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 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. Continue reading As 35 Cooper Square is Dismantled, Activists Plan Wednesday “Funeral,” Future Strategy
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.
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: Continue reading Community Board 3′s June Liquor License Agenda
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). Continue reading Sorella Plans New Eatery on “Underdeveloped” Allen St.
Photo by Joel Raskin.
Partly cloudy this morning, with thunderstorms developing in the afternoon. Look for a high of 81. Continue reading Good Morning!