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Easing Parking Enforcement, Weekend Violence, Young Israel’s Predicament

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Later today the City Council will vote in favor of several bills that would force the NYPD to be a bit more lenient in issuing parking violations. Mayor Bloomberg has vowed to veto the bills, but Councilmembers say they have more than enough votes to override his veto.

As we reported last week, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, at a City Hall rally, promised to fight to fully fund New York City's public housing developments. This morning the Daily News says: "the presence of Silver at the event was reassuring to elected officials
and other advocates of public housing. They noted that Silver, who
comes up again for re-election next year, has 10 public housing
developments within his Assembly district in lower Manhattan, many with
politically active tenant groups."

From the NY Post police blotter: "A gunman opened fire early (Saturday) on the Lower East Side, wounding two men. The victims, both in their 30s, were shot on the Bowery near Bond
Street at about 4:40 a.m., police said. One was hit in the leg, the
other in the arm. Both were treated at Bellevue Hospital — but refused to cooperate with investigators looking into what sparked the shooting." Meanwhile, Bob Arihood reported at least two people were taken to the hospital Friday night, after violence erupted near 5th Street and Avenue C.

The headline in the Forward says, "Economic Crisis Preserves Lower East Side."  Acknowledging that gentrification has, at least in part, "frozen" development, the article suggests the downturn has given the neighborhood a chance to "catch it's breath."  Nonetheless, the suspension of gentrification have put some residents and organizations in a tough spot. Case in point:

Young Israel sold its property (on East Broadway) to a developer and, last
June, moved its congregation to temporary quarters at a nursing home
across the street… The building was slated to
be replaced with condos, and Young Israel would get a new sanctuary
along with classrooms and a gym. The congregation
was scheduled to move into its new space this November. Instead, its
old building remains stuck in a state of half-demolished limbo, with
new condos nowhere in sight. Young Israel’s rabbi
for the past 44 years, Yeshaya Siff, said that the developer has not
been able to tell him when construction will start up again. For now,
the congregation is splitting its time between a chapel at the nursing
home and the East Side Torah Center, another neighborhood synagogue. “We’re the victims of Wall Street,” Siff said.

The history of Eldridge Street between Stanton and Rivington, in 12 seconds.

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