to do so.”