Emma Rebhorn is a writer living on the Lower East Side. Her website is redadmirable.com.
Nate Hill stood at the curb of Mott Street in the rain. He was leading a Chinatown Garbage Tour, but he was also hard at work.
A huge, tattooed biker named Lucifer looked over at his next door neighbors’ door. He caught the eye of a toddler who was slowly making her way down the front steps. “Hey, mami! How you doing? You going out for a walk with grandma today?”
Joy Chatel and Lewis Greenstein started organizing together in the spring of 2004 after they learned that their properties were at risk of being seized by the city under eminent domain. The unassuming wood-frame buildings on Duffield Street, near the Manhattan Bridge, fall within the area affected by the Downtown Brooklyn Redevelopment Plan.