A newly released report looks at how the Asian American population in neighborhoods across the city, including in Manhattan’s Chinatown, is changing. According to the analysis of Census data by the the advocacy and housing organization, Asian Americans for Equality (AAFE), the Asian population in New York City is growing rapidly and dispersing beyond historical ethnic enclaves.
Yesterday, we reported officials with the U.S. Census had gone to Community Board 3, asking for help in gaining access to several buildings in the neighborhood. One of the developments they mentioned was the Hillman Cooperative on Grand Street, where State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver lives. Today we received a statement from Silver about the situation:
Even as we speak, the U.S. Census has thousands of workers knocking on doors across New York City, in an unprecedented effort to make sure every individual is counted. It’s not an easy job. Case in point: Census officials told Community Board 3 last night they have not been able to gain access to numerous buildings on the Lower East Side — including State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s Grand Street cooperative.
It seems Census forms were sent to the Hillman Co-op, where Silver has lived for decades, but they were returned due to mailing errors. Census officials say workers attempting to pay personal visits to Hillman have been turned away. They came to CB3, looking for help (Silver aid Zach Bommer stepped in to see what could be done). In all fairness, we assume (but don’t know for sure) Silver mailed in his form long ago.
Shelly Silver's mayoral control bill passes the Assembly. The Senate? Oh, never mind.
Census officials are facing an uphill battle, trying to count the estimated half million undocumented immigrants in New York. As the Gotham Gazette puts it, many immigrants see participation in the Census as "a murky unknown — a vast question mark, which many fear could lead to a one-way ticket home."
More on the violent feud among rival gangs that has left at least two people dead this week: the brother of Lower East Side rapper "Tru Life" has reportedly been linked to the stabbings of two men outside an apartment building Monday morning.
The Bicycle Film Festival, including an art show known as "Joy Ride," staged in several Lower East Side galleries, is in full swing.