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Public Hearing on Two Bridges Skyscrapers Happening this Morning

Posted October 17, 2018 at 5:08 am

Today is a pivotal day in the life of the proposed super-tall towers on the Lower East Side waterfront. The City Planning Commission is holding the final public hearing later this morning on the controversial application for the three new large-scale developments. Members of the public who attend will have a chance to speak (three […]

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Two Bridges ‘Final Stand’ Against Wall of Glass on the Waterfront

Posted October 15, 2018 at 5:04 am

While Pickle Day seduced the mainstream on Orchard Street yesterday afternoon (i.e. tourists), the mood was much less happy-go-lucky down in Two Bridges. Full sour, indeed. Dozens gathered in a show of solidarity for a so-called “final stand” against the addition of four more supertall towers along the Lower East Side waterfront. Timing of the […]

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Here’s Your Chance to Voice Opposition to the 3 Supertalls Planned for Two Bridges

Last modified July 31, 2018 at 6:45 am

The city almost pulled a fast one last month by dropping the Draft Environmental Impact Statement regarding three incoming supertall towers just as Community Board 3 was headed for summer recess. Pushback from politicians and the waterfront neighborhood, plus coverage in the press, helped push back the deadline. The advisory body has sixty days to […]

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Soil Sampling Begins for Controversial 1,000-Foot JDS Tower on Cherry Street

Posted May 22, 2017 at 5:00 am

With the environmental review process of the Lower East Side waterfront still ongoing, the sight of this familiar construction vehicle outside 80 Rutgers Slip is not reassuring. After all, these Davey Drills are oftentimes the first outwardly visible indication that new development is moving forward. As previously reported, this is the site (247 Cherry) where […]

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Draft Environmental Review Doesn’t Take into Account Effects of 3 LES Waterfront Super-Talls, CB3 Says

Posted April 21, 2017 at 5:00 am

The Department of City Planning this month issued its initial review of the overall impact that three mega-developments on the Lower East Side waterfront – composed of 2,700 rentals and condos – will have on the surrounding community. The Land-Use subcommittee of Community Board 3 met this week to discuss the city’s assessment of the […]

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City Delays Environmental Review Process for 3 Proposed Supertall Towers on the LES Waterfront

Posted April 11, 2017 at 5:10 am

The Department of City Planning decided yesterday to delay the environmental scoping hearing for three proposed developments on the Two Bridges waterfront. Said meeting is now postponed one month to May 25, a small victory for the neighborhood, which is being exploited big time. On March 17, Councilwoman Margaret Chin and Borough President Gale Brewer […]

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As Lawsuit to Stop JDS 1,000-Foot Development is Tossed, Revelation that HUD Already Supports Plans

Posted February 8, 2017 at 5:17 am

As the gold rush continues to polarize the Lower East Side waterfront, it’s the seniors living in 80 Rutgers Slip who are most affected. After all, the proposed 1,000-foot tower is to sit directly atop the this building. Literally built on the backs of seniors. This is the handiwork of JDS Development in conjunction with Two […]

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LES Activists Torpedo Developers’ Scoping Session to Protest Waterfront Towers

Posted January 19, 2017 at 5:00 am

It was only fitting that, two days after Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the spirit of protest infiltrated a planning session for the upcoming wall of glass on the Lower East Side waterfront. And a surprise, at that. The powers-that-be set up an info session (free food!) on the environmental review process (“EIS”) for the […]

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Rally Calling Out Mayor de Blasio and ‘Racist Rezoning’ At City Hall Today

Last modified January 18, 2017 at 11:39 pm

Many in the community want to end both the alleged racist rezoning and Mayor de Blasio and his administration. Time to rally ’round the family. Helmed by the Coalition to Protect Chinatown & the Lower East Side, hundreds are expected to descend on City Hall again today, with neighboring community support from the South Bronx, East Harlem, Sunset Park, Flushing, […]

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JDS Champions Affordability with its 1,000-Foot Luxury Tower on the LES Waterfront

Last modified September 27, 2016 at 9:13 am

It was standing room only last night in Two Bridges, and not for a screening of the Clinton-Trump debate. Rather a community meeting about the incoming 1,000-foot residential tower at 247 Cherry Street brought to the area by JDS Development and SHoP Architects. The assembly itself was civil, albeit tense. How could it not be? […]

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