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Chinese Students Drive Up Flushing Rental Market

East Asian, Education, Housing, In the News, Queens July 15, 2013 at 3:59 pm

The increasing number of international Chinese students moving to New York for school and looking to live comfortably in apartments, instead of dorms, is driving up rents and lowering inventory in Flushing, much to the chagrin of local Chinese residents, reports Sing Tao Daily.

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Keeping Latino Past Alive in Gentrified Williamsburg

Brooklyn, Culture, History, Housing, In the News, Latino June 12, 2013 at 10:32 pm

Feet in 2 Worlds goes on a tour of the south side of Williamsburg with Ramon Peguero, head of Los Sures. The 41-year-old non-profit helps longtime Latino locals with affordable housing and also strives to keep the community’s history and culture intact amidst heavy gentrification.

Sal Albanese: Fighting to be Heard on Issues

Sal Albanese: Fighting to be Heard on Issues

Long-shot mayoral hopeful Sal Albanese talks about why his campaign doesn’t take money from developers and why he thinks Mayor Bloomberg hasn’t done a good job in one of his pet causes, education, in this article originally published in the Amsterdam News on April 30.

Elected Officials Rally for Humane Housing Conditions in Sunset Park

Elected Officials Rally for Humane Housing Conditions in Sunset Park

Brooklyn, Housing, Immigration June 3, 2013 at 6:15 pm

Tired of the horrific living conditions on 46th Street in Sunset Park, three immigrant women launched a rent strike. Years later, their voices have reached local officials, including Christine Quinn, reports Home Reporter News.

The piles of trash in the photo taken on November 6, 2012 after Hurricane Sandy may be gone from the streets in the Rockaways, but life still struggles to go on for many still displaced. (Photo by Larry [larryosan], Flickr Creative Commons License)

Still Not Home Six Months After Sandy

Business, Environment, Housing, In the News, Queens April 30, 2013 at 10:18 pm

With yesterday marking the six-month anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, Rockaway-based publication The Wave and Gotham Gazette report on the impact that displacement has had on residents, neighborhoods and government.

The alleged victims of Esthela Multiservices include Carlos García (left) and Kenia Nájera, photographed here with son Ryan Romero. Both families paid the agency to find them an apartment but all they got was a dent in their wallets. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario-La Prensa)

Queens Real Estate Agency Accused of Swindling Immigrants

Housing, Immigration, In the News, Queens April 25, 2013 at 3:54 pm

Esthela Multiservices, Inc. in Jackson Heights advertised that they would find apartments for their clients but some of the primarily immigrant clients now allege that the company took their money and have yet to find housing, reports El Diario-La Prensa.

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NYCHA Residents Suspicious of Plan to Rent Land to Developers

Government, Housing, In the News, Latino April 17, 2013 at 3:23 pm

The New York City Housing Authority is desperately trying to climb out of debt by renting land on public housing projects, but tenants fear losing communal spaces and their eventual displacement from the neighborhood, El Diario-La Prensa reports.

Members of the Support Committee for Jesús Nazareno de Conchagua nursing homes in El Salvador.

L.I. Group to Help Salvadoran Elderly

Health, Housing, Long Island March 26, 2013 at 5:20 pm

A group has been founded in Brentwood to assist in the construction of a nursing home in El Salvador, which will house homeless seniors and let them “enjoy their remaining life in dignity,” reports La Tribuna Hispana.

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Chinese Descend on New York Housing Market

East Asian, Housing March 11, 2013 at 4:08 pm

Chinese buyers are making a splash on the New York real estate market and brokers have caught on to this trend, reports The Brooklyn Ink. The Chinese now rank second when it comes to international buyers in the U.S. housing market.

Boerum Hill (Photo from Brooklyn Ink video)

Few Boricuas Left in Pricey Brooklyn Neighborhood

Brooklyn, Demographics, Housing, Puerto Rican, Video March 5, 2013 at 4:37 pm

Skyrocketing housing prices mean new faces and demographic shifts in the once heavily Puerto Rican neighborhood of Boerum Hill. The Brooklyn Ink speaks to some of the few Boricuas who have stayed behind.

More than 18,000 residents have moved out of Washington Heights, Inwood, and Marble Hill due to the lack of affordable housing. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Thousands Forced to Leave Upper Manhattan

Economy, Housing, Latino February 28, 2013 at 5:18 pm

Over the past decade, more than 18,000 residents have left Washington Heights, Inwood and Marble Hill, partly due to the thousands of rent-controlled apartments these communities have lost in recent years, El Diario-La Prensa reports.

1st Ave. Sunset Park (Photo by Timothy Vogel via Flickr, Creative Commons License)

Development in Sunset Park Triggers Fears of Displacement

Brooklyn, Housing, In the News, Labor February 22, 2013 at 3:48 pm

Proposals for development along the Sunset Park shoreline have activists concerned that it could displace low-income residents, reports El Diario-La Prensa.

A Staten Island Family Struggles for Normalcy

A Staten Island Family Struggles for Normalcy

Environment, Featured Posts, Housing, Staten Island, Video February 15, 2013 at 5:04 pm

Most New Yorkers survived hurricane Sandy mostly unscathed and have since returned to their routine. But three months later, many coastline residents are still struggling with its consequences. Frank and Mary Barcia lost everything in the superstorm and they are still piecing their life together in one of the most damaged neighborhoods in Staten Island.

Ru-Ling Chang, who put together the materials for the class. (Photo provided by Chang, via World Journal)

NYU to Offer Chinese Classes for Real Estate Brokers

East Asian, Education, Housing, In the News February 8, 2013 at 11:10 am

In response to the increasing presence of Chinese buyers in the New York real estate market, NYU’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies has put together a course offering Chinese language and culture classes to real estate professionals, reports World Journal.

(Photo via La Tribuna Hispana)

Suffolk Group Scrambles to Shelter the Homeless

Housing, Latino, Long Island February 6, 2013 at 9:33 pm

The Almost Home program in Long Island stops at train stations three days a week to find homeless people and bring them to a shelter, reports La Tribuna Hispana. They give a bit of sanctuary from the cold winter days, hoping to someday make it every day of the week.