Op-Ed

Living in District 1, It’s Time to Stop Being Indifferent [OP-ED]

Posted November 6, 2017 at 10:27 am

In a democracy, so the saying goes, the people get the government they deserve. Don’t we deserve better in District 1? Former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was a cancer that spread throughout Lower Manhattan over the course of 40 years. His malfeasance eroded our vital democracy, carved up our district and turned out gerrymandered zombie […]

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Restoring the ‘Stanton Building’ to the Community will Benefit the Environment [OP-ED]

Posted October 5, 2017 at 5:03 am

The following op-ed was penned by Wendy Brawer. Her nonprofit, Green Map System, is a member of the community coalition at Sara D. Roosevelt Park. It’s time to return to the Stanton Building to the Lower East Side community, a move that together addresses climate change and community well-being. Located at the northern end of […]

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Uneven Ground: Is there a CB3 Double Standard Regarding Chinatown Restaurants? [OP-ED]

Posted August 17, 2017 at 8:29 am

The following opinion piece was written by Chinatown activist, and Community Board 3 member Karlin Chan. As a member of Community Board 3, but primarily as a Chinatown resident, activist, and advocate, I cannot keep silent any further. It is disturbing to see CB3 apply different sets of rules when it comes to the SLA subcommittee’s […]

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As the LPC Approves Demolition of Beth Hamedrash Hagadol, We Should Get Creative with Preservation [OP-ED]

Posted July 12, 2017 at 9:39 am

Since its tragic fire, the future of the Beth Hamedrash Hagadol synagogue has been a topic of much debate. Yesterday, the Landmarks Preservation Commission approved Rabbi Mendel Greenbaum’s push for demolition of heavily damaged portions of the 167-year-old structure. There had been preliminary plans with the Chinese-American Planning Council to erect a new development pre-fire. Prior to yesterday’s […]

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Why Are Female Street Artists Under-Represented at the Bowery Houston Wall? [OP-ED]

Last modified June 6, 2017 at 10:30 am

The following opinion piece was written by street artist activist Ann Lewis. Since 2008, Goldman Properties has curated, funded, and promoted nearly 20 murals on the Bowery Houston Wall to honor the memory of Keith Haring, who first painted the original concrete slab in 1984. In that time, 21 artists have been honored with this incredible […]

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Hotel 50 Bowery is an Insult to Chinatown with its Insensitive ‘Opium Den’ Themed Club [OP-ED]

Posted May 22, 2017 at 9:33 am

The following opinion piece was written by Chinatown activist Karlin Chan. Many Chinatown residents are disgusted that 50 Bowery’s Joie De Vivre glass hotel towers over the turn-of-the-century neighborhood, arguing how out of character it is compared to the surrounding area, while others show concern it may further fuel gentrification and displacement. Yet, the announcement […]

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Left in Limbo: Choosing Between Safety and Keeping Our Homes at 159 Stanton [OP-ED]

Posted March 7, 2017 at 9:38 am

The following piece was written by a vacated tenant on behalf of the 159 Stanton Street Tenants Association. On Saturday, February 25, 2017, two apartments at 159 Stanton Street, were vacated due to “imminent danger” to people and property in the building. Several residents, including a 12-year-old child, were displaced. We have been left in limbo, […]

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It’s a Shonda that the Tenement Museum Refuses to Back the Proposed Lower East Side Historic District [Op-Ed]

Posted July 28, 2016 at 5:00 am

The following opinion piece about the proposed Lower East Side Historic District was written by Joyce Mendelsohn and Mitchell Grubler from the Friends of the Lower East Side preservation group. Although the campaign for a Lower East Side historic district has its roots in efforts led by the Tenement Museum, the current administration of the […]

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Once a Treasure of Our Neighborhood, the Chinatown YMCA Heads South [OP-ED]

Posted July 12, 2016 at 8:00 am

The following opinion piece was penned by local activist Georgette Fleischer, President of the Friends of Petrosino Square community group. I love the Chinatown Y. I love the exercise classes (pilates and spin are particular favorites). I love swimming laps in the pool. I love community building with diverse neighbors of all ages. But there […]

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Graffiti Scene Hard Hit with Drug Epidemic [OP-ED]

Last modified February 24, 2016 at 11:45 am

The following editorial was submitted to us by a member of the graffiti community who chose to remain anonymous. The tipster felt that, while our Uncapped: Beneath the Paint Series showcases the artists, the inherent struggles, and even death, there is a huge piece missing. Drugs. This is not an easy read, and it’s going to piss […]

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