What Redistricting Means For the Lower East Side

Lower East Side representatives at this year's Lunar New Year parade in Chinatown; Nydia Velazquez, Sheldon Silver, Margaret Chin, Daniel Squadron.

New York’s dysfunctional redistricting process came to an end several days ago, when a panel of federal judges ordered the state to implement new Congressional boundaries based on the 2010 Census.  The new lines are not dramatically different on the Lower East Side but there are some changes you’ll want to know about.

Currently, the neighborhood is represented in Washington by Carolyn Maloney (14th Congressional District) and Nydia Velazquez (12th Congressional District).   Since New York lost two seats, the districts have been renamed.  But more significantly, the boundaries have shifted.  Velazquez, for example, picks up most of the Grand Street Co-ops from Maloney,  a larger portion of the Two Bridges neighborhood and a few more blocks in Chinatown.  Pitt Street is the dividing line, meaning Velazquez (now representing the 7th Congressional District),  picks up all of the co-op buildings except Seward Park.