On Thanksgiving, when we Americans sit around our Thanksgiving dinner tables expressing gratitude for what we've been given are we in denial about what we've taken? This is a question I've been considering as the holiday festivities are approaching. Seems to me that that the table-dominating turkey with its sleep-inducing polyurethanes overlooks the actual originof this holiday.
Our oceans are indeed in a terrible state, thanks primarily to unrestrained commercial and industrial activity. Overfishing and pollution have decimated once abundant stocks of fish and other marine life, and the damaging practices continue to this day despite international agreements outlawing them.
Elections come and go and the results sometimes actually change things. We now have bike lanes in SoHo and almost everyone from out of town is now happy. The billboard people are happy despite years of complaints and lobbying the politicians in office, we have more of them. And, real estate people are also happy. Original art, affordable housing, including rent control stabilization and development rights, have all inured to their best interests. The art and artists are nearly gone; stabilization and affordable housing and controlling 45 story buildings, is an ephemeral dream; and the fight to protect SoHo from even further debasement in the form of the SoHo BID, is all but over.
The lot bordered by Grand, Varick, Canal Streets and Avenue of the Americas, just west of Duarte Square, is about to feature prominently in the ‘rezoning of Hudson Square.’ Over the last few years, the lot has hosted, through LentSpace, various art installations, events, live music, gourmet food trucks and lessons on how to take care of city tress by the Million Tree Inititive.
The Garden is one of the only publically accessible green spaces in a large part of Manhattan. It is one of a kind. As development has intensified, even this precious community garden has been threatened. Don't let developers take this haven away! Attend the Community Board 2 Land Use Hearing On Future of Elizabeth Street Garden - TONIGHT AT 6:30PM. Community Board 2 and our elected officials need to know this is a priority for our community!
The, undersigned, who are chairpersons of political parties and candidates in the November 5, 2013, General Election in New York City, acting in the strong belief that the ballot that has been published by the NY City Board of Elections for the General Election on November 5, 2013 is severely flawed, defective, and prejudicial have, on October 30, 2013, served legal notice upon the New York City Board of Elections (BOE), setting forth their general and specific objections to the November 5, 2013, ballot.
We are on the precipice as the Primary is about to take place.
There are a few races that are meaningful for those of us in SoHo—the two City Council races for District 1 and District 3 affect us directly. And, of course, the Mayoral selection affects us indirectly. In a microcosm, the phrase “all politics is local” takes on new meaning.
While there were incongruities under Thompson as Comptroller, he seems to be the only candidate with both credibility, experience, intelligence and broad support. His only difficulty in the last election was due to the weak-kneed support by the Democrats due ONLY to the mistaken belief that Bloomberg would be able to buy the election.
Yetta Kurland reflects upon her career in law, activism and public service.
A few years ago a deal was made to close our neighborhood’s hospital, St. Vincent’s, in order to build more luxury condos. As a civil rights attorney and a committed community organizer, I went to work, using my skills to help organize our community to speak out.