Time is good for district manager search


Sometimes good things do come to those who wait, or try again, depending on whatever cliché you’re reaching for.

Either way, the field of applicants to replace Michael Heller as Community Board 8’s district manager has more than doubled, and a selection committee is now set to call in nine new people for interviews.

After months of interviews and discussion, mostly behind closed doors, the district manager selection committee decided earlier this year to re-open the application process that first started last fall. The first two rounds generated 37 applicants. But now, CB8 has 84, thanks to 47 people applying in the latest wave.

There’s still no solid timetable on when a new district manager could be in place, but selection committee chair Dan Padernacht has made it clear he wants to wrap up the process before summer.

The district manager position has been vacant since October when Heller, a former member of the board, decide to step down after just a few months on the job. He was originally selected out of 50 applicants, and was set to earn $75,000 annually.

CB8 has not released any names of the applicants, or who they are interviewing. And chances are, no one outside the board will know until an offer has been accepted.


Broadway corridor meeting moves to Tuesday

The Broadway corridor along Van Cortlandt Park in North Riverdale is changing, but Community Board 8 is giving residents one last chance to express their opinions about it to the city’s transportation department.

CB8’s traffic and transportation committee is set to meet March 20 at 7:30 p.m., at Downey’s Bar & Grill, 5790 Mosholu Ave.

The meeting had originally been scheduled for that Thursday, but was moved back to accommodate DOT’s schedule, traffic and transportation chair Dan Padernacht told The Riverdale Press.

This also means the public safety committee meeting is going to change. It will still be held that Tuesday at 7 p.m., but it will move from the 50th Precinct to Downey’s, and the traffic and transportation committee meeting will begin soon after.

DOT plans to narrow lanes, build bicycle lanes, and make other changes to a stretch of Broadway in the hopes of slowing down traffic, making pedestrians more safe, and providing alternatives to driving. Many residents, including CB8 itself, oppose the plan.


Architect with local ties dies at 85

Ethical Culture Fieldston School lost a famous alum last month after Richard Weinstein — one of the people instrumental in the development of Battery Park City in Manhattan — died in Santa Monica, California. He was 85.

Although his education post-Fieldston was in the area of psychology, a Washington, D.C., neighborhood designed by Frank Lloyd Wright caught his attention, according to The New York Times. Soon after, he was studying architecture, earning a second master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1960.

He would play a major role in a lot of New York City zoning, including areas that would later become popular residential or tourist areas. He also pushed for a new policy in granting zoning variances, moving away from building to increase tax revenue, and instead to what the public benefits were for providing such a variance.

Weinstein is survived by his wife, two sons and two granddaughters.