In the News: Reversing Jay Street

••• The NYC Department of Transportation is hoping to change the direction of traffic on Jay in order to make getting around easier for FDNY and other emergency vehicles. Community Board 1 thinks Harrison would be a better choice. —Broadsheet

••• A Crain’s article about renting out your apartment to film/TV/advertising crews includes the experiences of N. Moore resident Bill Connolly. The article is also about the hassles shoots can cause residents. “City officials say that every one to two months, they put individual blocks on a hiatus list, which prevents filming for weeks or months. ‘Complaints about filming are very low,’ said Julie Menin, the city’s film commissioner. ‘On average there are 1 million calls a month to 311, and just 100 of those are about filming.’ Put-out residents argue that they’ve stopped calling 311 because they don’t get results.” It’s so true…. Stop using 311 as a shield.

••• “Three Democratic candidates are challenging City Councilwoman Margaret Chin in her bid for a third term representing Lower Manhattan. Last week, at a forum organized by the Village Independent Democrats, all four candidates appeared for the first time.” In no order: Dasha Imperiale: “A lifelong resident of the Lower East Side, Imperiale is a former tenants association president and activist who counts as her major accomplishment, in 2010, the negotiation “along with city, state, federal agencies and landlord to secure forty years of affordability until 2050” for 600 families in her building on Grand Street.” Christopher Marte: “[He] is now a consultant with an organization, started with his brother, called Conbody, which helps ex-convicts become certified personal fitness trainers.” Aaron Foldenauer: “According to his web site, he has ‘worked on leading business disputes and intellectual property lawsuits before government regulators and courts across the United States.'” There’s more about all four in the Tribeca Trib‘s article.

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