“Homage” or Marketing opportunity?

NYTimes: “Meant as Homage, Bar’s Naming for Downtown Squatter Is Perceived as a Slight”

“Adam Purple was an opinionated, sometimes cantankerous, freethinker who lived as a squatter on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, avoided commerce and considered real estate development to be […]

Fight for Rivington House

Dear Neighbors,

We see the continuing displacement of our community members most in need to benefit those least in need.

We need answers, we need City Hall to find a way out of decisions made that would sell Rivington House to the highest bidder.

Send this simple message.

Call 311 […]

Peter Lambert 1936- 2015

We mourn the loss of a true friend: generous, funny, self-effacing, and kind. He had tremendous integrity. Old school.

“Bowery Pete”

From Jane Barrer Co-President of M’Finda Kalunga Community Garden:

“Dear Gardeners:

I am sorry to tell you that we lost our friend and gardener Pete Lambert early this morning. Pete passed away […]

Women’s Environment and Development Organization (WEDO) on UN Paris Climate Agreement

WEDO Reflections on COP21

Since the final deal was agreed in Paris, we have seen numerous reactions from Governments, UN agencies, and civil society groups on what was achieved at COP21. Many voiced celebration of an historic agreement over 20 years in the making- an agreement that marks a turning point in […]

Lo-Down: Followup: “City Cleared the Way For Luxury Housing at Former Rivington Street Nursing Home”

Please link the Lo-Down for the latest on Rivington House.

“Department of Citywide Administration Services (DCAS) Last month, the city agency agreed to lift a deed restriction in place since 1992 requiring the Rivington Street building to be “limited in perpetuity to a Not-for-Profit Residential Health Care Facility.” The Allure Group paid the […]

To the Mayor of “The Tale of Two Cities” we ask that you live up to those words

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As many know, the former Rivington House, now Manhattan Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation, has been […]

Hearing by the City Planning Commission about the Mayor’s plans to rezone across the city




Starting at 9 am

The City Planning Commission is the first of two bodies which must modify or approve the rezoning plans. These plans have been rejected by the […]

Climate Conference in Paris IBON International update: Redefining vulnerability and dodging responsibility:

Climate Justice Posted on 8 December 2015 By: Tetet Nera- Lauron IBON International Updates #9


“(Paris, France, December 7,2015)–The 21 st Conference of Parties (COP 21) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), meeting in Paris with the objective of coming to an agreement on global efforts that will respond […]

From the Climate Talks in Paris -By Tetet Nera-Lauron from IBON International

IBON International Updates #8 Climate Justice (In Filipino, ibon means bird. In evolving Philippine tradition, the image of a bird in flight has come to mean freedom and, by extension, an oppressed people’s struggle for freedom)


December 3, 2015, Paris, France) – Three days into the 21st Conference of Parties (COP) of […]

City gives former Rivington House to the highest bidder

News had been trickling in regarding the possibility of the sell-off of the health care facility at 45 Rivington Street.

Today thanks to the Lo-Down’s reporting we have confirmation of two transactions.

This community worked hard, went to meetings and lobbied for the protection of this building to remain in perpetuity a low-income health care […]