Rosie Mendez

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    September 4, 2014

    Tenants in New York Observer Publisher's Building Say 'Nonstop Construction' Is Meant to Drive Them Out

    In December 2013, New York Observer publisher and real estate magnate Jared Kushner bought two connected buildings, 170-174 East 2nd Street. (The buildings are laden with some serious New York history: Allen Ginsberg lived at 170 for three years and wrote "Kaddish" there.) In the intervening nine mo ... More >>

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    June 5, 2014

    NYCLASS and PETA Demand Apology After Re-Releasing 2009 Video of Carriage Driver Calling Protester A Whore

    The two most prominent animal rights groups pushing for a ban on horse-drawn carriages in New York City are holding a press conference today, calling for an apology from a carriage driver who they say hurled "racist, sexist hate speech in Spanish at a Latina who merely expressed concern for his hors ... More >>

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    September 9, 2013

    Surprise: Anti-Abortion & Anti Gay-Marriage Groups Are Uniting to Donate Lots of Money Against Gay City Council Candidates

    The City Action Coalition is an assemblage of conservative religious groups, whose members mostly pop up to oppose abortion and hold rallies against legalizing gay marriage. But this election season, they've also quietly expanded into city politics, holding a mayoral candidate forum at Monroe Colleg ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2013

    The Lowline, A Fancy Underground Park, Is Pressing the MTA with a Letter Backed by State and Local Pols

    A year ago, designers Dan Barasch and James Ramsey made headlines for their plan to build an underground park where a turn-of-the-century trolley concourse used to be. The Internet hype machine revved its engines, and soon the Lowline Kickstarter had collected over $155,000 to begin the design proce ... More >>

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    August 16, 2012

    Council To New York City Housing Authority: Where Is Our Money?

    The City Council wants answers: What has the New York City Housing Authority done with $65.4 million? This afternoon City Council held an oversight hearing, which typically do not take place during the summer, to receive an update from the New York City Housing Authority on how it has allocated fund ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2012

    Deadly Delancey: What To Expect With The Street Safety Plan

    In January, 12-year-old Dashane Santana was struck and killed by a car as she crossed Delancey, at Clinton Street. Santana was not the first pedestrian to perish on the busy road: Other walkers and many cyclists have died on Delancey. At the intersection of Delancey and Essex, for example, Transpo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2012

    IHOP Bacon Smell Is Driving Some East Village Residents Crazy

    Living near the IHOP on East 14th Street is not a good idea if you don't want your apartment to constantly reek of bacon grease. At least that's what the residents who live near the diner and have been writing to EV Grieve have been saying. One resident of a building behind the IHOP wrote this in an ... More >>

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    March 1, 2012

    City Unveils First-Ever LGBT Senior Center

    Roger Mácon, a 64-year-old Jamaica, Queens resident, has been out of the closet for many years. But he didn't realize there were many other seniors in the city like himself that are openly gay and lesbian, too -- until he found a network of LGBT seniors through an organization called Services and ... More >>

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    February 27, 2012

    Council Members Ask Mayor To Include City College, Columbia in Engineering Plan

    In December, Mayor Mike Bloomberg announced his plans to partner with Cornell University and Technion-Israel Institute of Technology to build a two-million-square-foot applied science and engineering campus on Roosevelt Island. The new campus is part of Bloomberg's Applied Sciences NYC initiative ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2011

    Scott Stringer, Local Pols Announce St. Mark's Bookshop Rent Reduction

    ​This morning at the St. Mark's Bookshop, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, Cooper Union president Jamshed Bharucha, and the owners of the store held a press conference on the subject of the store's recent rent agreement with Cooper. Some of the usual suspects in East Village politic ... More >>

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    May 2, 2011

    35 Cooper Square Will Be Torn Down

    ​"Unfortunately, it was concluded that it would not be feasible to develop the site with the building or any significant portion of it remaining," wrote Stephen Lefkowitz on behalf of Arun Bhatia, developer of 35 Cooper Square, in a letter to city council member Rosie Mendez last Friday. Advoc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2011

    After 40 Years, Peace in LES's Seward Park; Middle East Is Next

    Cary Conover​ The first 2011 Nobel Peace Prize nomination goes to the Lower East Siders who hammered out Monday night's near-unanimous community board vote approving new housing for those five acres of weed-strewn parking lots sitting forlornly behind chain-link fences these past 40 years alon ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2009

    Cheek, in Review: 7 Days of Runnin' Scared

    ​ Dancers from InSpirit beckon passers-by to enter a new store on Broadway near 13th Street. Labor Day, with its West Indian American Day Parade, was the high point of the week. The low point was, let's see... the rest of it. 9/11 was a popular topic. It was oddly related to a Twitter Festiv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2009

    Primary Culler: Incumbents Stay Strong in Council Districts 2 and 3

    ​In City Council Districts 2 and 3, incumbents have much more of a lock than Alan Gerson does in District 1. In the former, first-termer Rosie Mendez built the right connections as a district leader, makes meetings, and has all the big endorsements. Her challenger Juan Pagan (pictured) is ass ... More >>

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    July 29, 2009

    Live! Coney Island Council Vote!

