I'm a little late to this, but the Voice covered Take it to the Bridge's protest at New York City Hall. It's heartening to see the city councilor for the district step up.
The issues that are hitting the Lower East Side are very much at play here in Boston, and I wonder if similar solutions would help. I'll have to talk to my city councilor about it next time I see him. (I'm lucky enough to know my city councilor, who happens to be a decent guy and very supportive of the arts.)