Wednesday, May 23, 2018

A discussion next week on 'the State of the LES'

Next Wednesday night, Downtown Art and FABnyc are hosting a community gathering titled "the State of the LES."

According to the invite, this discussion, part of Lower East Side History Month, is a chance for residents to:

Hear the big picture from people who know it! Come connect with local leaders — hear and converse on the leading issues currently impacting the Lower East Side.

Topics will include affordable housing, resiliency, preservation, zoning and small business, immigrant services, transportation, and arts and culture. (There isn't any mention yet about who will be leading these conversations.)

The event is next Wednesday, May 30, at Downtown Art, 70 E. Fourth St. between Second Avenue and the Bowery.

The doors open at 6:15 p.m., and "the State of the LES" gets underway at 6:30 p.m.

It's free to attend, though you do need to RSVP here.


Anonymous said...

We all know too well the state of the LES. Large real-estate companies are buying into the LES remaining rent stabilized "stock" as they like to say, forcing out longtime residents and commercial spaces to install higher than market rent apartments with transient tenants looking for a year or two at best
New York experience".

Meanwhile the city government and it's wolf in sheeps clothing Mayor is continuing the hyper-gentrification of his predecessor Bloomberg and using the same carrot on a stick to get people aboard his "Silicon Alley" conversion of the Easts Village promising jobs which none of the currents residents would be candidates for. Anything building with cultural or historic significance is ripe for demolition and prey to luxury developers.

Meanwhile in Albany big Realestate is working its campaign funding magic on state officials to lift ALL building height restrictions for Manhattan which will soon be named New Dubai.

Anonymous said...

Agree totally with Anon@10:56AM. I would also add that many residents of the LES, who proclaim their concerns about the changing nature of the community, are nevertheless helping to destroy it by putting their apartments (rental and owned) into the AirBNB hopper. The fact that no names are associated with this posting should tell people that it will be the same old same old "leaders" who screw the community. Ask one of them why there are no signs on most postal boxes indicating hours of collection and you will hear a deafening silence about a simple community item. Of course we will be told about straws and stirrers--straws and stirrers have no constituency. Walk the streets of the LES on garbage recycling days and ask yourself about stirrers vs Amazon boxes.