Margaret Chin

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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Comptroller Stringer to Host Lower East Side Town Hall Tomorrow

Posted June 4, 2018 at 5:11 am

Another Lower East Side Town Hall meeting is on the books for tomorrow evening. This go-round will have a financial slant; it’s being hosted by New York City Comptroller, Scott Stringer. It’s an informational affair, where folks are encouraged to voice their opinions and learn what the Comptroller’s office is all about, and how it can […]

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85 Bowery Landlord Under Fire for Being Late in Emergency Repairs, Chin Demands Relief

Posted February 1, 2018 at 5:09 am

Two weeks ago today, seventy-five people (i.e. 29 families) were evacuated from 85 Bowery, in what is the latest chapter of a nasty dispute between tenants and landlord Joseph Betesh. The court-ordered inspection on January 18 resulted in a Department of Buildings determination that the main stairwell was not structurally sound, and required an immediate […]

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You Can Now Watch CB3 Meetings on YouTube

Posted January 26, 2018 at 5:10 am

Community Board 3 is notorious for its neverending marathon meetings. Certainly not for the faint of heart. But soon you’ll be able to enjoy the boredom from the comfort of your couch, with beverage (or joint) securely in hand. The proceedings are now televised. That’s right, live and archived webcasts of monthly full board meetings […]

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City Council Passes Bill for Increased ‘Urban Renewal’ Transparency

Posted December 14, 2017 at 9:39 am

Earlier this week, City Council unanimously voted to pass legislation that would require the City to provide public access to urban renewal plans, which have been changing the real estate landscape of New York City for decades. Intro 1533-A, sponsored by Councilwoman Margaret Chin, would require the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) to […]

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Elected Officials Come out Against Redevelopment of Elizabeth Street Garden as Senior Housing

Posted December 11, 2017 at 5:06 am

The Department of Housing Preservation and Development awarded the contract last Friday for an affordable housing project atop the Elizabeth Street Garden. All but a death sentence for the open space. The proposed building – developed by Penrose Development – will rise seven stories and carry 121 permanently affordable apartments for seniors. And as if […]

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