Margaret Chin

Chinatown Fights Back Against Proliferation of ‘Disrespectful’ Film Shoots

Posted September 30, 2019 at 5:07 am

The frequency of film shoots and the negative impacts on local residents is receiving renewed attention in the halls of City Council. Chinatown and the Lower East Side, in particular, are popular neighborhoods for productions due to that (rapidly disappearing) old New York feel. Have been for years, and are often a major interruption for […]

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Mayor Should Call ‘Collect’ for Borough-Based Jail Plan [OP-ED]

Posted September 5, 2019 at 5:09 am

As expected, the City Planning Commission this week rubber-stamped the controversial jail plan which would see the closure of Rikers Island in favor of four new borough-based jails. Next up is today’s City Council ULURP hearing, which will likely amount to just another mass validation session. Question is, besides the unofficial “common sense” caucus among councilmembers, […]

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Judge Rules in Favor of Public Review Process for Two Bridges Mega-Towers

Posted August 2, 2019 at 5:00 am

Another defeat for developers in the battle for the Lower East Side waterfront. Yesterday afternoon, State Supreme Court Judge Arthur Engoron ruled in favor of New York City Council and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer in their lawsuit against the city, which contends that the three proposed mega-developments in the Two Bridges neighborhood must go […]

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Councilwoman Chin’s Open Space Game as Haven Green Goes to City Council Vote Today

Last modified June 28, 2019 at 8:45 am

While the fate of Elizabeth Street Garden will ultimately be decided in the courts, today’s City Council vote on the Haven Green affordable housing project set to rise on the Garden marks the final chapter in the city’s Uniform Land-Use Process (ULURP). Garden advocates fear the vote will be another rubber-stamp action by the City […]

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City Council’s Land Use Committee Votes in Favor of Haven Green

Posted June 12, 2019 at 5:00 am

The Haven Green development in Little Italy is one step closer to reality. And by extension, so is the destruction of the 20,000 square-foot Elizabeth Street Garden atop which it will sit. The four-member City Council Land Use committee yesterday unanimously approved the mixed-use project, which, if approved, is to offer 123 studio apartments of […]

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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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Elizabeth Street Garden Supporters and Housing Advocates Clash at City Hall Hearing for Haven Green

Last modified May 7, 2019 at 7:55 am

Supporters rallying to save Elizabeth Street Garden lined the steps of City Hall last Thursday chanting: “No Rubber Stamp!” This was a message to Councilmembers inside who were about to hold a hearing on the controversial Haven Green project. As part of the city’s public land-use review process (ULURP), the Haven Green development, with its […]

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Double-Date with Destiny for Elizabeth Street Garden and SoHo/NoHo Residents

Last modified May 7, 2019 at 7:58 am

Today, the stakes are high for both Elizabeth Street Garden advocates and residents of SoHo and NoHo. Councilmember Margaret Chin has double-booked a date with destiny. The final public hearing in the city’s land-use review process for the Haven Green senior affordable complex, set to rise seven-stories on the beloved Little Italy garden, goes before […]

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Elizabeth Street Garden Development Nets Unanimous Approval from City Planning Commission

Posted April 12, 2019 at 5:06 am

The controversial redevelopment of the Elizabeth Street Garden cleared a major hurdle on Wednesday, as the City Planning Commission voted to approve Haven Green. The unanimous vote for the affordable senior housing project came after dozens testified for and against Haven Green, which would drop 123 units of housing at the expense of the Elizabeth […]

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If You’re Still Confused About SoHo/NoHo Rezoning, Tomorrow’s CB2 Meeting is for You

Posted April 9, 2019 at 5:08 am

If you’re still confused or frustrated by the city’s SoHo/NoHo Community Planning Process, Community Board 2 is providing residents a chance to pose questions and voice their opinions on the potential rezoning of the historic districts. The advisory body’s Land-Use committee is tasked with the complex and overlapping issues of zoning and special permits in […]

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