Lower Manhattan's last working-class neighborhoods—Chinatown and the Lower East Side—are fighting an existential battle against overdevelopment, gentrification and displacement. If 4 new proposed towers on the waterfront in the Two Bridges area are allowed to be built, immigrant and working-class communities that have been there for over a century could be pushed out in a matter of years.
Despite sustained, forceful resistance from the surrounding communities, Mayor de Blasio and the City have rolled out the red carpet for luxury developers, working closely with them to override existing zoning restrictions and ram the approval of the towers through a sham process purposefully designed to minimize public input.
These illegal towers will add thousands of market-rate units to an area where median income is currently about $30k. They will inevitably displace the long-term residents of the Two Bridges area and trigger waves of speculation and secondary displacement throughout Chinatown.
A coalition of tenants' organizations and anti-displacement groups from across the city is committed to resisting the towers and defending Chinatown and the Lower East Side against greedy developers and the City that enables them. Please come out in solidarity to say no to the towers and to insist on a city that is planned for the people and not for capital.