Rally to Save Met Foods Today!

We must fight to save food sources that remain closer to affordability!

FYI: Rally to Save Met Foods – Thursday 12/29 2PM @ Met Foods 251 Mulberry at Prince






250 Broadway, Suite 1882

New York, NY 10007


**MEDIA ADVISORY**                                                                                 


Contact: Paul Leonard [CM Chin] (212) 788-7259, pleonard@council.nyc.gov 




WHAT: Tomorrow at 2 p.m., residents of Little Italy, SoHo, NoHo, and surrounding areas will rally against the closure of a Met Supermarket that has offered low-cost, fresh food to the neighborhood for more than two decades.


After months of rumors — which were denied by a market representative in early November – the store announced the food market would permanently close its doors on Saturday, Dec. 31 at 9 p.m. 


This week, Council Member Chin joined other local elected officials to call on the foodmarket owner and landlord to resume lease negotiations. Despite having a current tenant paying $90,000 a month, a representative for the landlord, Abington Properties, said it wants to transform the Met Foodmarket into “a more upscale operation.” 


With the closure of Met Foodmarket, shoppers on fixed and low-incomes will have to travel even farther for affordable, fresh produce. The loss of Met Foodmarket is the latest in a string of low-cost food market closures in the past few years – including the Associated Supermarket on W. 14th Street and a Pathmark demolished to make way for an as-of-right real estate development in Two Bridges. 


WHEN: TOMORROW, THURSDAY, Dec. 29 at 2 p.m. 


WHERE: Outside Met Foodmarket, 251 Mulberry St. (at Prince St.)



·         Council Member Margaret S. Chin

·         Little Italy Merchants Association

·         Residents of Little Italy, SoHo, NoHo, and surrounding areas



Pete Davies

Broadway Residents Coalition

548 Broadway #5A

New York, NY 10012

H: 212.925.1225

C: 917.623.4104


From League of Women Voters: Green Gentrification and the Struggle for Environmental Justice

Lunch with the League

Green Gentrification: Urban Sustainability and the Struggle for Environmental Justice

Thursday, January 12th 12-2pm

Speakers will be Kenneth Gould and Tammy Lewis who co-authored Green Gentrification

Kenneth A. Gould is Professor of Sociology at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, and Professor of Sociology, and Earth and Environmental Sciences at the CUNY Graduate Center. He teaches courses in environmental sociology, globalization and sustainability, and environmental justice. Gould’s research examines the responses of communities to environmental problems, environmental social movement coalitions, the role of socioeconomic and racial inequality in environmental conflicts, and the impacts of economic globalization on efforts to achieve ecologically and socially sustainable development trajectories. He is co-author of, Environment and Society: The Enduring Conflict (1994), Local Environmental Struggles: Citizen Activism in the Treadmill of Production (1996), The Treadmill of Production: Injustice and Unsustainability in the Global Economy (2008), and Green Gentrification: Urban Sustainability and the Struggle for Environmental Justice (2017). He is past Chair of the Environment and Technology section of the American Sociological Association.

Tammy L. Lewis is Professor of Sociology at the City University of New York/Brooklyn College and Professor at the CUNY Graduate Center in Sociology and Earth and Environmental Sciences. She is also the Director of Macaulay Honors College at Brooklyn College. Her research examines sustainability and alternatives to development, with a focus on Latin America. She has conducted research in Belize, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Peru, and Ecuador, where she was a Fulbright scholar. She is author of Ecuador’s Environmental Revolutions (2016, MIT Press) and co-author with Kenneth A. Gould of Green Gentrification: Urban Sustainability and the Struggle for Environmental Justice (2017, Routledge). Also with Gould, she is the co-editor of Twenty Lessons in Environmental Sociology (2015, Oxford University Press). Her work has appeared in Conservation Biology, Social Science Quarterly, Teaching Sociology, and The Chronicle of Higher Education, among others. She is the Chair-Elect of the Environment and Technology section of the American Sociological Association.

Date: Thursday, January 12th from 12-2pm

New Location: Immanuel Lutheran Church, 122 E 88th St, New York, NY 10128 (on Lexington Avenue) 

Admission: $15-members $18-non-members.  League members who do not rsvp at least 24 hours in advance will be charged $18. Rsvp by responding to this email or calling (212) 725-3541. Lunch will be served. Payments will be collected at the door.

The Black Urban Farmer’s and Urban Gardener’s Conference Request for Proposals

 From The Black Urban Farmer’s and Urban Gardener’s Conference Planning Committee:

“This year we had over 500 people attend the conference, participating in over 70 workshops over the course of the two days!  It was a wonderful event and we are grateful to all of the keynote speakers, presenters, partners, sponsors and especially to all who came out to participate, to share your knowledge and skills and support one another in the work we are doing nationally and internationally! We look forward to seeing you all again in 2017!”



The Black Farmers & Urban Gardeners Conference is a national conference presented by Black Urban Growers (BUGs), an organization of volunteers committed to building networks and community support for growers in both urban and rural settings. Through education and advocacy around food and farm issues, we nurture collective black leadership to ensure we have a seat at the table.



DNAinfo: “Community Gardens Could Save LES From Flooding”

Thanks Jane, Rob, Kate, Carol, Debra, Bob, Jason and others for M’Finda Kalunga, Elizabeth Hubbard and New Forsyth Conservancy in SDR Park who spent time thinking through what was needed here. Thanks to Aziz and Charles for their tireless efforts.

DNAinfo:By Allegra Hobbs

“The first phase of an expansive $2 million project bringing protections against flooding to more than 40 Lower East Side and East Village community gardens has concluded, paving the way for construction on new infrastructure to begin by summer 2017.

