NYSDEC Accepting Public Comments on Proposed Air Permit Renewal for East 91st Street Marine Transfer Station Through July 24, 2015

June 28th, 2015 by admin No comments »

The NYSDEC has opened a 30 day public comment period on the renewal of the State Air Facility Permit for the East 91st Street Marine Transfer Station through July 24, 2015.  This comment period provides an opportunity for the community to submit written testimony in opposition to the renewal of the Air Permit and state our concerns over air quality and traffic safety. These letters of opposition are necessary to apply pressure on the NYSDEC to hold a public hearing, and this is an integral next step in our fight against the MTS.


Send letters of opposition to:

Iver M Anderson
, NYSDEC Region 2 Headquarters
, 47-40 21st St, 
Long Island City, NY 11101-5407

Or email to DEP.R2@dec.ny.gov and please be sure to include “Comments on proposed renewal of NYC-DOS East 91st Street MTS in the subject line of the email.


Comments should be substantive and specific complaints pertaining to the negative impacts on Air Quality and changed conditions since the permits were first issued.

You can review a list of changed conditions and negative impacts on Air Quality at



Even if you have already submitted previous letters, please take the time to do so again directly to the NYSDEC during this most important 30 day comment period.

New Developments about the MTS

May 2nd, 2013 by admin No comments »

Dear Members and Friends of the East 93rd Street Block Association,

The East 93rd Street Block Association is proud to be partnering with a growing coalition of concerned citizens called Pledge 2 Protect.

Pledge 2 Protect’s mission is to stop the city?s plan to build a massive 2-acre, 10-story dump on East 91st Street, and a full-scale garbage route. We pledge to protect the tens and thousands of New Yorkers facing the imminent health and safety dangers imposed by the dump.

We can do this by pledging to support only the politicians who publicly stand with us in opposition to the dump. Please help us to mobilize concerned citizens to hold our elected officials and candidates running for office in the 2013 municipal elections accountable for their positions on this issue, and persuade them to protect the many New Yorkers who will be affected by this misguided, dangerous trash dump.

We strongly urge all of our members and friends to take the pledge to protect our community by signing the petition and joining the coalition.  You can take action and sign the online petition by going to http://pledge2protectnyc.org

If we all work together we can stop the dump!

October 13th, 2012 by admin No comments »

The Fight is Not Over to Stop the E. 91st Marine Transfer Station
News & Update from Residents for Sane Trash Solutions

October 16th – Hearing in State Supreme Court

As you may know, the lawsuit in State Supreme Court brought by Assembly Member Micah Kellner and to which Sane Trash is a party, will be heard in oral arguments before Judge Eileen A. Rakower on October 16th. We believe our interests would be best served by allowing these arguments to be heard before the Judge in a courtroom WITHOUT a crowd that might distract from her focus and from the oral presentation of our attorney, Al Butzel. We therefore ask that you NOT attend this proceeding. We will keep you all fully informed of rulings or decisions in this lawsuit as they are released by the court.

Click here for a full press release from Assembly Member Kellner

October 18th | 7pm
East Side Democratic Club
225 East 93rd Street

Meeting and Update for Community Residents about the lawsuit against the planned MTS@ East 91st Street  & York Ave.

On October 18th at 7pm, 225 East 93rd Street (betw. 2nd & 3rd Ave.), the East Side Democratic Club will host a meeting with State Assembly Member Micah Kellner and our attorney Al Butzel to update and inform residents about the lawsuit against the planned Marine Transfer Station at East 91s1st Street & York Ave.

Best regards,

Residents for Sane Trash Solutions


e-mail: info@sanetrash.org

Green Your Block (GYB) Program

July 31st, 2012 by admin No comments »

Dear Member and Neighbor:

It has been a very competitive application process!

We are pleased to announce that we have been accepted into the Manhattan Borough President’s Office Fiscal Year 2013 Green Your Block (GYB) Program, administered by the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation!

Because our Block Association has exhibited a strong commitment to neighborhood beautification and community advancement, our block will be receiving brand new state of the art treeguard installations!

happy summer!

July 17th, 2012 by administrator No comments »

Letter to Mayor Bloomberg and Speaker Quinn

June 26th, 2012 by admin No comments »

Date:  June 26, 2012
From:  East 93rd Street Block Association, New York, NY  10128
To: The Honorable Michael R. Bloomberg
To: The Honorable Christine C. Quinn

“The firmest friendships have been forged in mutual adversity.”

The proposed East 91st Street MTS has provided the glue that has bonded the members of the East 93rd Street Block Association with the leaders of the Isaacs/Holmes Towers NYCHA development.

