Artist Elizabeth Hamby works on a mural with a young resident at Betances Community Center on Oct. 17. (Photo courtesy of Casita Maria Center for Arts and Education, via Mott Haven Herald)

A Kinder, Gentler NYCHA?

Bronx, Housing October 23, 2014 at 4:39 pm

NYCHA officials are trying to make the city agency more approachable to public housing tenants, Mott Haven Herald reports.

The city promises a 'holistic' approach to rezoning a corridor along Jerome Avenue. (Photo by Adi Talwar via Bronx Bureau)

Will Jerome Avenue Go the Way of Willets Point?

Bronx, Business, Housing October 22, 2014 at 4:25 pm

Some worry that rezoning a stretch of Jerome Avenue in the Bronx would displace one of the city’s few remaining concentrations of auto service businesses, reports Bronx Bureau.

Advocates and community members rallied for more affordable housing at Astoria Cove. (Photo by Gwynne Hogan/ Voices of NY)

Astoria Cove: No Affordable Units for Most Needy

Business, Featured Posts, Housing, Queens October 20, 2014 at 6:43 pm

The Astoria Cove rezoning will set the bar for de Blasio’s affordable housing policy over the next few years. But as the plan stands, will it help the New Yorkers who need it most?

"Enough!" say Bushwick residents rallying again gentrification Mariela Lombard/EDLP

Latino Residents Fed Up with Bushwick Displacements

Housing, Latino October 17, 2014 at 2:36 pm

Bushwick residents marched to demand a swift solution to the gentrification problem leaving thousands of Latino families without a home, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

1025-1027 Leggett Ave. has been part of a city program to subsidize formerly distressed buildings for over 30 years. (Photo by Teodora Altomare via The Hunts Point Express)

Bronx Co-op Faces Uncertain Fate

Bronx, Housing October 14, 2014 at 12:05 pm

A low-income co-op in the Bronx may be seized by the city because it cannot pay off $1.3 million it owes, Hunts Point Express reports.

Quaint homes dot the streets near the Kingsbridge Armory (Photo by Janaki Chadha via Norwood News)

Gentrification in Kingsbridge?

Bronx, Business, Housing, Real Estate October 2, 2014 at 5:14 pm

Some residents of Kingsbridge are concerned that development might negatively affect the Bronx neighborhood, Norwood News reports.

The lot at 22 Suydam Place in Brooklyn was planned as a park/playground in a 1968 master plan. Nothing ever happened. (Photo by Adi Talwar via City Limits)

Affordable Housing on Vacant Lots?

Housing September 25, 2014 at 3:37 pm

The city may demand affordable housing development on city-owned lots in exchange for practically giving the lots away, City Limits reports.

Crime Stats and a New Shelter

Crime Stats and a New Shelter

Housing, In the News, Queens September 23, 2014 at 5:40 pm

Does a homeless shelter bring more crime into a neighborhood? Statistics in one Elmhurst area suggest not – in fact, crime is down since the shelter opened, Queens Tribune reports.

Ermel Alvarado, owner of Golazo Sport in Bushwick. (Photo by Donzie Barroso via The Brooklyn Ink)

Eastward-moving Bushwick Debates its Future

Brooklyn, Demographics, Economy, Housing, In the News, Latino, Queens August 26, 2014 at 6:17 pm

The Brooklyn Ink captures some of the debate generated by the gentrification-driven changing demographics of Bushwick.

Mohammed "Khokon" Rahman hosts a World Cup viewing at his restaurant in Parkchester. [Photograph by Chris Crowley]

A Bangladeshi ‘Living Room’ in the Bronx

Bronx, Business, Demographics, Food, Housing, In the News, South Asian August 1, 2014 at 2:36 pm

A restaurant in Parkchester is contributing to the rise and growth of the Bangladeshi community in the Bronx, reports Real Cheap Eats.

Melissa Burch, of Forest City Ratner, one of the development companies assisting with educating residents on how to apply for affordable housing (Photo by Matthew Taub via Brooklyn Brief)

Helping People Apply for Affordable Housing

Brooklyn, Housing July 30, 2014 at 3:45 pm

Applying for affordable housing in Brooklyn should be made easier by a new collaboration between community organizations and developers, Brooklyn Brief reports.

Houses being rebuilt affect the characteristics of the neighborhood. (Photo by Yukuang Chan via Sing Tao Daily)

Tensions in Queens as Chinese Rebuild Houses

East Asian, Housing, Queens July 29, 2014 at 5:22 pm

In Queensboro Hill, Chinese homeowners who rebuild houses are drawing the ire of neighbors who say the changes are damaging the neighborhood’s harmony, reports Sing Tao Daily.

Steven Ng (right) with his lawyer (Photo via Sing Tao Daily)

Trust, Lies and Public Housing in Chinatown

Crime, East Asian, Housing, In the News July 21, 2014 at 2:58 pm

A Chinatown man suffering from kidney disease says he got pulled into a fraudulent scheme to take “fees” from individuals seeking apartments in public housing, according to Sing Tao Daily.

Co-ops in Jackson Heights: Built to provide wealthier Anglo-Americans with a refuge from the rest of the city in a “restricted garden community.” (Photo by Thomas Mariadason via Open City)

Housing Discrimination Persists in Jackson Heights

Housing, In the News, Queens, Real Estate, South Asian July 15, 2014 at 7:40 pm

“Normal, white, and straight” remain the unofficial criteria for joining some co-op communities in Jackson Heights. Open City details one couple’s experience with housing discrimination in the Queens neighborhood.

A public safety program at the Moore Houses isn’t working, say residents, because NYCHA hasn’t been monitoring (Photo by Joe Hirsch via Mott Haven Herald)

Safety Monitors Unwatched in NYCHA Complexes?

Bronx, Crime, Housing July 11, 2014 at 5:33 pm

Residents of some public housing complexes in the Bronx say expensive security systems have done nothing to deter crime, Mott Haven Herald reports.