Margaret Chin

City Council Levels Lawsuit Against the City to Rein in Two Bridges Skyscrapers

Posted December 10, 2018 at 5:00 am

In the wake of the City Planning affirmative vote last week for three waterfront skyscrapers to proceed, City Council on Friday took legal action to pump the proverbial brakes. The 10-3 result didn’t sit well with Speaker Corey Johnson, who promised that the legislative body would level a lawsuit in no uncertain terms. He took […]

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City Planning Approves Two Bridges Skyscrapers, Opponents Threaten Legal Action

Posted December 6, 2018 at 5:00 am

The dystopian future in which glass towers wall off the Lower East Side waterfront is now much closer to happening. City Planning Commission yesterday approved controversial plans for three proposed skyscrapers that will drastically change the composition of the neighborhood. The Real Deal reported that the vote carried by a 10 to 3 margin, thereby […]

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Pols Commit to Returning Stanton Storehouse to Community Use

Posted November 20, 2018 at 5:04 am

The Stanton Street storehouse inside Sara D. Roosevelt Park – a Parks Department silo – will finally return to community use. But don’t get too excited just yet. According to a report in The Villager, the Chief of Staff for Councilwoman Margaret Chin, former Community Board 3 Chair Gigi Li, told the Parks subcommittee last […]

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Make No Mistake, CM Margaret Chin Wants Towers in Two Bridges [OP-ED]

Posted November 16, 2018 at 5:03 am

The following editorial was written by community leader David Tieu, a member of the Lower East Side Organized Neighbors coalition, which is staunchly opposed to the incoming waterfront development. With just a rubber stamp of City Planning approval, four mega-towers on the flood plain of the Lower East Side waterfront – each between 60 and […]

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Report: If Asked, Mayor de Blasio Would Speak to Chinatown about Proposed Jail

Posted October 24, 2018 at 5:05 am

Is it possible that the mayor would come to Chinatown and field concerns about his proposed high-rise jail? During the weekly “Ask the Mayor” radio segment on WNYC two weeks ago, Mayor de Blasio told host Brian Lehrer that if the local councilmember in either of the affected four boroughs invited him to a community […]

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Responding to Wave of Opposition, City Hall to Host Town Hall on Chinatown Jail Proposal

Posted August 31, 2018 at 5:02 am

Residents and concerned citizens alike will now have a forum to both voice their misgivings and hold the city accountable for the potential new jailhouse at 80 Centre Street. The Manhattan Detention Center petition released last month seemed to nab the ears of enough local politicians; this past Monday, Councilwoman Margaret Chin announced that the city […]

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Chinatown Fights Back Against Mayor’s ‘Community-Based’ Jail Plan

Posted August 20, 2018 at 5:03 am

Last Wednesday, Mayor de Blasio announced the draft plan to replace the Rikers Island prison system over the next decade. As part of its so-called “roadmap to closing Rikers,” the city envisions glitzy new jail facilities in four of the five boroughs. Including one situated in downtown Manhattan, on the border of Chinatown. In a […]

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Two Bridges Developers Propose Subway Enhancements to Gain Favor; Community Wins Extension for EIS Review

Posted June 26, 2018 at 5:00 am

Yesterday’s rally and subsequent march regarding three new super-tall towers on the waterfront, orchestrated by Councilwoman Margaret Chin and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, was successful. The community fought for an extension to review the draft Environmental Impact Statement released two weeks before the Community Board 3 summer recess. The advisory body has sixty days […]

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Two Bridges Outraged at EIS Timing, Rallying Today to Protest Waterfront Towers

Posted June 25, 2018 at 9:47 am

Two Bridges activists and local politicians are outraged that the Department of City Planning released the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for three incoming super-tall waterfront towers just as Community Board 3 is preparing for its annual summer recess. The documents went public on Friday afternoon, and the agency is expected to certify today. (JDS Development […]

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CM Chin Urges ‘Firm Deadline’ for 85 Bowery Tenants to Return Home

Posted June 19, 2018 at 9:39 am

Tenants are again pushing for direct city intervention in the ongoing saga of 85 Bowery. It’s been five months without a clear-cut timeframe as to when residents can return home; ambiguity is running rampant. Yesterday, resident leaders held a press conference on the steps of 85 Bowery to draw attention to allegations that landlord Joseph […]

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