Together we have united in a relationship that reaches far and wide and includes not only the resident leaders of Isaacs/Holmes as well as the Directors of Stanley Isaacs Neighborhood Center, and their Youth and Senior Programs, the Eiseman Nursery School and Day Care Center, and includes the director of New York’s largest mosque, the Islamic Cultural Center on East 96th Street. Our community’s fight against the proposed new MTS has far-reaching friends to the north, south, east and west.

Prior to forming this new coalition, the tenants of Isaacs/Holmes were for the most part ignored. They were perceived as people who neither raised their voices, nor voted on critical issues. But nothing is further from the truth.

For more than 45 years the under-served people in this city housing development abutting the previous E. 91st Street garbage dump suffered. They endured the stench of the garbage, the vermin, and the bird excrement the city visited upon them. They remember the noisy, grimy garbage trucks lined up around their buildings which contributed to the worst air quality and the highest asthma rate in the city. Tenants did not then and most still do not have air conditioning. Their fresh air came and still comes largely through their open windows. The city can spin the myth that garbage can be made odorless. But don’t try to tell that to the residents of Isaacs/Holmes. They know the truth!

And it was the tenants of Isaacs/Holmes who together with members of the East 93rd Street Block Association and Upper Green Side organized a postcard signing campaign protesting the construction of the new E. 91st Street MTS. Isaacs & Holmes residents signed cards. Eiseman Nursery & Day Care Center parents signed cards. The Youth Center children and parents signed cards. Stanley Isaacs Senior Center members signed cards. Children and parents of the Beacon Program signed cards (for which funding is being cut and the program is being canceled!) Neighbors throughout the entire community signed cards.

Yes, beyond any doubt: The entire community is a friend of Isaacs/Holmes!

We have more than 2000 signed postcards and the signing sessions continue !

The residents of Isaacs/Holmes are no longer a silent majority. They better than anyone know… garbage stinks! Garbage is a feast for rats and birds. All our children play in local playgrounds and on the athletic fields of Asphalt Green. Everyone knows the foul garbage smell that permeated the air when the “old” MTS was operational.

In the 21st Century, garbage should not be permitted anywhere near public housing, schools, playgrounds, athletic fields or where people live!

Though the times may be different for a lot of people, we know that the lack of essential amenities in NYCHA developments are legendary.  The residents of Isaacs/Holmes are no longer alone.

Their voices are now many thousands strong, joined by their friends and neighbors!

We have a voice! We vote!


Rally Against the Garbage Station

May 10th, 2012 by admin No comments »

Join us to rally against the 91st St. garbage station. Meet at City Hall at 12 noon on Tuesday, May 15 to let the Mayor know his plan doesn’t make sense when it involves putting a 10-story garbage plant in the midst of Asphalt Green’s playing fields and recreation center. MORE>

Support our Local Greenmarket @ 92nd Street and First Ave

March 16th, 2012 by admin No comments »

Our local Greenmarket located on 1st Avenue, between 92nd and 93rd Street is up for renewal before the Street Life Committee at Community Board 8 on

Tuesday, March 20th , 2012 . The meeting is at the NY Blood Center 310 East 67th Street (First-Second), Auditorium at 6:30PM. The meeting is open to the public.

To show your support please use the form letter below and address your letter to: Street Life Committee, Community Board 8 Manhattan, 505 Park Avenue, ,Suite 620, New York, New York 10022

This letter is in support of the 92nd Street and First Ave. Greenmarket.

Our Greenmarket offers our neighbors a variety of nutritious and locally sourced produce, fish, and baked goods. Buying local also lowers our footprint!

In addition, our Greenmarket has become a gathering place, providing community members a venue to interact and share recipes and information about healthy eating.

Our Greenmarket also provides a convenient place to drop off our old batteries, number 5 plastics, and corks, to be recycled.

Those are just a few of the benefits that our Greenmarket has given us, as a neighborhood.

Needless to say, it’s the wish of individuals throughout the area that this Greenmarket continues to expand and thrive in our neighborhood for 2012.

Please send your e-mail in support of the Greenmarket at 92nd and 93rd and First Ave. to info@cb8m.com to voice your support

or visit the CB8 website http://www.cb8m.com/contact

and cut and paste the following line in the CB8 online form: I fully support the 92nd Greenmarket at First Ave. and request that the Street Fairs Committee approve it for the 2012 season and indicate the Street Fairs Committee on the drop down list.

For more information on the CB8 meeting and the agenda visit: http://www.cb8m.com/events/street-fairs-committee-3

Thank you.

Tara K. Reddi
East 93rd Street Block Association

Spring Newsletter for the East 90s

March 3rd, 2012 by admin No comments »

We at the East 93rd Street Block Association have been very busy over the past year working for the betterment of our block and our neighborhood.  Here is a recap of what we have been doing.

