Bill de Blasio

Report: If Asked, Mayor de Blasio Would Speak to Chinatown about Proposed Jail

Posted October 24, 2018 at 5:05 am

Is it possible that the mayor would come to Chinatown and field concerns about his proposed high-rise jail? During the weekly “Ask the Mayor” radio segment on WNYC two weeks ago, Mayor de Blasio told host Brian Lehrer that if the local councilmember in either of the affected four boroughs invited him to a community […]

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Why the Chinatown Jail Proposal is a Terrible Idea [OP-ED]

Posted August 22, 2018 at 5:00 am

The following editorial on the Mayor’s “community-based” jail for Chinatown was written by area activist Karlin Chan. I knew we were screwed when my inquires regarding the proposed expansion of the Manhattan Detention Center (MDC) at 125 White Street announced by Mayor de Blasio went unanswered. It got me thinking. Was it really necessary to close […]

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Meenakshi Srinivasan Resigns as LPC Chair Following Controversial Proposal

Last modified April 20, 2018 at 7:11 am

Meenakshi Srinivasan, chair of the Landmarks Preservation Commission, officially resigned yesterday after four years on the job. The Times-Ledger out of Queens broke the news, and the LPC has already confirmed her resignation. This sudden departure of the top landmarks official follows weeks of opposition to a proposal that would effectively remove public input from […]

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Chinatown Could See Influx of 1,500 Rikers Inmates

Posted March 6, 2018 at 5:10 am

Last month, Mayor de Blasio announced that his administration is proceeding with the closure of Rikers Island. Inmates will instead be relocated to four community-based facilities across the boroughs, clearing the way to shut the jail. One of which is located in Chinatown, which has many in the community up in arms. Rumor has it […]

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Mayor de Blasio Officially Kicks off Construction of Corlears Hook Ferry Landing

Posted March 1, 2018 at 5:03 am

Down at the new Corlears Hook ferry landing, construction remains steady and has been for months. Nevertheless, Mayor de Blasio was there yesterday morning with a ceremonial kickoff alongside Skanska, the construction company behind the new infrastructure. “Where could we turn, right here to the water. And as you can see it’s not crowded, it’s not […]

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Elected Officials Come out Against Redevelopment of Elizabeth Street Garden as Senior Housing

Posted December 11, 2017 at 5:06 am

The Department of Housing Preservation and Development awarded the contract last Friday for an affordable housing project atop the Elizabeth Street Garden. All but a death sentence for the open space. The proposed building – developed by Penrose Development – will rise seven stories and carry 121 permanently affordable apartments for seniors. And as if […]

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Elizabeth Street Garden will be Bulldozed and Redeveloped by Penrose Development

Last modified December 8, 2017 at 12:41 pm

Now that election season is over, there is finally movement toward the controversial destruction and redevelopment of the Elizabeth Street Garden. The city will apparently announce today that it’s chosen the developer to carry out this task. The Department of Housing Preservation and Development awarded the contract for the seven-story project to Penrose Development. The […]

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Mayor de Blasio and CM Mendez Co-Hosting Town Hall Tonight

Posted October 12, 2017 at 9:24 am

‘Tis the season for town hall meetings. Tonight, Mayor Bill de Blasio and outgoing City Councilmember Rosie Mendez will co-host a town hall – this time with City Council District 2 denizens. The mayor sure is making the rounds this election year. This past June, Lower East Siders had a chance to lob questions at de Blasio and Councilmember […]

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Rumor: Hell Square Operator Paul Seres Seeks ‘Night Mayor’ Position

Last modified April 22, 2018 at 6:26 pm

Mayor de Blasio last Tuesday evening signed the bill into law that creates the controversial Office of Nightlife, a bureau charged with helping the city’s nightlife industry grow while managing various community concerns. “The office will be led — I’m not going to announce any names yet, there is a massive competition going in — […]

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De Blasio Signs Law that Provides Sweeping Protections Against Tenant Harassment

Posted September 1, 2017 at 5:15 am

On Wednesday afternoon, Mayor de Blasio signed a groundbreaking bill into law – one that serves as the first line of defense against those landlords who self-certify and use illegal construction to force tenants out of their homes. By passing “Intro 918,” the city will increase DOB inspections for construction applications at buildings where more […]

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