Enforcing the Two Bridges Large Scale Residential Development (LSRD) Area Site Plan

TakeRoot’s Equitable Neighborhoods team represents Tenants United Fighting for the Lower East Side (TUFF-LES), CAAAV: Organizing Asian Communities and Good Old Lower East Side (GOLES), Land’s End One Tenants Association (LEOTA), and LaGuardia Houses Tenants’ Association in litigation against the City and the developer to enforce the zoning regulations in place for the Two Bridges Large Scale Residential Development area.

We are winning! The Court agreed with our claim that Urban-Renewal era planning is still relevant today: developers’ 1972 promise to abide by a specific site plan in exchange for a relaxation of zoning rules is the controlling law for the area. Other LSRD areas will now be similarly bound by the plans developers filed at the time neighborhoods were built on vacant lots created by slum clearance and the bulldozers of urban renewal.

Selected Press

AMNY: Judge overturns development plans to bring luxury skyscrapers to Two Bridges | Feb. 26, 2020

Gothamist: Judge Sides With LES Groups In Fight Against High-Rise Towers In Two Bridges | Feb. 26, 2020

New York Times: The People vs. Big Development | Feb. 10, 2020

Curbed: A judge blocked three towers planned for Two Bridges. Now what? | Aug. 2, 2019

Gothamist: Judge Rules That Two Bridges Cannot Proceed Without Full Public Review Process | Aug. 2, 2019

Patch: Two Bridges Towers Threatened In ‘David And Goliath Moment’ | Aug. 1, 2019

Curbed: Inside the legal fight for Two Bridges towers | June 7, 2019

City Limits: Two Bridges Foes Win a Round in Suit Over Mayoral Power | June 6, 2019

City Limits: All Hands On Deck to Stop Two Bridges Towers in Lower East Side | Sept. 7. 2019

The Low-Down: Two Bridges Tenants Edge Closer to Lawsuit Over Three Mega-Towers | Aug. 15, 2017

Court Documents

Petition
Reply
Decision

Affidavits Addressing Environmental Review

Chris Walters, planner, Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development
Melanie Wang, housing organizer, CAAAV
Liang Ming Xue, CAAAV member
Ren Ping Chen, CAAAV member

Affidavits Describing The Neighborhood 

Sasha Wijeyeratne, executive director of CAAAV
Felicia Cruickshank, president of the LaGuardia Houses Tenants Association
Damaris Reyes, Executive Director of GOLES
Aaron Gonzalez, President of LEOTA
Grace Mak, director, Tenants United Fighting for the Lower East Side (TUFF-LES)
Trever Holland, director, TUFF-LES

Administrative Advocacy

Comments To The City Planning Commission On Proposal To Add Four Megatowers To The Site Plan Of The Two Bridges Large Scale Residential Development (LSRD) As Modification Of Prior Approved Site Plans, submitted as counsel to Good Old Lower East Side – GOLES, CAAAV: Organizing Asian Communities, Tenants United Fighting for the Lower East Side (TUFF-LES) and the Lands End One Tenants Association (LEOTA) with exhibits (10/17/2018).  “We urge you to use the power at your disposal to turn down the out of scale proposals in order to simultaneously protect the existing low income neighborhood and to shield the City from litigation that will surely result if the Commission approves these towers via a process that has never been properly promulgated. I will use my time here today to comment on the obfuscated and illegal process through which these applications reach you today.”

Letter to the Department of City Planning Regarding Unlawful Process to Approve Development in the Two Bridges LSRD (8/11/2017): CDP drafted a letter on behalf of GOLES (Good Old Lower East Side), CAAAV: Organizing Asian Communities, and Tenants United Fighting for the Lower East Side (TUFF-LES), and the Lands End One Tenant Association to call attention to deficiencies in the Department of City Planning’s treatment of applications for new construction in the Two Bridges Large-Scale Redevelopment area. CDP argued that the City’s decision to classify requested approvals to build 4 new residential towers as “minor” modifications was improper and in violation of the law.