Positive Declaration

New York County - The City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed 1-41 West 53rd Street New York, NY and 45-20 33rd Street, Queens, NY may have a significant adverse impact on the environment and a draft Environmental Impact State must be prepared.

The action involves an application from the Museum of Modern Art. The action would require: the rezoning of a portion of the midblock on the north side of 53rd Street from C5-P to C5-2.5; a zoning text amendment to the special Midtown District chapter to modify the district map to reflect the elimination of the proposed rezoning area from the Preservation Subdistrict; a zoning text amendment to ZR Section 81-066 (Special permit modifications of Section 81-40 and Section 77-00) to allow the transfer of bulk across district lines in the Special Midtown District by Special Permit of the City Planning Commission; a Special Permit pursuant to the modified ZR Section 81-066 to allow the transfer of bulk across district boundaries in the Special Midtown District; an authorization pursuant to Section 81-90 to modify streetwall requirements; modification to an existing variance from the board of Standards and Appeals to modify rear-yard requirements, and temporary use of properties in Queens. The project is located at the former Dorset Hotel location, 53rd and 54th Streets, New York City, and 45-20 33rd Street, Queens, NY.

Contact: Robert Dobruskin, 22 Reade Street, New York, NY 10007, (212) 720-3423.