From our friends: The LES/Chinatown Not For Sale Committee press conference on Thursday, February 13th, on Delancey and Norfolk St. The committee applauds the NYS Supreme Court decision to block NYU from using public land to expand its campus. They call on De Blasio to ensure that any new development on public land is accountable to the needs of the Lower East Side and Chinatown community.
Under the Bloomberg administration, vast amounts of public land in the LES and Chinatown were given away to luxury developers–SPURA, NYCHA lots and playgrounds, post offices, schools, libraries and more. This has caused rising rents, contributing to the displacement of low-income families and small businesses.
Public land should not be used to displace people. The Committee urges the new administration to stop Bloomberg’s notorious legacy of displacement of working people and support the Chinatown and LES People First Rezoning Plan, which calls for 100% low-income housing and community review on public land.
The LES & Chinatown Not For Sale Committee is a group of residents and workers coming together to fight against the displacement of our community.