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“Waterfront Issues” on the Agenda For Community Board 3 in May

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Here’s a look at what’s coming up in May at Community Board 3.

Judging from a glance at next month’s meeting agendas, one of the more interesting evenings to check out will be Thursday, May 10. That’s when the parks committee will take up several issues regarding the East Side waterfront.

Designers are scheduled to present their latest drawings for a recreational area at Pier 42, the long-abandoned space just above Montgomery Street. We’re expecting to see schematic designs for a park that’s planned on the site, and conceptual renderings of a playground. Last summer, a parking lot at Pier 42 was shut down so that the huge shed on the pier could be dismantled. The demolition is supposed to be finished this coming summer, although from the looks of things, not much is happening at Pier 42.

As we have been reporting, the marina at neighboring Pier 36 was shut down several weeks ago after an inspection found damage to some of the piles supporting the pier apron. Officials of the Economic Development Corp. (EDC), which oversees Pier 36, have so far been unwilling to go into much detail about the situation. Some events at Pier 36 (Basketball City) have been relocated, while others have gone on as scheduled. On CB3’s parks committee agenda, there’s a vague item titled, “EDC Update on waterfront issues.”

There will also be a continuing discussion with Basketball City representatives about community outreach and scholarships offered by the for-profit sports and events facility.

Other items you might find interesting:

–On May 7, the State Liquor Authority Committee will consider applications at two hotels: The Allen Hotel at 88 Allen St., and the still-under-construction project at 140 Allen St.

–The transportation committee will meet May 8 to hear a presentation about the “seasonal closure” of Doyers Street, among other issues.

–The liquor licensing panel will be back in action May 14 to review about 20 applications. Among them: a proposal from Dudley’s at 85 Orchard St. to keep its outdoor cafe open until midnight. The operators of a proposed bar at 73 Monroe St. will also make a return visit after withdrawing their application this month.

You can see the full agendas here.


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