Rosie Mendez

City Council Mulling Mahfar’s Controversial East Houston Rezoning Bid After City Planning Approval

Last modified March 16, 2018 at 11:50 pm

Samy Mahfar will stop at nothing until his dream of rezoning part of East Houston Street is realized. It’s a selfish play to ensure bars or restaurants are permitted in his forthcoming luxury development at 255 East Houston (aka 171 Suffolk). Nothing new, really. Mahfar’s associates twice pitched Community Board 3 to install a commercial […]

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Mayor de Blasio Signs Tenant Notification Bill into Law

Posted June 3, 2015 at 5:12 am

Well, that didn’t take long. The city continues to slowly constrict underhanded strategies employed by predatory landlords. With a swift flick of the wrist, yesterday Mayor Bill de Blasio signed into law the Rosie Mendez-Gale Brewer co-sponsored bill that requires landlords to provide tenants at least 24 hours notice before launching into any non-emergency renovations that would “disrupt building services,” […]

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Bully the Bully: Taking a Step Back at Samy Mahfar’s 102 Norfolk Street [OP-ED]

Posted December 12, 2014 at 5:01 am

We broke news earlier this week that several tenants living in Samy Mahfar-owned buildings around the Lower East Side organized an association (“Mahfar Tenants Coaltion”) to help combat the controversial landlord’s terrible track record of harassment. Their focus for the moment is on the toxic lead levels at 102 Norfolk and 210 Rivington Streets earlier this year. […]

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Councilmembers Call for Charges Against Driver Who Killed Pedestrian on Kenmare Street

Last modified February 13, 2015 at 12:04 am

The rental van driver who plowed through the north crosswalk at Elizabeth and Kenmare last month, killing an 82-year-old woman, is now under fire from the city. An arrest was not made after the incident on September 25, yet an investigation remains ongoing. Nevertheless, Councilmembers Margaret Chin, Rosie Mendez, and Ydanis Rodriguez are now calling […]

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Notes from CB3: Mission Chinese Food Approved for 171 East Broadway, Rosie Mendez Makes a Cameo

Posted September 9, 2014 at 5:05 am

September 2014 might actually go down as the shortest SLA subcommittee meeting in Community Board 3 history. There were only six items on the agenda, but the marquee applicant, as it were, was not heard until the bitter end. In short, it was a positive night for Mission Chinese Food and Taqueria. Not so much […]

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Rosie Mendez Calls on City Planning to Support “East Bowery Preservation Plan”

Posted February 7, 2012 at 6:19 am

At the forefront of the campaign these last few years, the Bowery Alliance of Neighbors continues the fight to safeguard our beloved thoroughfare.

A Rally for Seward Park Urban Renewal Area (SPURA)

Last modified November 23, 2009 at 6:37 pm

Yesterday was a day of activism in the Lower East Side.  For starters, dozens of neighborhood folk gathered at the southeastern corner of Delancey and Suffolk to show support for the re-development of the Seward Park Urban Renewal Area (SPURA), which was cleared back in November 1967. Councilmembers Rosie Mendez and Margaret Chin both spoke, […]