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 in efforts to maintain and enhance the quality of life in 

Sutton Area Community.


Dear SAC members,

Please find attached an urgent communication from our sister organization Cannon Point Preservation Corp in fighting the destruction of the park on South Place South and East 54th Street. 
I strongly urge that you read the attached and in particular make a donation to Cannon Point. That can be done in the following two ways: 

a) by check - CPPC C/O Ms. Donna Chin, Douglas Elliman Property Management, 675 3rd Avenue, 6th Floor, New York NY 10017.

b) by credit card -  clickpay.com/donate.cannonpointpreservationcorp

We at SAC have already contributed monies to this worthiest of causes (I have personally given one-thousand dollars to it), please do so also. And urgently. Cannon Point's fight is our fight.

All the very best to you all.

Most sincerely,
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Charles Coutinho, Ph. D.
Sutton Area Community

As opposition grows among community members to the de Blasio administration’s proposed East Midtown Greenway, this memo details the strongest arguments in favor of changing course and building momentum against the bridge project at 54th Street. Topping the list of our concerns are public safety, disability access and the destruction of a neighborhood park as well as other legal issues that ought to derail the plan in its current form. With new estimates for apartment lead abatement requiring an additional $80 million, NYCHA asking for new funding, the MTA requesting an unbudgeted $60 million, streets and infrastructure crumbling, is this $100 million vanity project a prudent use of taxpayer funding? The answer is no.
Overview Mayor de Blasio has allocated $100 million to the NYC Economic Development Corporation (EDC) for the development of the East Midtown Greenway, a 40-foot-wide roadway for pedestrians and bicycles over the East River from East 53rd to East 60th Street. As part of this project, the EDC has issued plans to erect a bridge at East 54th street in order to access the proposed seven-block extension of the Manhattan greenway.
Opposition to this project is growing and our voices will not be silenced. Over 900 members of the community have signed a petition opposing the EDC’s proposed bridge at East 54th Street, as it will abut a residential building immediately next to an active parking garage and an intersection of two major roadways to and from the FDR Drive. Public safety and other concerns must continue to be raised, while noting that the project serves as a hypocritical post-script to Mayor de Blasio’s legacy “Vision Zero” program.
We will continue to speak out and demand the administration answer basic questions about this misguided project. For example, construction equipment will have to be stored somewhere during the construction. Where will that be? If inside the park itself, that will take the park out of use for the duration of the project. If on the street, where? There are no budgets for maintenance, sanitation, policing, emergency services or other related costs. But they are not the purview of the EDC, nor are they included in the $100 million taxpayer-funded budget Public Safety Risks For Pedestrians And Bikers.
In 2017, there were more than 450,000 daily bike trips in New York City, up from 170,000 in 2005, an increase that has surpassed both population and employment growth. With bicycle usage increasing at a rapid pace citywide, the creation of a new 40-foot-wid roadway for pedestrians and bicycles over the East River from East 53rd to East 60th Street will generate new traffic and safety problems for the local community, for which the city has done nothing to prepare. Where’s the plan to deal with this? Given the number of retirees
who live in the community, this plan presents risks that threaten the lives of hundreds of residents as well as the bicyclists who are unfamiliar with the area. This plan makes a
mockery of the Mayor’s Vision Zero program, which is designed to reduce traffic accidents and fatalities. Disability Access, Quality Of Life And Public Security Risks
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits discrimination against disabled people under any program or activity that receives federal financial assistance. The ADA prohibits intentional discrimination as well as disparate outcome discrimination against disabled persons. Since the Clara Coffey Park is the only ADA-compliant park in the neighborhood,
destruction to portions of the park would have a disparate impact on disabled individuals in violation of the ADA. For disabled residents and those who are mobility-impaired, creating
an unusable bridge and destroying a popular park deal a significant blow to the quality of life for many in the community. This cannot go unaddressed.
Destruction Of A Popular Park The existing plan will decimate a beloved park used by the elderly, disabled and young children. Furthermore, any proposed actions by the EDC to add landscaping at the bridge’s entrance on 54th Street could not replicate the current park with its benches facing away from the street, most with river views, its five mature shade trees, plants, and enclosed gardens with flowers and shrubbery, currently maintained by the community. It is irresponsible, harmful to the neighborhood and bad for the city. Destroying a beloved city park is a public relations problem for the mayor and we will not allow it.
Support Our Opposition Cannon Point Preservation Corp, a not-for-profit corporation, was formed to fight this project. It represents over 2,000 neighborhood residents. You can help support our fight through your personal, tax deductible contribution via:
CPPC C/O Ms. Donna Chin, Douglas Elliman Property Management,
675 3rd Avenue, 6th Floor,
New York NY 10017
Credit Card:


Dear SAC Members,

Please see the following link to an event which I as
President, attended on behalf of SAC last Friday, celebrating the installation of security cameras in the Sutton Place and Sutton Place South Areas. Due to the efforts of City Councilman Ben Kallos and Keith Powers we now have security cameras in the following Sutton Place area parks:

East 58th Street & Sutton Place Cul-de-sac. 
East 57th Street & Sutton Place / Sutton Place South Cul-de-sac.
East 56th Street & Sutton Place South Cul-de-sac.
East 55th Street & Sutton Place South Cul-de-sac.
East 54th Street & Sutton Place South Cul-de-sac.
East 53rd Street & Sutton Place South Cul-de-sac.
We wish to thank both of our wonderful Councilmen for their efforts in this matter.

Most sincerely,
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Charles Coutinho, Ph. D.
Sutton Area Community 

The Bridge to Nowhere: An Update.

Dear SAC Members and Members of the greater Sutton Area Community,


It has been now eight months since our community first found out about the horrendous plan by the New York City Economic Development Corp (EDC), a master-plan to destroy our beloved Clara Coffey Park at Sutton Place South and East 54th street. We at Sutton Area Community (SAC) have tried our utmost to stop this plan from proceeding. We have attended various meetings held by Community Board Six (6), we have met with both of our local Councilmen (Powers and Kallos) and have solicited assistance from all of our local officials: from congresswoman Mahoney to Assemblyman Dan Quart. We have met twice with EDC itself. And while all of these officials have made noises about assisting us in stopping this hideous act of official vandalism, so far we have not been able to obtain an assurance that New York City EDC will re-think its project.

According, you may rest assured that we at SAC will endeavor to try our utmost to stop and prevent this project from proceeding. We will keep you updated and informed as to how matters proceed.


Warmest Regards,

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Charles Coutinho, Ph.D.


                               Sutton Community Area             

June 19, 2018



Please be advised that the new date for the opening of the enlarged Park at the East 57th Street Cul de Sac is now tentatively scheduled for November 2018. We will notify one and all if there are any further updates concerning this matter. Thanks for SAC member Erica Mullen for the information. 


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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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    Community has a new programme which is right up your alley. called PREMIUM MERCHANT MEMBERSHIP, this is SAC'S way of providing our merchant friends something special. for a per annum fee of s350.00.

    Premium Merchant Membership Provides All Of The Following

    A) Featured Monthly Exposure On SAC'S Ever Popular Website, Instagram, Facebook Page and Twitter;
    B) A Quarter Page Advertising Spread In SAC'S twice a year Bulletin;
    C) Featured Listings On SAC'S 1st Avenue Bulletin Boar;.
    In Short SAC'S Premium Merchant Membership is Something That Is Right Up The Alley For those Merchants Who Wish To Stand Out Just a Little Bit From The Crowd. For More Information, Please Contact Agnes Our Office Manager At office@suttonareacommunity.org



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