And so it begins ...


There is a packed agenda set for Community Board 8’s land use committee on Monday, May 7. But there’s one item people might be most interested: the Hebrew Home at Riverdale’s plans to expand its Palisade Avenue campus.

The meeting starts at 7:30 p.m., at The Riverdale Y, 5625 Arlington Ave. 

Hebrew Home will have one of at least two planned meetings in front of land use over plans to build a continuing care retirement community, a controversial project that some neighbors say will block their view of the Hudson River, and reduce property values.

The community board has until June 22 to submit its overall opinion on the project to the city, which may or may not take those thoughts into consideration.

Also on the docket are plans from the College of Mount Saint Vincent to build a five-story, 60,000-square-foot residence hall and nursing school at 6301 Riverdale Ave., and a six-story, 39-unit apartment building at 3436 Kingsbridge Ave.

Land use chair Charles Moerdler has said this first meeting over Hebrew Home will be only for public comment, and no votes will be taken. Those votes will be saved for the second meeting, which has yet to be scheduled for later in May, before it all goes before the full board, likely in early June.


Has CB8 finally found its new district manager?

Community Board 8’s executive committee — made up of all the various committee chairs and officers — were expected to take the first step in hiring a district manager to replace Michael Heller in a vote Wednesday night that took place after presstime.

It’s been some six months since Heller officially left the position he held just a few months, and a search committee opened up application periods more than once, drawing in more than 80 applicants.

Heller was set to make $75,000 last year, but it’s unclear what kind of compensation the board will consider for a new hire. 

Although some applicant names have been leaked, CB8 is not releasing any names until there is a vote to extend an offer. 

The goal is to have a new district manager in place by the time the current fiscal year ends in June.


Late-night A train shutdowns planned

If you’re looking to get around late-night on the A train this month, you might want to plan something different.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority wants to get some extensive cleaning and repair work done in the shortest amount of time possible, which means losing the A train everywhere north of 59th Street after 9:30 each evening.

In a plan that began April 30, MTA will shut down the A train between 59th Street/Columbus Circle and Inwood/207th Street in both directions between 9:30 p.m. and 5 a.m. this week, the week of May 14, and the week of May 21. 

The work also will affect the D line, closing the subway in both directions between 59th Street and 161st Street/Yankee Stadium. Both B and C lines will end local service early each night.

Straphangers looking to get around will have to depend on 1 and 4 trains, as well as the Bx12 and Bx19 buses, and free shuttle buses providing alternate service. MTA will run overnight service on the 42nd Street shuttle as well.

The work is part of MTA’s Subway Action Plan, designed to stabilize and modernize the subway system by repairing track and signal components and removing massive amounts of debris.


Electric car rebates not so popular in NYC

More than 5,700 electric car rebates have been approved over the past year, but only a handful of those cost-savings are coming to New York City.

Only 475 rebates — which offer up to $2,000 back for the purchase or lease of a new electric car from select dealers — came from the city, compared to nearly 1,900 from Long Island. 

The Toyota Prius Prime was the most popular car in the state, according for 38 percent of the rebates, with the Chevrolet Bolt EV a distant second with 12 percent of rebates. 

Other popular electric cars include the Chevy Volt, the Ford Fusion Energi and the Kia Soul EV. 

The rebates helped boost electric car sales, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a release, putting 10,000 more on the road in 2017. That’s a 67 percent jump over the previous year.