Community-Initiated Rezoning Applications

Residents and community organizations of Two Bridges in the Lower East Side are successfully resisting massive new luxury development in the historically low income community, while simultaneously imagining–and enacting–their own vision for their neighborhood.

With the support of the Neighborhoods First Fund, TakeRoot’s Equitable Neighborhoods team represent Tenants United Fighting for the Lower East Side (TUFF-LES), CAAAV: Organizing Asian Communities and Good Old Lower East Side (GOLES) as they work with Manhattan Community Board 3 as co-applicants on a land use application that will transform the Chinatown Working Group Recommendations into land use law that will ensure that new affordable housing is built and protect existing tenants. 

Read our Pre Application Statement (PAS). NYC Department of City Planning deemed this PAS complete. We are now preparing environmental review materials that will be considered as part of the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP).

Selected Press

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

City Limits: LES Groups Try to Revive Rezoning that De Blasio Admin. Rejected | July 24, 2019

City Limits: All Hands On Deck to Stop Two Bridges Towers in Lower East Side | Sept. 7. 2017