Post Tagged with: "Department of Housing Preservation and Development"

Tomashi Jackson (Photo by Tsubasa Berg via KCP)

Property Seizure Series Inspires Artwork

Black, Brooklyn, Housing April 19, 2019 at 12:44 pm

A Kings County Politics investigation into the city seizing property from predominantly Black owners has inspired artist Tomashi Jackson to draw parallels between present-day central Brooklyn and Seneca Village in the mid-1800s.

The tenants of 25 MacDonough St. are angered that the city has not been forthcoming about the takeover of the building and several told KCP they were never given proper notice that the city took it. (Photo by Tsubasa Berg via Kings County Politics)

City Ordered to Return Seized Properties Back to Owners

Black, Brooklyn, Housing, Latino March 29, 2019 at 5:43 pm

The city’s seizure of six properties in central Brooklyn has been ruled unconstitutional, “restoring millions of dollars of intergenerational wealth in the Black and Latino community,” writes Kings County Politics.

A local resident asking NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer a question about HPD at the Bed-Stuy community town hall. (Photo by Susan Watts/NYC Comptroller’s office, via Kings County Politics)

Another Program Reducing Black Home Ownership?

African American, Black, Brooklyn, Housing March 28, 2019 at 5:20 pm

Brooklyn residents say that Black-owned properties are being seized through yet another NYC Housing Preservation Department program, reports Kings County Politics.

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, center, and City Council Member Robert Cornegy Jr., to his left, announces they are asking the federal, state and city to investigate the city's Third Party Transfer program. (Photo by Stephen Witt via Kings County Politics)

Responding to Mayor’s Call for Distressed Housing Seizures

Brooklyn, Housing, New York January 11, 2019 at 2:20 pm

According to Kings County Politics, City Council member Robert Cornegy, Jr. expressed his concerns about the city “expanding a policy that has already proven deeply problematic for black and brown homeowners.”


On the City Seizing Black-Owned Properties

Black, Brooklyn, Housing, Latino, Media, Video October 22, 2018 at 3:15 pm

Kings County Politics editor Stephen Witt speaks to BRIC TV about his publication’s series on the city taking property from Black and Latino owners in Brooklyn.

19 Kingsland Avenue (Center) in East Williamsburg. (Photo by Kelly Mena via Kings County Politics)

Housing Property Taken from ‘Working-Class Latinos’

Brooklyn, Housing, Latino October 10, 2018 at 12:48 pm

More properties are being transferred from their rightful owners to developers in Brooklyn, reports Kings County Politics.

Marlene Saunders (Photo via Kings County Politics)

Brooklyn Homeowners Hit with Surprise Seizure Notices

Brooklyn, Housing September 21, 2018 at 9:10 pm

Kings County Politics reports on two instances of property being improperly seized from mortgage-free homeowners under the city’s Third Party Transfer Program.

DeBoRa Dickerson. community activist with Picture the Homeless, in front of abandoned properties along thurs Ave. between 106th and 107th streets. (photo by Adi Talwar for City Limits)

A Push for ‘Housing Not Warehousing’

Housing, New York September 29, 2017 at 4:57 pm

Getting a handle on the number of vacant properties across the city will be a critical first step, advocates say, toward developing them as affordable housing. City Limits reports on the “Housing Not Warehousing” bills under consideration by the City Council.

Maria Torres-Springer (Photo via The FilAm)

Torres-Springer on Affordable Housing, Federal Funding and More

Government, Housing, New York June 5, 2017 at 5:15 pm

NYC Housing Commissioner Maria Torres-Springer met with community and ethnic media to discuss housing issues in the city.

Community gardens may become extinct due to plans to build more affordable housing in East Harlem. Pictured, the corner of Park Avenue and 111th St. in El Barrio. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Will Affordable Housing Mean Fewer Community Gardens?

Housing, Latino, Manhattan, New York May 3, 2016 at 2:32 pm

Community activists complain that a number of East Harlem community gardens will be eliminated as the city plans to use them to build affordable housing, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Hundreds of tenants gathered on the steps of City Hall to ask the Council to pass laws to protect them from abusive landlords. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Tenants Ask for Laws Against Landlord Harassment

Government, Housing, New York November 2, 2016 at 1:46 pm

Tenants held a Halloween-style demonstration to demand that the City Council create tougher laws against landlord harassment, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

"I cannot wait any longer," said Carlos Pérez, who lost his home and is still waiting for the City's help. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario).

East Harlem Tragedy Victims Still Waiting For Help

Business, Latino, Manhattan April 11, 2014 at 2:54 pm

A month after the deadly explosion in East Harlem, displaced tenants and affected businesses have received little help from the city, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Meilyn Soto grows basil, blueberries and flowers at Holy Spirit Community Garden in the Los Sures neighborhood of South Williamsburg, Brooklyn. (Photo by Carolina Ledezma/EDLP)

Patches of Green Spread Through Southside Williamsburg

Brooklyn, Environment May 3, 2012 at 3:47 pm

In the Latino neighborhood of south Williamsburg known as Los Sures, where open space is scarce and asthma rates are high, eyesore empty lots have become green gardens for residents as part of the “Green Light District” project by the neighborhood organization El Puente, El Diario La Prensa reports.