Opponents of the Sherman Plaza development in Inwood. (Facebook photo via Manhattan Times)

Opposing a New Development in Inwood

Government, Housing, Manhattan July 25, 2016 at 5:21 pm

Community members continue to oppose the development of a mixed-use apartment building in Inwood, the first planned project under Mayor de Blasio’s Mandatory Inclusionary Housing rezoning plan, Manhattan Times reports.

Bolek Ryzinski at his desk, in front of a painting by Danish artist Peter Ravn. (Photo by Aleksandra Slabisz for Voices of NY)

From the West Side to East Harlem, a Polish Builder Makes His Mark

Polish architect Bolek Ryzinski has been renovating, restoring and building across New York City for many years.

Letitia James (Photo by Matthew Cohen via V Novom Svete)

The Public Advocate Meets with the Russian Community

New York City Public Advocate Letitia James met with members of the Russian-speaking community in Coney Island recently, V Novom Svete reports.

Theatre of the Oppressed NYC on the steps of City Hall (Photo by Jarrett Lyons via City Limits)

Fighting Homelessness via Theater

Culture, Government, Housing, LGBTQ, New York May 26, 2016 at 2:39 pm

City Limits reports on the group Theatre of the Oppressed NYC, which recently performed works about homelessness, then worked to help craft some specific solutions.

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.

City Council member Laurie Cumbo, who represents the 35th District in Brooklyn

Laurie Cumbo on Her District

Brooklyn, Government, Housing, Video April 22, 2016 at 4:36 pm

Laurie Cumbo gives BRIC TV a preview of some of the topics, such as gentrification, that are likely to be discussed at her “state of the district” event on April 25 at the BRIC House in Brooklyn.

Chhaya Community Development Corporation’s Seventh Annual Home Buyer Fair (Photo via News India times)

Helping Immigrants Achieve ‘Sustainable’ Home Ownership

Asian, Housing, Queens April 14, 2016 at 3:19 pm

The seventh annual home buyer’s fair hosted by Chhaya Community Development Corporation drew hundreds, including many South Asians, eager to learn how to navigate the real estate market, Desi Talk reports.

Hank Prussing's mural, The Spirit of East Harlem (via @ManhattanCB11)

Facing Change in El Barrio

Housing, Latino April 6, 2016 at 12:20 pm

Gotham Gazette looks at East Harlem’s plans for managing rezoning, development and the introduction of affordable housing.

New York State Assembly member Ron Kim (far right) and state Sen. Tony Avella (at the microphone) are urging for the reservation of the Flushing West neighborhood redevelopment plan. (Photo via Korea Daily)

Flushing West Plan Needs More Study, Say Lawmakers

Housing, Politics, Queens April 4, 2016 at 6:11 pm

New York State Sen. Tony Avella and New York State Assembly member Ron Kim spoke out against the city’s proposed Flushing West rezoning plan, saying it would lead to overcrowding and more transportation problems, reports Korea Daily.

East New York residents demonstrate in Brooklyn to demand to be included in the affordable housing plan. (Photo by Edwin Martínez via El Diario)

East New York Residents Ask that Rezoning Benefit the Poor

Brooklyn, Government, Housing April 4, 2016 at 11:44 am

East New York’s residents want City Hall’s rezoning plan to create more affordable housing for low-income people in at least 50 percent of all new construction, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Protesters walked the streets of Brooklyn to demand more protection for tenants. (Photo by Ramón Vera via El Diario)

Tenants Demand Stronger Laws to Avoid Evictions

Brooklyn, Housing, Latino April 1, 2016 at 2:16 pm

Hundreds of residents marched in Bushwick to ask the state legislature to strengthen rent control laws and eliminate legal loopholes that allow for displacement, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Rebecca Sucgang Ocampo (Photo by Cristina DC Pastor via the FilAm)

How Two FilAms Secured Affordable Housing

East Asian, Housing, New York March 25, 2016 at 3:31 pm

Two Filipino Americans tell how they managed to secure affordable housing in NYC.

A lot slated fro development in Riverdale (Photo via The Riverdale Press)

After Rezoning, What Next?

Bronx, Housing, New York March 23, 2016 at 4:05 pm

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s rezoning proposals passed the City Council, but concerns and objections remain, City Limits and The Riverdale Press report.

Bronxites gather in a circle to share stories about their borough. (Photo by D. J. Constantino for Hunts Point Express)

Celebrating the South Bronx – and Opposing Developers

Bronx, Housing, Real Estate March 22, 2016 at 4:11 pm

An evening of music, singing and storytelling celebrated the Bronx, and a neighborhood whose residents want to remain undeveloped, reports Hunts Point Express.

Mary Ulloa serves lunch to seniors at the La Familia Adult Day Center on Fulton street in Brooklyn (photo by Adi Talwar via City Limits)

Supporting Small Biz in East New York

Brooklyn, Business, Housing March 9, 2016 at 4:55 pm

The viability of small businesses in East New York may be threatened by the city’s rezoning plan, reports City Limits.