Columbus Park Controversy: Chin Comes Away from Police Meeting with Few Answers

We’ve been following the controversy that erupted in Chinatown after the videotaped arrest of a man in Columbus Park earlier this month.  City Councilmember Margaret Chin, as well as representatives from the offices of Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Borough President Scott Stringer and community groups met today with 5th Precinct officers and Parks Department officials.  Tonight Chin has put out a press release, which reads in part:

The NYPD refused to answer specific questions about the incident in question, citing that the matter was subject to an ongoing internal investigation. “The tension between the NYPD, area residents, and performers in Columbus Park has persisted for far too long,” Council member Chin said in a statement. “The incident in Columbus Park last week was unacceptable – for both the officers and for the community members involved. There are clear rules to obtaining permits for amplified sound in all of the City’s parks and they must be adhered to without exception. We also must ensure that the permitting process is transparent, accessible, and equitable for all who want to use this public space.  Our local precincts are there to protect us and they must be respected as they go about their duties.  The situation that occurred in Columbus Park is disheartening on many levels. We must promote better understanding and closer ties between our local police precincts and the members of our community.”

The 5th Precinct Community Council ‘s monthly meeting will be held tomorrow night (7 p.m., 21 Spring Street). We’ll be there to see whether residents question precinct commanders about the Columbus Park incident.

On June 27th, Community Board 3 is planning a meeting in Columbus Park to go over rules for granting sound permits.

As 35 Cooper Square is Dismantled, Activists Plan Wednesday “Funeral,” Future Strategy

As we mentioned yesterday, preservation activists are planning a rally tomorrow night (6 p.m.), in front of 35 Cooper Square, the historic row house that is being demolished to make way for new development. The event is meant to mourn the loss of a treasured landmark, but also to galvanize the community for preservation battles still to come. After the jump, you can read a letter being circulated by the event’s leaders.

Schools Chancellor to Hold Town Hall on Lower East Side

Dennis Walcott, the new chancellor of New York’s public schools, is coming to the Lower East Side. He’s holding a town hall meeting June 14th at P.S. 20, 166 Essex Street.

According to an email from Community District 1’s Community Education Council, Walcott will “discuss student achievement, school finances and our city’s educational goals and priorities.” He’ll also take questions from parents and other audience members.

The town hall begins at 6 p.m. Translation services will be available.

Community Board 3’s June Liquor License Agenda

Foundation, 137 Essex Street.

Community Board 3 is out with next month’s meeting agendas, including the docket for the SLA Committee hearing on June 20th. You can see some of the highlights after the jump:

Sorella Plans New Eatery on “Underdeveloped” Allen St.

There were some interesting morsels in yesterday’s Post profile of Emma Hearst, co-owner and chef of Sorella, the Italian-inspired small plates spot on Allen Street.  First off, plans are in the works for a small “steak driven eatery.” The new spot, scheduled to open next year, will feature beef from the Hearst Cattle Ranch in California (Emma is the great great-granddaughter of William Randolph Hearst).

Spider-Man Workers Stranded, Is Historic Preservation Destructive?, Clothing Store Convent Shutters

  • Spider-Man staffers become stuck on a crane in Chinatown (Channel 2).
  • As the June 15th expiration date approaches, some Democrats are unconvinced Governor Cuomo is sufficiently committed to expanding rent laws (Legislative Gazette).
  • NYCHA is forcing tenants with “more space than they need” into smaller apartments (Daily News).
  • New Museum exhibition asks: Is preservation harming our cities? (NYT)
  • Rep. Carolyn Maloney launches a new campaign to pass an Equal Rights Amendment for women (Daily News).
  • Stanton Street clothing store Convent is closing after about a year in business; starting June 12 everything is 80% off (Racked).


Good Morning!

Wise Guys on the Roof

Photo by Joel Raskin.

Partly cloudy this morning, with thunderstorms developing in the afternoon. Look for a high of 81.