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Lower East Side Voices: A Small Business Owner Staying Positive, Working Hard

You may have noticed a little restaurant, Factory Tamal, that opened on Essex Street not long ago. It’s run by Fernando Lopez, a Mexican immigrant who has worked his way up through New York City’s restaurant industry. …

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Lower East Side Voices: “The Land Belongs to All of Us”

We’re continuing our series today, Lower East Side Voices, in which we talk with local immigrants about their experiences in this country and about the Trump administration’s immigration policies. …

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Lower East Side Voices: The Freedom Swimmer

Perspectives on immigration: A Videotaped interview with Chinatown resident Chris Chung. …

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The Mayor’s “Fall Guy” in the Rivington House Fiasco Speaks Out

Ricardo Morales, the former city official who lifted deed restrictions at Rivington House, is talking about his firing. …

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At Rivington House Forum, Personal Stories and Pledges to Keep Up Pressure on the Mayor

If you ask the mayor, there’s little or no hope of returning Rivington House to the Lower East Side community. …

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Snow Day! Is It Lunch Time Yet?

Here’s a look at our less-than-advertised spring blizzard via @joana_m_l’s Instagram. @bialystoker_les was out in Chinatown earlier:

And Amy Robinson took in the …

DCAS Commissioner Lisette Camilo with Mayor de Blasio. File photo/NYC Mayor's Office.

Commissioner Says City Official Was Not Fired Due to Rivington House Fiasco

A deputy city commissioner was not fired because he signed off on lifting deed restrictions at Rivington House, but his boss won’t say what led her to the termination. …

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Sheldon Silver’s Appeal Will Be Heard on Thursday

It’s a big week for former Lower East Side Assemblyman Sheldon Silver, who’s appealing his conviction on federal corruption charges. …

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Rivington House Forum Takes Place on Sunday

Here’s a reminder about an event coming up on Sunday. It’s a forum to discuss what’s next for Rivington House. Here’s a section of …

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13 Women Arrested in Columbus Circle Protest Taken to 7th Precinct

Thirteen women arrested during protests at Columbus Circle yesterday were brought to the 7th Precinct on Pitt Street for processing. …

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MTA Bus Driver Arrested After Hitting Pedestrian on East Houston Street

An MTA bus driver was arrested after striking a pedestrian last night o East Houston Street at Avenue D. The incident happened in front of the Baruch Houses at about 9 p.m. …

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Grand Street Guild Residents Suspect Their Owners Are Planning Two New Towers

The Lower East Side is, of course, in the midst of its biggest construction boom in decades. Several projects now underway are reshaping the neighborhood. Now residents fear another large-scale residential development is about to be unleashed on a community weary of pile driving, barricaded sidewalks and cranes. …

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Open Letter to Elizabeth Street Garden Group: Please Cancel Your Rivington House Action (Updated)

A community group, Friends of Elizabeth Street Garden, has scheduled a rally at Rivington House facility this morning to, as their Facebook invite explains, “Wake up Mayor Bill de Blasio and Council member Margaret Chin” to the lost opportunity for affordable housing at the former nursing home. This event is not sitting well with other local activists, who have been advocating for the return of Rivington House for many months. …

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City Official Who Signed Off on Rivington House Deed Changes Has Been Fired

The city official who approved the lifting of deed restrictions at Rivington House has been fired. …

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Tenants Relocated After City Declares Apartments at 159 Stanton St. Unsafe (Updated)

The Department of Buildings issued a partial “vacate order” today for 159 Stanton St., a building owned by notorious landlord Steve Croman. …