Elected Officials Speak Out Against LES Hate Crimes

City Council members and other elected officials just wrapped up a press conference urging anyone with information about a series of attacks on the LES to come forward. The news conference was organized by Councilmember Margaret Chin in response to five incidents targeting older Asian women. Police are investigating the incidents as hate crimes. If you have any info call Crimestoppers. Contact details in the previous post.

Three Rosies and The Lower East Side Girls Club

Rosario Dawson and Tina Huang flanked by Girls Club members at 2008 gala. Photos by Jamie Chiu via guestofaguest.com

Actress Rosario Dawson will direct a special benefit reading of selections of Eve Ensler‘s new book, “I Am an Emotional Creature: The Secret Life of Girls Around the World,” on Monday evening at P.S. 122 at 6:30pm.  The performance will feature 20 girls who are members of the LES Girls Club and will be introduced by Councilwoman Rosie Mendez.

Followup: Police Investigate Attacks on Asian Women

As we mentioned this morning, police are investigating the attacks on five Asian women on the Lower East Side in the last couple of weeks. The incidents are being investigated as hate crimes. In the surveillance video below, you’ll see three young men and two women waiting for their victim in the lobby of an apartment building. The women apparently beat their victims as the men watch.

Chinatown Working Group Receives Grant, Leans Towards Expansive “Study Area”

Mott Street in Chinatown.

The Lower Manhattan Development Corp. agreed yesterday to award a $150,000 grant to the Chinatown Working Group (CWG), a broad-based community organization developing a comprehensive plan for the neighborhood. The grant will be used to hire a planning firm, to finalize a proposal that will be submitted to New York City’s Planning Commission later this year.

Weekend Arts & Entertainment

Along with our weekly music picks, here are a few other enticing activities happening in the hood this weekend:

Bassist Ben Allison, who will be perfoming Sunday at Abrons via Carnegi Hall's Neighborhood Concerts series.

Writer Patrick Pacheco will be on hand for a Q&A after the 7:30p screening of Waking Sleeping Beauty tonight at the Sunshine Cinema

Attacks on Asian Women Investigated, Firm Seeks to Revive Seaport Plan, Council Looks to Cut Tour Bus Noise

Police are investigating the attacks on five Asian women in the past 10 days in the area surrounding the Williamsburg Bridge. The attacks are being considered hate crimes (WCBS).

General Growth Properties, emerging from bankruptcy, wants to resurrect its plan to redevelop the South Street Seaport (Downtown Express).

The City Council urges the mayor to adopt a more “selective budget cutting strategy.” (Gotham Gazette).

The Council will hold a hearing on a bill to curb tour bus noise. Some residents are unhappy the new regulations wouldn’t take effect to 2022 (AM New York).