Op-Ed

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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Mayor’s Chinatown Jail Stopped by 9/11 Toxins? [OP-ED]

Last modified October 13, 2020 at 8:06 am

Matthew J. Baione, Esq. is a partner in the 9/11 compensation law firm Pitta & Baione LLP. He has worked with the Neighbors United Below Canal to bring attention to 9/11 toxins exposure in Chinatown. The year is 2020. The question before the court is whether a jail can legally be built in Chinatown. The […]

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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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