Gerson Seeks to Head Off Bowery Developers, Angry Constituents

City Councilman Alan Gerson was giving a short speech about the bad things that might happen if the east side of the Bowery were left up for grabs.
“It will fall victim to monolithic, high rise, luxury– either commercial or residential—space,” he said, to a roughly 50-person crowd gathered at M.S. 131 on Tuesday night for a community meeting on downzoning. “I don’t have to preach to the choir–that’s not what we want.”
The event had been organized by the Bowery Alliance of Neighbors, a group that supports a text amendment to the city’s existing zoning code that would impose the same height restriction (85 feet) on the east side of the Bowery that currently applies only to buildings on the west side of the street.