Coalition to Protect Chinatown

Judge Halts Two Bridges Megatowers After Hearing 3 Lawsuits

Posted June 6, 2019 at 5:00 am

A state Supreme Court judge yesterday extended a temporary halt on a slate of controversial Two Bridges waterfront towers, following a day of testimony on three separate lawsuits accusing the city of illegally approving the $4.5 billion developments. Judge Arthur Engoron, who presided over the cases, issued an injunction against the developers behind three super-tall […]

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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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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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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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Displaced Tenants of 85 Bowery to Resume Hunger Strike

Posted May 22, 2018 at 5:00 am

Displaced tenants of 85 Bowery – whose personal belongings were publicly trashed curbside several weeks ago – remain in exile exactly four months after the city issued a full vacate order on the destabilized tenement. With homecoming delayed indefinitely as landlord Joseph Betesh completes renovations, a resumption of the prior hunger strike is now planned for […]

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85 Bowery Tenants Threaten Hunger Strike if Emergency Repairs Not Complete by Feb. 7

Posted February 5, 2018 at 5:00 am

The 75 displaced tenants of 85 Bowery, some of whom are now lodged at the Wyndham Garden Hotel next door during emergency repairs, are willing to forego food for the cause. During the rally action last Friday, the tenants association promised to launch a hunger strike in front of the office of Housing Preservation & […]

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Tonight: Grill the Candidates Challenging Chin for City Council District 1 Seat

Last modified August 25, 2017 at 7:25 am

As the battle for the District 1 seat toils on, a candidate forum is happening tonight, to talk about the hot-button items of neighborhood development and displacement. Hosted by the Coalition to Protect Chinatown and the Lower East Side, the meeting will primarily focus on “issues of zoning, development, low-income housing, gentrification, and environmental & […]

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LES Community Group Slams CM Chin for Colluding with Developers, Demands She Step Down

Last modified April 26, 2017 at 2:23 pm

The Coalition to Protect Chinatown and the Lower East Side is demanding that Councilwoman Margaret Chin step down. The grassroots organization, which counts more than a dozen other local groups in its ranks, claims that the politician is firmly in the pocket of big-money developers. That’s not a stretch, either. One need only have attended […]

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‘Zoned Out! Race, Displacement and City Planning in New York City’ Book Launch

Posted December 12, 2016 at 5:17 am

Here’s a timely book launch and panel discussion addressing the recent real estate concerns of the neighborhood vis-a-vis rezoning. “Zoned Out! Race, Displacement and City Planning in New York City” was written as a response to the City’s zoning policies, stating that they have encouraged racial segregation, gentrification and displacement in neighborhoods such as the LES and Chinatown. […]

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