Op-Ed

The City is Ignoring the Environmental Impacts of Mega-Towers Along the Waterfront [OP-ED]

Posted September 27, 2018 at 5:00 am

The following editorial was written by Samuel Moskowitz, who has lived almost his entire life on the Lower East Side and is concerned with the rapid overdevelopment of the neighborhood. If built as planned, the Lower East Side mega-tower complex of 2,775 apartments will be one of the largest residential developments in New York City. […]

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Gov. Cuomo’s Albany Con [OP-ED]

Last modified September 12, 2018 at 6:33 am

The following editorial was written by local activist Erin Harvey. President Donald J. Trump’s disastrous policies, dog whistle politics, Supreme Court picks and overall debasement of the presidency are doing lasting damage to our democracy. This cannot be understated. While we are consumed by the sleazy spray-tanned conman-baby occupying the White House and pinning our […]

‘POPS’ Goes the Elizabeth Street Garden

Last modified September 5, 2018 at 8:48 am

Developers behind the controversial Elizabeth Street Garden affordable housing project are going straight to the public with their plans. Now, area locals will have another chance to interact with Haven Green, the proposed seven-story, “deeply affordable” senior housing development and its Privately Owned Public Space (POPS) that together replace the garden. Pennrose Properties, Habitat for […]

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Why the Chinatown Jail Proposal is a Terrible Idea [OP-ED]

Posted August 22, 2018 at 5:00 am

The following editorial on the Mayor’s “community-based” jail for Chinatown was written by area activist Karlin Chan. I knew we were screwed when my inquires regarding the proposed expansion of the Manhattan Detention Center (MDC) at 125 White Street announced by Mayor de Blasio went unanswered. It got me thinking. Was it really necessary to close […]

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Why CitizenM is the Worst Neighbor on the Bowery [OP-ED]

Posted June 15, 2018 at 5:02 am

The following editorial was written by longtime reader, and frequent commenter, Big Tim Sullivan. After a seemingly never-ending construction period, CitizenM has been “reaching out” to neighbors to enlist their help and garner support for approval of the hotel’s much-needed liquor license. (For CanteenM on the ground level and CloudM on the rooftop.) They need […]

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From the Displaced Tenants of 85 Bowery

Posted February 2, 2018 at 5:04 am

The displaced tenants of 85 Bowery, homeless for the duration of “emergency” repairs on a destabilized staircase, have this to say about the situation. We are the tenants of 85 Bowery who were kicked out of our apartments on January 25. Our lives were upturned and we have been living through a nightmare since, not […]

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Living in District 1, It’s Time to Stop Being Indifferent [OP-ED]

Posted November 6, 2017 at 10:27 am

In a democracy, so the saying goes, the people get the government they deserve. Don’t we deserve better in District 1? Former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was a cancer that spread throughout Lower Manhattan over the course of 40 years. His malfeasance eroded our vital democracy, carved up our district and turned out gerrymandered zombie […]

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Restoring the ‘Stanton Building’ to the Community will Benefit the Environment [OP-ED]

Posted October 5, 2017 at 5:03 am

The following op-ed was penned by Wendy Brawer. Her nonprofit, Green Map System, is a member of the community coalition at Sara D. Roosevelt Park. It’s time to return to the Stanton Building to the Lower East Side community, a move that together addresses climate change and community well-being. Located at the northern end of […]

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Uneven Ground: Is there a CB3 Double Standard Regarding Chinatown Restaurants? [OP-ED]

Posted August 17, 2017 at 8:29 am

The following opinion piece was written by Chinatown activist, and Community Board 3 member Karlin Chan. As a member of Community Board 3, but primarily as a Chinatown resident, activist, and advocate, I cannot keep silent any further. It is disturbing to see CB3 apply different sets of rules when it comes to the SLA subcommittee’s […]

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As the LPC Approves Demolition of Beth Hamedrash Hagadol, We Should Get Creative with Preservation [OP-ED]

Posted July 12, 2017 at 9:39 am

Since its tragic fire, the future of the Beth Hamedrash Hagadol synagogue has been a topic of much debate. Yesterday, the Landmarks Preservation Commission approved Rabbi Mendel Greenbaum’s push for demolition of heavily damaged portions of the 167-year-old structure. There had been preliminary plans with the Chinese-American Planning Council to erect a new development pre-fire. Prior to yesterday’s […]

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