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Bette Midler Tweets Opposition to$1.45B East River Park Resiliency Plan

Posted July 14, 2020 at 5:04 am

Coronavirus be damned, it appears the city is still on course to begin destruction of the East River Park this fall. And Bette Midler is not happy. “The idea of destroying parkland during a pandemic, where people are desperate for open space is insane,” the superstar singer tweeted to her 1.7 million followers last night, […]

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LPC Rescinds Beth Hamedrash Hagadol Landmarking, Paving Way for Towering Development

Posted July 8, 2020 at 5:00 am

On Mother’s Day in 2017, a teenaged arsonist torched Beth Hamedrash Hagadol. Three years later, the smoldering Norfolk Street site is no longer a city landmark. The Landmarks Preservation Commission last week voted to rescind the special designation that protected the synagogue for five decades. It was purportedly done so without much discussion from the […]

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Mayor’s Borough-Based Jail Plan Defunded $473M and Now on Hold

Posted July 7, 2020 at 5:00 am

Grassroots groups in diametric opposition to the city’s borough-based jail plan this week declared victory at its delay. For now. Last week, City Council and Mayor de Blasio approved the $88.1 billion budget for the 2021 fiscal year. Within the accompanying report, the city mentioned, “Planned commitments for new borough-based jails have been reduced by […]

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Elizabeth Street Garden Reopens Post-Shutdown

Posted July 6, 2020 at 5:04 am

At a time when city folk are clamoring for more open space, the Elizabeth Street Garden comes to the rescue. The one-acre sculpture park – nestled in the middle of Little Italy – reopened to the public over the weekend. Yet, with limited hours. Temporary visitation is weekends from 10:00am to 6:00pm. There are also […]

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Under Presure from Chinatown, Mayor Pledges $80M to Restore 70 Mulberry Street

Posted July 3, 2020 at 5:02 am

The fire-scorched school building at 70 Mulberry Street will see life anew, thanks to massive city funding. Mayor de Blasio announced yesterday in his morning press briefing that the new budget contains a line item for $80 million dedicated to restoration of the historic building. Hizzoner spent a solid four minutes discussing how Chinatown was […]

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When Rivington House Wouldn’t Clean its Garbage Mess, a Neighbor Stepped In

Posted July 2, 2020 at 5:06 am

A Good Samaritan took responsibility where a multimillion-dollar hospital system would not. As previously reported, the outside of Rivington House – future home of Mount Sinai’s future Behavioral Health facility – essentially devolved into decrepitude with the accumulation of trash at the doorstep. Untouched for days on end. But one Lower East Sider took matters […]

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Rallying Against Demolition of Century-Old School Building at 70 Mulberry Street

Last modified June 30, 2020 at 1:08 pm

Saturday afternoon, dozens of preservationists gathered outside 70 Mulberry Street to protest the demolition of a Chinatown relic. The former public school building that has served as a beacon of neighborhood nonprofits for decades. More than one hundred people congregated outside the fire-stricken structure. Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams also showed his support for the […]

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Community Protests City’s Demolition of 70 Mulberry Street

Posted June 25, 2020 at 5:00 am

It’s been five months since a devastating fire tore through the historic PS 23 building at 70 Mulberry Street. And with the city amidst full demolition – permits were approved this month – area preservationists are rallying to save what’s left. Neighbors argue that there is a total lack of transparency regarding the demolition and […]

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Does Anyone Actually Believe the East River Park Resiliency Project will Only Last 5 Years? [OP-ED]

Posted June 24, 2020 at 5:09 am

The following editorial was written by Lower East Sider, Barbara Katz Rothman. How long was five years when you were a child?  From when you learned to walk until the end of kindergarten?  From the kid you were at three until the end of third grade? From that ten-year-old adorable kid in the photo sitting […]

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Candy Store Sets the Grass on Allen Street

Posted June 24, 2020 at 5:03 am

With sidewalk planters a major eyesore, one Lower East Side business is going out of pocket for a quick fix. One such square – on Allen just north of Delancey – is now beautified. We’re told that the owner of BonBon, the two-year-old candy shop, planted several sod squares to fill in the planting bed […]

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