    ​ Photo (cc) MapDork. Against all odds, there's actually working (sort of) WiFi in the city council chamber, so I'm going to attempt to liveblog today's final vote on the city's Coney Island rezoning plan. The council's land use committee gave its preliminary blessing last week, so the last ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2009

    Appeals Court Will Hear Stuy Town Dispute (Updated)

    This week, the Second Circuit New York State Court of Appeals agreed to take a look at a case that could have implications for at least 350,000 tenants in New York.The court will examine a recent decision in the ongoing legal battle that pits the tenants of Stuyvesant Town/Cooper Village case agains ... More >>

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    April 3, 2009

    Candidates for Council, Comptroller, DA Pitch at VID

    Democratic candidates for city council seats in districts 1, 2, and 3, district attorney, and comptroller came to the Village Independent Democrats last night to make their cases, under strict time limits and with screened questioning, for the venerable club's endorsement. In District 1: Pete Gle ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2009

    Meet the Littlest City Council Candidate

    Meet Dodge Landesman, who at eighteen is challenging Rosie Mendez for the city council seat in District 2. "I may be the youngest city council candidate in New York City history," he says, "but I want to transform our political system so it can involve New Yorkers of every generation." (Don't they t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2009

    Protesters Say Cops Target Older Gay Men with Bogus Charges at XXX Shops

    Photos by Candice M. Giove. In front of a backdrop of hot pink placards - some splashed with hearts and cupids - Robert Pinter, a 53-year-old gay man, recounted the horror of being falsely arrested for prostitution this past October. He is one of many older gay men, activists said, targeted by yo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2008

    Thousands Rally, TV Star Comes Out for Marriage Equality

    Thousands rallied at City Hall on Saturday in support of marriage rights for gay folks. California's passage of Proposition 8 spurred the demo, but the tone as portrayed in this video from New York's LGBT Center was more forward-looking, with speakers (including council speaker Christine Quinn, coun ... More >>

  • Columns

    October 29, 2008

    Bloomberg's Term-Limits Coup: Heroes, Villains, and Wimps

    Brutal brawling in the first throwdown of the 2009 elections

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2008

    Liveblogging the Term Limits Vote Part II (Referendumania! Amendment Defeated)

    2:30: They're getting through the preliminary business fast. Well, at least we get to see what a vote on a land use motion looks like. Everyone votes aye except one joker who says, "No -- I'm just kidding, I'm practicing for later." Joel Rivera follows, saying, "I'm practicing for later -- yes!" 2 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2008

    The Union Square Pavilion Picnic Protest

    Photos by Duncan Meisel The Union Square Community Improvement District continued its running theatrical battle over the remodeling of the Union Square Pavilion on Wednesday night with an action they called the ‘Push Back Picnic,’ bringing their fight to the stamping grounds of celebrity chef ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2008

    Grannies and Gramps to City: Show Us the Senior Center Money

    Scores of rowdy seniors arrived at City Hall yesterday to raise hell over the possible shuttering of 146 senior centers. Facing a $195 million deficit, the New York City Housing Authority, which provides low-income housing and services to 406,000 residents across the city, recently announced that ... More >>

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    June 6, 2008
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    June 2, 2008

    Fancy Restaurant in the Middle of Union Square?

    You may have noticed that the Union Square greenmarket has been shifted south, crowding the farmers' stands up next to the painters and the creepy dude giving out "free hugs." That's because the city plans to convert the pavilion at the north side of the square from a children's playground into an u ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2007

    Council Hears Pro and Cons of Landlord Harassment Bill

    Photo by Phillie Casablanca via Flickr Battle-weary tenants, affordable housing advocates and a few landlords packed City Council chambers this week to argue for and against legislation that would allow tenants to sue landlords who harass tenants. Under current law renters can take their landlord ... More >>

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    March 31, 2007
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    March 28, 2007
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    December 6, 2006

    Shooting Rally: Public Enemy No. 1?

