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Chin wants higher fines for harassing senior tenants

Chin wants higher fines for harassing senior tenants

BY SAM SPOKONY  | Asserting it will help to protect seniors from wrongful eviction and abuse, City Councilmember Margaret Chin on March 12 introduced legislation that would increase the penalties against landlords caught harassing their tenants. The bill would double the maximum fine for tenant harassment by increasing the penalties from the current range of $1,000 […]

Little Italy parish saddened by pastor’s retirement

Little Italy parish saddened by pastor’s retirement

BY TEQUILA MINSKY  |  As he has done many times before, Father Fabian Grifone, 88, celebrated afternoon Mass on Ash Wednesday at the Church of Most Precious Blood on Mulberry St. “I’m supposed to be retired, but not as yet,” he said. He was referring to the constant murmurings of his imminent retirement that have […]

Defending neighborhood character and small businesses

Defending neighborhood character and small businesses

The old P.S. 64, the former CHARAS / El Bohio Cultural and Community Center, has sat vacant for 15 years. Developer Gregg Singer plans to create a dorm there. PHOTO BY LINCOLN ANDERSON BY SARA ROMANOSKI  |  Entering our tenth year, the East Village Community Coalition continues to address with concern the preservation of the […]

It’s a whole new Marketplace at St. Anthony’s vendors strip

It’s a whole new Marketplace at St. Anthony’s vendors strip

The church, vendors and the manager all hope the Marketplace at St. Anthony’s will have a banner year. Photo by Pasha Farmanara BY PASHA FARMANARA  |  The Marketplace at St. Anthony’s resumed its annual flea market on March 7 under new management. The market will be stationed at its original location, on the south side […]

Food guide is here; Cherry St. tower height unclear

Food guide is here; Cherry St. tower height unclear

BY SAM SPOKONY | Continuing more than a year of work that began when the Lower East Side’s vital Pathmark supermarket announced its closure last September, the Two Bridges Neighborhood Council on Dec. 19 released a guidebook aimed at connecting residents to local, affordable food sources. The NeighborFood Grocery Guide —published in English, Spanish and Chinese versions — […]

A banner day to protest NYCHA infill plan

A banner day to protest NYCHA infill plan

New York City Housing Authority residents and community advocates this week continued their protests of NYCHA’s infill plan by dropping banners at the proposed infill developments, including the Lower East Side’s Baruch Houses, at right. Under the authority’s plan, some sites on public housing grounds would be leased to private developers to build “80/20” projects, […]

Apartment 13 makes diners feel at home, offers discount

Apartment 13 makes diners feel at home, offers discount

  Lorrae Doig and John Keller want you to feel at home at Apartment 13. BY HEATHER DUBIN  |  John Keller and Lorrae Doig want you to feel at home in their restaurant. They even named it after their own apartment.      Apartment 13, modern American cuisine with Japanese and Caribbean influences, opened in […]

Chin doesn’t want to gamble on Chinatown casino buses

Chin doesn’t want to gamble on Chinatown casino buses

Councilmember Chin is chipping in on the effort to restrict casino buses, saying they masquerade as normal city buses but “they don’t respect the community.” By SAM SPOKONY  |  New permit applications from intercity bus companies continue to flood Chinatown and the Lower East Side after statewide permit legislation took effect in July. Councilmember Margaret Chin […]

Julie Menin for borough president

Julie Menin for borough president

It’s probably a testament to Scott Stringer’s fine work as Manhattan borough president that there are several good candidates to replace him.  All four of the Democrats running would continue and build on Stringer’s exemplary system of screening, appointing and training community board members — which has pretty much ended the cronyism and conflict of […]

Change is needed for Downtown’s council seat

Change is needed for Downtown’s council seat

Four years ago Margaret Chin told us she would have said no to the deals to get beloved schools like P.S. 234 decades ago, and Spruce Street School more recently because the community was giving away too much to corporations and developers, and didn’t get enough affordable housing. It raised our eyebrows, but we endorsed […]

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