YMCA Teen Center Hosts Open House Tonight

This one’s last minute but better late than never!  The Chinatown YMCA’s Teen Center at Two Bridges is hosting an open house tonight from 6-9:30 p.m.  The center is located at 285 South Street.


Lower East Side Tenant Leader Marie Christopher Remembered

Marie Christopher with State Assemblyman Brian Kavanagh at a health fair earlier this year. Photo: courtesy Assemblyman Kavanagh’s office.

Today loved ones, friends and colleagues are remembering Lower East Side tenant activist Marie Christopher, who lost her battle with cancer this week. Christopher was the tenant president at 210 Stanton Street, a subsidized housing complex.   She was also a member of GOLES, Good Old Lower East Side and a citywide leader in the fight for affordable housing.

This afternoon, U.S. Rep. Nydia Velazquez released the following statement:

 Many of us in the Lower East Side have lost a neighbor and we have all lost a tireless champion for better communities.  Whether it was her work to expand community policing, get drugs out of our communities or her passion for tenants’ rights, one cannot dispute that Marie Christopher made our City a better place.  Her spirit will live on in the progress she made and the causes she held dear.  My thoughts and prayers are with her family and all those who knew and loved her.

Wasim Lone, the director of housing services for GOLES, said Christopher was an invaluable resource and a good friend who will be missed. “Her dedication and commitment were incredible. She was an amazing leader in New York City’s tenant movement,” he said.


Morning Reads: Sandy Aid Bill Approved, 7-Eleven on Avenue A, Chinese Restaurants Idealized

The U.S. House approves Hurricane Sandy aid bill (NYT).

Sheldon Silver tries to take tax relief for homeowners in the hurricane zone “one step further.” (Real Deal)

Governor Cuomo signs expansive gun control law (NYT).

Tonight: meeting to discuss new 7-Eleven on Avenue A (EV Grieve).

A look at the work of Local Spokes, the community-based bike advocacy program (Streetfilms).

New York has everything, right? Maybe not, especially when it comes to Hollywood’s vision of the ideal Chinese restaurant (Scouting New York).

At Sperone Westwater: “A Picture Gallery in the Italian Tradition of the Quadreria (1750-1850).” (Gallerist)


Good Morning!

Clinton Street (Lomo)

Clinton Street. Photo by Roey Ahram.

The rain continues today but will begin to ease off by the afternoon hours.  Look for a high of 37.

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