Gentrification

Residents of 83 Bowery Protest Margaret Chin for Selling out Chinatown

Last modified September 1, 2017 at 5:39 pm

With Margaret Chin up for re-election next month, these Chinatown Bowery denizens are making plenty of noise in opposition. The embattled tenants of 83-85 Bowery, deadlocked in battle with landlord Joseph Betesh, are protesting the councilwoman at her headquarters later today. The protest rally is the second such action in a month for this Tenants […]

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Jeremiah Moss at his ‘Vanishing New York’ Book Signing and Reading [RECAP]

Posted July 31, 2017 at 9:38 am

We hear it often. Our city is losing its soul. In the hyper-gentrification that has sped up since the turn of the millennium, those of us who pre-date this era, frequently – and too often rightly – lament the closing of favorite local businesses, the loss of scale when high rises replace beloved older buildings, […]

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Chinatown Art Brigade Gets Vocal Tonight with ‘Lights On, Speak Out’ Event

Posted May 12, 2017 at 5:07 am

The Chinatown Art Brigade is set to unleash its spring projection event, dubbed “Lights On, Speak Out!” on Lower Manhattan. The program expands on their ongoing anti-displacement work in Chinatown, to include projections that “actively oppose the ban on refugees and immigration from Muslim countries.” Passersby will be invited to sing along to karaoke and […]

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Report: ‘Omens of Upheaval’ Threaten to Destroy Chinatown

Posted February 15, 2017 at 5:18 am

The subject of gentrification in Chinatown is hitting a tipping point. One need only attend a Community Board 3 meeting to witness the struggle. Residents challenging the succession of uptown style establishments at the expense of more homegrown mom and pops. Now, Steve Cuozzo at the New York Post talks about the “omens of upheaval” […]

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155 Attorney Claims to ‘Reinvent’ the Lower East Side with $4K Luxury Rentals

Posted February 9, 2017 at 5:14 am

Four years of planning, construction, stop-work orders, and late-night actions disturbing the neighbors, 155 Attorney Street is finally ready to roll. The luxury residential building is now leasing, with move-ins slated to begin on March 1. The seven-story development at 155 Attorney Street boasts 37 luxury apartments of the one- and two-bedroom variety. The most […]

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Elite Millenials Club ‘Magnises’ Fails to Deliver the World, Members Want their Money Back

Posted January 26, 2017 at 5:03 am

File this one under first-world problems. The elite millenials club Magnises has created a rift among its membership. Boo-hoo. You might recognize Magnises as the uppity entity behind the “members-only penthouse” at the Hotel on Rivington. They began meeting here two years ago, moving from a West Village townhouse, and paying non-exclusive rent that permitted […]

‘Chinatown Art Brigade’ Takes a Stand with Anti-Gentrification Projections [INTERVIEW]

Last modified September 30, 2016 at 9:50 pm

“Gentrification is Modern Colonialism,” read the illuminated stencil above the corner of Chrystie and Grand Streets. That was but one message that traveled through the neighborhood last Saturday night. These rather straightforward projections come courtesy of the Chinatown Art Brigade, which roams the namesake area armed with a light projector and a mantra of anti-gentrification. We […]

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Lower East Side Partnership Looks to Expand its Reach by Annexing Canal Street

Posted September 15, 2016 at 9:49 am

The recently-rebranded Lower East Side Partnership is looking to expand its boundaries by annexing new territory on the nebulous border of Chinatown. Specifically the bottom of Ludlow Street and around the corner onto Canal and Essex. It just launched an exploratory effort to drum up local support for the push. The Partnership already set two […]

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Mapping Vacant Stores to Show How ‘High Rent Blight’ is Killing the City

Posted August 29, 2016 at 5:12 am

Warehousing. High rent blight. Store for rent. Call it what you want, but it’s a big problem in a city that so eagerly tosses its working class, mom-and-pop establishments into the proverbial gutter, in favor of high-paying corporate chains. It’s something that the Lower East Side, but the city at large, grapples with to a […]

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More About that 3-Level Equinox Gym Coming to Ben Shaoul’s Orchard Street Development

Last modified September 1, 2017 at 5:03 pm

It’s old news that developer-landlord Ben Shaoul attracted Equinox gym to his new ten-story condo project beside Katz’s Deli. But it’s not yet a done deal. More red tape. The city, vis-a-vis the Board of Standards and Appeals, must first approve a special permit to operate a “physical culture establishment” under current zoning restrictions [PDF]. […]

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