Over the past month, hundreds of residents in the Lower East Side and Chinatown have taken to the streets to send a message to Mayor de Blasio: Stop the displacement along the Lower East Side and Chinatown.
On April 28, over 200 residents of the Lower East Side and Chinatown came out to protest against Extell’s new skyscraper for billionaires on Cherry St–a racist development that will displace low income people of color from our own community. The Extell tower is being built on what was public land that once housed a Pathmark, the only affordable supermarket serving the surrounding public housing developments. The community demanded that Mayor de Blasio take action to stop the Extell tower from being built, and to support the Chinatown Working Group’s rezoning plan to stop displacement.
The Extell development is possible because the racist 2008 East Village rezoning denied the Chinese, Latino, and African American community height protections that the wealthier and White community of the East Village received. This has pushed luxury development into the neighborhood and displaced thousands of low-income residents and small businesses over the past few years.
We are continuing to hold monthly rallies against Extell, the next on May 27 at 11AM. To get involved in the planning of these rallies and help with outreach, please contact us at 212-358-0295.
Check us out in the press!
Bedford and Bowery, Protesters Voice Outrage Over Extell’s ‘Building From Hell,’ Coming to the LES
DNAinfo, Community Activists Rally Against ‘Racist’ Luxury Tower on LES Waterfront, 4.29.2015
Gothamist, Protesters Fight New Luxury Tower Being Built On The LES, 4.29.2015
New York Observer, On the Market: Overcrowding in LIC Schools; the 1st Year Without a Rent Increase?, 4.29.2015
China Press, 纽约下城居民反对华埠附近建豪华高楼, 4.28.2014