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The Paper of Record for East and West Villages, Lower East Side, Soho, Noho, Little Italy and Chinatown

October 1, 2015 • FREE Volume 5 • Number 16

‘We need protection!’ LES/Chinatown must be rezoned, hundreds cry BY YANNIC RACK

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undreds of protesters marched on City Hall last week to rally against the rapid change of their neighborhoods, where they say luxury developments are allowed to rise and displace longtime residents. The demonstrators, most-

ly residents from the Lower East Side and Chinatown, gathered below the Manhattan Bridge on Fri., Sept. 25, to call for more protective zoning in the area. “We have a message for Mayor de Blasio: We want our community protected now,” said David Tieu, ZONING continued on p. 7

Code Green! C.B. 2 makes emergency plea to save Eliz. St. Garden BY LINCOLN ANDERSON

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y an overwhelming vote, Community Board 2 last week passed an “emergency resolution,” reiterating its support for the permanent preservation of the entire Elizabeth St. Garden as a public open green space, and urging the city to transfer the site to

Parks Department jurisdiction. The resolution also urged the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation to “adhere to its own guidelines” and not provide funding for “a project that has not even been presented to the community, much less demonstrated a ‘high level of comELIZ. ST. continued on p. 6

This week, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, our paper is pink and proud. For more, see a note from our publisher on page 12, and articles on Pages 13 to 18 and 23.

Singing and strumming, surviving breast cancer BY DUSICA SUE MALESEVIC

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hen performer D’yan Forest was diagnosed with breast cancer 24 years ago, she took the dictum “the show must go on” to heart. “I went every morning to get the radiation, and in the afternoon I’d sing in Staten Island and be a French chanteuse,” Forest, 81, said. “I wasn’t going to stop. I drove to Staten Island and I performed.” Continuing to work while

she got treated for cancer, she said, helped her to get through it, since she was focused on the performing, not on herself. A five-decade Village resident, Forest said that both her mother and aunt had breast cancer. She credits having a very good gynecologist for discovering her own illness in the early 1990s. “What happened was I said, ‘My breasts are getting bigger,’ ” she explained. “I had just had the mammogram and everything a cou-

ple months before. He said, ‘Go in again.’ ” Forest took his advice and got X-rayed once more. While away for Christmas, her answering service kept getting calls from a phone number she didn’t recognize. She finally connected with the caller, who turned out to be a doctor filling in for her regular one, and was told her mammogram showed something was amiss. She went to a specialist. SURVIVING continued on p. 14

Johnson tackles desnudas, Cowboy...............page 2 Papal poultry proclamation: ‘Delicious!’.......page 4 N.Y.U. SLAMmed by tuition activists................page 20 Making light of a dark diagnosis....page 23

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