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Councilman Introduces Bill to Rename the Williamsburg Bridge After Sonny Rollins

Posted October 18, 2017 at 5:00 am

For one Lower East Sider, the quest to rename the Williamsburg Bridge after Jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins just took a major step forward. City Council is now reviewing a bill that would make this happen. In response to this community led effort, Brooklyn Councilman Stephen Levin introduced the bill, which is also supported by Brooklyn […]

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Tenants Rally to Applaud City Council Vote to Stop ‘Construction as Harassment’

Posted September 27, 2017 at 9:35 am

There is a rally this afternoon to applaud the City Council vote on legislation to stop the trend of “construction as harassment.” The event is organized by the Stand for Tenant Safety Coalition, whose mission is the same. They’re a collection of community organizations “fighting to protect the lives and homes of New York City […]

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Marte’s City Council Campaign Hopeful as BOE Begins Counting Absentee Votes

Last modified September 19, 2017 at 7:24 am

Still 200 votes shy of defeating two-term incumbent Margaret Chin, City Council challenger Christopher Marte is not giving up. Especially as the Board of Elections prepares to “open and count” absentee and affidavit votes. “Depending on the numbers, we will likely request a recount,” he told us last week. In the meantime, media outlets have […]

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Marte is Not Conceding to Chin in District 1 Race; Might Request Recount

Posted September 14, 2017 at 5:00 am

While Councilwoman Margaret Chin basks in the glow of perceived victory in the Democratic Primary this past Tuesday, her main foe has not conceded. And doesn’t plan on it. Not yet, at least. Technically, the race is still too close to call. Data from the city Board of Elections still shows Chin ahead of Christopher […]

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CM Chin Pushes Bill to Block Super-tall Developments in Two Bridges

Posted August 29, 2017 at 5:04 am

Catching up on some news from last week… Councilwoman Margaret Chin introduced legislation that aims to halt three proposed waterfront mega-developments on the fast track to approval. “Intro 1685” calls on the Department of City Planning to consider certain land-use applications, including a planned “Text Amendment” that would subject three out-of-context luxury towers in Two […]

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Tonight: Grill the Candidates Challenging Chin for City Council District 1 Seat

Last modified August 25, 2017 at 7:25 am

As the battle for the District 1 seat toils on, a candidate forum is happening tonight, to talk about the hot-button items of neighborhood development and displacement. Hosted by the Coalition to Protect Chinatown and the Lower East Side, the meeting will primarily focus on “issues of zoning, development, low-income housing, gentrification, and environmental & […]

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As City Council Race Intensifies, Candidate Christopher Marte Holds Press Conference on Two Bridges Over-Development

Posted August 15, 2017 at 5:16 am

As momentum builds for the City Council District 1 seat, grassroots candidate Christopher Marte is taking it to the waterfront. Again. By way of press conference. Marte is expected to speak out on behalf of the neighborhood against the lack of proactive zoning and community engagement, which “has left the residents of Two Bridges facing a […]

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Chin and Marte Duke it out for Two Bridges Votes in City Council Race

Posted August 4, 2017 at 5:00 am

The race for City Council District 1 is heating up big time. This week, the two main contenders hit the Lower East Side waterfront to stump for ever-precious votes. Councilwoman Margaret Chin looks to be in desperation mode to keep her job, as grassroots pressure from upstart Chris Marte mounts. But in Two Bridges, the […]

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Spring Street Developer Withdraws Application for Controversial Special Little Italy District Zoning Change

Posted June 26, 2017 at 5:00 am

The years-running saga of rear yard development at 53-55 Spring Street concluded two weeks ago when the landlord withdrew the proposal under community pressure. Developer Joseph Brunner (aka JBAM), who acquired the property two years ago for $15.5 million, sought to construct a one-story addition that would encompass the rear courtyard, thereby enlarging the overall […]

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City Council Not Enthused About Developer’s Attempt to Alter Special Little Italy District Zoning

Posted June 1, 2017 at 5:00 am

City Council is pushing back against one developer’s bid to alter the Special Little Italy District zoning protections, thereby allowing building upgrades at 55-57 Spring Street. Developer Joseph Brunner (aka JBAM), who acquired the property two years ago, seeks to construct a one-story addition that encompasses the rear courtyard. The construction would enlarge the retail units to the […]

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