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Employment Network Hopes to Fade East Side’s Development Scars

Observer | by Vinnie Mancuso


More than $1 billion dollars has been poured into giving the Lower East Side a face lift, but some residents are not fans of the surgery being performed on their neighborhood.

To ease the tension, the Lower East Side Employment Network has been making sure these same residents are the ones holding the scalpel.

The LESEN, co-founded by Henry Street Settlement and University Settlement in collaboration with Community Board 3, has a simple goal – when large projects head to the Lower East Side, the neighbors to these projects will be the first to be employed.

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