Thursday, September 29th at 6pm in front of Dr. Sun Yat Sen M.S. 131, 100 Hester Street at Forsyth Street
At this Thursday’s CB3 meeting, Council Member Margaret Chin will support moving forward only one small subarea of the Chinatown Working Group (CWG) Rezoning Plan while leaving vast areas of the waterfront, the Bowery, and private and public housing vulnerable to increased luxury development.
Since the exclusionary 2008 East Village Rezoning Plan, the Lower East Side and Chinatown community has fought for a rezoning plan to provide equal protection for the excluded area in CB3. The CWG Rezoning Plan was a collaboration of over 50 community groups, Community Boards 1, 2, and 3, developers and small proprietors. The plan was approved by CB3, and most recently received attention and support by several candidates for the 65th Assembly District. Despite this, the NYC Department of City Planning is refusing to consider passing the plan as it was created and approved by CWG. To add insult to injury, Council Member Chin is acting as a foot soldier for Mayor de Blasio, claiming to help Chinese by discriminating against African American, Latino and even Chinese of Community District 3.
We demand that Council Member Chin stop discriminating against people of color by further dividing the community and support the CWG plan as a whole.
We demand that Community Board 3 reaffirm its commitment to the full plan
We demand that and Mayor de Blasio adopt the full CWG rezoning plan
We urge everyone—residents, workers, seniors, small businesses and all community stakeholders—to join us to protest on Thursday, September 29th at 6pm in front of Dr. Sun Yat Sen M.S. 131, 100 Hester Street at Forsyth Street.
The “Mayor of Two Cities” is Destroying New York City!
Urge Him to Step Down!
- Every Monday 3:30-6:30pm – In front of City Hall on Park Row (across from Brooklyn Bridge)
- Every Wednesday and Friday 10:00am-1:00pm – In front of City Hall on Broadway (at Murray St)
Shame on Dr. Jay’s Owner Joseph Betesh!
Slumlord Millionaire Fakes Settlement, Pushes for Evictions!
PRESS CONFERENCE AND RALLY AT DR. JAY’S
479 Fulton Street, Downtown Brooklyn
Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at 10am
We, tenants of 83 & 85 Bowery, Coalition to Protect Chinatown & the Lower East Side and supporters, are calling on slumlord millionaire Joseph Betesh, owner of Dr. Jay’s, to right his wrongdoings.
Over a year ago, Betesh tried to evict one of the tenants in attempt to push all of the long-time residents out. The tenants came together, vowing not to give up until they win. The tenants sued Betesh for nearly 200 housing repair violations, and the landlord has been ordered to complete them by June 20th or face contempt and possible arrest. The landlord has since dismissed the housing court eviction case against the tenant, and was told by the judge to cover the tenant’s lawyer’s fee. Still Betesh is delaying repairs, using the “deteriorating housing condition” as an excuse to sue all the tenants and kick them out of their homes, even though everyone knows he is losing the case.
Last month, at a court hearing, Betesh’s lawyer misled the public to believe they reached a settlement with tenants to give them 99-year-long rent-stabilized leases and not evict them. In actuality, Betesh disregarded the tenants’ engineer’s proof that the necessary court-ordered repairs can be done with them remaining in their homes, and insists on them moving out in order to complete the repairs. This is just another excuse to push for eviction.
We demand slumlord Betesh immediately:
- Complete the court-ordered repairs with the tenants’ engineer’s supervision
- Stop the dirty tactics to evict the families from 83 & 85 Bowery
- Register the two buildings as rent-stabilized
By Kavitha Surana: More than 100 Chinatown residents and their supporters crowded onto the sidewalk in front of 83 and 85 Bowery yesterday afternoon, marching around the block and gumming up traffic. The rally was part of the Coalition to Protect Chinatown’s ongoing effort to draw attention to tenant harassment cases and push for height limits and rent stabilization in the neighborhood.