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City Should Protect LES Heritage by Preserving 1939-Era East River Park Buildings [OP-ED]

Posted October 4, 2021 at 5:00 am

The following editorial was written by Richard Moses, president of the Lower East Side Preservation Initiative. Last Friday, the City’s East Side Coastal Resiliency team sent out its final report (i.e. Amended Programmatic Agreement) on the East River Park’s historic Art Deco Track House and Tennis Center Comfort Station, two beautiful architectural gems that were […]

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An Open Letter to Scott Stringer: Save East River Park

Last modified July 26, 2021 at 7:59 am

The following open letter was penned by Lower East Sider Kim Sillen. Dear Comptroller Stringer, Ten years ago, you were a terrific advocate for the Grand Street neighborhood on the Lower East Side, when you helped Friends of Gulick Park secure funding for the renovation of this small park that lies at the intersection of […]

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Elected Officials Act Like Only the Wealthy are Entitled to Open Green Space [OP-ED]

Posted July 9, 2021 at 5:03 am

The following editorial was written by Kirsten Theodos, an East Village resident. Governor Cuomo recently unveiled his plans for an Essential Workers Monument at Rockefeller Park in Battery Park City. The “Circle of Heroes” would honor the essential workers who carried the City through the pandemic. While the intent is honorable, it would require destroying […]

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A Hate Crime in Chinatown Sows Division in Response [OP-ED]

Posted June 14, 2021 at 5:08 am

The random attack on a 55-year-old woman in the heart of Chinatown shattered the relative sense of security in the neighborhood. Following this sucker-punch incident in front of 65 Bayard Street, activists demanded reaction from lame-duck de Blasio or any of the mayor hopefuls. It was the opposite – a real shitshow typical of Chinatown […]

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On the Lower East Side Waterfront, the Fight is Not Over [OP-ED]

Posted April 27, 2021 at 5:09 am

The following Op-Ed was written by Tenants United Fighting for Lower East Side (TUFF-LES), a waterfront group aimed at “preserving affordability, appropriate and diverse commercial and residential community development, disaster recovery preparedness, resiliency and environmental quality.” Fellow New Yorkers, residents of the Two Bridges Waterfront Community: As you may or may not know, since 2016 […]

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Elected Officials Ignore Mom’s Plea to Stop the City from Destroying East River Park [OP-ED]

Last modified April 22, 2021 at 10:39 am

The following editorial was written by Kirsten Theodos, an East Village resident. There is a crisis right now in New York City. The limited green space we have is under attack, and even a global climate crisis and pandemic won’t stop the City from destroying it. I live near East River Park, the only meaningful green […]

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New Year, Wrong Stamp for USPS Commemorative Postage [OP-ED]

Posted January 19, 2021 at 5:19 am

With the Lunar New Year fast approaching, the U.S. Postal Service released its annual commemorative stamp to honor the holiday. Yet, the new postage seriously misses the mark, is wrong on many levels. The Lunar New Year – observed this year on February 12 – is celebrated by several Asian cultures, but it’s difficult to […]

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The COVID-19 Red Tape Strangling Outdoor Dining [OP-ED]

Posted December 21, 2020 at 5:03 am

Barely a week after the ban on indoor dining took effect, the city imposed new guidelines related to the outdoor dining spaces (aka “streeteries”). The red tape, which outlaws structures covered on more than two sides, effectively kills the “open restaurant” plan, leaving establishments again dependent on the more variable takeout business. The ever-mutating regulations […]

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Chinatown Businesses Hunker Down for a Long Cold Winter

Posted December 15, 2020 at 5:04 am

As winter descends upon the city, Chinatown restaurants are amidst the expensive process of hunkering down for a long winter of by weatherizing their outdoor dining spaces. While most have chosen to simply enclose their shacks with vinyl sheeting, others have innovated  more creative designs, such as the “guard booths” of Tasty Hand-Pulled Noodles or the “shed” of Ping’s Seafood. […]

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Good News/Bad News for East River Park [OP-ED]

Posted October 30, 2020 at 5:07 am

The following editorial was written by Pat Arnow, a photographer and writer on the Lower East Side who helped found East River Park Action in 2019.  East River Park will remain entirely open and untouched by construction through the end of the year. The latest delay in the massive flood control project – the $1.45 […]

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