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City Council Takes Stand Against Placard Abuse In Bill Passage

Posted December 2, 2019 at 5:05 am

Parking placards be damned. Last week, City Council passed a package of bills to curb placard abuse. Sponsored by Councilwoman Margaret Chin, the legislation (Intro 932) specifies penalties for violations, including revocation of parking privileges from anyone guilty of misusing a City-issued placard more than three times or using a fraudulent placard once. In fact, […]

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City Council Passes Bill that Keeps Knickerbocker Village Affordable for 50 Years

Posted November 1, 2019 at 5:08 am

City Council passed a resolution Thursday afternoon that preserves affordable housing at Knickerbocker Village for the next fifty years. The bill provides a property tax abatement that will help offset future rent hikes. Years ago, management for the Two Bridges residential complex announced a rent hike of 13% to account for upgrades to the aging […]

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Chinatown Fights Back Against Proliferation of ‘Disrespectful’ Film Shoots

Posted September 30, 2019 at 5:07 am

The frequency of film shoots and the negative impacts on local residents is receiving renewed attention in the halls of City Council. Chinatown and the Lower East Side, in particular, are popular neighborhoods for productions due to that (rapidly disappearing) old New York feel. Have been for years, and are often a major interruption for […]

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Will the Mandated Storefront Vacancy Database Solve High Rent Blight?

Posted August 9, 2019 at 5:08 am

City Council last month passed a bill that would require all business owners to register their storefronts with the city. This move toward cataloging aims to be the first public database of retail spaces with corresponding vacancy status in the country. “Int. No. 1472” was introduced earlier this year by the office of Borough President […]

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Judge Rules in Favor of Public Review Process for Two Bridges Mega-Towers

Posted August 2, 2019 at 5:00 am

Another defeat for developers in the battle for the Lower East Side waterfront. Yesterday afternoon, State Supreme Court Judge Arthur Engoron ruled in favor of New York City Council and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer in their lawsuit against the city, which contends that the three proposed mega-developments in the Two Bridges neighborhood must go […]

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Councilwoman Chin’s Open Space Game as Haven Green Goes to City Council Vote Today

Last modified June 28, 2019 at 8:45 am

While the fate of Elizabeth Street Garden will ultimately be decided in the courts, today’s City Council vote on the Haven Green affordable housing project set to rise on the Garden marks the final chapter in the city’s Uniform Land-Use Process (ULURP). Garden advocates fear the vote will be another rubber-stamp action by the City […]

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City Council’s Land Use Committee Votes in Favor of Haven Green

Posted June 12, 2019 at 5:00 am

The Haven Green development in Little Italy is one step closer to reality. And by extension, so is the destruction of the 20,000 square-foot Elizabeth Street Garden atop which it will sit. The four-member City Council Land Use committee yesterday unanimously approved the mixed-use project, which, if approved, is to offer 123 studio apartments of […]

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Elizabeth Street Garden Supporters and Housing Advocates Clash at City Hall Hearing for Haven Green

Last modified May 7, 2019 at 7:55 am

Supporters rallying to save Elizabeth Street Garden lined the steps of City Hall last Thursday chanting: “No Rubber Stamp!” This was a message to Councilmembers inside who were about to hold a hearing on the controversial Haven Green project. As part of the city’s public land-use review process (ULURP), the Haven Green development, with its […]

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Two Bridges Developers Respond to New Lawsuit Against the City

Posted March 25, 2019 at 5:04 am

Friday morning, a coalition of concerned neighbors and grassroots organizations under the umbrella Lower East Side Organized Neighbors, filed a lawsuit against the city in State Supreme Court to halt the construction of three new skyscrapers along the Two Bridges waterfront. The ultimate goal is preventing a wall of glass and implementing the decade-old, grassroots Chinatown Working […]

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Neighborhood Group Sues the City to Stop New Towers in Two Bridges

Posted March 22, 2019 at 5:00 am

Three months after first leveling the threats, the Lower East Side Organized Neighbors (LESON) has filed a lawsuit to stop four new towers (as part of three developments) from sprouting on the Two Bridges waterfront. The community organization partnered with the Asian American Legal Defense Fund to take the fight to the city. LESON has […]

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