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BY DANIEL FITZSIMMONS
PUBLISHED OCT 27, 2015 AT 11:00 AM (UPDATED OCT 29, 2015) - Straus Media
Public housing residents marched five blocks south to Gracie Mansion last week with a message for Mayor Bill de Blasio: hands off our land.
The residents were protesting a recently unveiled plan to build a mixture of affordable and market rate housing on playground space at Holmes Towers on East 93rd Street and First Avenue, where they live.
When the socialites joining Mayor de Blasio at last night’s gala fundraiser rolled up to Gracie Mansion and descended from their black SUVs, it’s possible that they heard a distant clamor from across East End Avenue, where about 100 residents of public housing, corralled into a cattle pen of police barricades, were staging a protest.
More than 100 angry public housing tenants marched Tuesday on Gracie Mansion, shouting protest slogans as well-heeled contributors pulled up in limousines to attend Mayor de Blasio’s gala fund-raising dinner for what he calls “the People’s House.”
The tenants marched eight blocks south from Holmes Towers, where NYCHA plans to put up 400 apartments on what it calls an “underutilized” playground. Half the units will be affordable, but half will be offered at market rate — far more than NYCHA tenants could afford.