The recent NYS Supreme Court decision reverses the approval of the megatowers and dictates that the Two Bridges luxury towers must now go through the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP). But we the community are not deceived into believing that ULURP is any kind of victory. In the hands of our local Council Member Margaret Chin, this process is sure to get the towers approved. Her intention to align with Mayor de Blasio’s displacement agenda has been clear from the beginning.
We need to take the future of the neighborhood into our own hands, for the community should have the power to decide what is built here!
Next Steps…. Take Action!
Hold Mayor de Blasio and City Council Speaker Corey Johnson accountable to the people. Add your voice to the ever-growing opposition!
1. STOP the four luxury towers that would decimate the neighborhood
2. PASS the FULL Chinatown Working Group Rezoning Plan that would protect both Chinatown and LES from displacement.
This is not just a click, your support will be physicalized when we will hand-deliver your message. Add a note to let them know why you are signing!
Support our efforts to collect signatures and use the petition as an educational tool to talk about what’s going on in the neighborhood. Talk to community members and bring them into struggle!
Frequently Asked Questions – Two Bridges
What is the scope of the proposed development?
- 1,008-foot rental tower at 247 Cherry Street by JDS Development Group. This building with cantilever over a senior center at 80 Rutgers.
- 798 and 728-foot tower at 260 South Street by L+M Development Partners and CIM Group. This building will be built on top of the parking lot behind Lands End II.
- 724-foot building at 259 Clinton Street by Starrett Corporation.
According to the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) the four towers would bring in 11,000 square feet for retail and over 2,700 new residential units to the area.
What is the purpose of the petition?
- The towers have NOT been stopped. This is to put out our voice as a community against them
- We have fought the City in the court through our lawsuit, now we’re
taking it to the streets and showing how many people are against the towers
- Our lawsuit is still pending, but right now the towers are temporarily halted because of it
- Margaret Chin, the Council Member, also sued so that she can approve the developments through the ULURP (you-lerp) process (see below)
Who gave permission to build this? Are our elected officials helping us?
- Mayor de Blasio is
actively pushing a pro-developer agenda that causes and escalates displacement
across New York City
- He has said the luxury towers are legally moving forward in Two Bridges, and tried to use his agency City Planning Commission to approve them despite strong opposition from the community
- He refused to pass the Chinatown Working Group Rezoning Plan that would put a height limits on new developments and stop towers like these from coming up.
- Council Member Chin is on the same boat of de Blasio to facilitate displacement in her district
- ULURP (Uniform Land Use Review Process) gives City Council the vote to approve or deny the development, and negotiate concessions
- Chin has a track record of using ULURP to approve developments that favor the rich and destroy the community, like NYU expansion and Essex Crossing
- In the case of Two Bridges, she has indicated that she won’t stop the towers from going up. Therefore she is planning to use ULURP to get what de Blasio wants–the luxury towers.
- Speaker Johnson is the head of City Council who has tried to show he’s
different from de Blasio
- He joined Chin’s lawsuit and condemned de Blasio’s undemocratic approval of the towers
- He has said he won’t necessarily defer decisions to local City Council members
- We urge him to stand with the community to stop the towers and not to be like de Blasio and Chin.
What is the next step in fighting the towers?
- If the towers go through ULURP, there will be public hearings. The City has been trying to put people to sleep by declaring ULURP a victory, so that people won’t come out when the corrupt politicians use the process to hijack public opinion and approve the towers. That’s why we need to show up strong to the hearings to say NO to the towers!
- The City hasn’t announced the details of the hearings, and we will keep you informed when it does, so that we can come out together to take a unified stand against displacement.
What is the solution to stopping luxury developments and protect the whole neighborhood?
- Passing the Chinatown Working Group Plan
- Would use zoning to put height limits on new construction so that the Lower East Side and Chinatown can be protected like the East Village already is
- When the East Village was protected, our neighborhood was intentionally left out, so that developers could build here instead
- Even if the towers are stopped on the waterfront, they could then build somewhere else in the neighborhood – that’s why we need zoning that protects the entire neighborhood, not just the waterfront.
Don’t we need more housing to address homelessness / housing crisis?
de Blasio’s affordable housing plan is a scam
- These towers will bring in thousands of market-rate units with few affordable units
- These luxury units will drive up real estate tax and rents of the surrounding area, making existing housing unaffordable. By approving the towers, de Blasio is destroying more affordable housing than he claims to create and worsening homelessness crisis.
- The Extell tower, which is already there, costs millions of dollars to live in, and only 20% is filled so far. There is strong demand for housing that is truly affordable to working people.
What are other ways I can get involved in fighting displacement?
Join a neighborhood organization with a network of people who are fighting displacement.
Youth Against Displacement: firstname.lastname@example.org.
LES Workers Center: (212) 358-0295.
Citywide Alliance Against Displacement: email@example.com
Chinatown Working Group Rezoning Plan The CWG group meets the first Monday of each month at the 275 Cherry Street Community Room. These meetings are open to the public. www.chinatownworkinggroup.com; firstname.lastname@example.org
Our community has been successful in fighting displacement, for example, learn more about the 85 Bowery victory.