EAST  93RD STREET CONSTRUCTION ZONE As we are well aware, our neighborhood has suffered from the construction of the Second Avenue subway and the ancillary building on the northeast corner of 93rd Street and Second Avenue.  In October, when the MTA put up barricades on the south side of 93rd Street with no warning to owners or residents, the Block Association called for a meeting.  The meeting was held with representatives of the Mayor, the MTA, the Sanitation Department, the construction and engineering companies as well as some store owners.  As a result we were able to have the barricades moved back to the curb line greatly increasing the width of the sidewalk available to pedestrians. Lighting was added to the barricades which until then made that section of the street very dark. The Sanitation Department agreed to contact the owners and managers to advise the proper point for trash collection while the barricades are in place. Representatives of the Block Association and building owners now meet monthly with the all parties involved in the construction so we can be kept apprised of the progress and upcoming work and to advocate for  residents.

PROPOSED MARINE TRANSFER FACILITY We have been at the forefront of organizing opposition to this facility and have been diligent in keeping our neighbors, and indeed the entire neighborhood, informed of the meetings, rallies and measures to be taken in the effort to stop the building of this facility.  For more information and volunteer opportunities go to www.sanetrash.org  or e-mail: info@sanetrash.org

TREES In the spring of 2011 we hired Green Keepers to clean and put plantings in the tree beds on 93rd Street between First and Second Avenues. We were able to purchase four tree guards for the trees in front of 312, 317, 322 and 324.  312 and 317 were chosen to protect the newly planted trees which the Block Association was able to obtain at no cost through the Million Trees campaign.  324 was chosen because it was determined that the bed was a haven for rats and in need of renovation and the brick wall surrounding the bed was dilapidated and an eyesore.  322 was chosen to give the block a unified look because it was adjacent to 324.

The dog  problem is ameliorated by the addition of tree guards and the guards serve as  protection for the plantings.  We have applied for a grant Green Your Block Program through the Borough President’s office to have tree guards put around each of the trees that are still unprotected.  Should we receive this grant, we will be able to direct our resources to other work such as plantings and working on installing steel plated garbage bins to replace the often over flowing garbage cans on our streets.

In the fall we were able to join with the Daffodil Project which was started by a Dutch company in the wake of September 11, 2001 as a symbol of hope and resilience for New York City. Each year since then they have donated thousands of bulbs to be planted in public spaces.

We applied for and received an allotment of bulbs. With the help of resident volunteers we planted them in the beds on 93rd Street.  We look forward to their cheerful appearance.
We were successful in requesting from our Community Affairs representative to have all the trees on 93rd Street pruned.  The overgrown and overhanging branches posed a danger as was evidenced when big branches were broken off during a storm last year and emergency pruning was required on those particular trees. We have successfully applied to have the trees on 92nd Street pruned. Pruning will take place in the next couple of months.

When we noticed a Christmas tree stuck in one of the street trees three stories above ground, we immediately took action.  A flurry of calls and e-mails resulted in its removal that same afternoon, thus adverting the possibility of personal injury or damage to property.

TRASH Overflowing garbage and open cans have been an ongoing problem, particularly with individual plastic cans.  We have encouraged the owners who have been using plastic cans to purchase steel trash bins. We are happy to say that some owners have seen the benefit of these receptacles for rat control and sanitation and have converted from plastic to steel.

WORKING TOGETHER As you can see we have been diligent in pursuing the goal of a clean and beautiful block.  We need the support and cooperation of all residents. The work with the trees was costly and time consuming. We received many compliments from residents.  Unfortunately there are those who regard tree beds as a comfort station for their dogs, an ash tray and a receptacle for all kinds of garbage.  We have done our best to clean out the beds on a regular basis. Some residents have been diligent in caring for the trees adjacent to their building. Please join the effort to protect our trees and make our block clean and attractive by removing litter when you see it.  We also need volunteers to water the trees when it is hot and dry in the summer.  Without sufficient water, trees will not thrive and plantings die.  After all, it is our block and our trees.

Whether your building uses plastic cans or steel bins, please take care when putting out your trash and be sure the lid is securely closed.

As always, please feel  free to contact us any time you have questions, comments or requests.

Some of you have been very generous and for that we are most grateful. We ask only a $5 annual membership fee, and more is always welcome. We are volunteers and all monies collected go directly toward work of the Association.  Please make your tax deductible donation for 2012.

For your convenience you can download a membership form which you may find helpful.

You can donate using a credit card or by PayPal on our donate page or by sending a check to:

East 93rd Street Block Association
340 E. 93rd Street
Apt. 17I
New York, NY 10128

East 93rd Street Block Association, Inc. is a 501(c)3 organization.

You will receive a receipt and your contribution is tax deductible to
the extent allowed by the law.

Thanking you in advance for your

Best regards,
Joy Tutiven
Secretary and Treasurer

URGENT CALL TO ACTION: 2/16/12 – 1:30pm

February 15th, 2012 by admin No comments »