Each Ribbon Represents a Bed Lost at Rivington House

Posted on: August 10th, 2018 at 5:07 am by

Photo: K. Webster

Activists stepped up visibility this week in the fight for the return of Rivington House to the community. The Neighbors to Save Rivington House coalition held a vigil outside the former nursing home this past Wednesday. Those in attendance, including elected officials, surrounded the facility “in a solemn direct action intended to send a message of resolve and community unity” in its demands.

As part of the protest, a stream of 219 ribbons were affixed to the ramp railing and nearby tree pit. Each ribbon represents a bed lost to greed; a home and community asset to those in need lost to luxury living.

“The Lower East Side community welcomed the conversion of this 120-year-old public school building into the nation’s first nursing home for People with AIDS in the mid-90s, and supported it ever since as the home and care facility for thousands of neighbors over the intervening years,” the group stated prior to the action. “Community members were stunned by the secret deals in 2015 that led to the lifting of the City’s use restrictions on this site, and its almost immediate sale for development into luxury housing.”

As previously reported, the condo-converted Rivington House calls for 102 apartments splitting 122,000 square-feet of residential space, including three triplex pads and one duplex. Also proposed in the plans are twelve enclosed parking spaces, bike storage for 54 residents, gym, full spa, lounge, and wine cellar.

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