    "The administration of justice is the firmest pillar of government," or least so says the stone facade of New York County Supreme Court building as it looks down over Foley Square. Whose justice? The signs provided by ANSWER for tonight's anti-police brutality rally in the square declared "NYPD: Gui ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 27, 2006

    Raining on NYPD's 'Parade'

    "Sure, it's shiny, but will this baby outrun the fuzz?"( The hundreds of blue chairs filling the auditorium at One Police Plaza were far from filled for today's hearing on the NYPD's proposal to restrict street protests—but considering that the event was at 11 a.m. on the Monday after ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2006

    Singer to East Village: Don't Blame Me

    You have to hand it to developer Gregg Singer. Last week he took out a full-page ad on the back of The Villager blaming local politicians for the looming "eyesore" of P.S. 64. "Old P.S. 64 stands as an eyesore in your neighborhood because of inaction on the part of your representatives," begin ... More >>

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    August 24, 2006
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    August 7, 2006
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    August 4, 2006

    P.S. 64: Singer Stops Chopping, Starts Talking

    We just got word that developer Gregg Singer has stopped chopping P.S. 64. According to Dan Reardon of the National Architectural Trust, Singer called off the demo crew late in the day Wednesday and offered to resume talks with City Council rep Rosie Mendez. But when we reached Singer on Friday afte ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2006

    Pols Blast, Sort of Warn P.S. 64 Landlord

    On Monday, a posse of politicians and community activists finally showed up on East 10th Street outside the old P.S. 64 school building to shake their fists at the ongoing demolition of its now landmarked facade. Owner Gregg Singer began chopping at it nearly a week ago, using a preexisting alterati ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2006

    Another Village Demo Targets Church

    Parishioners of St. Brigid's on Avenue B held a vigil today, but not inside their Roman Catholic Church that dates to 1848. Instead they were on the sidewalk, watching with dismay as a wrecking crew assembled scaffolding in a first step to taking the historic church down (see slideshow here). This c ... More >>

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    July 27, 2006

    St. Brigid's: Archdiocese Says No Condos

    Spokesperson Joe Zwilling said the Catholic Archdiocese is sorry to lose St. Brigid's but insisted it had to come down. Demolition began early today (see slideshow here). "It's a hazard. It could have literally fallen over at any point in time," Zwilling said in a phone call to the Voice. Worke ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2006
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    June 27, 2006

    P.S. 64: A Tax Break! A Dorm! A Homeless Shelter?

    Workers have installed a rung of scaffolding on the 10th Street side of the old P.S. 64 school building in the East Village, in preparation for stripping its now landmarked facade. Owner Gregg Singer says he now has "no choice" but to lop off the historic terra cotta trim in order to challenge las ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2006

    Landmark Disaster: P.S. 64 Stripped This Week?

    East Village activists were jubilant Tuesday morning when the Landmarks Preservations Commission voted unanimously to landmark the old P.S. 64 on East 9th Street in Manhattan. The LPC's vote puts in check owner Gregg Singer's controversial plan to raze the back half of the century-old school build ... More >>

  • News

    June 13, 2006
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    June 6, 2006

    Love It or Level It

    The saga of old P.S. 64 is a real education

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    April 6, 2006
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    December 6, 2005

    Bloomberg's Runner$-Up

    The post-election Campaign Finance Board filings are in, and as the dailies reported today, they reveal that Mayor Michael Bloomberg spent even more to get re-elected than he did to win in 2001—$77.8 million. The hundreds of other candidates for mayor, public advocate, comptroller, and the 51 c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2005

    Council Cliffhanger

    The mayoral primary wasn't the only race that went down to the wire yesterday: A mere 16 votes separate the top two finishers in the fight for City Council District 8, which covers East Harlem. Melissa Mark Viverito has 3,626 votes (25.41 percent) to Felipe Luciano's 3,610 (25.3 percent). Absentee b ... More >>

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    September 13, 2005

    Volunteers Vie for LES Seat

    In a contentious City Council Race hinged heavily along ethnic, racial and social lines, voters in the staggeringly diverse District 2 were turning out Tuesday—in varying degrees. Stretching from the pub-lined enclaves of Murray Hill and Gramercy Park, south to the hipster strongholds of the Ea ... More >>

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    August 12, 2005

    Ballot Attack: 4 Out Of 5 Ain't Bad

    A tight city council race just got roomier The saga of City Council district 2—the Lower East Side-East Village-Grammercy district where a racially-tinged ballot fight broke out last month—continues: According to the latest version of the ballot, Manny Cavaco is off completely. He was tos ... More >>

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    August 5, 2005

    Ballot Battles Break Backs

    Board of Elections thins the menu voters get to dine from on September 13 It's only August 5th, so the campaign for mayor, city council, and other municipal offices is far from—except perhaps for those candidates bounced from the ballot during Board of Elections hearings this week, people like ... More >>

  • News

    July 26, 2005

    The Name Game

    A council race turns nasty when race and ballot access mix

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