Area residents show a jam-packed No. 7 train and platform at a recent meeting on the proposed Flushing West development (Photo by Victoria Zunitch via Queens Chronicle)

Will Flushing Creek Get Cleaned Up for Flushing West?

Business, Environment, Housing, Queens, Real Estate November 23, 2015 at 12:28 pm

Queens leaders and community residents expressed concerns recently about how the Flushing West development might affect the community, both Queens Tribune and Queens Chronicle report.

Ritchie Torres (William Alatriste for New York City Council, via City Limits)

Envisioning Changes for Public Housing in NYC

Black, Bronx, Government, Housing, Latino November 19, 2015 at 4:41 pm

City Council member Ritchie Torres, who grew up in public housing in the Bronx, has embraced some controversial proposals to address NYCHA’s problems, writes City Limits.

New York Law School's Ross Sandler & HPD's Vicki Been (Phoebe Rosen for NYLS via Gotham Gazette)

Responding to Criticism of Rezoning for Affordable Housing

Government, Housing, New York November 18, 2015 at 3:55 pm

Vicki Been, commissioner of the Department of Housing Preservation and Development, said the city’s affordable housing plan was on track despite mixed community response to rezoning proposals, Gotham Gazette reports.

Washington Heights resident Ana Rodríguez is having problems with a tenant who rented a room from her. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

When Renting Out a Room Turns Into a Nightmare

Housing, New York, Seniors November 12, 2015 at 3:36 pm

Increasingly, older people who rent a room in their households to make ends meet have to go to court because tenants stop paying the rent, El Diario reports.

Tenement facades on the Lower East Side (Photo by Dave Glass, Creative Commons license)

Landmarking Tenements on the Lower East Side?

History, Housing, Manhattan, Real Estate November 10, 2015 at 3:43 pm

Support is growing to designate part of the Lower East Side as a historic district, The Lo-Down reports.

The community, mostly Puerto Rican and Mexican, opposes El Barrio’s gentrification. (Photo by Gerardo Romo via El Diario)

East Harlem Residents Protest Rezoning Plan

Housing, Manhattan November 9, 2015 at 6:04 pm

El Barrio residents protest new luxury construction plans that City Hall says have not been decided yet, El Diario reports.

Members of Community Board 15 voted unanimously to oppose the Mayor’s zoning plan (Photo by Alex Ellefson via Sheepshead Bites)

CBs React to Affordable Housing Proposals

Housing, New York November 5, 2015 at 5:24 pm

Community boards are evaluating proposals that are part of Mayor de Blasio’s affordable housing plan and are finding them wanting, City Limits and Sheepshead Bites report.

Flatbush Caton Market (Photo via The Home Reporter, courtesy of Google maps)

A Renovation for Flatbush Caton Market

Brooklyn, Business, Caribbean, Housing, Real Estate November 3, 2015 at 3:07 pm

The Flatbush Caton Market will be renovated to include a new home of the market, the Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and 166 affordable housing units, says The Home Reporter.

A Chinatown resident at the October 28 march organized by the Coalition to Protect Chinatown and the Lower East Side (Photo by Samantha Lee for Voices of NY)

Protesting Displacement in Lower Manhattan

Housing, Manhattan October 29, 2015 at 1:08 pm

Protesters marched from Chinatown to the steps of City Hall on Oct. 28 to voice their opposition to luxury high-rise development in Chinatown and the Lower East Side.

Tenant groups protested outside Bronx Housing Court October 15 (Photo by Marc Bussanich via City Limits)

Tenants in Bronx Protest Harassment

Bronx, Business, Housing October 20, 2015 at 12:59 pm

Tenant groups protested harassment by landlords in front of Bronx Housing Court Oct. 15, City Limits reports.

Genaro and his wife, Angela Santiago, have lived in this apartment for 15 years. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Landlord Threatens to Call Immigration

Housing, Immigration, Manhattan, Mexican October 19, 2015 at 3:38 pm

A Manhattan landlord has sent a Mexican couple a letter threatening to notify police and immigration officials if they don’t leave their rent-stabilized Manhattan apartment, El Diario reports.

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz and Cindi Lauper (far right) at the ribbon cutting for True Colors (Photo courtesy of Bronx Borough President's office)

LGBT Youth Get a New Bronx Residence

Bronx, Housing, LGBTQ October 15, 2015 at 2:47 pm

Patterned after a similar structure in Harlem, True Colors, a residence for LGBT youth, opens in the Bronx, The Bronx Free Press reports.

Developments like a 72-story apartment tower being built by Extell have long-time residents of the Lower East Side and Chinatown concerned about being displaced. (Photo by Yannic Rack via The Villager)

Protesting the ‘Building From Hell’ on the LES

Housing, Manhattan October 2, 2015 at 6:51 pm

Longtime residents of the Lower East Side and Chinatown called for protective zoning and voiced fears of displacement as they rallied near the site of a planned 72-story apartment tower, reports The Villager.

Members of the NYC to Spain group meeting with the Spanish counterparts in May (Photo by Dolly Martinez via Facebook)

Bringing Home Lessons from Spain’s Activists

Featured Posts, Housing, New York, Politics, Voices' Picks September 30, 2015 at 2:52 pm

NYC activists will travel to Spain again in November to learn organizing tips from their counterparts, who recently won municipal elections in Barcelona, Madrid, Valencia and elsewhere.

Protestors outside the DCP review session on September 21 (Photo by Abigail Savitch-Lew via City Limits)

Planning for a New East New York

Brooklyn, Business, Housing, Real Estate September 22, 2015 at 3:09 pm

The East New York rezoning proposal has yet to be approved, but it is coming under fire for a number of reasons, City Limits reports.