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Are We Really the Fairest Big City with a Mayor for the 1%? [Op-Ed]

Posted January 18, 2019 at 5:09 am

The following editorial was written by David Tieu on behalf of Youth Against Displacement, a group formed by youth across the City who aim to stand up against the Mayor’s pro-developer agenda and protect our communities from displacement. Last week, New Yorkers were greeted with two new proposals from the de Blasio administration: a “municipal […]

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At Pier 42 Park, a New Shed Takes Shape

Posted January 10, 2019 at 5:03 am

The first real park progress is now visible on the Pier 42 waterfront. The bones of a new structure. Extracting the rusty riverside shed from its longtime mooring last fall was Phase 1A. The second part of Phase 1 includes new infrastructure designed by Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects – comfort station (aka toilets) and a […]

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Years Overdue, Pier 35 ‘Eco Park’ Debuts Today

Posted December 19, 2018 at 5:00 am

After nearly a decade of severe delays, infrastructural setbacks, and personnel changes, the city finally has something to show for Pier 35. The fancy new eco-park is now ready for community use. Ribbon-cutting ceremony is later this morning with designer SHoP Architects, officials from the Economic Development Corp., and local stakeholders. It’s been a mad […]

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Neighborhood Group Prepares Lawsuit Against City Over Two Bridges Towers

Posted December 12, 2018 at 5:01 am

“The City is trying to violate its own law to approve the luxury towers on the Two Bridges waterfront,” announces a flyer from the Lower East Side Organized Neighbors. Mere days after City Council leveled a lawsuit against the City Planning Commission for green-lighting the trio of skyscrapers, more such opposition is in store. The […]

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City Council Levels Lawsuit Against the City to Rein in Two Bridges Skyscrapers

Posted December 10, 2018 at 5:00 am

In the wake of the City Planning affirmative vote last week for three waterfront skyscrapers to proceed, City Council on Friday took legal action to pump the proverbial brakes. The 10-3 result didn’t sit well with Speaker Corey Johnson, who promised that the legislative body would level a lawsuit in no uncertain terms. He took […]

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City Planning Approves Two Bridges Skyscrapers, Opponents Threaten Legal Action

Posted December 6, 2018 at 5:00 am

The dystopian future in which glass towers wall off the Lower East Side waterfront is now much closer to happening. City Planning Commission yesterday approved controversial plans for three proposed skyscrapers that will drastically change the composition of the neighborhood. The Real Deal reported that the vote carried by a 10 to 3 margin, thereby […]

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Make No Mistake, CM Margaret Chin Wants Towers in Two Bridges [OP-ED]

Posted November 16, 2018 at 5:03 am

The following editorial was written by community leader David Tieu, a member of the Lower East Side Organized Neighbors coalition, which is staunchly opposed to the incoming waterfront development. With just a rubber stamp of City Planning approval, four mega-towers on the flood plain of the Lower East Side waterfront – each between 60 and […]

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Floating Billboard Barges are the New Reality for LES Waterfront

Posted October 26, 2018 at 5:00 am

With the gold rush of the Lower East Side waterfront comes the vultures. Several readers have noticed the recent influx of billboard barges floating across the East River. As this area continues to gentrify, and with the prospect of three new large-scale luxury developments looming, those eyeballs are obviously evermore valuable to advertisers. Such tactics […]

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Watch the City Planning Hearing on LES Supertalls [VIDEO]

Posted October 25, 2018 at 5:05 am

One week ago, the City Planning Commission held a public hearing on the deluge of development slated for the Lower East Side waterfront. It was a marathon session attended by dozens in the community, plus the developers who are collectively vying to add additional luxury towers in Two Bridges. The day was stacked with testimony, […]

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Extell’s One Manhattan Square is Now ‘Fully Enclosed’

Posted October 23, 2018 at 5:00 am

It seemed like the job would never finish, but One Manhattan Square is finally completely glassed up. Fully enclosed from top to bottom, it’s a feat almost six years in the making. Dating back to Extell’s purchase of the Pathmark plot in February 2013 for $175 million, and destruction of the supermarket the following year. […]

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