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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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Mayor Should Call ‘Collect’ for Borough-Based Jail Plan [OP-ED]

Posted September 5, 2019 at 5:09 am

As expected, the City Planning Commission this week rubber-stamped the controversial jail plan which would see the closure of Rikers Island in favor of four new borough-based jails. Next up is today’s City Council ULURP hearing, which will likely amount to just another mass validation session. Question is, besides the unofficial “common sense” caucus among councilmembers, […]

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Mayor de Blasio’s Flawed Jail Plan Leaves Inmates Further from Home [Op-Ed]

Posted August 22, 2019 at 5:00 am

As summer winds down, we head ever-closer to the city-wide ULURP hearings on the proposed borough-based prison plan. All said and done, it’s been one big farce the past several months, through various public hearings in four boroughs held by city agencies (save the respective community boards). At each turn, neighborhoods rallied to oppose Mayor […]

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Chinatown is Not Equipped to Handle Heat Waves [OP-ED]

Posted August 12, 2019 at 5:04 am

The heat wave from July 18-21 revealed serious concerns about Chinatown and other under-served communities where city cooling centers were nonexistent or out of reach for many. Chinatown had three cooling centers listed on the city’s official website. Yet, the most easily accessible one to seniors had a “members only” sign taped prominently to the […]

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