Housing

Jackson Heights (Photo by simplethrill, Creative Commons license)

Council Bill Combating Immigrant Tenant Harassment Passes

Government, Housing, Immigration, New York December 12, 2017 at 4:55 pm

Legislation introduced by Peter Koo that amends the Housing Maintenance Code’s definition of harassment has passed in the City Council, reports Queens Tribune.

(Photo by Karen Pennar for Voices of NY)

NYC Speaker Holds Final Roundtable with Ethnic Press

Melissa Mark-Viverito, who is leaving the City Council and her position as speaker at the end of the month, spoke with reporters at her final ethnic media roundtable.

The Bedford-Union Armory in brooklyn. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Rezoning Criticized in Neighborhoods of Color

Brooklyn, Housing December 4, 2017 at 5:14 pm

Anti-gentrification activists question the city’s decision to transform Brooklyn’s Bedford-Union Armory into a recreational center, a controversy that adds to the one created by the rezoning of East Harlem, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Juan Minaya of Inwood. (Photo by Gregg McQueen via Manhattan Times)

‘Eviction Fiction’ in Inwood

Housing, Manhattan November 27, 2017 at 3:55 pm

In Inwood, landlords are trying to evict tenants they say aren’t using their apartments as primary residents, and tenants are getting free legal help fighting off spurious charges, reports Manhattan Times.

City Council member Vincent Gentile introduced legislation earlier this year that imposes strict fines on landlords that make illegal conversions into multi-family homes.

Impact of Illegal Conversion Law in Southern Brooklyn

Brooklyn, East Asian, Housing November 21, 2017 at 3:33 pm

Critics of the new illegal home conversion law say it does not provide alternative options to displaced tenants as the city faces an affordable housing crisis, reports Kings County Politics.

Housing 2.0: ‘The Power of Advocacy’

Housing 2.0: ‘The Power of Advocacy’

Government, Housing, New York November 16, 2017 at 4:50 pm

City Limits sees some changes in the city’s housing policy reflected in its new plan.

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. (far back) presides at hearing on the Jerome Avenue rezoning plan.
(Photo by David Cruz via Norwood News)

In the Bronx, Complaints About Jerome Ave. Rezoning

Bronx, Business, Housing November 7, 2017 at 2:45 pm

City plans to rezone the Jerome Avenue corridor were challenged at a hearing held by Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., reports Norwood News.

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

The Speaker Race: Torres and NextGen

Bronx, Housing, Latino, Politics November 1, 2017 at 5:05 pm

City Limits writes about Council member Ritchie Torres and his views on the NYCHA NextGen plan.

The Bedford Armory. (Photo by Ben Foldy via Bklyner)

Resignation Over Bedford Armory

Brooklyn, Housing, New York October 30, 2017 at 5:04 pm

Days before plans were approved by the NYC Planning Commission, neighbors of the Bedford Armory in Crown Heights weighed in on the redevelopment project in BKLYNER.

Public Advocate Letitia James issues solutions to assist the growing number of homeless students. (Photo By William Engel via Kings County Politics)

‘Common Sense Solutions’ to Help Homeless Students

Education, Government, Housing, New York, Youth October 19, 2017 at 4:08 pm

Public Advocate Letitia James presented four “common sense solutions” to address the city’s shortcomings in supporting homeless students, reports Kings County Politics.

Tenement Stories ‘Under One Roof’

Tenement Stories ‘Under One Roof’

History, Housing, Immigration, Manhattan, Video October 2, 2017 at 4:09 pm

A new Tenement Museum exhibition features the stories of three immigrant families who lived in a Lower East Side tenement building in the decades after World War II, reports SinoVision English Channel.

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.

Iris Ramos, Natividad Pérez and Sonia Martínez, who have had problems with bad landlords, rejoiced at the new laws against irresponsible owners. (Photo via El Diario)

City Cracks Down on Harassing Landlords

Housing, New York August 31, 2017 at 5:25 pm

Latino tenants and activists applaud a new legislative package that intends to halt tenant abuse on the part of landlords, El Diario/La Prensa reports. 

Gui Chang (left) and Huilian Chang (right) speak with City Council member Margaret Chin (Photo via World Journal)

History, Politics and Senior Housing in Chinatown

East Asian, Elections 2017, History, Housing, Politics August 25, 2017 at 5:09 pm

World Journal and Sing Tao Daily provide some special perspective on housing for seniors on the Lower East Side.

The City Planning Commission, rightly expecting a large turnout for the East Harlem rezoning hearing, met at 1 Centre Street instead of their usual location.
(Photo by Abigail Savitch-Lew via City Limits)

East Harlem Rezoning Plan: Still Not Good Enough, Say Residents

Housing, Manhattan August 24, 2017 at 5:20 pm

The city’s plan to rezone East Harlem was revised with lower maximum building heights, but residents still strongly oppose the measure, City Limits reports.