Chinatown Working Group

CB3 Votes to Co-Sponsor Controversial Rezoning of LES Waterfront in Bid to Thwart Supertall Development

Posted October 19, 2017 at 5:01 am

Thanks to a confluence of election year politics and incessant grassroots organizing, development along the Lower East Side waterfront is firmly in the spotlight. It’s a rare moment when the voice of the people is being heard, albeit barely. There is definitely traction, but a race against the clock is afoot. Nevertheless, Community Board 3 […]

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‘Chinatown Art Brigade’ Takes a Stand with Anti-Gentrification Projections [INTERVIEW]

Last modified September 30, 2016 at 9:50 pm

“Gentrification is Modern Colonialism,” read the illuminated stencil above the corner of Chrystie and Grand Streets. That was but one message that traveled through the neighborhood last Saturday night. These rather straightforward projections come courtesy of the Chinatown Art Brigade, which roams the namesake area armed with a light projector and a mantra of anti-gentrification. We […]

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Local Groups Protest Margaret Chin’s Alleged Refusal to Protect the LES Waterfront

Posted September 29, 2016 at 5:14 am

The Coaltion to Protect Chinatown and the Lower East Side is turning up the heat against Councilwoman Margaret Chin, who, the group alleges, is refusing to back the full Chinatown Working Group (CWG) Rezoning Plan. The herculean undertaking was planned in response to the 2008 rezoning which left out large portions of downtown. (The argument […]

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Extell’s South Street Foundation Progress from Above

Last modified January 18, 2017 at 11:49 pm

Here’s looking down at you, Extell… With confusion (and misinformation) regarding overall building height still at play – probably between 72 and 80 stories – Extell’s unwanted market-rate tower on South Street (aka One Manhattan Square) is beginning to take shape. Aerial views of the project site show the first substantial evidence of foundation and […]

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