Council member Dan Garodnick (center) spoke out in support of the rent freeze (Photo via Twitter)

NYC Tenants Call for Keeping Rent Freeze

Housing, New York February 2, 2017 at 1:10 pm

Tenants, activists and elected officials met in support of maintaining the de Blasio administration rent freeze, which has been challenged by a landlords group, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Photos documenting substandard living conditions and construction harassment in Chinatown. (Photo by Betty Yu via The Villager)

Chinatown ‘Resilience / Resistance’ at Pearl River Mart

East Asian, Housing, Manhattan January 19, 2017 at 2:15 pm

The multimedia exhibition “Resilience / Resistance,” which runs through Jan. 22, examines the effects of displacement and gentrification through the works and stories of Chinatown residents, reports The Villager.

Borough President Gale Brewer at left of Rolando Guzman, Rolando Guzman, deputy director of community preservation at St. Nicks Alliance in Brooklyn, who is explaining a12-bill package of legislation that has the goal of correcting and reforming D.O.B. procedures. (Photo by Jordan Rathkopf via The Villager)

Fighting ‘Construction as Harassment’

Housing, Manhattan January 13, 2017 at 4:54 pm

Aggrieved tenants of rent-controlled properties attended a town hall on Jan. 10 to urge that new legislation force the DOB to penalize landlords using “construction as harassment,” reports The Villager.

Andrea de León and Luz Sánchez. Federal cuts to public housing residents imposed by new President Trump. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

NYCHA Residents Worried About Trump-Era Cuts

Government, Housing, New York January 9, 2017 at 5:42 pm

Residents, political leaders and the agency itself fear that the new government will cut part of the $2 billion the New York public housing program receives, to devastating effect, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

The planned New York Wheel on Staten Island. (Courtesy of design firm Perkins Eastman)

2017: A Year of Challenges for New Yorkers

Another election, new urban projects, and social, immigration and housing battles – El Diario La Prensa offers a list of challenges and goals for New York City in 2017.

Patricia González, from Mexico and a resident of East Harlem, benefits from Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Tenant Support Unit. (Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Tenant Support Unit Succeeds in First Year

Government, Housing, New York December 15, 2016 at 12:39 pm

El Diario/La Prensa interviews troubled tenants helped by the city’s Tenant Support Unit, which has contacted more than 110,000 households since it was created last year.

Protesters on Wednesday had harsh words for the mayor, and claimed their neighborhood was being denied the protections afforded to others. (Photo by Adi Talwar via City Limits)

Chinatown and LES Protest Against Mayor Draws Citywide Supporters

Housing, Manhattan, New York December 9, 2016 at 4:39 pm

Protesters from neighborhoods across the city joined the Coalition to Protect Chinatown and the Lower East Side in front of City Hall to rally against the mayor’s rezoning plans, reports City Limits.

A community member tells a panel of her concerns about a proposed shelter plan in Coney Island. (Photo by Jerry Del Priore via Bensonhurst Bean)

Concerns about a Proposed Shelter in Coney Island

Brooklyn, Housing, Women December 9, 2016 at 2:54 pm

Locals voiced their opposition to a proposed shelter for mothers and their children at a public meeting attended by officials and the director of the nonprofit Women in Need, Christine Quinn, reports Bensonhurst Bean.

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.

Ritchie Torres (Photo by William Alatriste for the New York City Council)

Torres on Getting People to Vote

Bronx, Elections 2016, Housing, New York October 31, 2016 at 3:32 pm

New York City Council member Ritchie Torres spoke with Feet in Two Worlds about the challenge of getting his constituents out to vote.

Protestors at the Oct. 20 City Hall rally. (Photo by Gregg McQueen for The Bronx Free Times)

Protesting Over NYCHA ‘Infill’ Development

Housing, New York October 27, 2016 at 3:34 pm

Protestors at City Hall on Oct. 20 demanded that the city reveal names of NYCHA properties slated for “infill” development, reports The Bronx Free Press.

Council Member Ydanis Rodríguez, Senator Adriano Espaillat and elected Assembly Member Carmen de la Rosa met with tenants living at 78 Thayer Street in Upper Manhattan to make their claim. (Photo by Edwin Martínez via El Diario)

Uptown Landlords Accused of Warehousing Apartments

Housing, Latino, Manhattan October 20, 2016 at 3:31 pm

Washington Heights elected officials and residents denounced landlords who keep their apartments empty as a dirty tactic to end affordable housing, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Steven Banks, NYC Commissioner of the Department of Social Services at the Oct. 19 briefing at the Center for Community and Ethnic Media at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism (Photo by Julius Motal for CCEM)

Stopping the Growth Trajectory in NYC Homeless

Government, Housing, New York, Social Services October 19, 2016 at 5:50 pm

Steven Banks, New York City commissioner of the Department of Social Services, told community and ethnic reporters Oct. 19 at a briefing at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism that the city had succeeded in stopping the trajectory of growth in homelessness.

Yoselyn Gómez lives in the fourth-worst-landlord’s building. (Photo via El Diario)

Living as Tenants of New York’s ‘Worst Landlords’

Housing, New York October 14, 2016 at 5:55 pm

El Diario/La Prensa interviews tenants of the city’s “worst landlords” according to a list of the worst buildings in every borough published by the public advocate.

Wellington La Luz says that Bill de Blasio´s rezoning plans in the Bronx´ Jerome Ave. will leave many small businesses in the area out of business. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Jerome Avenue Small Businesses Oppose Rezoning Plans

Bronx, Business, Housing October 12, 2016 at 2:54 pm

Some residents and workers oppose rezoning and housing plans on the Bronx’s Jerome Avenue claiming that they will harm its long-established auto-repair businesses, El Diario/La Prensa reports.