In the Media

In the Media

07/25/2019 – LES Groups Try to Revive Rezoning that De Blasio Admin. Rejected

“This month, community groups Tenants United Fighting for the Lower East Side (TUFF-LES), CAAAV: Organizing Asian Communities and Good Old Lower East Side (GOLES) filed a rezoning application with DCP reviving a portion of an older community rezoning plan for Chinatown and Lower East Side…” Read More.

07/17/2019 – Court Knocks Out Building Block of Lower East Side Stacked Tower

“Developers planning to stack a 100-story waterfront apartment tower atop a Lower East Side senior residence and retail space have lost a round in their game of real estate Tetris. A panel of state appellate judges recently ruled the storefront’s long-term leaseholder must have a say in how the property’s development rights get used.” Read More about GOLES’ involvement in stopping the towers…

Image: JDS Development, from The City

06/19/2019 – Judge Extends Order Blocking Two Bridges Towers

“In March, a second lawsuit against the Two Bridges L.S.R.D. project was filed by another group of community organizations, including Tenants United Fighting for the Lower East Side (TUFF-LES), CAAAV: Organizing Asian Communities, Good Old Lower East Side (GOLES), Land’s End One Tenants Association, and LaGuardia Houses Tenants Association. That suit argues that the project’s approval should be annulled since the city did not follow the right process…” Read More.

GOLES’ Press Conference

03/13/2019 – East Village Residents Rally Against Landlord

“New York Attorney General Letitia James and City Council member Carlina Rivera stood with a group of East Village rent-regulated tenants on Wednesday who say they are being harassed by their landlord.” Watch video from PIX 11.

01/18/2019 To Save East River Park, The City Intends to Bury It

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Photo: Rick Loomis from the New York Times

“Damaris Reyes, executive director of the grass-roots group GOLES (Good Old Lower East Side), who had phone banked and gone door to door to keep her largely minority community abreast, was outraged. City officials, she said, “went into radio silence. Suddenly, no one knew what was happening. We were disrespected.”” Continue reading…

12/05/2018 – Planning Commission OKs Two Bridges Development Plan


“This plan is a disgrace,” said Munir Smith, a GOLES organizer and community resident. “We know that tenant harassment and eviction of rent regulated tenants is rampant in the areas around luxury developments like this one.” Continue reading…

10/19/2018 – NYC Dog Parade is Back on Track


“Pet owners howled when this year’s Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade in Manhattan was canceled due to insurance issues. But there is no need to boo anymore after community leaders and a television network said they have stepped in to host the event.

With the help of local civic group Good Old Lower East Side and ESPN, the parade will move to a new location, New York City Councilwoman Carlina Rivera said Wednesday.” Continue reading…

08/08/2018 – Two Bridges: Minor Modification or Major Mistake?

Photo: “Photosimulation looking from the East River showing proposed developments at Two Bridges. Based on DEIS CEQR No. 17DCP148M ©Google Street Image. Modified by MAS.”

“Approval of the Two Bridges LSRD applications would allow three new mixed-use high-rise buildings, a 1,008-foot rental tower at 247 Cherry Street (JDS Development Group), a 798-foot dual-tower project at 260 South Street (L+M Development Partners and CIM Group), and a 730-foot building at 259 Clinton Street (Starrett Corporation) […]

There are two proposed land use alternatives for the Two Bridges area [.] The current  proposal from the Good Old Lower East Side (GOLES), Committee Against Anti-Asian Violence (CAAAV), Tenants United For Fighting Lower East Side (TUFF-LES), and Community Board 3, includes height limits, requires special permits for big-box commercial stores, increases community and public open space, provides a mandate for permanently affordable housing, and would institute stronger anti-harassment protection measures for local tenants.” Read More…

11/15/2017 – LESEN the LES’ Workforce Referral Network

The idea [of a workforce referral network] was first spearheaded by an alliance of workforce and training nonprofits as well as Community Board 3 in the Lower East Side. In 2007 they formed the Lower East Side Employment Network (LESEN), which serves as an entry point for any employer in the neighborhood seeking to find workers, and also fosters collaboration and resource-sharing between each of the participating organizations […] LESEN is currently a collaboration between Manhattan Community Board 3 and eight community-based workforce organizations including the Chinese American Planning Council, Good Old Lower East Side, Grand Street Settlement and others Read More…

09/07/2017 – All Hands On Deck to Stop Two Bridges Towers in Lower East Side

It’s been over a year since Councilmember Margaret Chin and Borough President Gale Brewer wrote to the De Blasio administration expressing their concern about the four skyscrapers planned by three private developers in the Two Bridges area of the Lower East Side waterfront. After months of special community engagement meetings, community advocates and residents are not placated; Their concerns have only grown, and they’re making a variety of efforts to prevent Read more …

08/24/2017 – ‘You better do a ULURP for Two Bridges towers!’ Activists warn Planning

This three-word chant rang outside the Department of City Planning’s Financial District headquarters on Tuesday morning Aug. 15. Sponsored by four community organizations, the rally was an outlet for residents from the Financial District, Lower East Side and Chinatown to protest the process that developers were told to follow on applications for the construction  Read more …

08/16/2017 – Two Bridges advocates concerned 3 skyscraper projects haven’t undergone full city review

Three megaprojects planned in the Two Bridges area of Manhattan have raised the ire of housing advocates in the neighborhood, who contend the Department of City Planning has flouted its own review rules in ushering them along.

In 2016, former City Planning Director Carl Weisbrod decided the three projects — a 660-apartment residence  Read more …

08/16/2017 – Two Bridges residents try to empower their councilwoman to downsize three new apartment towers

Residents opposed to a trio of residential towers planned for the Two Bridges area of Manhattan rallied in front of the Department of City Planning Tuesday for a public review of the projects, a procedure that would effectively hand veto power to City Councilwoman Margaret Chin.

The rally pits community groups, including Good Old Lower East Side and CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities, against JDS Development Group   Read more …

07/06/2017 – ‘Preferential Rent’: How Landlords Kill NYC’s Affordable Apartments and Get Away With It

Ruth Hippolyte thought she’d gotten a good deal when she found a rent-stabilized one-bedroom apartment near Brooklyn College for $1,395 a month in late 2013. It was low enough that her teacher’s salary could cover both her rent and her son’s college education.

There was a catch, however. Her lease said that the rent was a “preferential rent,” and that the legal rent was $2,204. When it came up  Read more …

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