Attendees during the Community Board 1 Land Use meeting on April 10, 2010 at Southbridge Towers. The meeting also acted as the first public hearing of the Manhattan jail proposal's ULURP process.
Board members of CB1. The first leg of the ULURP process starts with the affected community board which will give its recommendations for the proposal but will ultimately not have a say in the vote.
(Right) Dana Kaplan, Deputy Director at the Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice. She is spearheading the proposal to build four borough-based jails as part of the initiative to close Rikers Island by 2027.
The public hearing was contentious. Chinatown and CB1 residents called for the city to reconsider its proposal while criminal justice reform advocates called for the immediate closure of Rikers Island. Racial tensions were high and was often a point of di
The playground at Columbus Park; the Manhattan Detention Complex looming behind it.
The rooftop deck at Chung Pak, the senior housing beside the proposed site of the Manhattan jail. Inside, residents and visitors are taking part in weekly English classes.
A resident of Chung Pak (left) with another resident's caretaker (right) watching TV at the lobby.
Residents of Chung Pak, a senior housing building in Chinatown, take part in a letter-writing drive hosted by non-profit Think!Chinatown. It's a last ditch attempt to have their voices heard before COmmunity Board 1 votes for or against the proposed borou
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