Plan to House Disabled Men in Luxe Condos is Cut Back

Plan to House Disabled Men in Luxe Condos is Cut Back

March 1, 2012 6:08pm | By Jeff Mays, DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

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The Savoy West is located at 555 Lenox Avenue at 138th Street. (StreetEasy)

GREENWICH VILLAGE A controversial plan to house seven developmentally disabled men in two luxury condominiums on Lenox Avenue has been scaled back.

Non-profit Community Options, which had initially applied for two $500,000 condominium units to house seven disabled men in Harlem, is now seeking approval from the state Office for People with Developmental Disabilities to purchase just one condominium.

The group said they scaled back the proposal hoping to temper the objections of Community Board 10, which twice voted down the plan, citing what they felt was an overabundance of “special interest” housing.

“They say they aren’t against the disabled but they don’t want the homes there,” said Jessica Guberman, a vice president for Community Options, who appeared at the Thursday hearing to argue on behalf of the program alongside Todd Hansen, a regional vice president for the organization.

“These are long-term placements. This is not transitional housing. They will spend the majority of their lives, if not their entire life, there,” said Hansen.

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Amateur Night at the Apollo Goes Digital

Amateur Night at the Apollo Goes Digital

March 1, 2012 6:34pm | By Jeff Mays, DNAinfo Reporter/Producer


Finalist Darryl Jordan, a Harlem local who sung a ballad about how “This time we’ll take it slow” as part of his performance. (DNAinfo/Wim Weymans)

HARLEM Contestants at the Apollo Theater’s Amateur Night competition no longer have to worry about being booed by just the legendarily tough audience.

Now, Amateur Night aficionados around the world can express themselves through their phones with the launch of Amateur Night Digital. The new iPhone and Android application allows fans around the world to vote for or against and track their favorite performers.

“They can make their cheers and boos heard around the world and they can provide their expert commentary,” said Dexter Upshaw, digital media manager for the Apollo Theater.

The 78-year-old talent competition has helped to launch the careers of performers ranging from Ella Fitzgerald and Stevie Wonder to Lauryn Hill. Contestants perform in front of the Apollo’s 125th Street audience at their own risk.


The audience at the Apollo sung “Love Train” to kick off the show. (DNAinfo/Wim Weymans)

If they’re good, they are rewarded with cheers. But if the audience is not happy, performers face not only a chorus of boos but a visit from the “Executioner,” C.P. Lacey.

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TLC Proposed Borough Taxi Rules/Call Center Temporarily Closed

New York City Taxi & Limousine Commission
March 2, 2012

To All Interested Parties:

Industry Notice #12-04
For Immediate Release

For-Hire Vehicle (FHV) Drivers, Vehicle Owners & Base Owners

The Taxi and Limousine Commission has released draft rules for a new type of license
called a Street Hail Livery License. This new license will allow owners and drivers of FHVs to pick up hailing passengers off the street in Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens (excluding the airports), Staten Island, and Manhattan north of West 110th Street and East 96th Street.The Street Hail Livery License is part of Mayor Bloombergs plan to bring legal street hail service to all five boroughs. The rules being proposed today cover drivers, vehicle owners, and base owners that are interested in purchasing this new license.

– The Street Hail Livery License is completely optional and will not be required for you to operate your vehicle or base if you are doing prearranged service only. However, it will be necessary for any driver, vehicle owner, or base owner to have this new license if they plan to serve customers through street hails.

– Drivers and vehicle owners who purchase a Street Hail Livery License will be required to retrofit their vehicles to include a meter (used for street hail fares only), a roof light, a credit/debit card reader, and a GPS device.

– Drivers and vehicle owners possessing a Street Hail Livery License will be allowed to pick up passengers through street hails in the boroughs of Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, Staten Island, and in Manhattan north of West 110th Street and East 96th Street.

– Soliciting street hails at the airports (JFK and LGA) and in Manhattan below West 110th Street and East 96th Street will be strictly prohibited and will result in a fine and possible forfeiture of your license.

– Street Hail Liveries cannot perform dispatched pick-ups below West 110th Street and East 96th Street in Manhattan. Regular FHVs, however, can continue to provide dispatched pick-ups anywhere in Manhattan.

– Street Hail Liveries can perform dispatched pick-ups and drop-offs at LaGuardia and JFK airports.

– This year, there will be 6,000 street hail livery licenses issued for $1,500 each. They will be available to vehicle owners and drivers who have been licensed for at least one year prior to the issuance of the new licenses and are in good standing with the TLC. At least 20% of these licenses will be issued to those with wheelchair accessible vehicles. Next year the licenses will be issued for $3,000 each, and the following year they will be issued for $4,500 each.

To make sure drivers, vehicle owners and base owners fully understand the details of these proposed rules, a complete version is now available on our Web site under Proposed Rules, at On our Web site, you will have the opportunity to give feedback on these proposed rules. We implore all interested parties to do so, especially before the scheduled public hearings on them so that we may have enough time to process and understand your feedback.

The Commission will hold a public hearing, at which the public and interested parties are invited to submit comments and testimony on the proposed rules, at 9:00 a.m. on March 22, 2012. This hearing will be held in the Commissions public hearing room at 33 Beaver St., New York, NY on the 19th Floor. We strongly encourage you to testify at this hearing so that the Commission will have adequate time to process your comments.

The Commission will also hold a public hearing at 9:00 a.m. on April 19, 2012. The hearing will be held at the Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn, New York.

African-American – News

African-American – News March 3, 2012

Councilman Lashes Out at Redistricting Panel, Mayor Over District Boundaries
Councilman Lashes Out at Redistricting Panel, Mayor Over District Boundaries (Patch)
In response to new proposed City Council district boundaries, Councilman Bernard Parks released a sharply worded statement today, calling the new district maps a “racially motivated assault” on South Los Angeles.
Black men workin’ it out for the children (Weekend)
Eighth annual African American Male Teach-In provides positve male role models for Dr.

Find out how to read more Online. (North Port Sun)
PHOTO PROVIDED First Presbyterian Church of Port Charlotte celebrated Black History with a monthlong display of African-American artifacts, books and posters featuring the achievements and contributions of many great African-Americans over the years.

Students bring history to life (News-Messenger)
Anne Marie Moses recites the life story Thursday of Mary Edmonia Lewis, the first African-American and Native American woman to gain recognition as a sculptor in the fine arts world, during the Stamm Elemetary fifth-grade African-American Wax Museum.

In West Michigan, Louis Farrakhan criticizes U.S. Foreign policy (Detroit News)
Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan criticized U.S. Foreign policy as well as what he described as elite, powerful forces in business and government during a visit to a Grand Rapids church.

Re: Black Women Did What? 10 History Facts About Our Beloved Sistas (NewsOne)
Today kicks off the first 24 hours of Women’s Month and you’ll surely see a slew of television programming on the contributions women have made to America and the world.