Housing

A rendition of the Far Rockaway plan. (Image from the EDC, via City Limits)

Rezoning Far Rockaway

Housing, Queens August 21, 2017 at 5:42 pm

The NYC EDC’s plan for rezoning Downtown Far Rockaway passed a hurdle in the City Council on Aug. 21 and seems headed for approval, City Limits reports.

Candidates Bob Capano, Liam McCabe, Lucretia Regina-Potter, John Quaglione, Nancy Tong, Justin Brannan, Kevin Peter Carroll, Khader El-Yateem and Vincent Chirico. (Photo by Helen Klein/Brooklyn Media Group via Brooklyn Reporter)

City Council Candidates Spar in SW Brooklyn

Brooklyn, Elections 2017, Housing August 17, 2017 at 5:02 pm

The nine City Council candidates competing for the 43rd District seat to represent southwest Brooklyn engaged in a heated debate that focused attention on a controversial issue in the area – illegal home conversions. The Brooklyn Reporter and Kings County Politics covered the recent debate.

View of East 116th Street (Photo by Richard Petrosino, Creative Commons license)

Gale Brewer Says No to East Harlem Rezoning Proposal

Government, Housing, Manhattan August 3, 2017 at 11:39 pm

Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer announced that while she supports an East Harlem rezoning, she recommends a disproval of the city’s proposal as it currently stands, reports City Limits.

Juan Ramos (center), chair Of the Broadway Triangle Coalition and Southside United HDFC-Los Sures, was arrested after he led a group of protesters in disrupting the City Planning Committee’s hearing of the rezoning planned for the former Pfizer site, which is in the Broadway Triangle. (Photo via Kings County Politics)

Arrests Made at Broadway Triangle Rezoning Hearing

Black, Brooklyn, Housing, Jewish, Latino July 27, 2017 at 3:55 pm

At a City Planning Commission meeting on the controversial rezoning of the Broadway Triangle in Williamsburg, five were arrested protesting a project they say will drive out Black and Latino residents, reports Kings County Politics.

Some have criticized the lack of Spanish language outreach. (Photo by Gregg McQueen via Manhattan Times)

‘Inwood Action Plan’ Appraised

Business, Housing, Manhattan July 7, 2017 at 4:43 pm

Reaction to the release of the Inwood Action Plan by the city was mixed, Manhattan Times reports.

María Cortés (r.) and Sofía Greene, from Brooklyn, are trying to make ends meet with a tight budget. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Small Rent Hike Means Big Burden for Cash-Strapped Tenants

Housing, Latino, New York June 29, 2017 at 5:23 pm

Hispanic immigrants are concerned about the latest rent increase for rent-regulated apartments saying that, as little as it is, they already feel squeezed beyond their means, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

(Screen shot from "East Harlemites talk Rezoning")

A Confusing ‘No’ Vote on East Harlem Rezoning

Housing, Latino, Manhattan June 22, 2017 at 2:44 pm

Amid chaos and opposition, the city’s plan for rezoning East Harlem was voted down by Community Board 11, with the condition that task force recommendations be adopted. For some, the voting process raised questions, and they remain worried about the changing face of El Barrio, and its affordability in the future, reports City Limits.

East New York residents speak to City Limits about their concerns regarding the mayor's rezoning plan. (Image via City Limits)

East New York Residents on Rezoning, A Year Later

Brooklyn, Government, Housing June 16, 2017 at 5:25 pm

In videos produced by City Limits, East New York residents voice their hopes and concerns more than a year after the neighborhood became the first to be rezoned under the mayor’s affordable housing plan.

Rosa Carrasco, who benefits from homelessness prevention services in The Bronx, with program coordinator Amanda Brown. (Photo by Ana B. Nieto via El Diario)

Bronx Program Preventing Senior Evictions in Jeopardy

Bronx, Housing, Latino, Seniors, Social Services June 8, 2017 at 4:05 pm

The organization BronxWorks is in need of $250,000 to continue financing an initiative that for three years has prevented poor, mostly Hispanic tenants from being evicted, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

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.

Recovery work from Hurricane Sandy has finally begun at NYCHA's Coney Island Houses (photo via Kings County Politics)

Sandy Recovery Work Begins at Coney Island Houses

Brooklyn, Housing May 25, 2017 at 4:28 pm

Work has begun at NYCHA’s Coney Island Houses to repair the buildings four and half years after Hurricane Sandy hit, and to protect the buildings against damage in future storms, Kings County Politics reports.

Councilman Vincent Gentile, after the passage of bill 1218-A banning illegal subdivisions in residential spaces. (Photo by Edwin Martínez via El Diario)

New Law Imposes Harsh Penalties on Illegal Home Conversions

Brooklyn, Housing, Immigration, New York, Queens May 10, 2017 at 9:51 pm

The City Council passed a bill further restricting the illegal partitioning of homes, a dangerous practice to increase rents that affects particularly Hispanic tenants targeted by unscrupulous landlords, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

In Long Island City, 134 new buildings are being erected. (Photo by Edwin Martínez via El Diario)

Amid Building Boom, LIC Wonders Where the Green Areas Are

Environment, Housing, Queens May 9, 2017 at 11:59 am

Long Island City activists and residents worry that the urban development that is creating new housing and more jobs will starve the neighborhood of much-needed green spaces, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Resident Juana Narváez shows a picture of the mold in her cell phone. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

As NYCHA Residents Fume Over Mold, City Steps In

Housing, New York May 3, 2017 at 5:14 pm

NYCHA tenants frustrated by persistent mold issues are hopeful as the City Council introduces a new bill and the agency launches a pilot program to end the problem, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Helping the Homeless Ages 21 to 24

Helping the Homeless Ages 21 to 24

Housing, LGBTQ, Manhattan April 28, 2017 at 4:01 pm

Homeless advocates worried that there aren’t enough beds for the homeless aged 21-24 held a rally at City Hall on April 26, reports Gay City News.