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Rivington House Petition Reaches 1300 Signatures; Press Conference Today

This morning at University Settlement, community activists are gathering for a press conference meant to keep the pressure on the de Blasio administration over …

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Grand Street Community Leader Heshy Jacob Dies at the Age of 71

Harold “Heshy” Jacob, one of the most influential members of the Lower East Side’s Jewish community, has died at the age of 71.

The …

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Could Rezoning Block Two Bridges Mega Towers? Unlikely, Some Community Leaders Say

The Two Bridges area is already a major construction zone. As Extell Development’s 80-story luxury tower rises on Cherry Street, at least three more large-scale projects have been added to the drawing board. …

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Tenants Make Themselves Heard as Croman Case is Pushed Back

Two controversial landlords who own a number of Lower East Side buildings were confronted by their tenants Tuesday morning. …

247 Cherry St. (right) alongside Extell's One Manhattan Square. Rendering by SHoP Architects.

Development Frenzy Leads to Pleas For Master Plan in Two Bridges Area

In response to a wave of new large-scale development projects, local Council member Margaret Chin and others are calling on the city to set in motion a master planning initiative for the Two Bridges community. …

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Memos Show Deputy Mayor Knew About Rivington House Deal

New evidence emerged over the weekend that a senior official in the de Blasio administration knew of the Rivington House deal long before the mayor’s office has previously admitted. …

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Yep Tours/Focus Travel Travails: Driver arrested For Alleged DUI

Still image: NBC 10/Philadelphia.

More trouble for Focus Travel/Yep Tours. The Chinatown bus company faces new questions this morning after a driver was arrested …

Croman resident and LES organizer Cynthia Chaffee speaks at Stabilizing NYC's press conference at City Hall. Photo: Alex Gerald

Stabilizing NYC Coalition Releases Report, “Banking on Gentrification”

Tenants, elected officials and community organizers released a report yesterday intended to highlight the banking industry’s role in New York City’s housing crisis. …

The "Culinary Kids Farm Rockaway Project" in Queens (photo courtesy of ioby)

Neighborhood Challenge Offers Matching Funds for Community Projects

This summer, a nonprofit community engagement platform, “In Our Backyards” (ioby) is kicking off a new neighborhood challenge to help Lower East Side residents bring their community-based project ideas to fruition. …

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State Attorney General: Allure Group Made False Promises Regarding Rivington House

This week there are some encouraging new signs that a shady deal allowing the old school building to fall into the hands of luxury condo developers could potentially be reversed. …

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Lower East Side Rabbis Speak Out Against Neighborhood Shuls For Hosting LGBT Event

Several Lower East Side rabbis, and a few from outside the neighborhood, are calling on two local synagogues to “publicly distance themselves” from a group pushing for acceptance of gay Jews in Orthodox congregations. …

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RIP Essex Street Market Vendor Ron Budinas

The Essex Street Market is a close-knit community. So it hit especially hard a few weeks ago when a longtime member of the market’s family, Ron Budinas, suffered a fatal heart attack. …

Local activists and elected officials rallied at Rivington House in April.

Rivington House Petition: It’s Time For the Mayor to Do the Right Thing

You can add your voice to the chorus demanding the return of the former nursing facility to the people on the Lower East Side. …

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Brewer, Chin Push Legislation to Reform Deed Change Process

Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and City Council member Margaret Chin unveiled proposed legislation today that would require more transparency for changes in deed …

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Beth Israel is Closing; Smaller Hospital Planned on 2nd Avenue

Beth Israel Hospital, a fixture on the Lower East Side since 1889, is shuttering its 16th Street building and opening a much smaller facility …