On Rivington Street, the Old TeaNY Transforms into Chris Marte HQ
Campaign posters litter the storefront, sitting side by side with leasing signs to attract more permanent tenants. Operational for weeks, we’re told that 90 Rivington is an “annex office” staffed by volunteers and interns. (Headquarters is on Elizabeth Street.)
Marte is pulling out the stops exactly one week before the general election. His advocates in Chinatown and Lower East Side rallied more than 350 people in support last Wednesday; he also gained an endorsement from The Villager.
As previously reported, Marte is running on the Independence Party line, having lost to incumbent Margaret Chin in the September Democratic primary by a little over two hundred votes. Enough people, however, penciled in his name on ballots.
This use of 90 Rivington Street is certainly a departure from what was supposed to open here last spring. (But Moby is probably happy with the political activism of his former store.) At one point, the owner of Sticky’s Finger Joint was planning to open Terrific Values, a “food and beverage retail experiential concept.” There was a collage pimping its arrival for months earlier this year. Yet it never did.