Petition Against the Hudson River Park Neighborhood Improvement District
To the Department of Small Business Services, Local NYC & NYS Government Officials and Community Boards 1, 2 and 4:
I object to the creation of the Hudson River Park Neighborhood Improvement District ("NID"):
- Individuals who live, work and/or own businesses in the proposed district are not well informed about the proposal; public meetings were poorly advertised and attendance was low.
- It is unfair to ask 8,000 property owners (and their tenants) within arbitrarily-chosen boundaries to fund a significant amount of HRP's operating budget when the majority of Park users come from outside the local area.
- The timing is terrible. Many property owners and tenants in the proposed District suffered extensive damage from Superstorm Sandy.
- There is a risk that the all revenue from the assessment will be primarily used to service debt for capital improvements like a pedestrian bridge or streetscape upgrades instead of HRP maintenance.
- The NID is an abuse of the Ciy’s Business Improvement District (“BID”) legislation, which was not designed for neighborhoods that are primarily residential.
- The district plan does not guarantee fair representation across all the assessed property classes and natural neighborhoods in the District.
-The NID is more than 4 miles long and spans the west sides of Tribeca, SoHo, the West Village, Chelsea and Clinton, including parts of three Community Boards, three City Council Districts, two State Senate Districts and three State Assembly Districts. How can that be considered a neighborhood?