Thursday, June 25, 2009

CIVITAS: Update on Second Avenue Subway and Other Projects

Second Avenue Subway Presentation on June 29

Show up and speak up at the Monday, June 29 meeting of Community Board 8’s Second Avenue subway task force. CIVITAS has been working with BFJ Planning consultants to evaluate the design of proposed station entrances and the ventilation shafts and mechanical structures.

The findings are the product of discussions with stakeholders, Second Avenue neighbors and MTA. A draft presentation is available by visiting

The meeting will be at the New York Blood Center, 310 East 67th Street, Auditorium at 6:30 pm. Current schedule information is available at

MTA recently released an environmental assessment of the 86th and 72nd Street stations and still favors the controversial mid-block entrances on 86th Street. The opportunity for public comment will end soon, so make your voice heard. The full report is available at

Third Avenue Street Trees

Enjoy the new street trees on Third Avenue (82nd to 96th)! In summer 2008, CIVITAS worked with the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation to determine locations for dozens of new trees. We’re pleased to report that locust, oak and pear saplings were planted this spring and commend the city’s MillionTreesNYC initiative for funding and streamlining this process.

Summer Newsletter

CIVITAS is preparing our Summer 2009 newsletter that highlights green design in our neighborhood. Do we have your address? Send us an email ( with your contact information so you can receive your copy.

Volunteer and Get Involved

Let us know which zoning, transportation and quality-of-life issues concern you for the present and future of the Upper East Side and East Harlem. Get involved with finding the solution by joining one of CIVITAS’s active committees. Our current projects are listed at