Press Release

Groups Across NYC Protest At Gracie Mansion Against Mayor de Blasio’s Citywide Rezoning Proposals



What: Workers, Tenants, Small Businesses, Students and Groups from across NYC voice opposition to Mayor de Blasio’s Citywide Rezoning

When: December 16, 2015, 4pm – 6pm

Where: Gracie Mansion, 88th Street at East End Avenue, Manhattan


Workers, tenants, home owners, small business owners, community organizations and supporters across the city will gather to protest Mayor de Blasio’s developer-led zoning plans on the same day the City Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on the Mayor’s zoning text amendment proposals, also known as ZQA and MIH.

The protest follows a Town Hall meeting last week in the Lower East Side. Over 700 emotionally-charged Chinese, Latino, African American, and white community members grew livid when the Mayor sent a representative to ask the crowd to compromise on the Chinatown Working Group (CWG) rezoning plan they have spent seven years negotiating. This plan was a collaboration among nearly 60 community organizations, including developers and Manhattan Community Boards 1, 2 & 3. The community has spearheaded a citywide call to action.

The public outcry in Lower Manhattan against Mayor de Blasio’s attack on low- and middle-income families and people of color echoes sentiments in many neighborhoods all over NYC. The Mayor continues to push through his city-wide developer-led rezoning plan despite overwhelming opposition by constituents, housing activists and community boards. In response, dozens of organizations are demanding community-led rezoning that truly protects us against displacement.

This action is endorsed by: The Coalition to Protect Chinatown and the LES (318 Restaurant Workers’ Union; Action by the Lower East Side; Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund; Cabalito Restaurant; Chinese Staff & Workers Association; Delancey Car Service; District Leader Jenifer Rajkumar; District Leader Pedro Cardi; Harlem Consumer Education Council; LaGuardia Houses Tenant Patrol; Lands End 2 Resident; LES Dwellers; Lower East Side Anti-Displacement Project; Mujeres y Hombres Luchadoras; National Mobilization Against Sweatshops; Orchard Street Block Association; Professor Juanita Díaz-Cotto from SUNY-Binghamton; Professor Peter Kwong from CUNY-Hunter; Project Reach; Sixth Street Community Center; Take Back the Bronx); Harlem Tenants Council; Movement to Protect the People; Take Back NYC; Flushing Workers’ Center; Families United for Racial and Economic Equality (FUREE); Manhattan Green Party Local; Phil Depaolo, Housing Activist; Queens Neighborhoods United; West Harlem Coalition; Committee to Protect Rent Controlled Tenants; South Bronx Community Congress; Tom Angotti, Hunter College Center for Community Planning; Bronx Greens/Verdes del Bronx; Green EcoSocialist Movement; Brooklyn Anti-Gentrification Network (BAN); Trinity Lutheran Church of Sunset Park; Sisa Pakari; Bowery Alliance of Neighbors

For more information, contact:
Jei Fong, 646-387-4956