(Photo via The Indypendent)

With Rent Strikes and Video Cameras, Activists Step Up In Sunset Park

Crime, Housing August 2, 2012 at 2:51 pm

In the Brooklyn immigrant enclave of Sunset Park, a new spirit of activism seems to be taking root. A rent strike launched by three Latinas has turned them into community leaders, reports the Indypendent. And a founder of the area’s Occupy movement filmed an incident of alleged police misconduct, Home Reporter News reports.

On July 13, Asian Americans for Equality held a press conference to protest a new hotel owned by William Su. (Sam Spokony via The Villager)

Voices in Focus: Tenant Advocates Protest New Chinatown Hotel

Housing, LGBTQ July 30, 2012 at 4:37 pm

Today we have mix of news, arts and lifestyle coverage from New York’s ethnic and community press, including a Chinatown advocacy group calling for a boycott of a soon-to-open hotel; a historic LGBT site set to be demolished; saris on sale during Ramadan; and the 35th Annual Asian-American International Film Festival.

(Photo from Gay City News)

Driven By Experience, Former Inmate Reaches Out To LGBT Offenders

Housing, LGBTQ July 26, 2012 at 4:58 pm

After his own ordeals as a queer prison inmate, Patrick A. Sands has dedicated himself to building a residence for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people when they leave prison. Sands’ House is in the planning stages, reported Duncan Osborne for Gay City News.

The fire at Colonial Gardens apartment complex displaced 52 families. (Photo via Desi Talk)

Indian Families’ Homes, Immigration Papers Destroyed in N.J. Fire

Housing, South Asian July 24, 2012 at 12:07 pm

Dozens of Indian families are gathering the pieces of their shattered lives after a massive blaze destroyed their homes in New Jersey on July 10, Desi Talk reported. Most of the residents of the Colonial Gardens apartment complex were recent immigrants from southern parts of India, and some lost their immigration papers in the blaze.

The landlord of 197 Madison Street made another appearance on the list of worst landlords. (Via NY World Journal)

Chinatown Landlords Among City’s ‘Worst’

Asian, Housing, In the News July 20, 2012 at 4:58 pm

Chinese landlords and several buildings in Chinatown were among the 330 landlords and 360 buildings shamed by New York City Public Advocate Bill de Blasio on the recently updated “NYC’s Worst Landlords Watch List,” reported the Chinese-language World Journal.

Members of the Coalition to Protect Chinatown and Lower East Side say the housing project leaves out minorities. (Photo by Juan Matossian/EDLP)

Lower East Side Development Accused of Ignoring Low-Income Residents

East Asian, Housing, Latino July 20, 2012 at 4:41 pm

Tenants groups argue that a city plan to develop vacant lots by the Williamsburg Bridge in the Lower East Side ignores the area’s low-income residents, reported El Diario/La Prensa.

Tenants called for immediate action to their Cantonese landlords who had limited english language (Photo by José Acosta)

A Building ‘Lost in Translation’

Housing June 7, 2012 at 2:53 pm

A language barrier may be partly to blame for dangerous conditions at an Inwood apartment building, El Diario La Prensa reported. Tenants complain about leaking water, cracks in ceilings and windows, and a cut off gas supply, but city officials say the landlord’s very limited English may account for her confusion about city regulations.

A Crackdown on Illegal Housing Conversions in Korean Neighborhoods

A Crackdown on Illegal Housing Conversions in Korean Neighborhoods

Crime, Housing May 30, 2012 at 5:12 pm

In Queens, the densely populated Korean neighborhoods are rife with illegal housing conversions, the Korea Times reported. Recently, a murder-suicide and fire in a Bayside house brought to light the house’s illegal conversion, which drew the authorities’ attention to the problem of illegal conversions in the Korean community.

Still from the video "Gentrification’s Casualties: Brooklyn Under the Radar" by Brooklyn Ink

The Human Cost of Brooklyn’s Gentrification

Brooklyn, Housing, Video May 21, 2012 at 3:51 pm

A video piece from Brooklyn Ink puts a human face on the cost of gentrification, profiling a tenant who says her landlord set fire to her apartment to force her family out, and another who says the unsafe conditions in her apartment have left her with serious health problems.

Tenants and activists fight to end abuse from landlords. (Photo by Humberto Arellano/EDLP)

Settlement Was Inadequate, Rent-Controlled Tenants Say

Housing April 16, 2012 at 5:26 pm

The ongoing saga of the Pinnacle Group and its tenants made its way to Lower Manhattan last Thursday, when rent-controlled tenants who claim that the massive real estate group harassed and tried to illegally evict them rallied to demand compensation and accountability.

LGBT Advocates Say State Budget for Homeless Youth Falls Short

LGBT Advocates Say State Budget for Homeless Youth Falls Short

Housing, LGBTQ April 16, 2012 at 2:18 pm

Since state funding to programs for runaway and homeless youth was drastically cut in last year’s budget, advocates have fought to restore the funding. This year’s allocation saw a slight uptick, but the increase fell far short of the restoration they had hoped for.

Jacek Bikowski speaking at a rally for tenants' rights at City Hall. (Photo by Ewa Kern-Jędrychowska/Nowy Dziennik)

Polish Housing Advocate’s Work Curtailed by Funding Cuts

Eastern European, Housing April 4, 2012 at 2:12 pm

When organizations or individuals that serve immigrants lose funding, it affects what is often immigrants’ only lifeline for help: people familiar with their language and background. For Poles, a reduction in funding has cut back the activities of Jacek Bikowski — one of the city’s few Polish-speaking advocates for tenants’ rights.

Photo By Ed Litvak

Despite Ruling, Tenants Displaced by Fire May Not Get Homes Back

Asian, Housing March 21, 2012 at 12:50 pm

Despite a court order that the landlord of the fire-ravaged building at 289 Grand Street restore the building’s rent-controlled and rent-stabilized apartments, the future of the Chinatown building’s tenants remains unclear, The Villager reported.

Rabbi Dov Korn, right, is co-director of the new Chabad Serving NYU on the Bowery. (Photo via Jewish Week)

Chabad Houses Augur Jewish Gentrification Downtown and Uptown

Housing, Religion March 15, 2012 at 11:44 am

Chabad Houses in Harlem and on The Bowery are harbingers of Jewish gentrification, The Jewish Week argues. The paper called the Chabad-Lubavitch movement a “American Jewry’s canary in the coal mine, sensing the stirrings of an emerging Jewish community and moving in.”

Press release on funding provided to New York State to fight pending cases on housing discrimination.

New Funding to Fight Housing Discrimination, But is it Enough?

Housing, In the News February 29, 2012 at 12:38 pm

The New York State Division of Human Rights announced a partnership with the the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development that gives the DHR $448,000 to fight cases of housing discrimination, but critics say the funds won’t address the root causes of the problem.