Community Board No. 2, Manhattan, New York City




Committees

All CB2 meetings are open to the public unless specifically stated otherwise. See cb2manhattan.org and select the calendar/agenda link to see what is on the agendas and the scheduled dates/times/locations of meetings for the month. After review and discussion, resolutions are voted on in committee and then voted on at the Full Board meeting to become the official CB2 position. 

Public testimony is welcome and may be time-limited. If you cannot attend the meeting, you may send written comments to info@cb2manhattan.org at least two business days prior to the meeting.

 


ARTS & INSTITUTIONS COMMITTEE

The committee provides a forum for artists, organizations and city agencies to present proposals for arts and cultural projects in the CB2 area. It is also a forum for the large institutions within CB2 to present their plans and ideas for development, programs or other events that will affect the community. Coverage includes universities, schools, libraries and religious and social institutions.

This committee advocates for preserving the artistic heritage of CB2, while giving the community and the board an opportunity to review and have input on various proposals at an early stage with the purpose of protecting the public interest.

 

BY-LAWS COMMITTEE

This ad hoc committee convenes at the suggestion of the board chair to review, periodically, the board's by-laws and develop suggested revisions.


ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT & SMALL BUSINESS COMMITTEE

The committee seeks to develop a strategy to encourage economic diversity in a way that fosters the distinctive Community Board 2 environment and responds to current retail pressures that have contributed to retail blight, notably the loss of essential quality-of-life businesses that serve our area’s residents.

 

LAND USE & HOUSING COMMITTEE

The committee holds public hearings on land-use applications including zoning, special permits and variances and anything to be built or modified that is not as-of-right. Resolutions are sent to the City Planning Commission, Board of Standards and Appeals, or other appropriate agencies and elected officials.

The committee also seeks to preserve and increase the affordable housing stock in the CB2 area.


LANDMARKS COMMITTEE

The committee reviews applications for work overseen by Landmarks Preservation Commission in the several landmarked districts and for individual landmarks in the CB2 area. Its recommendations concerning restoration, renovation, new construction, and legalization of work carried out without a permit are sent to the Landmarks Commission.

The Committee also considers designation of new districts and individual landmarks.

The Committee may proactively recommend review by the Commission of work that appears to be in violation of landmark statutes.

 

LIQUOR LICENSING (SLA) COMMITTEES 1 AND 2

These committees review applications for new liquor licenses and alterations of existing licenses within Community Board 2. There are two Committees, equal in mission, due to the high volume of liquor license applications in the CB2 service area. 

The Committees review each application pursuant to State Law, which generally requires the applicant to satisfy the public interest standard, before providing its recommendations to the New York State Liquor Authority.   

 

PARKS & WATERFRONT COMMITTEE

The committee reviews plans and proposals regarding all the public space in CB2. It also reviews other properties operated or maintained by the Parks Department, including the Dapolito Recreation Center, Greenstreets plantings, street trees and public plazas.

Where possible, the committee promotes the creation of new public open space and the preservation and upgrades as needed of existing parks and open areas.

Also, the committee focuses on the development, operation and management of Hudson River Park from Canal Street to 14th Street including potential buildout or modifications of Pier 40 and Pier 55 and the Gansevoort Peninsula.

 

PERSONNEL COMMITTEE

The committee, composed of the board's officers, meets when necessary to create the process by which the board chooses its district manager, supervises and reviews the performance of the district manager, and assists the DM in hiring, supervising and reviewing the performance of all staff members.


QUALITY OF LIFE COMMITTEE

The committee reviews applications and complaints regarding sidewalk cafes; resolutions go to the Department of Consumer Affairs with additional review by the City Council as needed.  It also reviews applications and issues related to newsstands, street furniture, street vendors and any other incursions on sidewalk access.

Also, the committee reviews applications and complaints on street festivals, block parties, and other street and sidewalk closures and examines the impact of movie production as well as street parades in our community. Street festival resolutions are sent to the Street Activity Permit Office and the Office of Citywide Events Coordination and Management.

The committee additionally focuses on issues pertaining to sanitation and environmental protection.

 

SCHOOLS & EDUCATION COMMITTEE

The committee focuses on the schools and education-related needs of our community, including the funding, design and educational focus of new public schools; funding and support for existing schools; and discussion of educational issues that impact our community.

Often the committee will coordinate with other CB 2 committees on specific issues that impact schools, such as safety and transportation, arts funding and student access to local parks and open spaces. The committee works with local schools, city agencies, education advocates and elected officials.


SOCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE

The committee discusses issues relating to the needs of important groups and institutions including youth, seniors, and the LGBTQ+ community. It deals with other serious problems facing persons with disabilities, HIV/AIDS victims and families, substance abuse users and immigrants.  The committee works with social service specialists, city agencies and elected officials.  

This committee also addresses issues related to public safety and public health.

 

TRAFFIC & TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE

The committee addresses the design, planning, operation and regulation of streets, neighborhood plazas, bridges, tunnels and other transportation options, including pedestrian, motor vehicle and bicycle traffic, street safety and street activities, as well as all issues related to public transportation including subway, bus and other modes of transit.

Some of the major topics include: traffic calming, parking, signage, signalization, bicycle lanes, street amenities and upgrading transit routes, stations and stops.




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