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City Council member Margaret Chin with Eladia Velez.

A Grand Street Celebration: Mama YaYa Turns 100

Mama YaYa celebrated her birthday in style on Saturday. And with good reason. The longtime Lower East Side resident, Eladia Velez, just turned 100! …

Mercedez Ruiz

Longtime Tenant Leader Mercedes Ruiz Remembered as a Tireless Community Advocate

Over the weekend and on Monday, friends and loved ones will be remembering Mercedes Ruiz, a beloved tenant leader on the Lower East Side. …

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From the Lower East Side to the Executive Suite: Sylvia Montero Tells Her Story

A video interview with a trailblazer from the neighborhood. …