Housing

Manhattan Borough Presdient Gale Brewer with Congressman Adriano Espaillat on March 18. (Screen shot from video by Sherry Mazzocchi and Michael Scully via Manhattan Times)

Espaillat’s Walking Tour of Inwood

Business, Housing, Manhattan, Real Estate March 23, 2018 at 3:21 pm

Inwood resident Congressman Adriano Espaillat gave a walking tour of the area on March 18, pointing out lots that could be developed for affordable housing, reports Manhattan Times.

“Six months later, our island is still in crisis,” said José López, Organizing Director of Make the Road New York (MRNY). (Photo by Gregg McQueen via Manhattan Times)

Six Months after María, Urging Action

Health, Housing, New York, Puerto Rican March 23, 2018 at 2:40 pm

Make the Road NY and families from Puerto Rico urged more government action to alleviate still-desperate conditions on the island, Manhattan Times reports.

City Council Speaker Corey Johnson, at the March 8 Newsmakers briefing at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, with Errol Louis, CUNY J-school professor and NY1 political correspondent (Photo by Marco Poggio for the Center for the Community and Ethnic Media)

Council Speaker Johnson Addresses Ethnic Media

City Council Speaker Corey Johnson met with the community and ethnic press at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism March 8.

Carmen Vega-Rivera is one of several hundred activists fighting for deeper affordability along Jerome Avenue.
(Photo by David Cruz via Norwood News)

Examining the Potential Impact of Jerome Ave. Rezoning

Bronx, Business, Housing March 7, 2018 at 2:59 pm

Norwood News explores how rezoning might change the Jerome Avenue corridor of the Bronx.

529 Monroe St. in Brooklyn (Photo by Kadia Goba via Kings County Politics)

The City, a City Contractor, and an Illegally Converted SRO

Brooklyn, Housing March 7, 2018 at 11:47 am

Kings County Politics reports that the city has pulled residents out of a building illegally converted to an SRO, where a city contractor had earlier placed the homeless individuals.

Home Owners’ Loan Corp., used what many historians believe were racist guidelines when appraising areas, a practice known as "redlining." (Photo by Aaron Mayorga via The Riverdale Press)

Showing Redlining’s Impact in the Bronx

Bronx, History, Housing March 5, 2018 at 4:08 pm

The discriminatory practice of redlining and its impact in the Bronx is explored in a new interactive exhibit, reports The Riverdale Press.

Shola Olatoye (Photo by Bill Moore via Amsterdam News)

NYCHA’s Olatoye on Challenges

Housing, New York March 1, 2018 at 4:28 pm

NYCHA chair Shola Olatoye speaks with Amsterdam News about addressing issues in public housing.

Calamitous state of an apartment in Columbia Street, Hempstead. (Photo via Noticia Long Island)

On LI, Hispanic Tenants Afraid to Denounce Bad Landlords

African American, Housing, Latino, Long Island February 16, 2018 at 11:56 am

A new coalition in Hempstead seeks to defend the rights of tenants affected by bad housing conditions, but local Hispanics are afraid to speak up, Noticia Long Island reports.

(Photos via Manhattan Times)

Displacement of Dominicans in Northern Manhattan

Dominican, Housing, Manhattan February 8, 2018 at 4:21 pm

Manhattan Times reports on a new study by the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute that notes the shrinking share of Dominicans in Northern Manhattan’s population.

Elizabeth Street Garden (Screen shot via Google Maps)

LGBTQ Seniors Become Part of Battle Over Little Italy Garden

Housing, LGBTQ, Manhattan, Seniors January 5, 2018 at 12:43 pm

The city wants to turn the Elizabeth Street Garden in Lower Manhattan into an affordable housing site – to the chagrin of locals and open space advocates – with new plans proposing “LGBTQ-friendly” senior housing, writes Gay City News.

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.