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Dumbing-Down East Harlem: A Forked-Tongue Approach to Rezoning

We’ve been waiting patiently to speak out about the city’s plan to Up-zone East Harlem, but we can’t because they haven’t actually presented one. Here’s what we’ve learned so far. Almost $500,000 has been spent on the so-called “East Harlem Neighborhood Plan” initiative, yet community residents have mostly been surveyed about city services, quality of…

SLA to East Harlem: You’ll Drink to That!

In  an outrageous display of disregard for the concerns of neighborhood parents, educators, and homeowners, the New York State Liquor Authority (SLA) recently approved a liquor license to Mimi Fisher, a shop owner whose husband, Shane Doyle, has a history of selling alcohol to minors. Located on the corner of East 116th Street and Pleasant…

Costco and Food Stamps: A Good Neighbor Policy

Costco and Food Stamps: A Good Neighbor Policy

Guest Editorial by Viveca Diaz Why is Costco moving into non-middle income neighborhoods like East Harlem when they don’t accept food stamps? They want to live on the land of the people, but they don’t want people of the land who receive federal assistance to purchase food from their stores. Box-box stores built in disadvantaged…

New Bridge Proposed to Provide Pedestrian Access to Randalls Island

East Harlem residents and business owners debated the merits of building a new pedestrian bridge to Randall’s Island during a public workshop held at the Julia de Burgos Latino Cultural Center on December 6. The “Bridge the Gap” forum was the second in a series co-sponsored by the Manhattan Borough President’s Office, CIVITAS Citizens, Inc.,…