Housing

Seniors kicked out of large apartments

City displaces seniors to make way for large families

Bronx, Featured Posts, Housing, New York January 2, 2012 at 8:53 am

It’s the end of the line for seniors who live alone in three bedroom NYCHA apartments. The city is clearing them out to make way for larger families.

Worst landlord in the Bronx

Bronx, Brooklyn, Housing, In the News, Latino, Manhattan, New York December 31, 2011 at 3:01 pm

The award for the worst landlord in the Bronx goes to… 1071 Home Corp. Being home for the holidays is not a happy experience for tenants of this company’s eight buildings. Problems like pests, a lack of safety, and delayed repairs are among the litany of woes that this landlord’s mostly Latino tenants endure.

Estevez gets keys to new home

Update: Kidney patient gets home

Housing, In the News, Latino, Manhattan, New York, Politics December 30, 2011 at 4:58 pm

It’s being described as the miracle in Washington Heights. A week ago we told you about Octavio Estevez, a 54 year old homeless kidney patient who could not qualify for a transplant because he had no permanent address. Manhattan Times reports that the city came through and delivered the gift of shelter.

Discount stores in Bed-Stuy

No new jobs from Bed-Stuy gentrificiation

A City Limits report points out that the predominantly African American and West Indian neighborhoods of central Brooklyn have seen the greatest jump in unemployment since the onset of the Great Recession. Unemployment in Bedford-Stuyvesant and the northern slice of Crown Heights has leapt from 6.0% in 2008 to 15.3%Read More

Caring for colonies of stray cats

Bronx, Communities, Environment, Housing, New York December 24, 2011 at 11:21 am

A handful of kind hearted pet lovers in the Bronx have created “cat colonies” to feed and care for feral cats roaming the streets. The Bronx has no full-service animal shelter. Norwood News reports that the not for profit Animal Care and Control operates only in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Staten Island.

Rivera-James family spending Christmas in city shelter

Christmas in a city shelter

Economy, Housing, Immigration, New York December 21, 2011 at 5:00 pm

When seven-year-old Anthony wrote his letter to Santa Claus asking for Christmas presents, his first request was a house for his family. “I want a nice house for my mother, where my friends can come and play with me and we can all have fun,” said Anthony, serious-faced as heRead More

David Brooks installs Desert Rooftop exhibit in Times Square

Urban sprawl art exhibit near Times Square

Environment, Featured Posts, Housing, Manhattan December 14, 2011 at 1:09 pm

Artist David Brooks created an art exhibit of rooftops by Times Square to create awareness of “desertification.”

PRICED OUT: Subsidized housing in New York City can be found in new multifamily buildings, and in older buildings.

The subsidized housing maze

Featured Posts, Housing, New York November 22, 2011 at 12:34 pm

Finding housing is a nightmare for any New Yorker, but it can be particularly vexing for those seeking subsidized apartments.

"We just want women to feel safe when they are walking home."

Group escorts women home from subway

Brooklyn, Housing November 7, 2011 at 11:11 am

In the wake of recent sexual assaults, many women in Brooklyn can now rely on an escort service. Although they are not directly involved with the NYPD, the 12 civilian volunteers offered their services for free starting in September.

Demonstrators gather in Chinatown to call for a new zoning plan.

Chinatown gathering protests development

East Asian, Featured Posts, Housing October 31, 2011 at 3:38 pm

Protesters want a new zoning plan to meet the interests of Chinatown residents and business owners.

Report charges rampant rent fraud

Report charges rampant rent fraud

Housing, In the News, New York October 18, 2011 at 1:44 pm

Almost half the rent-stabilized apartments in New York City may have illegally high rents, according to a study released in August by the housing activist group Make the Road New York.

Latinos survive however they can

Latinos survive however they can

Economy, Housing, Immigration, In the News, Latino, New York October 18, 2011 at 1:35 pm

One thing that Latinos who have lived in New York City over the past 10 years miss is high enough salaries to be able to make purchases and save money. Many of them have directly experienced the effects of the economic crisis, which has widened the gap between the rich and the poor.

Residents wait early morning in the lobby of the Washington Heights and Inwood Coalition for the housing assistance officer to start work.

Cuts cripple housing help

Featured Posts, Housing, Manhattan October 17, 2011 at 3:50 pm

Groups that once offered residents help with housing disputes have trimmed their programs to a bare minimum.

Bollywood music for sale in Jackson Heights, Queens.

What you never knew about Queens

Culture, Featured Posts, Housing, Immigration, Queens October 17, 2011 at 3:49 pm

A tour of the city’s most diverse borough, complete with photos and sound bites.

Freezing. Some family spend the winter with only the low heat of the stove.

Campaign for heat in El Barrio

Housing, Manhattan, Mexican October 12, 2011 at 3:20 pm

Movement for Justice in El Barrio has started the “Hogares Helados” (“Frigid Households”) campaign, an initiative to help low-income families get hot water and heating in their homes during the oncoming cold season.