Bill de Blasio

City Honors Sun Yat-Sen with Plaza and Permanent Statue in Columbus Park

Posted November 15, 2019 at 5:13 am

Mayor de Blasio, Councilwoman Margaret Chin, and other politicians this week dedicated a slice Chinatown’s Columbus Park to Dr. Sun Yat-Sen. This past Tuesday, what would have been the 153rd birthday of the founding father of China, also marked the return of the bronze statue after the city excavated a new permanent home. The area […]

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De Blasio Suddenly Lovestruck over Chinatown as High-Rise Jail Plan Looms [OP-ED]

Posted March 6, 2019 at 5:05 am

The following editorial was written by outspoken Chinatown activist Karlin Chan. The Bill de Blasio-Margaret Chin sitcom’s latest episode raises interesting questions. Has Mayor de Blasio developed Chinatown fever? Or just a sudden taste for authentic chop suey? In his third neighborhood visit in as many weeks, last Thursday night he delivered Lunar New Year […]

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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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Mayor Announces New Office to Protect Tenants from the City’s ‘Worst Landlords’

Posted January 11, 2019 at 5:08 am

The mayor is going further to hold corrupt landlords accountable in a more permanent fashion. During his annual State of the City address yesterday, Mayor de Blasio announced the formation of the Mayor’s Office to Protect Tenants, an oversight agency to help regulate this escalating tenant harassment issue. The nascent agency will ensure that the […]

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

Last modified February 10, 2019 at 10:47 pm

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]

Last modified February 10, 2019 at 10:48 pm

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

Last modified February 10, 2019 at 10:48 pm

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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