Op-Ed

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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Adam Purple’s Grandson Responds to Hotel Indigo’s Controversial Rooftop Bar ‘Mr. Purple’ [OP-ED]

Posted December 28, 2015 at 9:45 am

Currently in its sixth week of operation, the backlash against Hotel Indigo, Gerber Group, and the Mr. Purple nightspot on the fifteenth floor is snowballing. And rather quickly. As we’ve exhaustively chronicled, the rooftop hang is borderline defamation of character. Steve Mason, Adam Purple’s grandson, responds to the whole situation with the following editorial.  I […]

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Let’s Find the Political Will to Save Elizabeth Street Garden and Build More Housing in CB2 [OP-ED]

Posted November 2, 2015 at 9:28 am

Take a look at a m​ap​ of Little Italy and SoHo. There is not a single garden or green park from Bowery to the Hudson River, from Canal to Houston Street, except Elizabeth Street Garden, ​a heavily-­used green oasis in our dense urban neighborhood. Our local community would like to preserve Elizabeth Street Garden as […]

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Lower East Side and Chinatown, Rise Up! [OP-ED]

Last modified January 18, 2017 at 11:48 pm

The following opinion piece was penned by Sophie DeBenedetto, a representative of the Coalition to Protect Chinatown and Lower East Side. For the last few weeks, the Lower East Side has been buzzing with news of a new era. Many different sectors of the community have been coming out to support the adoption of a […]

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