Elections

Lower East Side Reaction to Biden Presidential Victory

Posted November 9, 2020 at 5:06 am

Jubilation remains in the air just days after Joe Biden defeated incumbent Donald Trump to become the 46th president of the United States. Whether from rooftop or blacktop, pedestrians, motorists, and residents made feelings known. Honking horns, pots clanging, screaming, and the like became the Saturday afternoon symphony. Then yesterday evening, the canvas above the […]

Inside SoHo’s Frozen Zone: Plywood, Protests, and Paint

Last modified November 6, 2020 at 12:48 pm

On the day after the election, a few locals drinking outside of Fanelli Cafe on Prince Street could be heard debating the reason why SoHo was once again boarded up. One man insisted that the city was headed for another Covid-19 outbreak, and that the stores were preparing that reality; the other man fired back […]

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Post-Election Chaos: Clashes Erupt Near Washington Square Park

Posted November 5, 2020 at 5:00 am

It was chaos downtown last night, as clashes erupted between protesters and police officers over the presidential election. Gothamist reported that demonstrators gathered in Washington Square Park shortly before 8:00pm, and were later met by “hundreds of NYPD officers.” It turned rowdy as some set small fires and berated police for supporting President Trump; dozens were […]

Reminder: Who’s on the Local Ballot in Today’s Democratic Primary

Posted June 23, 2020 at 5:12 am

Just a reminder to registered Democrats out there: the Manhattan primaries for the Democratic statewide and Congressional ballots are today, and a lot of incumbent seats are challenged this time around. Here’s how the contenders shape up in relation to the surrounding neighborhoods… In the congressional arena, repping parts of Chinatown, the Lower East Side […]

Christopher Marte Launches City Council Campaign for 2021

Posted January 22, 2020 at 5:09 am

Christopher Marte is jumping back into the City Council election ring. With three-time Councilmember Margaret Chin terming out next year, the local politician is looking to capitalize early on the District 1 seat. Essentially building on the momentum he created during the 2017 election that gave Chin a run for her money. (The incumbent squeaked […]

New Yorkers Vote Overwhelmingly to Impose Community Board Term Limits

Posted November 8, 2018 at 5:04 am

The people of New York City have spoken, and it’s in favor of term limits for community boards. The populace voted Tuesday in favor of the controversial “Proposal 3,” which imposes an eight-year term limit on the volunteer members sitting on community boards around the Five Boroughs (i.e. four consecutive two-year terms, but can rejoin […]

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Here’s a Map Showing How the Lower East Side Voted in the City Council Election Last Week

Posted November 17, 2017 at 5:03 am

With more than a week having elapsed since the general election, the above map plots the results of the City Council District 1 race. It was a heated campaign that saw incumbent Margaret Chin fighting for her life against the upstart Christopher Marte. Chin defeated Marte by nearly 3,000 votes to secure a third term […]

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Living in District 1, It’s Time to Stop Being Indifferent [OP-ED]

Posted November 6, 2017 at 10:27 am

In a democracy, so the saying goes, the people get the government they deserve. Don’t we deserve better in District 1? Former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was a cancer that spread throughout Lower Manhattan over the course of 40 years. His malfeasance eroded our vital democracy, carved up our district and turned out gerrymandered zombie […]

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On Rivington Street, the Old TeaNY Transforms into Chris Marte HQ

Last modified October 31, 2017 at 1:16 pm

The teeny bit of TeaNY that remains on Rivington Street will eventually get replaced. But until then, it’s a staging area for City Council hopeful Chris Marte. Campaign posters litter the storefront, sitting side by side with leasing signs to attract more permanent tenants. Operational for weeks, we’re told that 90 Rivington is an “annex […]

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Marte to Challenge Chin for City Council Seat in November General Election

Posted October 4, 2017 at 5:00 am

The scrappy campaign of Chris Marte might be down, but it’s not out. We got word yesterday that the fight against incumbent Councilwoman Margaret Chin for the District 1 seat is still alive. The rebound is owed to a fluke of voting. What the campaign has called a “unicorn” event. Basically, six registered Independence Party […]