Margaret Chin

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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The Past Still Very Present in SoHo as Planning Process Seeks a Future

Last modified March 4, 2019 at 10:06 pm

Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer opened the second public meeting for the SoHo NoHo Plan with this brutally honest admission, setting a new tone for the participatory workshops: “I do think that the first public event sucked and we learned many lessons.”  Motivated largely by fear of displacement, residents from the affected areas returned for […]

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Chaotic SoHo/NoHo Rezoning Meeting Leaves Locals Guessing

Last modified February 8, 2019 at 10:36 am

Department of City Planning, Councilwoman Chin, and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer together just launched a plan to examine the unique zoning of SoHo and NoHo neighborhoods. Be afraid; real estate speculation can’t be too far behind. The official mission statement of this politically-charged endeavor expresses how the process is meant to “examine key land […]

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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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