Residents, activists, community groups and their elected representatives gathered at the steps of City Hall yesterday afternoon with a Valentine’s Day message for Mayor de Blasio. Their request – to convert the long vacant P.S. 64 building in the East Village into a community center and disallow owner Gregg Singer from developing it into a college dorm.
The activists and elected officials, including Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, allege that Singer’s proposed redevelopment of 605 East Ninth Street into an Adelphi University dorm doesn’t qualify as a community facility under the terms of the deed restriction.
Among those who spoke was Susan Howard of CHARAS, the community group that occupied the former school building until it was evicted in 2001. Perhaps swayed by the glittery pink signboards and bold declarations of love, the Mayor, who happened to enter City Hall during the rally, later called a delegation of activists and officials in for a meeting.
Watch the video of the rally above, together with opinions from local residents in favor of Singer’s development plan.