The New York City Community Garden Coalition has wrapped its roughly year-long study of 47 neighborhood gardens, identifying the best ways for each garden to absorb more storm water and prevent sewers from overflowing in the event of a future storm….

The entire feasibility study results, broken down by community garden, can be viewed on the coalition’s website.”

The Next City: Focuses on Public Spaces and Tools to Keep Them That Way

From The Next City: “Mapping Tool Aims to Keep Public Spaces Public” by Oscar Perry Abello

Such as the Stanton Building in Sara Roosevelt Park!

“Paula Segal, founder of 596 Acres…“The truth is, we’re in a city, most of our infrastructure and our assets are shared — the subways, the roads, the sidewalks, the water, something like 30, 40 percent of all housing in the city is some form of cooperatively owned. … privately owned property can start to seem like the real outlier.”

“Residents…have long been organizing around many of these assets. …Common Cause and the other NYCommons partners started to see a pattern in the organizing [of] … public assets.

Susan Lerner: “We started thinking about the fact that all of these separate challenges had similar underlying policy issues that have to do with how does government think about commonly owned, shared assets.”

“…NYCommons went to 10 neighborhoods…where they knew people were organizing. Lerner:..“[we found] a tremendous amount of energy in all five boroughs” for sharing best practices and connecting with others doing similar work…

NYCommons picked three neighborhoods for pilots, and provided them documentation, workshop facilitation and other resources to begin developing a tool kit. …The Sara D. Roosevelt Park Community Coalition was one of the pilot sites.

“The coalition’s current focus is a former recreation center, currently used as a systemwide parks storage facility, smack dab in the middle of a well-used area of the park. “We’ve been having a conversation about this building since 1994,” says Webster.”

Different sites: Museum @ Eldridge Street, Baruch Bath House, Trump’s grandpa’s former home, KAWS b’ball court, & Mapping NYC Shadows

1) The Jewish Ghetto in Postcards: Eastern Europe to LESFrom the Lo-Down: A fascinating exhibition opens tomorrow evening at the Museum at Eldridge Street. Through a collaboration with the Blavatnik Archive, the museum will be showcasing a collection of postcards depicting life on the Lower East Side during the early part of the 20th Century -through March 8.”


2) Within a New York City Housing Authority complex, a historic building remains inaccessible to the public and the surrounding community. The Baruch Baths, located at 326 Delancey Street is a large, neoclassical building, a 115-year-old landmark along the easternmost section of Rivington Street on the LES.

photo: Jamie Jenson for Untapped Cities

3) From BoweryBoogieTrump’s Grandfather Lived at this Lower East Side Tenement in 1885 

“The first Trump Palace was a fairly ordinary tenement on the Lower East Side. One that now overlooks Sara D. Roosevelt Park.

Donald Trump’s grandfather Friedrich arrived in the United States on October 19, 1885. It was on a steamer called the S.S. Eider. At 16, a barber’s apprentice, he left Germany…”

4) From The Villager: “KAWS courts cool, yet cause for concern” on our lovely new basketball courts (sans the volleyball nets often used by girls!).

5) Mapping Shadows: NYTimes on Shadows in our city. “The Struggle for Light and Air in America’s Largest City” Almost all of the shadow profiles drawn from 3-D building models are drawn from 3-D Building Model3-D Building Model

BoweryBoogie: “Local Advocates Advance the Fight to Return the ‘Stanton Storehouse’ to the Community”


Nice write up in BoweryBoogie on the fight to return the Stanton Storehouse to the Community’s Use.

“…efforts to force its return are finally gaining some much-needed exposure. The Coalition held a series of scoping sessions over the summer to brainstorm possible uses. (There were several ideas floated related to it becoming an “innovative resiliency center.) …Coalition … provided testimony earlier this month during City Council Parks & Recreation Committee on Parks Department’s “Inaccessible Parks Buildings,”…

Hoping to have the neighborhood, local not-for-profits, Parks Department, Council Member, Community Board 3, Manhattan Borough Commissioner, State Senator Squadron, AssemblyMember Cancel, ALL weighing in on what use would best serve the area!

Two Events: 1) CAAAV- Stop High End Waterfront Development 2) Poetic Voices of the Muslim World



Poetic Voices of the Muslim World: Opening Reception



City Lore Gallery

56 East 1st Street (btw 1st and 2nd Avenue)

Lower East Side, NYC


The exhibit runs until April 9th. Schools, community orgs, poets, non-poets, neighbors, people new to the content or fearful of it, families, friends, all WELCOME.

Developed by City Lore, in collaboration with the national poetry library and literary center Poets House, Poetic Voices of the Muslim World is an exhibit that has travelled to 11 cities and finally opens here in our New York City Home.

The potential of poetry to create indelible images, extend the reach of language, and express complex ideas and feelings through metaphor makes it a powerful force for illuminating cultural experiences. In Muslim cultures poetry plays a central role in all aspects of life-intellectual, spiritual, social, and political. The exhibit includes artwork inspired by Muslim poetry and art.

Thursday, December 15


Free & open to the public. You can share the event on Facebook here. 

(The exhibition will run from December 15, 2016 – April 9, 2017. Subsequent gallery hours are Friday 2:00 – 6:00pm; Saturday & Sunday noon – 6:00pm)

Restore and Preserve our Planet and Resources (Including Us)


DNAinfo: “City Blames Delayed Forsyth Plaza Construction on Contractor’s Bankruptcy”

Disagreement over the delay of Forsyth Plaza.

By Allegra Hobbs | December 9, 2016

“The construction of Forsyth Street Plaza — an elevated park described by some as Chinatown’s “mini high line” — will wrap up nearly four years behind schedule because the project’s contractor filed for bankruptcy, according to city officials…”

Read more here.