Theirs is a story that has become all-too familiar during the Bloomberg era: another stable neighborhood turned upside down by a massive rezoning.
Lower East Side rezone plan another Mike Bloomberg boondoggle
The sheer number of these rezonings - from Columbia University to Hudson Yards to Greenpoint-Williamsburg to Willets Point, boggles the mind.
City officials routinely claim it's for the good of the neighborhoods, but in the end a handful of well-connected developers and Big Box stores end up the big winners.
Small businesses and low-income New Yorkers keep getting pushed out.
The latest rezoning, opponents say, is targeted at the largely white and upscale areas of the lower East Side below 14th St. and above Houston St. It deliberately excludes Chinatown and the largely Hispanic areas east of Avenue D and below Delancey St.