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Dear All,

Please see below / attached for Representative Carolyn Maloney's declaration in opposition to the 54th Street Bridge just issued. If you have not already done so, please have your board join the rest of the neighborhood and its elected officials in voicing opposition to this hideous plan by EDC. A position which was first voiced by Sutton Area Community. 

All the very best to you all.


Charles Giovanni Vanzan Coutinho, Ph.D.
Sutton Area Community, Inc.  

December 21, 2017
James Patchett
New York City Economic Development Corporation
110 William Street
New York, NY 10038
Dear Mr. Patchett,
               I am writing in opposition to the New York City Economic Development Corporation’s (NYCEDC) proposal to create a pedestrian bridge at East 54th Street (“54th Street Upland Connection”), as an access point to the 53rd to 61st Street section of the East Midtown Greenway. Construction on the new portion of the esplanade, the proposed Phase 2 of the East Midtown Waterfront Project, is scheduled to begin in 2019. Representatives from NYCEDC and the Stantec design firm have presented the current design proposal to Community Board 6’s Land Use and Waterfront Committee. Community Board 6 unanimously voted against the design, and local community groups, including the Sutton Place Parks Conservancy, Sutton Area Community and the Turtle Bay Association, have expressed their concerns.
               The 54th Street Upland Connection, if constructed, would impose a serious hardship on Sutton Place Park South. The park is a valuable resource to the Sutton Place community—a peaceful and open-air oasis in East Midtown. As designed, the park is beautiful and tranquil, with a historic feel. The Upland Connection as designed would harshly cut through the park, destroy the harmonious design and eliminate access to much of the space. In the design presented, the 54th Street Upland Connection would slice through a significant portion of the Clara Coffey Park portion of Sutton Place Park South, eliminate benches and encircle the Armillary Sphere that serves as a focal point for the park. The design overtakes much of the available walking space and completely overwhelms the park. Instead of creating harmonious connections to the new esplanade, the design virtually supplants the old park and renders it incidental to the massive and intrusive pedestrian bridge. Residents are also concerned that the bridge would intrude upon their privacy.
               I urge NYCEDC to reconsider the placement of this pedestrian bridge in the design for the Upland Connection. A much more suitable site for an Esplanade access point can be found just one block south at East 53rd Street. Community Board 6 has requested greater consultation and an opportunity for community concerns to be heard. Given the significant encroachment on the Clara Coffey Park, I strongly urge NYCEDC to engage in real consultation with the community and to reconsider its current design and placement of the Upland Connection, consistent with all applicable rules and regulations.
                                                    Very truly yours,
      Member of Congress

Please Reply To: 1651 Third Avenue, Suite 311, New York, NY 10128-3679
Minna R. Elias
New York Chief of Staff
Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney
1651 Third Ave, Suite 311
New York, NY 10128
Tel: (212) 860-0606
Fax: (212) 860-0704 


Our Past

In 1976 a small group of residents got together, with the desire to preserve the Sutton neighborhood's character, and incorporated two years later as a non-profit (501c3) organization using volunteers to serve as a catalyst for change.

SAC's volunteers continue to help preserve a high quality of life for those residing and working in the area between 52nd to 59th streets, Second Avenue to the East River.?


Our Present                                                          

Our mission at SAC is to actively engage residents and business establishments in efforts to maintain and enhance the quality of life in the Sutton Area Community.

Acting as watchdog and advocate, SAC is a voice for the community: SAC monitors city services such as police, sanitation, fire and transportation; watches over zoning and development; looks after parks and sidewalks; supports local merchants, fosters historic preservation; and, through its website, mailings, and First Avenue bulletin board, informs the community about what is happening in the neighborhood.

Traffic concerns continue to be paramount. SAC is closely monitoring the New York State Department of Transportations five-year project to reconstruct the FDR Drive from 54th to 63rd Streets. We are committed to keeping the community informed about its past, present, and future. 

We publish Bulletins periodically which are distributed to members as well as government agencies and elected officials, to keep them abreast of our positions and concerns. ? Ever-mindful of the importance of the areas rich history, SAC has always been interested in collecting and sharing archival information and artifacts through publications, exhibitions, and walking tours. 

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Our mission is to actively engage residents and business establishments in efforts to maintain and enhance the quality of life in the Sutton Area Community


What we do:


  • Address environmental, safety, traffic, transportation, and zoning issues
  • Enhance the aesthetic quality of our streets and parks
  • Encourage participation of all Sutton area residents, merchants, and practicing professionals in community activities
  • Act as liaison with the police and fire departments
  • Interact with government agencies and political representatives to promote the interest of the community
  • Award grants to worthwhile SAC community programs, projects, and services
  • Sponsor neighborhood events
Your membership not only makes you involved in your community but makes our valuable work possible.

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Each membership is tailored to your and/or your families' lifestyle. The membership fee is nominal but goes a long way in helping enhance this already beautiful community. Memberships are good for one (1) year from date of payment, and you will receive a membership card that unlocks discounts through our footprint and beyond.

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Looking to give a little more? A little goes a long way! Donations to Sutton Area Community are accepted year-round!


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    Tel: 212-838-9770
    60 Sutton Place South // New York, NY 10022

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