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Unequal Opportunity for Mott Street ‘Open Restaurants’ [OP-ED]

Posted August 20, 2020 at 5:09 am

New York City rolled out the “Open Restaurant” initiative last month as a lifeline for struggling restaurants during the ongoing ban on inside dining. While many restaurants along Mott Street have participated in the program, some are excluded due to the fire lane on the west side of the street. Yet, curiously, these restrictions don’t […]

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Ode to the Doomed Trees of East River Park [OP-ED]

Posted August 13, 2020 at 5:05 am

The following editorial was written by Lower East Sider, Barbara Katz Rothman. There’s something truly sad about the sight of a dead tree. Look at that photo of the tree killed by the storm last week. We think of trees and use them as metaphors, so often, even by “urban types” like me who actually prefer city skylines […]

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How the Coronavirus Brought Chinatown to its Knees [OP-ED]

Posted July 24, 2020 at 5:05 am

Dark days are on the horizon. The initial tally of Chinatown restaurant closures the last few months isn’t pretty, with many local favorites falling victim to the Covid-19 lockdown. The novel coronavirus started taking an early toll on Chinatown restaurants and other businesses back in December 2019 when news from overseas broke on the outbreak. […]

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Does Anyone Actually Believe the East River Park Resiliency Project will Only Last 5 Years? [OP-ED]

Posted June 24, 2020 at 5:09 am

The following editorial was written by Lower East Sider, Barbara Katz Rothman. How long was five years when you were a child?  From when you learned to walk until the end of kindergarten?  From the kid you were at three until the end of third grade? From that ten-year-old adorable kid in the photo sitting […]

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Disaster Squared: Coronavirus and Hurricanes Poses Deadly Threat to Lower East Side [OP-ED]

Posted May 28, 2020 at 5:03 am

The following editorial is written by Pat Arnow. For more than a year, the city has been ignoring solid community opposition to a massive flood control project that will demolish East River Park, and do the opposite. Now, with a furious hurricane season predicted, not listening could prove dire for these unwealthy sections of the […]

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Chinatown Asks, Where’s the Beef? [OP-ED]

Posted April 6, 2020 at 5:08 am

In scenes reminiscent of life in the Soviet Union during the Cold War, where long lines were the norm for basic necessities and food, the past couple weeks of coronavirus quarantine have shown a crack here at home. Despite federal and state leaders’ calls to remain calm and reassurances that there are bountiful supplies of meat, vegetables and […]

I May Survive Coronavirus, but My Friendships Won’t [OP-ED]

Last modified March 27, 2020 at 7:20 am

While I may survive the COVID-19 pandemic, some of my friendships won’t. As xenophobia grips the masses, racist attacks and harassment against Asians are on the rise at home and abroad. While many would condemn attacks or harassment on social media platforms, how many would intervene when it involves friends? Sadly, my guess is probably not […]

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Mount Sinai and Pols Agree that Reopening Rivington House Could Alleviate Hospitals Overwhelmed by COVID-19

Posted March 19, 2020 at 5:00 am

The local grassroots organization fighting to preserve Rivington House proposes to reopen the former AIDS home to stem the oncoming onslaught of COVID-19 patients. Its standard-bearer, Kathleen Webster, wrote the following editorial. The Governor asked for potential sites for hospital overflow related to COVID-19 patients. We asked Mount Sinai if they would offer Rivington House. […]

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Elderly ‘Canners’ Prove it’s Time to Raise the Bottle Deposit [OP-ED]

Last modified November 7, 2019 at 8:35 am

Canning. It sounds like a job in a processing plant, or maybe a sport. But it’s not; it’s a legit side hustle for many seniors to supplement social security or other benefits. We’ve all seen them on the downtown streets of the Lower East Side, Chinatown, and the financial district, lugging bagfuls or pushing heaping […]

Here’s Why DOT Shouldn’t Move Forward with Hated Chinatown ‘Gateway’ Art Design [OP-ED]

Posted October 18, 2019 at 5:04 am

A glimmer of hope came over me last month when I was informed that Department of Transportation would delay its presentation to Community Board 3 regarding the controversial Chinatown “Gateway” marker. I was cautiously optimistic that Linda Lee’s “Dragon’s Roar” design would be scrapped due to unanimous local outrage and opposition, and that the selection […]

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