Photos by Cristóbal Vivar
Tensions over the planned Inwood rezoning came to a boil on Monday evening, as community members staged a rally and march against the latest iteration of the plan, and called on the City Council to vote no.
Protestors assembled under the 1 train stop at Dyckman Street, then marched throughout the neighborhood, wielding chants and signs that implored local Councilmember Ydanis Rodríguez to further modify the plan to benefit the community.
As the contingent reached the intersection of Broadway and Dyckman, several protestors locked arms and sat down in the street, blocking traffic. Police arrested nine people – eight Inwood residents, and one from East Harlem. Most of the protestors were released later in the evening.
“I love Inwood, and can’t stand by while it’s sold off to the highest bidder,” said Clay Smith, one of the arrestees. “We have to hold our elected officials accountable, and stand up for what’s important.”
The march eventually ended up at the Riverside-Inwood Neighborhood Garden (RING), where several protestors set up an encampment they dubbed “Ydanisville.”
Several activists spent the night there in protest of the rezoning plan.