Please read an email I received from my friends at Youth Against Displacement:
Dear Friends and Supporters,
From the illegal megatowers the City wants to build in Two Bridges in Lower East Side, to the East Harlem and Inwood rezonings, to privatization of NYCHA and public land, to the Amazon headquarters in LIC subsidized by our tax dollars, it is clear Mayor de Blasio wants to turn our city into a banking account for the 1% at the expense of the people who live and work here. Everywhere across the city, people are standing up against the gentrifier-in-chief Mayor.
This Martin Luther King Day, we will gather at the 80-story Extell luxury tower, which has a "poor door" to separate low- and middle-income families from the rich. This is de Blasio's legacy of segregation and economic racism. Dr. King would be so aghast to hear that this Mayor even shamelessly self-brands himself the "progressive leader" of the city. From Extell, we will march to City Hall to tell the Mayor: WE WILL NOT BE MOVED!
Are you ready to take up the fight to save your lives and your neighborhoods? Join our march to reclaim the City that's supposed to work for the people, not the richest 1%. We demand the Mayor:
1. Stop City agencies from evicting tenants on behalf of landlords to deny the tenants' rights of due process
2. Stop selling public land (including NYCHA) and end 421-a tax exemption
image courtesy of the Municipal Art Society of New York
This is a reprint of an email I received this morning:
The plan for new skyscrapers in Two Bridges passed the City Planning Commission in a 10-3 vote on 12/5/18.
This is the latest example of how Mayor de Blasio and his agencies blatantly violate their own law* and ignore community opposition in the interest of big developers. From Amazon to pro-developer rezonings to jail proposals, we have seen again and again the Mayor’s intention to destroy the city that we love.
But momentum has been building and now is the time to fight back - it’s not too late!
Please join us for a Two Bridges TOWN HALL to learn how to fight against these towers!
NO TOWERS, NO COMPROMISE
Coalition to Protect Chinatown and the Lower East Side
When: Dec 12, Wednesday at 6 pm
Where: P.S. 2, 122 Henry St (at Pike St)
*Despite being approved by the City Planning Commission, these towers are ILLEGAL.
CPC Chair Marisa Lago said before her vote in favor of the application that legally the minor modification meets the conditions of the current zoning regulations.
But the proposed site for development is a
Large Scale Residential Development (LSRD), governed by Zoning Resolution Article 7, Chapter 8. There is no need for a full ULURP since these towers violate the existing zoning. The Zoning Resolution governing the LSRD requires that any proposed development get a special permit from the City before construction begins. The development would be approved only if it will:
1. Not interfere with the character of the neighborhood
2. Not restrict light and air or privacy
3. Not Introduce detrimental building bulk
4. Not create traffic congestion
5. Serve a public need
6. Lead to better site planning
The proposed development does not meet any of these requirements!
For additional information
Lower East Side Organized Neighbors (LESON)
Coalition to Protect Chinatown and the Lower East Side, c/o NMASS 212-358-0295